We had the good fortune of connecting with Carley Sibley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carley, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Having a full time job + a side hustle can be quite the challenge when it comes to time management and overall balance. I find it helpful to write down my weekly priorities and narrow down the list to what’s most important. For me, these priorities include my full time job, spending quality time with family, growing my side hustle (Evergreen Home Goods), exercising, getting quality sleep and having one day of rest. These priorities look a little different for everyone and I definitely think they can evolve over time, but writing them down and scheduling them out each week makes balance seems a little more attainable! I used to work late into the night on my side hustle, but I would oftentimes find myself exhausted and stressed the next morning, so I’m currently in the process of switching my side hustle work to early in the morning when my mind is refreshed and ready to learn. I also find disconnecting from technology extremely helpful when it comes to balance. Our devices remind us that there are always more social media channels to check, more emails to respond to and more texts to send, so I find it beneficial to have “no technology moments” at certain times of the day (in the morning before work, during dinner, etc.). During these “no technology moments”, I feel that I can focus better on my priorities, gain back some time and, ultimately, make small strides towards having a more balanced life.

What should our readers know about your business?
At Evergreen Home Goods, we offer vintage home goods including furniture, decor, lighting and glassware. The items we curate are heavily European influenced and many are made of natural elements such as marble and rattan. We believe that vintage pieces stand the test of time (unlike many newly manufactured home goods) and add unique character to a home. Currently, I am most excited about the customers I will continue to meet through the business. I launched Evergreen Home Goods only three months ago and it has already connected me to so many wonderful individuals who share a common interest in making their house a home. 2020 has required many of us to spend more time in our homes, so I think we are longing to transform our homes into retreats more than ever. I am so thankful to have a small part in making exactly that happen for many people.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh wow, where to begin? I think I would start with brunch at Muchacho and then hop on the belt line for a scenic bike ride to help them get a feel for the city. If they were staying for a full week, here are some other places I’d want them to see/ experience: Varuni Napoli or Anticos (best Pizza in town), Chrome Yellow Trading Co., Hotel Clermont Rooftop, Krog Street Market, High Museum of Art -Ponce City Market (Citizen Supply is my favorite shop there!), Piedmont Park (must stop by King of Pops cart), Bar Taco Inman Park, Westside Provisions District

Tell us about a resource that recently inspired you (e.g a book, documentary, podcast, etc.).
I recently watched ‘The Social Dilemma’ which encouraged me to be more strategic about what I digest from social media everyday. After watching the documentary, I turned off most notifications on my phone, deleted the Facebook app, limited time on Instagram using iPhone settings and deleted my Facebook news feed (shoutout to Jessica of My Style Vita for writing a blog post on how to do this!).

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