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5 Signs You Don’t Have Work-Life Alignment –Awareness is the First Step to Positive Change

What a month it’s been! As many of you have been following along, April was my “work-and-wander” month when I swapped New Jersey for the landscapes of Asia. It was the backdrop for a profound realization that I lacked work-life alignment. 

Work-Life Alignment | Know when to lay your track

The Lightbulb Moment on My Work-life Alignment

Before leaving for Asia, I had to set up a Mother’s Day campaign for my studio in Perth Amboy, NJ. I learned from mentors that Mother’s Day is a crucial marketing timeline for any photographer’s business, so it was part of my marketing plan. Therefore, keeping things going while I was in Asia was a priority. I set up email and social media promotions and planned my calendar for my return. It was a lot of work, but I made sure the campaign could launch while I was traveling without missing any marketing steps. And, of course, I had to check in on the campaign and make adjustments while traveling.

So, while knee-deep in the hustle of launching the The Gal Project, something clicked. I realized that, without knowing it, I had reproduced the same cyclical setup in my business that I left behind in corporate. It was one of those lightbulb moments! Instead of the freedom and creativity I aimed for, I was running circles around standard marketing calendars.  

I realized that my work mirrored my corporate life. Traveling meant added work to ensure things didn’t fall through the cracks, making travel secondary to my core work. I realized that I created another hamster wheel, and my business wasn’t aligned with my passion for travel. The traditional marketing cycle was just that–traditional–and didn’t suit me.

Today, I find freedom in knowing I will never run another Mother’s Day campaign or a Black Friday sale, even though my mentors taught me these were critical to your bottom line.

It’s not just about changing locations or projects; it’s about aligning our actions with our true intentions and values. This realization has inspired a shift in how I approach my business and reinvigorates Angela Atelier’s core mission—to empower women like us to see and pursue their unique paths without falling into familiar traps. 

Let’s find that alignment between what we do and why we do it. How can we break free from the “same old” and create lives filled with purpose and passion? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and stories as we explore this theme together. 

Ever feel like you’re on a train that’s going full speed ahead on a track laid down by someone else? Sometimes, the only way to know if you’re headed in the right direction is to hop off and look around. 


Here are 5 signs you don’t have work-life alignment:

1. Joyless Grind: If waking up for work feels more like a burden than excitement, it’s a signal. Your career should energize, not drain you. This isn’t just about bad days—we all have those—but a consistent dread that creeps in on Sunday nights.

2. Values Mismatch: The mismatch can be unsettling when your values don’t align with your work. Maybe integrity and transparency are your top values, but your work environment rewards the opposite. A misalignment here can manifest as ongoing discomfort or dissatisfaction.

3. No Room for Growth: Feeling stifled? If there’s no room to grow or learn, it might mean that your path is too limiting compared to your ambitions. Expansion and challenge are key components of fulfilling work.

4. Physical Tolls: Our bodies often tell us what our minds try to ignore. Persistent stress symptoms like headaches, sleep disturbances, or a weakened immune system can be indicators that your current work situation is out of balance with what your body and mind need.

5. The ‘What If’ Game: Take heed if you constantly think about other career paths or entrepreneurial endeavors. These aren’t just daydreams; they might be clues from your subconscious nudging you towards a path more true to your core desires.


As I discovered during my time in Asia, stepping away can be a powerful method of gaining clarity. Don’t be afraid to pause and assess—alignment with your core desires is key to professional success and personal fulfillment.


Embrace your journey, and let’s navigate the path to true alignment together!

About Angela Acosta & the Atelier

Based in New Jersey, Angela Acosta specializes in personal branding and portrait photography for women business owners and professionals in New York and the tri-state area. She expertly channels brand narratives through tailored images, offering insights on wardrobe and styling to ensure authenticity. With a deep commitment to capturing the essence of each client, Angela transforms branding with impactful photographs that resonate and inspire. Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.