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

Hi Lisa, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
I’ve done a lot of self-discovery, self-awareness, and self-acceptance work that has made such a huge impact on the way that I speak to my son, recognize my own triggers, and work with my husband as a team in this mess we call parenting. I could not imagine navigating raising a little one (he’s about to turn two, so we all know how that’s going in our house) while I feel uncertain or insecure about myself, or call myself a partner to my husband if I’m not fairly assessing how my behavior and actions affect our relationship and ultimately the relationship we have as a family. Ain’t nobody got time for that when baby is up every 2 hours at night! I am really proud of the way that the two of us have taken on this challenge by first making sure we’re good, so that we can model that for our son, as well as agreeing to prioritize our relationship in order to provide security and stability for his home base.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Arriving at where I am today has been like a really poorly designed scavenger hunt—or so it felt at the time. I always felt this need to jump to the next thing, and every time I doubted whether I was just abandoning what I had built prior and forcing myself to rebuild again. But now I truly believe that every eclectic and seemingly disjointed path has all culminated to this point. My stint as an intern, my weird job as a reporter, the corporate marketing career I built, my time working at a nonprofit. I am a writer, an artist, I have an MBA, I know how to code. While I always felt inferior to someone who had found their craft and stuck with it for years, I can now say that I am so proud of the journey and that I could not have been here without it.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Wow there’s so much. I left my heart in San Diego where I went to school, so I would do a little day trip to hang out downtown. Then I’d just show them the beach cities (I’m born and raised in the South Bay) to hang out and eat some good food that you can’t find anywhere else (Japanese Peruvian, anyone?). I also love oldtown Pasadena because it’s super charming with lots of good food and fun shops. And of course it wouldn’t be a trip here if we didn’t do a hike of Palos Verdes Peninsula, or visit the botanical garden.

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?
My family and friends have always been such a rock in my journey as an entrepreneur, artist, and mother. There’s nothing quite like unconditional, sometimes irrational love that you sometimes don’t feel like you deserve but you’re showered with anyway.

Website: https://www.ellettestudio.com/
Instagram: instagram.com/ellettestudio
Twitter: @lisaaihara

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