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

Hi Ana, what is the most important factor behind your success?
There are two and they are more personal and spiritual in nature: the first is learning how to work with myself/the universe and the second is healing all the fears and blocks that keep me from having my dreams come true. I used to be ego–centric and after deciding what I wanted to accomplish, I would push myself and force my way there. “Making things happen” and “go big or go home” was my approach, as if who I was and where I was wasn’t okay. I’d try to hardwire outcomes by writing business plans, telling myself what things should be like a year from now, five years from now, ten years from now. When I look back at everything I’d written during those days, I cringe, because while the ambitions were grand, I didn’t take into account two things: my personal fulfillment and also the universe. The universe operates under a completely different agenda and timetable than we do—for many reasons. As I healed myself and learned to use my intuition, soon I realized two things: I was often chasing the wrong thing and that business planning was not only impossible, it was actually obsolete for me. Things change rapidly in my life, and I now trust my intuition to guide me to do the right thing at the right time. Sometimes that right thing doesn’t come into my awareness until it’s time to take action. We can have an intention toward a certain direction or outcome but I’ve found that as soon as I try to figure out the steps to get there, all the pieces have shifted or new routes appear from left field. This is because of healing. If we don’t heal ourselves, our trajectory can be more predictable and fixed (meaning, things never change because we don’t change). But if people heal, we might find that the five-year plan is now irrelevant because releasing a fear resulted in new doors and directions opening. Or, maybe the five-year plan will happen now, or ten years later, or not at all, because the universe has bigger and better adventures to offer. These are called divine interventions or redirections. I’ve found that what I plan for myself is often much smaller than what the universe has in store for me. I know wholeheartedly that our businesses will only grow to the capacity that we are able to handle. That is why healing is central to my success. How this relates to the success of my business is that I don’t declare what my ego wants anymore, then chase after what’s not meant to be mine. Rather, I quietly listen to my soul, notice the signs from the universe, then unfold and act on my destiny step by step. I’m in service to and surrender to my highest spiritual purpose. Success isn’t just about satisfying my ego and chasing after what makes me feel good. It’s about existing from my soul. If everyone let go of their personal ambitions and yielded to the purpose of their higher selves, our world would see a lot more companies and business owners who heal, nurture, love, and replenish the world and its inhabitants, rather than hoard, grab, claw, abuse, victimize, steal, take, seek and destroy. Ego–driven ambitions can have a destructive element if the realm of spirit or the heart or inclusivity is not taken into account.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My older brother suggested that I apply to Parsons School of Design in New York. Once I enrolled, I never looked back. I fell in love with design and found my calling. I studied Communications Design and went into digital design and marketing. A few years later, I started dreaming about furniture and interiors, almost like flipping through a future copy of an interior design magazine. Usually nightly at 2am or 3am, I would wake up to sketch what I saw. Many years later, I turned these sketches and visions into a business. Not long after, I started dreaming about turning myself and my life into an animated character. It was then when I created Coeur the Cupid. I am currently writing the first novel and will soon be looking for a literary agent and book publishing deal! At the moment, I’m also teaching myself watercolor and fashion design. The kind of design I do has a romantic, fantasy, fairy tale energy to it because that’s the kind of inner life that I have. I love merging fashion and fantasy with furniture and taking two things that don’t belong together and unifying them to create a new third thing. My art and writing, especially with Coeur the Cupid, has an innocent, imaginative, inner child energy as I am deeply connected to that part of me and I create from that place. Recently, I entered into the healing arts where I help others rapid-release fears, blocks, and diseases. On my website, there is a long list of testimonials from clients who have had diseases (such as bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, chronic pain) totally disappear after a healing session. In that sense, I don’t just write about magic or paint it––I live it and practice it. There were many obstacles along my creative journey, many of which had to do with getting in my own way. I didn’t trust nor believe in myself, so I healed through feelings of shame, worthlessness, self–doubt, fear of not being enough, fear of not being able to survive doing what I love, and lack of faith in the universe. I keep a pocket–sized Moleskine around me and each time I become aware of a fear or a block, I write it down. Then, I work on healing it. To get there, sometimes I need to heal through painful memories, or sometimes I could simply press the delete button, like removing outdated files from a computer. My work is all about love and joy, and it’s impossible to produce works with energies of love and joy if they don’t live within me. My creative and entrepreneurial journey is not separate from my spiritual journey. Who I am as a soul is my business and art, and vice versa. Coeur the Cupid is a spiritual love affair for me. She and I are here to help people love themselves, the planet, and each other. My work in furniture and fashion is all about celebrating divine femininity and bringing elegance into the world. I’m particularly fond of and attached to hand craftsmanship, which I feel should be preserved and continued at all costs. The end goal I have in my heart is to create Heaven on Earth. My vision includes a creative empire in furniture, fashion, art, and entertainment. There is a non–profit element involved. What I seek to do is to take the creativity that lives within me and max out all the ways to express it into the physical world, then give it back. With an empire also comes a bigger platform that I hope to have to continue teaching love and spirituality. I’m very excited about the future because I have so many projects lined up. Because I have so many passions, finding the time to do them all and focusing on one thing at a time are my greatest challenges. These are the messages I want others to know: We are all One. Only love is real. Everything can be healed. Life is what you tolerate. Loss leads to power. All love is unconditional love. If it’s conditional, it’s not love. Trust what you love. Answer your own prayers. Go after what you want, not what you think you can get. Don’t be afraid of losing what you didn’t want anyway. Parent yourself. It is safe for you to be happy. Take that chance. Always say yes to adventure.

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.
My favorite place in Houston is the Body Mind & Soul shop on 7951 Katy Freeway. It’s my “church” and it’s where I shop for crystals, tarot cards, and spiritual books. I go there as often as I can to recharge my energy by spending time with all the crystals. The store is a slice of heaven. I’ve found so many beautiful pieces there and also enjoy talking to the staff members, who are all warm and kind. You’ll either find me there or at Texas Art Supply where I’m always adding to my collection of watercolor paints and papers. My favorite place to eat is at home. I go to 99 Ranch and H-Mart to buy a wide variety of vegetablesFor foods I can’t make at home: I love having dim sum at Arco Seafood Restaurant on 9896 Bellaire Blvd. in Chinatown. For whole roast duck, my favorite is Dac Hung BBQ on 12315 Bellaire Blvd. There is also egg custard tart at Eck Bakery on 6918 Wilcrest Blvd. One of my favorite restaurants is Blue Onyx on 4720 Richmond Ave. Executive Chef David Chang is very creative and likes to invent new dishes on the fly.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The death of Steve Jobs still breaks my heart. When I first enrolled in Parsons School of Design, I majored in marketing. But once the Apple Blue–and–White G3 rolled into the market and our computer labs were filled with them, the sight of all that beauty struck my soul. What he did—turning visions into reality and bring the future to now—was what I wanted to do also. Like him, I too fell in love with typography and it is still my favorite aspect of design. I switched to a BFA degree in Communications Design so I could become a designer. That was a pivotal point in my life. I feel so much gratitude for him. He inspires me to no end.

Website: https://coeurthecupid.com/ https://anacoeur.com/ https://intuitivepicture.com/
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