We had the good fortune of connecting with Lillian Arrigoni and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lillian, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance has been difficult to maintain if I’m being honest. I have a full-time job outside of my business and trying to juggle the two together does become overwhelming at times.
When you first start a business, it’s slow going enough that having a full-time job isn’t as taxing, but of course with success you become more spread thin. This is something I think everyone who wants to start a business should keep in mind – you will have to basically work two jobs for a while. This is my current position and it’s not easy, but I remind myself that the hard work I put in will come to fruition and I just need to keep going!
With time you will reach a point in which you can safely take the risk and leave your job to focus solely on your business. Work life balance will be much more, well, balanced!
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 create stationery boxes for my business. Every box is unique and contains several items that are fully decorated and gift wrapped to perfection. The art I create isn’t just in the individual pieces, but in the whole of what the box is – the feelings of excitement while opening the packaging and unwrapping each item. I strive to create an experience for paper lovers to remember!
When I first opened my stationery shop, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to provide aside from your standard stationery tidbits. All I knew was that I loved decorating every order I received. Of course after a while of growing as a business decorating every parcel became more time consuming than it was worth. I reverted to not decorating orders, but it felt wrong. Mass producing the same products became humdrum and I didn’t feel like I was creating anymore. I ended up closing my shop to think more about what I wanted Paperludus to be. After some thought, I reopened with a brand new idea. I wasn’t going to just sell mass produced items anymore, I was going to offer an experience – and that’s how I got to where I am now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First off, of course I would have to take them to all of the well-known places that are specific to my in my area! Every day would be a new place.
I’d also take her rock climbing! Cause it’s so fun and works up an appetite so we could eat all the food!
We would eat out at all sorts of different ethnic places. I’d take her to my favorite Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, and Hispanic food joints.
Each night would be different. From PJ movie nights to going to clubs and dancing the night away!
I truly believe any place with the right person can be exciting, fun, and interesting. (:
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The paper-loving community I have found on Instagram deserves not a little, but a lot of recognition for my successful business! This community is absolutely wonderful. They are so supportive and have helped me in so many ways. From sharing my content to mentioning my shop to all of their friends and family – I wouldn’t have been able to reach where I am today without them!