We had the good fortune of connecting with Olivia Arnold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olivia, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I don’t create hard lines between work and life because I like to work! So, it is an important part of my life and personal satisfaction. I work when I need to work, and I enjoy other activities outside of work when I don’t need to be working. With a full time job as a Director of E-Commerce at a CPG company in addition to my Instagram (plus a toddler!), I have to get work done throughout the day and at times outside of the traditional workday. I don’t stress about that or create unenforceable boundaries.
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.
My Instagram @Foodistagirl is my creative outlet albeit not my career. It lets me justify exploring new food places around Atlanta and when traveling. And, it is so much fun! I can’t wait to try new food experiences and share them with my followers. I think it is important to have a side hustle to keep the balance in life. Again, not work-life balance per se but more a balance of interests.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta is amazing! The city is so vibrant and expanding so rapidly with tremendous energy emanating from the inside of the city. I recommend starting with Ponce City Market, walking the Beltline, and then going to Krog Street Market and checking out many places inside of both markets. Here are a few favorites for each.
Ponce City Market – Botiwalla, Five Daughters Doughnuts, H&F Burger, Hops Biscuits, Biltong Bar, Spiller Park Coffee.
Krog Street Market – Soul Food & Culture, Gu’s Dumplings, Little Tart Bakeshop, Yalla, Fred’s Meat & Bread.
Along the way, stop at New Realm Brewery for a beverage! Or keep walking past Krog Street Market and go to Nina & Rafi for Pizza or veer off before Krog Street Market and go to Victory Sandwich Bar for Jack & Coke slushees.
Hopefully it’s warm and you can spend the whole day (safely distanced) outside. Don’t forget your mask…it’s required in most places (and strongly encouraged everywhere).
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?
My husband Billy is a pillar of support in my life. He does far more than his fair share of household duties – I probably do 10% – and he is wonderful with our toddler. He gives me the time to work as much as I need to work and keeps our home space organized and operational.
The picture of me was taken by my husband.