We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabriella J Lovazzano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabriella J, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Moving to LA taught me a lot about balance. When I first started my career here I was saying yes to everything. At the same time I was saying yes to friends and socializing and living the LA life! I just loved my new job, my new city and what I was doing so much that I didn’t want to let anyone down by being unavailable. This quickly escalated and I was no longer as enthusiastic about my job or my relationships or even myself because I was just spent! My energy was scattered. Honestly it wasn’t until COVID shutting everything down that I was forced to reflect on myself, my life, and the bigger picture. Now I know balance is about learning when to say yes and when to say no. Prioritizing taking care of myself so that I can take care of others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The excitement I get from the work I do is what keeps me going. When I’m creating looks, creating vibes or creating spaces I feel the most alive. I just love creating! I love fashion, design, music and I love a good story. What also keeps me motivated are my goals and dreams. I finally know what I want! And I’m excited about how I’m going to get it.
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?
Well, things I was doing in 2019 with friends and the things we can do now have really changed! I think we all have taken to the outdoors more so now instead of brunch, I like to start the morning going on a hike. I know it’s so typical and the new popular thing to do but hey! Life outside is beautiful! Also the rush getting to the top and looking over the city is one of the best feelings and is so motivating. Next up would be getting a treat and a pick me up at my favorite VGF bakery The Good Good Kitchen. That spot has the best pastries and lattes. Another outdoor adventure would be the flea markets. I just love finding little treasures and meeting the vendors. Again I just love creative people and flea markets tend to have a lot of them. I actually cook a lot so hitting one of the farmers markets would be a must. I go to the Atwater market and the South Pasadena market. Fresh air, fresh peeps, fresh food and fresh fits! Also my friends would agree that it wouldn’t be a week with Gabby if I didn’t try to talk them into a photo shoot!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my family, my friends, and my love! These relationships support and inspire me everyday to be the best person I can be. I’d also like to shout out a few resources that have really helped me manage my creativity. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Mindvalley’s human transformation programs by Vishen Lakhiani. That’s So Retrograde podcast by Stephanie Simbari and Elizabeth Kott.
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