We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work/life balance, I feel like this is the question of the century. I really have never been great with keeping a balance between spending time with my family and cranking out tons of work. My husband is always the first one to remind me to be in the moment with where we are. Before I started my own business it was very easy for me to leave my managerial position at the end of the day and say “its okay, I can do that tomorrow. Don’t stress.” But now, in the age of social media and the internet at our fingertips, that distinction does get harder. My balance has definitely changed multiple ways, when you are passionate about your job I do find it is hard to put the phone down for a moment. Sometimes I do find myself responding to clients all day, networking with other stylists, or even being part of seminars. The balance is dynamic for each and every individual as well. When you are in love with your job, like I am, sometimes it doesn’t even feel like I’m working. Sometimes when I’m with my clients it just feels like a big giant hang out. Which is so fun for me. And I think that is how my balance has shifted. Yes I’m working, I’m a natural go-getter. I’m always on the move making changes not only for myself but for my family, but I still remember to do things for my life as well. I make sure I’m at every niece’s birthday, or we visit with my family or in-laws often. If you’re going to work hard, just make sure you play even harder.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a hairstylist based here in sunny San Diego specializing in Balayage, haircuts, and romantic wedding style. I’ve been a hairstylist for a little over 3 years now with just recently opening up my own business in 2020. Hair has always been something I gravitated to when I was younger. I was always the friend doing hair and makeup for everyone before our proms or homecomings. It only made sense that I took to hairstyling and have since created magic. I have had the pleasure of competing in a few competitions for styling and was picked to have my styles shot professionally by some renounced photographers. I am so happy to be here where I am today, but like every success story, getting here was a very long road. I started my hair journey at Bellus Academy, and quickly became an assistant at the wonderful Atelier Aucoin Salon and Studios in La Jolla. I decided to start my own business in a little salon suite after I was involved in an accident where I rolled my car and then was struck by another. Landing myself in the hospital with two fully broken legs, a collapsed lung and 14 other broken bones for three weeks. Without a doubt, those months have been the hardest months I have ever had to endure. After the rehabilitation and recovering from the accident I decided it was time to find a suite, call it my own and specialize in the things I loved the most. Yes, its been challenging, between the accident and starting my business right before the pandemic hit, but that has honestly been what has made this journey so rewarding. I have created and rekindled so many relationships that I have made in the hair world. I know my journey has been different than most, but I also know it isn’t anywhere close to being over. I’m just getting started! Starting your own business, by yourself, does throw you into a crash course of learning everything and anything. And the most important thing I’ve learned is you can never stop learning. I like to think the hair industry is its own living and breathing animal that is always ever changing. You can learn at least one thing new from every class and every stylist you talk to. I am so proud to be where I am today, and honestly I don’t think I would change how I got here. This experience has really taught me how to make the best lemonade out of whatever lemons you are given. Well, boy did I. And I hope that is what everyone can take away from this as well. You may not be learning the newest hairstyling technique right now, but I hope you can learn that really do get out what you put in. I have worked so hard to be where I am, to open my own little place, and be the stylist I’ve always wanted to be. Sometimes the obstacle may be huge, but we can work past it and you will reach your goals. Its never really is too far out of reach.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I know things are a little different right now due to the pandemic but here some of the things I love to do and would love to take a friend to. I personally love anything outside. I may be a night owl, but I love it when I can have a nice picnic by the Carlsbad beach, or spending the day with all the cute animals at the Safari Park. If we were looking for food one of my favorite places to do is the Coronado Brewing Company. The atmosphere is so wonderful and you can eat outside with the fresh ocean air blowing your way. I’m San Diego raised. I’ve been here virtually my whole life and there are so many wonderful things to do here. To name a few I would love to show them Balboa park, the museums there, maybe pop over to La Jolla on a nice day to kayak or paddle board, or maybe just to walk the beach. I’m not terribly active but doing anything were we can be outside, or even finding a place to have a few drinks with the fresh air is always so pleasant.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, this list could go on and on forever. But I’ll start with some of the people who have been the most influential in helping me reach my goals, continue to grow, and just even helping me believe in myself. My husband has been my number one since day one. He’s always been the top “cheerleader” in helping me believe that I am good enough to reach the goals that I want. I would also like to give a quick thank you to my big huge wonderful family, educators and friends I have made along the way. Thank you guys for always being here to cheer me on from the sidelines.
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