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

Hi Vinita, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I worked at my old job in tech, I worked a lot. I was expected to tailor my availability based on my clients’ needs and as a result, I worked long hours. I soon realized I could not handle that physically or mentally. Once I was diagnosed with chronic pain, I was not able to work a “regular” corporate job and was forced to rethink what “work” meant for me.

Now I do what I love and have flexible hours. I would love to work all day but I am forced to take several breaks and manage my time appropriately due to my pain. I will continuously have to navigate chronic pain by balancing self care and my career ambitions. I have goals and aspirations for my career, but I need to balance my health as my business grows.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I’ve mostly worked in tech and small business. The majority of my background is entrepreneurial – I’ve always known I wanted to start my own business. After finishing business school, I started a job in tech but felt unfulfilled. After developing chronic pain, I couldn’t tolerate my job so I resigned and I started over. I turned to art as therapy to manage pain and quickly realized that I still loved it.

I educated myself on digital art platforms and continued to paint and create. Shortly thereafter, I sold my first art collection. I set up a website and got moving on creating a business.

I primarily create abstract and textured art with watercolor and acrylics in various forms of applications. Additionally, I create digital illustrations centered around relatable experiences. These illustrations often connect with like-minded brands which lends to my work in brand creativity, in which I work with clients to build creative resources that support their corporate vision and mission.

My work reflects on my own emotional experiences and struggles. The most common themes of my work are diversity, inclusion, and mental health topics such as grief, depression, and anxiety.

I create art that is honest and true to myself. I create to convey that no matter what you are experiencing, you are not alone in that feeling.

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’d definitely take them to La Guadalupana for breakfast / brunch, Badolina for baked goods and Coltivare for dinner! Those are a few of my favorites around town.

I love visiting museums in Houston. I’d take a friend to Menil and MFAH for a fun and lowkey afternoon.

For drinks I’d say Light Years for natural wine. For coffee I’d recommend Catalina, Blacksmith, or Tenfold Coffee Company.

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 shoutout is dedicated to my husband, Alok.

I could not have been where I am today without the support of my husband.

Through these past few years of many changes, he has remained by my side. He remained positive when I decided to leave my job and encouraged me when starting a new career. He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself and couldn’t see how I could achieve my goals. He has fully supported me to pursue my passion and is my biggest fan.

Website: https://www.vinitaagrawal.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vinita33/?hl=en

Image Credits
Somya Gupta

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