We had the good fortune of connecting with Debbi Allison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debbi, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I surrendered trying to achieve balance between work and life. It was a battle tearing me into two people. Now I harmonize my work as part of my life. I accept that my identity as a business financial strategist is me. I can’t be Superman and Clark Kent. That is the path to burnout. I need to be who I am all the time in order to be authentic to myself, and others. When you love what you do it becomes an integral part of who you are. I love empowering entrepreneurs to understand their numbers in order to make better decisions and have a more fulfilling life. I do practice healthy boundaries on how I allow my time to be allocated. I take time for self-care, and I allow the opportunity to live my mission when outside of “business hours” because it is part of who I am.
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.
Like many people my career started without clear direction. Often, we have to learn in order to recognize who we want to be. It took me many years to get my degree in accounting, and I still consider myself a student of accounting, business, and organizational studies. Along the way I saw the struggle of the entrepreneur – first through seeing my grandparents’ entrepreneurship, and then through working with several entrepreneurs as I worked my way through school. Along the way I found my gift in education and relationship with both people, and money. Your business is learning – learning to work your trade better, learning to be a better leader in all circumstances, and learning to have more fulfilling relationships with both people and money.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are more things to do in Colorado than a week could fill. I have lived in Northern Colorado over twenty years and still haven’t found an end to my Colorado list. Limiting it to the front range area some of the top items: Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver Botanic Gardens, Garden of the Gods, the Wild Animal Sanctuary, any of our awesome state parks, and many dining choices.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a lot of people who deserve credit for empowering me to become who I am. On the personal side, my husband, family, and friends, and on the business side everyone from teachers to professional institutions and coaches which have allowed me to continue my education (I love learning). Other people who have heavily influenced me are my clients, and those whom I have met through networking. It was through networking that I met Penny Kidd, Pennywise Coaching, who introduced me to Meredith Siss, Marketing Maiden, who recommended me to Shoutout.
Photo 1: Julie Ulstrup Photography Photo 2: Peter Allison (yellow flowers)