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

Hi Gina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is the only way anyone can start a business, it’s all a risk! From contemplating if you’ll have enough customers interested in what you offer in the beginning, figuring out when you are making enough steady income to quit your day job, to when you can afford to hire more staff to move forward and take the next big step in expanding your business. I’ve always been a risk taker from childhood through different medical obstacles like having a stroke at birth and brain surgery at 12 years old. I’ve had to work harder than most just to get by. The only way I’ve been able to overcome so many obstacles life has thrown at me is by taking major risks. To me, taking risks is necessary if you want to move forward in life and keep life interesting! I tend to look at life as a game rather than reality, and that helps to manage any fear I may have about my next big move, because both reality and games have the option to start over, but when you think of it as a game it tends to be less scary!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’d like to consider myself as a creative, rather than a business. I’ve always learned that a business is most interested in profit, and that’s not my top priority. I’m not trying to be a millionaire, I just want to be able to pay my bills and maybe go on a vacation once a year! The most important thing for my business is to have happy clients who will remember their special events forever, and I want to offer that for clients with all different price points. One of our main missions is to offer budget friendly options for all aspects of planning special events. We want the person making an average salary to be able to have a beautiful stress free wedding just like the person making a million dollars would. Of course those two events would look different and have different budgets, but we want to help make both of their visions come to life in the best way possible. Being a people pleaser with this mission can definitely have its challenges, and it’s always a balancing act, but we strive to perfect it one day!

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?
My favorite spots in LA would definitely be centered around nature and food, which is brought together with our pop-up picnic services. The best memories are always centered around food and experiences with people in our opinion! Some of my favorite To Do’s in LA would be a mountain hike in Malibu, a beach trip to Laguna, a visit to one of the theme parks (only if a “fast pass” is in the budget, haha!), a swan boat ride in Echo Park at night, a rooftop during happy hour, a flaming margarita while enjoying live mariachi music at El Compadre, and a stop at Melrose Trading Post Market on the weekend! Whether on a budget or not, I would always recommend a taco truck at some point!

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?
Besides my husband who has been a major support, I would have to give a shoutout to my therapist at the non-profit Southern California Counseling Center. I was stuck in a terrible depression after leaving corporate America, and trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve always been a workaholic and at that point I had nothing left to do but to deal with my emotions and issues that I could always put in the back of my head and bury with work as a distraction. My therapist helped me work through so many things that happened to me in life that I had never fully took the time to deal with. Working through all my emotions and learning the tools to help me deal with anxiety and depression have really helped me move to the next stage in my life that I like to call happiness!

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Chantelle Erickson Sandra Cuevas Liliana Vasquez

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