To pivot or to persevere?  Or more bluntly – to give up or to not to give up?  This is a haunting question, a question that has ramifications far after an answer has been chosen and it’s also a question that almost everyone in our community has had to face at one time or another.  How do you know when to give up and when to keep trying?

Alex Rodriguez | Bilingual Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200)

In early March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic affected California, I was burnt out. Sustaining myself as a full-time yoga teacher in Los Angeles is rare, and something I worked really hard for. Even though 20 classes a week was taking a toll on me, I had no plans of stopping anytime soon. That first weekend of March I went out of town for my birthday because I needed a break, and the day I got back everything came to a full stop. I started getting email after email, telling me that the spaces that have held our communities are closing. I struggled with a lot of emotions and sadness that I didn’t get to say goodbye to my students. I felt really close to a meditation group I started 3 years ago since many of them are older folks who reminded me of my mom and aunts. Read more>>

Asha Paul | Artist & Owner

That is a great question because I know for a fact so many creatives have this question replay in their minds. My Mother always told me “Never give up, Never give in!” and honestly through the years those words stand true for so many reasons. For me Art is more than just being creative, its essentially a part of my being/make up as people would say. In other words for me to give up would in turn be me giving up on myself. I believe that God has endowed us with gifts and talents that are uniquely tailored for us alone and the purpose we have in life, so to deny those things is to deny the life and opportunities given to us. Turning Art into a business is never easy yet those trials we experience are building blocks for learning and refining our character to be better with each level of life. Read more>>

G. Celestine | Fashion Designer

I feel as if there comes a time where your purpose becomes beyond evident. Once that happens there’s a fight in you that burns hotter than any hell. The thought of giving up will make you cringe and even if there isn’t a way, you’ll make one. Never back down and never give up. Read more>>

Luke Burr | Singer, Songwriter & Artist

Giving up isn’t an option. I have this inner feeling that I need to maximise every inch of talent within me and drain every drop of work out of me. I’m lucky to have my gift which God gave me (or whatever you want to believe came from!) and it’s up to me to make the most of it… otherwise it would be better off serving someone else. There is a dark thought at the back of my brain saying “what if you don’t ‘make it’?” (whatever ‘make it’ means!). I very rarely entertain this thought but it is there. And it scares me. I don’t listen to it. When it pops up, I block it out. I truly believe it is my destiny to connect with as many people across the world with my music. I must work as hard as I can and give everything I have to this crazy game. Read more>>