Women across Canada are kicking butt in the workforce, all while maintaining their cool and doing the things in life they enjoy. “Motivation Monday: How she does it” is a news series where we profile notable women working in various fields to find out how they juggle work-life balance. For this installment, we chatted with Abeille Gélinas aka DJ Abeille.
Can you describe what you do?
Yes! For a number of years now, I work as a DJ. So I’m often called to work at a whole range of events. I do some nightclubs, but if not, I’ve mostly geared my career towards corporate events in the last few years. I also often collaborate with magazines for articles and I host events here and there. Since a year and a half, I’m also a new mom, so ya! That’s me!
What does a typical day look like for you starting from the moment you wake up?
It’s never the same day because I don’t work 9 to 5. I enjoy not having a 9 to 5 and I’m use to it because even before I was a DJ, I was an actress. So I’ve always worked in the entertainment industry where schedules vary. I’m not insecure about it at all because i’m use to it. When I’m busy with work, I take advantage and work hard on my projects and the things I love, and when I’m less busy, I take advantage to do other things I love for my family, etc. Of course, it requires a certain discipline because it’s easy to stay in your pyjamas until noon when you work from home, so I need to be very disciplined to be productive.
What are some challenges you face as a career woman - personal or professional?
My challenge is a mix of professional and personal. I use to always work from home to prepare for a show. Ninety percent of my work is doing research for a show. But since I’ve had my son Zayne, I’ve slowly realized that working from home is no longer possible! Even if I have a babysitter at home, I feel guilty because he wants to be with me and then I have to hide to get work done. So, I’ve started leaving the house to work. Either I’ll go to a coffee shop or I’ll rent a community work space. And then when I get home, I can be 100 percent with him.
How do you overcome these challenges? From what I understand, you’ve had to readjust your whole workspace?
Yes, absolutely and I also have a super good understanding with my husband. I’ll feel guilty sleeping in in the morning, but I work at night. That’s another way for me to get over this ‘challenge’.
Before Zayne was born, did you have any tricks to stay disciplined when working from home?
I don’t really have any tricks because I’m very passionate about my work. Of course I’m like everyone else and I can go on my computer, and start researching something random, and lose an hour researching the ‘art of contouring’. I give myself small challenges like working for an hour without any distractions. But for things to get done, you have to be passionate about what you do and want to do a good job.
Do you have any other tips that help you juggle work-life, balance? For example, working at night when you have a kid. Has your routine changed at all?
Let me tell you it’s something! It’s not obvious, especially when I have a gig where I have to sleep away from home. It’s organizing that becomes hard, but it also does me some good leaving in a car by myself for a few hours, going to a hotel and sleeping in until 9 am! I have to be careful and listen to my body because I do need rest. Still, even though I work late nights and can often have back to back gigs, I’m so excited to have Zayne in my life and to be with him, so I just deal with it. He gives me that energy.
How do you like to unwind?
Wine is good (laughs)! I also like to “Netflix and chill” with my husband. We also enjoy eating at restaurants too, though we’ve been doing that a lot less since Zayne was born, but it’s still something we love to do. I also like cultural activities like the theatre and going to the museum. Things that really get me out of my zone.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
I often think of a piece of advice that my mom gave me when I see my schedule and I start to feel anxious about all the things I have to do in a week. She says to take things one step at a time, and that always works. Things always seem to fall into place.
How do you define success?
I don’t know if this is really going to answer your question, but we often get asked “what’s your plan?”. Some people have one year or five year life plans. Personally, I have never been able to answer that question because I trust the universe. I trust life and I love life, and I like to live like that. It’s less stressful. So I think being successful has to do with believing in yourself and your life, to be able to have a clear message and to let go if we have to. Know that everything will be ok.
Last question, going back to your contouring skills, what is your go to makeup product at the moment?
Too funny! I’m a beginner when it comes to make-up, but at the moment i’m using Dermalogica products. I really think their products are super cool. Their branding is minimal and natural, but their products are effective.
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