We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Lovio Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melissa, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I used to think that a balance was laughable, but I’m now starting to realize its true importance. I think this honestly is something you need to figure out on an individual basis and learn what you need as an individual in order to feel at peace, while also being productive. For me, I know I need to include self care in my daily routines. I make sure to carve out time for a workout, meditation or a bath within my every day. If I include some “me time” in my work days where I give to myself, I find I am better able to give more to others.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a behavior analyst and have been working in the field formally for 10 years. It wasn’t always easy, since I decided to change focus at 30 and pursue behavior analysis, but I have never looked back. I truly love what I do, and the hardest step has probably been to find the courage and self confidence to branch out on my own and start a private practice, Behavior Magic Therapy, where I am able to provide quality ABA services to families in need. The biggest lesson I have learned is to mute the lack mindset rhetoric in your mind and believe in yourself!

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 love finding the hidden gems sprinkled all over Miami and sharing them with my friends and family. If I wanted to show a friend a great time here, I would start with brunch at the supremely instagrammable Little Hen, complete with English teas and a mandatory mimosa, before moving on to a day at the beach up in Surfside where there aren’t crowds to lay out and enjoy the salt air. Once we are nice and warm, we can head over to Jaguar Sun in Lot 6 for one of the best dining experiences I have ever had paired with craft cocktails. If we are feeling a little spicy after dinner, we can head over to the very pink Casa Florida for some more Miami-inspired libations.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could not be who I am or do what I do without the unwavering support of my husband, Agustin. He has stepped up, especially during quarantine, to help make reaching my goals more of a reality.

Website: behaviormagictherapy.com, melificent.com
Instagram: @melificent, @behaviormagictherapy
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissals/
Twitter: @somelificent

Image Credits
Agustin Sanchez

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