We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Llerena and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linda, how has your pespective on work-life balance evolved over time?
This is such an important topic for me because it hits close to home. When I first started my career I was a workaholic. Being new at any job comes with a huge amount of pressure. Add to that being new to a profession and having student debt and you get the perfect storm. As a young professional, you always feel the need to prove yourself and your value. Sometimes that comes with burning yourself out without intending to. This in turn becomes counterproductive. It is so important to keep in mind your life outside of work. I have come to learn that everything is connected. When you have a tough day at work sometimes it helps to have something to look forward to do after. If you have a way to unwind and take care of your priorities at home, you are likely going to be more productive the next day. This is a concept that took me some time to come to terms with and I think most people in my generation struggle with this. I try to keep my healthy share of activities outside of my professional life and to stay connected with my family and friends. Sometimes we sacrifice important moments in our lives because of work. I believe that there are circumstance where you need to step up and work on your career, but I also think that you should be selective as to when that is appropriate. I cannot stress the importance of fostering relationships with your loved ones and making time for yourself. Since I started giving my personal life the attention it deserves, it feels as my life has evolved.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I completed most of my schooling in South Florida. Besides being a lawyer, I have also been published twice in legal journals. I have been a creditor’s right attorney for most of my years of practice. I dabbed on family law for a while, but then realized it was not for me. Ultimately, I returned to creditor’s rights as I enjoy the business relationships portion of it. I have fought hard to become a well rounded attorney and I continue eager to learn and grow professionally.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I just happen to love making itineraries! Miami has so much to offer. This is something I did not realize until I moved away. Without a doubt I would take them to Wynwood. I think it has a little bit of everything and it encompasses that Miami eclectic lifestyle . I think Bayside and South Beach would be top of the list as well. I would also take them Vizcaya as I think it is a beautiful place. Perez Art Museum is a must as well! One of my favorite things from Miami is the food! I am such a foodie . Vicky bakery is basically my go to place for croquetas and pastelitos, Versailles for some Cuban coffee. For fun, I would probably take them to one of those now common dinner parties, such as Baoli or Bagatelle. That should give them a taste of the food and of the nightlife.
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?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my parents.