In case you missed it, my BFF, Jenn O’Neil and I launched a podcast last week. We’re on iTunes and Stitcher to make sure you find us and give us a listen. If you like what we do here with work and careers at Work Wonders, I think you’ll love Making Life Work.
As part of our launch festivities, we’re interviewing our multi-passionate, creative and ambitious friends and colleagues and asking them to share their routines and habits that contribute to their productivity and success.
We totally plan to have many of these people on the podcast with us, but for now, we hope you’ll enjoy reading about how these people approach their careers, responsibilities, and creative work in order to make their lives work better.
Jenn O. and I are thrilled to have our mastermind buddy, and one of my long time BFF’s, Vivien Roman-Hampton as our first MLW interview.
Viv is a total powerhouse.
She’s a social worker, consultant, business owner, and veteran. She also has two young (and totally adorable) kids.
If ever there was someone with more hours in her day than anyone else, it would be Viv. I know you’ll enjoy reading her story!
And don’t forget, you can check out our podcast, Making Life Work, now on iTunes and Stitcher!
Name: Vivien Roman-Hampton, LICSW
Job: SMI Case Manager, Therapist, and Community Manager/Special Projects
Tell us about a typical day for you.
Hmm…I am usually up by 4:30 to go to the gym and then I may see a client in private practice before I go to my full-time job. If I am not seeing clients after work, then I come home, make dinner, spend time with my family and after they go to bed, catch up on treatment notes and plans, work on my other job which is consulting and moderating user forums and then go to bed where the next day I will do some combination of that all over again.
What are your major responsibilities right now, in work + life? How do you balance them?
I currently have a part-time private practice, a full-time social services job, and a part-time remote position managing user forums for a company that focuses on medical and mental health. I am doing some of this every single day.
Do you have any habits or rituals that help you prepare for the week?
I bullet journal in my travelers notebook. I have one for personal and one for professional and I lay them out and plan out my week. I also try and meal prep on Sundays because if not, I am running out of steam and brain power during all my running around.
What do you do to relax?
I probably don’t relax enough! I play World of Warcraft, I read, I like cooking and sometimes I like to plop myself down somewhere and not move for a couple of hours but that doesn’t happen too often when you have 2 children under the age of 4.
What do you do to “right” yourself if you get thrown off balance?
I check in with the “Jenns” and my spouse. I stop everything I am doing and will goof off for a day or two and let my creative juices do what they want. I listen to what my mind and body is telling me and if its “rest or zone out” or whatever else may pop up, I try and listen to that.
What sort of activities or relationships fuel or support you?
Connecting with the “Jenns” for sure! (Editor’s note: You can connect with us too, over in the Making Life Work Facebook group!) Talking to my fellow clinicians in our Facebook group, listening to motivational podcasts, spending time with my family.
How would you describe your general mindset?
A work in progress. I am always interested in seeing all the ways one can get to a conclusion, belief or decision. It helps provide me with new insight and tools that I can add to my daily functioning and may spark new ideas to help others.
What is your favorite thing to do?
There is so many things. It all depends on my mood. I guess reading, researching, playing video games, spending time with my family, cleaning out my email inbox (yes, really!).