We had the good fortune of connecting with Kris Cesena and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kris, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Yes! “Perfection is the Enemy of Completion” It means you’ll never finish that project, or you may not even start it, if you think it won’t be perfect.
I have been a perfectionist all my life. My parents engrained it in me at an early age: “Clean your room. Get straight A’s.”
At the age of 50 I was complaining to my life coach that I must not be spending my time wisely because I keep having projects that aren’t getting done. After a few sessions we uncovered that my problem isn’t time management, it’s “perfectionism.” Turns out I wasn’t getting things done, nor was I delegating tasks because I wanted them to be perfect.
Once I let go of the perfectionism I was able to start getting things done. I had to accept they would probably not be perfect and that was hard. We used art therapy exercises in creating imperfect art to help me accept that everything does not have to be perfect.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Pinspiration was opportunity knocking on my door. I had been to “paint & sip” studios in the past, but when I saw how much more Pinspiration had to offer its customers I knew I had to jump in. Pinspiration is a Pinterest addict’s dream come true. If you find a craft trending on Pinterest then we probably offer it here in our studio. What sets us apart is that we offer almost everything that all the other paint/craft studios have, but in one place. This is what excited me to take the leap and open Pinspiration Las Vegas.
My business experience comes from the auto service & repair shop my husband & I owned for 30 years. During those 30 years we attended many business management training classes which led to us having a successful business. And those business skills translate to just about any business…..marketing, accounting, HR, pricing, etc.
My biggest challenge opening Pinspiration Las Vegas was the pandemic. It delayed me finding a place to lease and ultimately delayed my opening and has kept my growth slower than we had hoped for. This may be a blessing because if I had opened before the pandemic I might not be here writing this.
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?
Well, Las Vegas is a foodie paradise and overall “good-time” place to be. There are too many favorites to name them all, but here’s a few good eateries: Ramen Hashi
Sapporo Revolving Sushi
Bacchanal Buffet at Ceasar’s
Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen
There are plenty of shows and things to see on the strip. A few unknowns are the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum (fun both during the day and at night), and the Atomic Museum. The Lost Spirits Distillery is a fun dinner show too.
For hanging out, Fremont Street (downtown) is a locals favorite. Area 15 and the new Meow Wolf Omega Mart is amazing. We love taking folks to Red Rock Canyon National Park for some awesome scenery that is only a short drive from town.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional
recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband taught me it’s better to be your own boss than work for someone else. He taught me it can be done when we started an auto service and repair shop from scratch and turned it into an award-winning business that thrived for 30 years before we sold it. He and everyone in my immediate family has encouraged and supported me in this new Craft Studio endeavor.
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