We had the good fortune of connecting with Karrie Gawron and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karrie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I think the last 18 months have taught us all about work/life balance. It’s important to make sure you have a career that can help you work to live, not live to work. I started my career in New York City when work/life balance was talked about, but not valued. It caused a lot of burn out for people, myself included. In the last few years I’ve taken more time to stand up for myself and realize when work can wait and when life needs to come first.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art comes from being inspired by travel. Experiencing new things, meeting new people and learning about other cultures is the best way to empathize and understand people. It helps you do better work and solve better design problems for your clients. The path to becoming a freelancer and business owner was not easy. It took hard work and long hours at multiple corporate jobs and even being laid off from a position to realize what I wanted for my career. Work is work and you should do something you love.
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.
I have a special place in my heart for Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park. I really love walking the Beltline and going to restaurants like Beetlecat and Barcelona. I love being able to dine al fresco! I’ve never done it, but you can actually take the PATH out to Stone Mountain from Midtown. I would take someone out there to see one of the largest granite outcrops in the world and one of the best views of metro Atlanta. I also really enjoy nature and history, so we would hit up Kennesaw Mountain for some hiking and Civil War history and maybe head up into the North Georgia mountains to check out Helen, the wineries and walk a few first miles of the Appalachian trail.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family and friends have been very supportive in choosing to start a business and work for myself. Sometimes it takes some extra support or a life event to make a leap to the next step of your life. You can’t make a wrong choice. I also appreciate my clients and referrals. Most of my business comes from word of mouth.
Marriott photo by Carlos Aristizabal, c/o 160/90.