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

Hi Kia, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
When I first started my graphic design business, I had an overwhelming amount of things on my plate. I am a mom of three, and at that time I was still working full time. I was figuring out how to run a business, handle my personal obligations and be present for my family – it was an exciting but very stressful time.   I experienced burnout and I realized now I was doing too many things at once. I wasn’t getting enough sleep and I sometimes I let my client projects dictate my schedule instead of me putting healthy parameters around my work. At the same time, I was committed to success. Over the years, balancing it all has become a bit easier as I’ve learned how to prioritize the things that served me and my health over business tasks. I came to understand my happiness and well-being, and that of my family, is the big ‘why’ behind my business. I created The Happy Solopreneur as a way of sharing my story and hopefully helping others on this journey. The Happy Solopreneur provides perspective on creating a business and life that works for you.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Happy Solopreneur is a resource site created to help individuals create a successful happy business and life. If you are a freelancer or a small business owner, you created your business not only to make money, but to you create a life that is fulfilling and fun. The Happy Solopreneur is all about giving you the right resources for creating and sustaining a business and life that works for you. We produce free and paid resources including a business planner, courses, articles and books on managing your time, clients and career. I’ve also recently added business coaching services.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve been in Atlanta most of my adult life and love this city. I especially love the growth of the last several years. I am a passionate fan of the beltline. I would center a tour of the city around the BeltLine, starting with the West End. I’d pick up Kale Wrap from Tassili’s Raw Reality and then have lunch outside. We’d then head over to Box Car and have a cocktail and enjoy the beautiful scenery and people there. There are so many streets in Atlanta that have such cultural symbolism, so any trip to Atlanta would include a tour down Auburn Avenue and Boulevard, including a stop at the King Center. Most guests to Atlanta also enjoy visiting the Aquarium and World of Coke so a visit to those is a must. I’d also plan on visiting The High and checking out the changing exhibits there. Finally, we’d end our visit back on the BeltLine, this time visiting Krog Market for some shopping and dinner at Superica.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout out to Toastmasters. Toastmasters is a group that helps people become better public speakers despite their level of comfort, from people who are not native English speakers, to those who are professional speakers, Toastmasters provides support and resources to get better at the art of communicating. Best of all, the people who gravitate to Toastmasters are committed to becoming better people, and therefore there is so much positive energy within the clubs. Toastmasters gave me a level of confidence I didn’t even know I was missing.

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Kia Dolby

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