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

Hi Angie, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote is a quote/affirmation in Spanish. “lo que será, será.” It translates to “whatever will be, will be.” Or “ it is what it is.” We all have a purpose on this earth and in this lifetime. I truly believe that what is meant for you will manifest. You can never mess up anything that is truly meant for you. The quote reminds of that everyday. Whatever is meant to happen, will happen.

The affirmation reminds me to never put too much stress or worry into things that are out of your control. Fun fact: I actually have this quote tattooed on me. I do my best to live by this quote everyday, but as all humans, we have those days where things can upset you or stress you out. However at the end of the day, whatever is meant for you will not pass you. What will be, will be.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At heart I am an artist and creative. I have two passions. One is designing jewelry and the other is event planning. I am currently am a full time event operations associate for a private university. The job is challenging at time but its so rewarding. It allows me to grow professionally in a field that I love. My second passion is designing jewelry. It allow me to have a break from every day tasks. It’s allows me to relax and use my creative skills in another medium. I love the process that goes into making jewelry. From start to finish, it requires a number of drafts and testing to ensure my jewelry will function as designed. Most of my jewelry designing and creating was self taught. I use a lot of inspiration from my cultural roots,etc. It came naturally. Planning and coordinating events is also something that ties into my jewelry making shop. When ever I have a scheduled marketplace that I will be a vendor at, it allows me to plan out how my space will look and feature my jewelry. My passions and skill intertwine at times and I love that. Balancing a full time job and a side project is not easy. There are days when I come home from work and I just want to relax and do self care. I am still working on finding a balance between the two but it is hard. I am only human. I feel little by little though, I will find a healthy balance. I have learned so much about myself in the process of trying to find a balance. One of the most important things I have learned is taking time to rest when you need it. If order for your passions in life to have the best version of you, you must show up as the best version of yourself. My brand revolves around creating a life that allow you to be the best version of you and that caters to where you are on your journey in life.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA is such a fun and eccentric city. If I had a best friend visiting for the week a couple spots I would take them include food spots in the Arts district, food spots and drink spots in West Hollywood/Santa Monica, visit an interactive art museum in Hollywood, attend a small intimate music show in a small venue out in Hollywood, if its in season a Dodger Game would be a must. What would LA be without a couple shopping trips. One of my favorite things to do with friends is to visit pop up marketplaces and street fairs with thrifting set ups. One of my favorite marketplaces to visit it the Melrose Trading post with some of the best eccentric finds and curated vintage clothing. Lastly we would leave the city for a fun beach day trip to Long Beach and visit Belmont shore. We would grab food and snacks for our trip to the beach, set up camp on the sand, work on our tans, catch up with good conversation, enjoy our food, and catch on our latest reads. I definitely like exploring the outskirts of LA as well. With sharing all that makes me wants to do some local exploring now. We LOVE LA!

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?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my grandparents on my dad’s side of the family. They migrated to this country many years ago in search of a better life. Without their bravery, drive, and hard work I simply would not have the life that I do. Their sacrifices provided my family with an opportunity to be successful and have a shot at a better life. To do better and be better. To grow and be prosperous. I also would like to dedicate this shoutout to my grandmother on my mothers side of the family, Who endured so much to provide for her family. She was a strong woman. Through her strength and struggles, light was shed on the generational struggles that needed to be healed. The toxic cycles that needed to end. The generational healing that needed to begin. Through all of my grandparents struggles comes light and healing. To make generations to come healthier and wiser.

Instagram: @lasirenabeadco or @aaangieee.e

Image Credits
@rosedphoto for my personal photo! She is the best!

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