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

Hi Miri, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson my small business has taught me is to never do it just for the money. I think we live in a time, where technology has allowed us to start our own trades and businesses while also giving us a front seat to everyone else’s success. Because of that, many people compare their lives/success to others and focus on what they don’t have and where they aren’t at the moment. Shit doesn’t just happen overnight, maybe fortunately for some, but we don’t see a lot of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. At the end of the day, I believe your trade, business, art, whatever it is that’s being put out, says a lot about you. And, if you’re just doing it for the money, people can still see through that even over the screen. For me, my small business was a testimonial of what I’ve been through and an extension of who I am- my work ethic, passion and intention to connect with others and hopefully help them too. I could never nor would I ever want to just do it for the money.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m most proud of just doing this one thing in my life at my own pace without any pressure, rush or comparison and completely from my intuition and intention to connect with and help others. I think what sets me a part, and what sets other artists and creators apart from others as well, is truly just being myself, being ourselves. There are so many people in the same trades and doing the same things, but we’re all uniquely who we are, like there’s only one of us, and we put our own touches to our art- our intentions, our passion, our creativity. That’s why I could never do it for the money. It didn’t start off easy, and I don’t think it’ll every be easy putting myself out there and sharing my little pieces, but I try not to focus on what others will think of it or of me. I create every piece with healing and growing intentions, and I just let the world take it from there.

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.
This is easy! First, I would take them to the Culver City Stairs for a quick hike/workout. This is one of the places where you get city and beach views all in one place and it’s not too crowded, that’s of course if it’s not too smoggy. Then, we’d hit up Cafe Laurent for a cute breakfast brunch, and after grab a latte at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen. I’d throw in some antiquing and thrifting because you never know what you’re going to find. One of my favorite antique store’s is Star Antique in Hermosa Beach, and then we could walk down to the beach to feel our toes in the sand. Maybe grab a drink or two or three at the local bars on the pier. For lunch one day, we’d have to get soul food from Annie’s Soul Delicious. The food is literally soo delicious you can feel it in your soul, plus Annie, the owner is always so friendly. Some of my other favorite local restaurants are: Pho Saigon Pearl for delicious Vietnamese food, Rok Sushi for umami sushi and handrolls, KBBQ which you can find anywhere and everywhere in LA, Slurpin Ramen, Back Home in Lahaina for hawaiian food, Joey’s Manhattan Beach, The Window Venice Beach for burgers, ahh there’s so much to list! For a day of reflection and relaxation, I would take them to the Japanese Garden and stop by Heydey after for a nice facial or a local reflexology to get our feet rubbed. LA streets are always so interesting, so definitely a day of just cruising the streets. One of my favorite things to do in the morning is go to the LA Flower District. We have one of the best flower districts (don’t @ me). Another thing I like to do on weekends, is shop at flea and artisan markets. These are place where small business owners and the community come together. These are just things at the top of my head. There’s so many great, fun, exciting things in LA!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate this shoutout to my mom, my aunt and my partner for unconditionally supporting me and my small business. They’re the type of people who just show up without me having to ask, and help with setting up my market booths and just hold me down through it all. To my friends, family, new friends and people I’ve met who have just showed me love and supported me. And, I dedicate this shoutout to the ones out there who feel like they just want to give up. I’m sending you love and hugs from afar, and know you’re not alone. Also, shoutout to earth, the planet that provides us with natural resources we need to live and get by.

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