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

Hi Adria, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work life balance is super important to me, I want to be able to run a successful business without working endless hours per day. Staying organized and having a set list of tasks for each day has really helped transform my workday.

I’ve always had a really strong boundary between work and free time, but moving into a larger space and creating an office for myself has significantly helped literally close off my work in my home from the rest of my life. I now only work in the office, and if something comes up while I’m not in office (like a client text or DM), I remind them to shoot me their ideas via email so I can get back to them during work hours. This not only helps shut down the conversation, but keeps great customer service by letting the client know they are contacting you outside of your working hours and that you will get back to them when you are working with minimal conversation taking up your free time.

Whenever I have an idea or a list of tasks in my head, I write them down as soon as possible so that I can free my mind of those thoughts while I’m not in my office. Getting ideas or thinking about tasks is unavoidable when you own a business, but those ideas can easily pester you if you do not let them leave your mind.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always loved creating and have taken on art in many forms over the years. I always loved creating greeting cards from scratch for friends and family growing up, and fun lettering was always a big part of that. I began to see modern calligraphy really take off and found an interest in it, and began practicing until people wanted to pay me to create things for them. This is when I decided to make a business out of it!

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing! Personally, I’ve had my times of feeling extremely motivated and creating new products to sell on my Etsy each week. On the other hand, I have felt so completely void of creativity and motivation moving through this time.

I find that when I dive deep into my art and create something I truly love, it’s reflected really well in my sales. When I’m not feeling my best and force myself to create anyways, the product never does as well. I’ve learned that it’s best to take a break when you need one and to never push yourself too far. It’s okay to feel unmotivated, it doesn’t mean you’ve lost your passion.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a HUGE Disney Fan and would definitely take them to Disneyland and California Adventure! One of my favorite places is Lamplight Lounge, it is on the Pixar Pier and has a gorgeous view!

Another deep love of mine is Broadway Musicals! My partner Michael and I love to see touring shows at the civic theater in downtown San Diego. Any show in town is a hoot!

Fun Fact about me – I roller skate! I would take a friend and get them on some wheels (skateboard, bike, roller skates, whatever!) and take them on a fun beach trail! Such a great way to get outside and see some lovely scenery.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family is so supportive and believes that chasing your dreams and doing what you love is the definition of success! I have to give it up to my sister Arielle, who runs her own business and inspires me to continue reaching my greatest goals.

Website: https://www.draftandink.com/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/draftandink/

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/draft-and-ink-calligraphy-san-diego-2

Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DraftAndInk

Image Credits
Arielle Vey Lomonico Photography

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