Meet Ciji

ciji2015-4Who is Ciji?  She is a believer, wife and a friend but most importantly she is genuine and authentic on her everyday journey to live balanced not busy and provide practical solutions to others (mostly strangers) to find balance and ultimately shift from crazy busy to confident calm.

This space could be used to house some fancy smancy bio that lists all of Ciji’s “incredible” accomplishments but it would be better to set the stage for WHY she is blogging and the real story behind Balanced Not Busy.

Ciji has been intrigued by the word, busy since she was six years old.  Surrounded by working parents and grandparents, everyone seemed to be really really busy…ALL of the time.  Ciji was initiated into her family’s secret society of busy people when she turned 13.  Her over programmed social calendar, full schedule and ridiculous amount of commitments from school sports to the youth and government club was an official rite of passage.

Ciji remained in the secret society and committed to the condition of being busy in high school, college and for many years post-graduation.  Until one day a light bulb went off and she no longer wanted to respond to “how are you?” with the overused response, “I’m so busy”

Her life as a balanced person has certainly not limited her from identifying and pursuing each and every one of her passions.  Professionally, she has worked as an Account Manager for Dyalect Marketing, Marketing Manager for Red Bull North America and currently as a Public Affairs Manager at Cox Communications.

Outside of her 9-5, she works 5-9 and sometimes even later to serve in the Atlanta community.  She has served as the President of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, she is a member of the LEAD Atlanta 2013 class and Leadership Buckhead class of 2017, a New Leaders Council Louisiana 2015 Fellow, one of the Board of Governors for the Red Clay Democrats and a board member for FLUX Projects, an organization committed to galvanizing the cultural curiosity in Atlanta.  Last but certainly not least, Ciji is 7 year member of the Junior League of Atlanta and has served in various roles including a one year stint at the Junior League of New Orleans.

How does she do it all? In three words, Ciji is balanced not busy.  By living an intentional life, Ciji focuses on prioritizing her time on the six areas that she is most passionate about; her faith, volunteerism, travel, continual learning (knowledge), professional growth and fitness.  Rather than focusing on a work life balance, she integrates her passions with her career commitments and avoids sacrificing her joy by glorifying “busyness.”