We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Vazquez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Living in Washington, DC and working a traditional 9-5 taught me how to be conservative and safe during most of my 20s. I felt complacent and trapped in a mundane cycle. When I was inspired to finally take the dive into full-time entrepreneurship, many people were excited for me but also nervous. It was a risk. I heard so many fear-based “encouragement” speeches, and I had to learn to tune them out. When I added that I wanted my entrepreneurial journey to take place in Los Angeles, 3000 miles away, I think people felt I was being impulsive. Not everyone understood such a courageous move. I see a risk as a true leap of faith. It is taking an action that is outside of your comfort zone and trusting that you will be okay. To me, a risk is a permission slip to grow. It is an exciting time of expanding beyond what you once knew, and being open to a new version of yourself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Within my company Pretty Spirits, my cofounder Lauren Brewer and I create and publish our own tarot and oracle cards. We have customers all over the world, and they have expressed the appreciation they have for our products. It brings us so much joy! We pour love and healing energy into our decks. We understand the diversity and representation holes we are filling and take our jobs seriously. There is a huge need for more spiritual decks and divinity tools that are made by and for people of color. We are two millennial Black women, Howard University graduates, who identify as spiritual entrepreneurs. We are more than a business, we are a lifestyle brand that promotes self-love, empowerment and acceptance. The products and services we offer align with these values.
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 love to hike! I would take a friend to hike in Malibu Creek and then after, we could cool down at Zuma Beach and watch the dolphins that love to play in the ocean there! For food, my guilty pleasure is Fry Madness in downtown Los Angeles, so we could swing by for some pastrami fry goodness or even the sweet potato nutella fries. Perch is another great place to get dolled up and enjoy amazing drinks and a thoughtful food menu too! I love driving the coast, so one day during their stay, we could head south towards San Diego and check out awesome beaches along Dana Point and Laguna Beach. We could close the trip out by heading north for a day trip to Santa Barbara, maybe even skydive there (who knows!).
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 shoutout my amazing parents for being so supportive in their acceptance of my dreams. They always gave me the space to be my truest self and any fears they had, they did not use them to block my path. They showered me with love, humor, and encouragement. I am forever grateful!!