I recently met Malia in the online group of my local Rising Tide chapter. I’ll be meeting her in-person in February when I attend my first Tuesdays Together meeting and I can’t wait! She strikes me as kind, ambitious, and inspiring. She’s a fellow work-from-home mom and creative entrepreneur. I recently interviewed her via email to feature her here and shine the light on a woman running her own business and finding her balance in life.
As a photographer and business owner, Malia is a fellow dream chaser. The thing is, while it’s fun and fulfilling, it’s also a lot of work and isn’t always easy. When it comes to the struggle of running a business, Malia says that one of her biggest challenges is time management and balancing work and family. One thing that helps her is setting boundaries so she doesn’t neglect the things that are important to her. That also helps ensure she nurtures herself. One thing she’s working on is getting the bulk of her work done while her kids are at school so she can be more present with them when they’re home.
Whether you run your own business or not, work-life balance can be a juggling act. No matter how much we get done, it seems like there’s always more to do. That can make it hard to remember to slow down and enjoy the little moments. One thing Malia is intentional about is how she feels in her environment. Whether it’s putting time and energy into curating her workspace or being mindful of who she spends her time with, she doesn’t waste time with things that don’t feel right in her life. A couple of ways she enjoys the little things is by opening the windows and letting some fresh air into her office and getting herself fresh flowers each week. She loves to surround herself with things that she finds pick her up including music and scents.
Malia knows exactly what she needs in order to make her environment conducive to creating. No matter how much we prepare, one thing we can’t escape is struggle. Something that a lot of women struggle with is comparison. Whether it’s in the workplace, creative space, or life in general. Malia shares that she knows this one well and has learned from experience how to deal with it.
Comparison is a killer of dreams and motivation.
Over the years, Malia has learned to recognize that whoever we compare ourselves to is just a mirror reflecting our own inner insecurities. She’s learned to lean into that feeling of insecurity and check in with herself. That’s her cue that something is going on inside that she needs to deal with. It’s in facing it that she’s able to work through it and move forward.
Self-doubt is another struggle that many women can relate to. Malia shared that nine months ago, she had to face her own self-doubt and go with her gut to lease a commercial studio space for her business. She knew that it felt right and was the next step for her business but she had to overcome her personal fears around it to move forward. It’s turned out to be a great move for her business and she even utilizes the space to cultivate community which is a significant pillar of her business. Malia believes that it’s important to serve others and be part of something greater than ourselves. She says that building a sense of community is both powerful and rewarding.
Thank you, Malia, for taking the time to share your experience with my community. I love that you’re pursuing your dreams, facing your fears, and doing the best you can to balance your time between family and work. This is something so many of us can relate to. It’s always encouraging to see how others move forward. It’s easy to think that the challenges we face are unique to us but empowering to realize that we aren’t alone. I’d love to know what your favorite part of this interview with Malia was. Feel free to share in the comments.
Malia Battilana is a photographer in the Phoenix area who specializes in maternity, newborn, and children’s photography. If you’re interested in booking a session, seeking photography mentorship, or renting her studio space, stop by her site for more information. If you aren’t in the Phoenix area, I encourage you to follow her on Instagram to have her images melt your heart and bring a smile to your face.
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