Never Give Up

Never Give Up 

I’ve always had a dream to make a living from my art.

Instead of wishing and hoping for it, I started sweating and fighting for it, later learning I exhibit what is known as grit. 

Angela Duckworth defines grit as passion and sustained persistence applied toward long-term achievement, with no particular concern for rewards or recognition along the way.


I humbled myself and stretched myself.

Willing to grow, willing to fail and never giving up.


Year after year, day & night… 21 trips around the sun.

Formerly paying a little too much attention to the small percentage of the haters.


Currently learning from my community to keep focus on the positive.

With a commitment to make a better set up not only for myself, but for the team I'm a part of.


Being a creative entrepreneur with grit

One of my favorite parts of being a creative entrepreneur is the community I have the pleasure of being a member of. There’s magic when you encounter a fellow builder & dreamer. Able to relate to their excitement paired with vision - just as equally their challenges and struggles. Life will never guarantee that you succeed, but when you build a community with people that share common values, this is where the magic happens. 


Grit Mosaic Tile Art

Angela Duckworth continues to place context to grit by shedding light on what isn’t grit, and it’s here where when I talk about magic, what I’m really talking about is when you’re in the belly of grit: 

“Instead, grit is about having what some researchers call an”ultimate concern”–a goal you care about so much that it organizes and gives meaning to almost everything you do. And grit is holding steadfast to that goal. Even when you fall down. Even when you screw up. Even when progress toward that goal is halting or slow.

Talent and luck matter to success. But talent and luck are no guarantee of grit. And in the very long run, I think grit may matter at least as much, if not more.”





Mosaic Candy Shop

I have held true to this ultimate goal of making art, no matter what. With each passing year, I do not become fixated on how it looks, rather, but but committed to how it feels when I'm creating. It has allowed me to explore those moments where I let the process be the guide versus the end result. One of the magical places I do find myself returning to in this pursuit of making art is a brand and a movement I’ve dearly called: “Mosaic Candy Shop”.
Mosaic Candy Shop upcycled Studio tiles
It’s something I began dreaming of when so many things started to fall apart. I thank grit for being a foundation in my life's operating basis and grit is what led me to having space to never give up on dreams. It is within all of this I reimagined how a love of teaching and bringing mosaics to others could become a movement. Now, instead of overthinking it and overwhelming myself by how big this idea is in my imagination, I’m taking a few steps at a time and letting this magic start to blossom. I’m not limiting it to being polished before I talk about it. I’m going to honor how meticulous I am, but I’m going to start to let the name and brand become mentioned on a blog and in my week to week life. 
Thus, after 21 years of building a gorgeous supply chain of the most magical tile I’ve laid my eyes on, after revitalizing my personal art practice, it’s time to add a 3rd layer to the adventures!



Mosaic Candy Shop examples

My trifecta to this whole world of art and mosaics and the path to bringing play to my community is through a brand I’ve been nurturing behind the scenes called Mosaic Candy Shop. I’ll just pause and let you relish in the name and all the nostalgia that brings forth to the kid in you and how it lands. My wish for you is that you can experience that joy you felt as a kid in one of those candy shops, only this trip is one that is all about the eye candy and tapping into the creative side of you when you color inside and outside of the lines. 


"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." ~Pablo Picasso


 Note to Self: Never Give Up. Play is important. Shine On! Move forward when it's messy and it'll all work out, kid.


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