We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Gayles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance has always been one of my biggest challenges. As I started to learn more about self care and the value of taking time for myself I began to finally balance my life. I am now more intentional with my time and the things that I do on a day to day basis. I incorporate and follow schedules in order to ensure that I don’t get into the habit of continuously working. I listen to my body and allow myself rest when I feel that I need to. Spending a balanced amount of time between both work and me time has created an overall improvement in my life.
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.
Melanated Healers was created with the intention of bringing love, health, and self-care to everyone around the World. My juice line, “Intentional Sips.” is not just fresh, cold pressed juices. It is also connecting your mind with each sip. As you are sipping you are also thinking about the Intention that you’re sipping. For example, while you are sipping “Love” you are thinking about the meaning of the word and all of the positive and beautiful things that love is. If you are thinking about Love you will extend love to others and that will then be returned to you. I have many other intentions such as “Prosperity,” “Abundance “Grounded” just to name a few. I am excited to share my juices with everyone I meet. In addition to the “Intentention Sips” Melanated Healers also creates organic whipped body butters, bath salts, yoni steams, sage, and more. I am excited and blessed to introduce my brand to the world.
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.
When my best friends come to visit me I always take them to see the Waterwall. I just love to hear the water and the courtyard with all of the trees is so peaceful. The next time a friend comes to visit I will get food from either Houston Atlanta Vegan or Houston Sauce Co. and have a picnic at the Waterwall Park. My friends typically have a long list of food places that they want to try but I always try to squeeze in plant based options along with their requests. You can typically find me at art galleries, the gym, markets, festivals or concerts. I love to find small unique events to attend or places to go so when my friends come they have no problem going to any of those. I love going to Mo Betta Brews on Sundays to sit on their patio. Brunch at Kiss or Thirteen is also one of my favorite places to go.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give thanks to my family, more importantly my mom, for giving me the encouragement and support I needed when I was just testing out my recipes and scents. I am grateful for my small circle of friends who are always there when I call and who are also checking on me! And I am also grateful to everyone who believed in me enough to support my brand!
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