We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Lindsey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I believe in order to live out a healthy and fulfilled life, a work-life balance needs to become a top priority. I am an advocate for working hard, putting forth your best efforts, and playing even harder enjoying the fruits of your labor. When there is something you do find that brings you joy, dishing out your time and attention doesn’t seem like such a chore; yet you understand where it needs to go. I leave my full-time work at work, and when I was in school (recent grad. Fall class of 2021), I was dedicated to my studies. When it comes to being a food influencer, I am always on the lookout for new and intriguing places to dine, drink, and have fun. What people don’t know is, being a food influencer is a job all in itself. Like most, I just want to enjoy myself and create memories with the people around me, new and old. Going to school as a part-time then full-time student while working a 9-5 and trying to maintain a social life definitely had its challenges. Need I state that my schedule was very tight? Wanting to hang out, but couldn’t because a paper or test seemed to always be sooner than later or dedicating what little free time I had to a nap. Now that I have graduated, free time has drastically become more available however, I still keep a planner by my side which helps for a healthy balance of family, friends, other activities, and most importantly, myself!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started out by taking photos of my food, every time I ate. My friends kept telling me my photos were enticing enough to start an Instagram page however, I never put too much thought into it. I was merely taking the pictures as a reminder of where I enjoyed some good eats, like a food diary. As I kept seeing more and more food photos online, I then realized, my food diary was good enough to share with the world. The more I posted and shared my experiences, the more my following grew. One thing that brings people together is food, right? So, the way I see it, I’m helping others kickstart new experiences through my own. The places I dine at are some they can share with their friends and family while engaging and bonding with each other and creating new memories. I am happy that I can bring together diners and restaurants, especially during the pandemic by helping restaurants keep their businesses afloat.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First off, what’s a visit to Atlanta without the brunch vibes? We would have to go to Atlanta Breakfast Club, Nana’s chicken and waffles, Breakfast at Barney’s, Snooze, and Mojave. For some happy hour drinks, we would have to go to Zocalo, Beetlecat, Whiskey Bird and Publico and most definitely JoJo’s. We would go to the Garden Room, Colony Square, also show some love, and hang out OTP. Halcyon, Avalon and Faded and Facet. We’d have to visit the Trap Museum, a couple of pop-ups for some local one-of-a-kinds, and any beer or wine festival that is going on in the city, which is basically year-round. The Atlanta wine and beer festivals are always a great time! You’re sure to meet a lot of new people and enjoy their company.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I like to dedicate my success to my Instagram friends and family. When I first started out, I had no idea what I was doing or even getting into. Everything was new to me but, over time, I made friends in the Atlanta food community with whom I can share creative ideas, food suggestions, and general advice. With the help of each other, we continue to provide great content for locals and visitors alike.
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