We had the good fortune of connecting with Katrina Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katrina, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I used to have the “work hard, play hard” mentality and believed that the only way for me to be successful and happy is throw myself into work. But over years, I learned that working 60 to 80 hours a week isn’t success – it’s slavery. I wanted to be a successful real estate agent so bad that I would do anything I can to succeed but I struggled with high levels of stress, anxiety and depression. I knew that if I kept going at that rate, I was going to die early. So I took a step back to really focus on my health – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I realized that having success isn’t about having the most money. It’s about have the most balance. It’s about being able to balance self, work, health, family, friends, and community. I usually start every morning by writing down gratitudes and affirmations, meditating for 10 mins and working out. It’s important for me to do this as soon as I wake up because it’s a constant reminder that I matter. Through these practices I’ve developed a higher level of empathy for myself. I don’t focus on trying to be perfect everytime. Instead, I listen to my mind and body to figure out what I need so I can maintain balance on all aspects of my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I spend a lot of time trying to find new ways to improve my processes and deepening relationships. I really want to give people an experience that they will remember. Whether that is sending food and flowers to their work or hospital, dropping off birthday gifts, sending books that made me think of them. I am constantly finding new ways to bring joy into people’s lives outside of real estate. Don’t get me wrong, as a realtor, I’m busy showing properties, negotiating contracts, putting out fires, or keeping all parties in constant communication but that’s not my only job. My biggest responsibility is building connections and deepening relationships with the people who matters most to me. Luckily, I’ve built a strong team around me so I can focus on what I love to do most.
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?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my business mentor, Justin Knoll. He has believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. He always offers the best advice and challenges me professionally and personally. I’m really lucky to have him in my life because I wouldn’t be here today without him.
Hien Nguyen Photography