We had the good fortune of connecting with Julianna Clare Strout and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julianna Clare, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Priorities shift as we move forward. Its important to always establish in your life what your priorities are. It helps keep you on task for your goals and creating that balance. Not everything can consume your energy. Drawing the line in the sand helps you develop control in your life. When I have made these choices and I stuck with them I saw the benefits and the results quicker. Sometimes it comes down to simplify your life. I have been told that I can do more in a day than most. I have three full-time jobs. My mental strength to also take on so much in a day has been evolving over the years. Knowing your limits though is important to establish before to push yourself too hard. My balance has changed as my responsibilities have increased. Currently, my time is focused on work, so I can lay the foundation for the future I aspire towards.
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.
As a Commissioner for North Bay Village in Miami Dade as well as being one of the youngest women elected it a unique experience. Dividing your time to help your residents, while maintaining two other jobs can be difficult. I am the liaison for multiple boards one being the financial advisory board. I founded a community initiative to support the mission of focusing on abilities, not disabilities, and collaborated with all the major sports teams of South Florida. Celebrity Soccer Match helps individuals with disabilities play soccer with celebrities. I also do operations for luxury automobiles. Both my grandfathers were in politics and I wanted to follow their footsteps and I saw how they dedicated their lives to community service. To make an impact in the lives of my community is in my DNA. I followed my motto and kept a strong work ethic to maintain my success.
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.
Depending on who they are and what they like, but overall this would be a solid itinerary. I would take them to coconut grove or North Bay Village to go island hopping with sea kayaks with a picnic lunch. Enjoy the views and beautiful waters. There are a ton of fun farmers markets to check out. Make them some Cuban Coffee before going out. If they want a Miami dinner spot I would bring them to Kiki on the river, El Tucan, Sea Spice. That will give them the Miami experience. Maybe go bowling at Basement or drinks Sugar at the East hotel. If the Heat are playing than the must-do. I’m a huge sports fan and would want them to experience something sports-related.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family and friends. I believe that people come into your life for reasons and seasons. Depending on what is going on in my life I rely on the advice of those who I know will best assist me with the best decision. My father or grandmother maybe that expert on a particular matter so I go to them, my mom, sister, or friends for the next. What stays consistent is quality vs quantity in my circle. If you ask advice from too many people;e on the same subject it can cloud your judgment. You can lose confidence in what’s the best route. The close support and encouragement I have been given to by those close to me have allowed me to learn and grow into the woman I am today. My dad’s motto and my personal motto has always been. Planning, preparation, and organization will lead to success.