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

Hi Olivia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I don’t really know if there is such a thing as “balance” when you’re a full time working professional and a new business owner. I think when I became a business owner, I had to be okay with the fact that I may not get to do everything my friends were doing on the weekends. Entrepreneurship for me has been all about learning to go with the flow. Over time, I have had to juggle my full time job plus making the time to work on my business even when I didn’t feel like it. I think balance is all about staying in the flow and understanding that we won’t be able to get everything done. I will say however, that I prioritize rest and relaxation so that I don’t burn out. I think that hustle culture has caused far too many new entrepreneurs to burn out ; resulting in lack of motivation and ultimately not meeting deadlines that are required for their “dream job”. I think that in order to stay as balanced as possible, we have to figure out what’s non negotiable. For myself, I have to fit working out into my schedule. It helps my mind more than anything. I prioritize family time and I make reminders for myself to do reach outs to friends of mine. If there’s a day when I’m not feeling mentally okay to work on my business, I rest. If there are days when I come home from work and want to check off my to-do list for my business, I do that. Balance is all about being open and present and acknowledging what needs to get done in that exact moment.

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.
When I graduated college, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. All I knew was what I didn’t want to do. I majored in Spanish Language in college but didn’t have an actual plan for my life. My friend was working as a host at a restaurant I had never heard of and mentioned how great the pay was. She thought it would be a good idea for me until I landed a job in my “field”. I started hosting there and fell in love with the restaurant industry. Within two years, I was managing all of the private events. I loved everything about the food and wine and planning special events for clients.

Simultaneously, I was on the journey of becoming the healthiest version of myself. I had always been fascinated in health and wellness. I decided to incorporate my knowledge I had in the wellness industry and mesh into a holistic lifestyle blog where I have partnered with a health and wellness company. My blog emphasizes on the importance of living healthy in body, mind and spirit.

Nothing about this journey has been easy. At work, I manage around 30 people who are all older than I am. I have had to develop so much personally and professionally. On top of that, starting a blogging business during a pandemic has also brought along it’s challenges. I do have a great support system and I am forever a student. I think that you’re either learning and growing or you’re dying. I am always investing in myself to grow personally or to learn more about how I can establish my brand. I think learning is the only way to overcome challenges.

If there’s one thing I learned, it is to understand the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and to know that it is completely normal. Nothing about it is easy especially when you’re used to working a full time job. What I’ve learned is that there are people who want to read or hear what I have to say and that the world needs entrepreneurs and creators in order to thrive. I’ve also learned that ignorance on fire is sometimes best. When we have all of the answers, it stunts our growth and doesn’t leave room for change or new creative ideas.

I want the world to know that my brand is all about helping women feel healthy in body, mind and spirit. Health and wellness has to be approached on a holistic level. I have been on a health journey since my sophomore year of college where I dealt with health issues, depression, chronic fatigue etc. After learning about how food affects our entire well-being, I was able to go from being unhealthy, and unhappy to thriving. I want every woman who’s struggling to find the balance between work, relationships, entrepreneurship, motherhood etc and maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit to understand that it can be done and that we can all truly live a limitless life.

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?
I’m a Denver native who is an absolute foodie! Typically, when friends come to visit me, we spend most of the time eating. Some of my favorite spots:

Piatti Denver (shameless plug)
Blue Island Oyster Bar for Happy Hour
Tavernetta-try to sit at the chef’s table if you can!

Anything Union Station whether it’s a photo shoot, you want to grab drinks at the terminal bar or cooper’s lounge. Urban Farmer if you’re looking for a great steak!

Definitely take the time to go to the highlands. Little man ice cream is right on the corner and the line is worth it. You can also see the the skyline which is really beautiful.

Also, taking a short two day trip to breckenridge is a must. Especially in the fall when the leaves are changing.

Cherry creek mall/area for some shopping. If you’re visiting during the summer, the food and wine festival and the arts festival are some of my favorite things to do!

Hiking, even walking the highline canal is so beautiful with great views. Red rocks for sure for the views and a moderate hike.

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 mom is 100% my biggest encourager. She knows me way better than I know myself. When I am feeling unmotivated, discouraged, or questioning what I’m doing, she kicks me back into gear and reminds me why I started. Watching her be so passionate about her work is so inspiring to me. Her love and support is truly unmatched.

Website: https://oliviagoolsby.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oliviajgoolsby/

Image Credits
Payton Melphy

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