We had the good fortune of connecting with Marci Angeles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marci, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Growing up there was always that idea of work life balance and that there would be strict boundaries and separation. But honestly, the more I go through life I realize how untrue that is. And the more I work within my own business and learn about different industries, I realize that it’s more about blending the two together in a way that works for your own life. There are times that I work late at night or on the weekends, simply because I’m inspired or because I want to. I’m lucky enough to be running my own web design business & doing something that I love so it never feels like a chore. However, I also have always made it a point to put people first, whether that’s family or friends. People in my life are extremely important to me and the memories & moments that happen when we’re together are what I know I’ll look back on more fondly than anything else. So for me, if I’m chillin’ by myself I have no problem opening up my laptop to get some work done. But if I have a chance to hang out with friends or family, then I’m going to choose that or adjust my schedule as needed in order to do that. When I think of having a more balanced or blended life, I think about it as having the flexibility to do what I need to do & what I want to do and having confidence in myself that I can do both.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m the designer & founder behind Dragonfly Ave. Dragonfly Ave is a brand & web design studio, creative template shop & lifestyle blog. It’s been roughly 5 years in the making and it’s definitely not been an easy road. Personally, I suffered from a lot of self doubt and imposter syndrome during the early years. I think just continuing to work & focus on my mindset has helped me overcome that a lot. I’m excited for what’s to come, I’m excited for what I’m doing and I feel more confident about my business and my skills now than ever. Lesson-wise, I’d say be kind, do the work & keep showing up have been the most valuable. Kindness matters and people will definitely remember that. Put your down and do the work and keep showing up. You never know who’s watching or what’s around the corner so keep going!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d go to Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, McIntosh Lake, Avery’s Brewery & Celestial Seasonings – since I feel like those are some staples and fun, interesting Colorado things to do.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to shoutout my mom & brother! They’ve always been incredibly supportive, pushed me to be better & listen to all my crazy ideas. I’m so grateful for them and couldn’t have done all this without them.