We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrea H. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andrea, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
One philosophy that I live by is that there is no such thing as failure. I don’t view things not working out in my favor initially as a bad thing, I view it as an opportunity to learn how to execute it better the next time I attempt it. That same philosophy is carried over when it comes to risk taking for me.
I am never afraid to attempt new things, because I attack it with the mindset that it will all work out.
“Working out” could be that it was executed correctly the first time, or it wasn’t executed correctly, but I learned a valuable lesson that I can carry with me moving forward in life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been creating content online since 2008, and one of the things that I hear(d) often throughout the years, is that I am everyone’s “friend in their head”. I have covered every topic under the sun with my colorful commentary, and I believe that people are able to resonate with my content because they have all experienced many of the same things at various stages in their own lives.
Along the way, the connections that I have made via my youtube & social media have given me the opportunity to start a lash business (Inspire Envy Beauty Bar), a podcast (Life Is A Trip Podcast), and easy recipes for the cooking novice (Cooking For Squares).
I’d be lying if I said all this didn’t come with it’s own set of challenges. The one thing that kept me moving forward all these years is the continuous support that I’ve been shown by my viewers and customers.
A valuable lesson that I have learned along the way is, people buy into you more than they buy into any tangible item you’re selling. So always be yourself no matter what you’re doing.
I have always been a creative at heart, but since my bills never take any days off, I’ve had to split my creative time with the demanding full time jobs I’ve held over the years. Though challenging, my hunger for sharing my creations with the public kept me going.
Nothing will ever be perfect when jumping into any of this. You just have to be okay starting where you’re at.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends like a little fun, music and great scenery (the men included!) Since most of my friends have never been (or have only been once) to Houston, I would do a drive around the city for them to see the architecture and the skyline, then bar hopping in Rice Village after. If they get hungry after the ,bar hopping, we’ll head to Chacho’s for late night eats!
The next day, we can meet at Drip Coffee Cafe for breakfast (and a car wash!). Then, I would take them to the Natural History Museum or the Arboretum. I love to see the Cockrell Butterfly Center. For a little fun later that evening, I would take them to FAO for games and drinks.
For a photo op, I would take them to the Color Factory. Since Sunday Funday is big in Houston, I would take them to Bravery Chef Hall and end the night at Spotlight Karaoke.
There are so many little pockets in the city to see and because this is such a melting pot of people, you meet so many interesting individuals in the most random ways.
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?
It takes a village honey! When I think of all my successes in life, it stems from having the constant love and unwavering support of my mom. She has lifted me up and provided a light when times weren’t always so bright for me. She embodies the definition of perseverance and determination that (thankfully) has inspired me to move the same way in my journey in life.
Her relentless fearlessness in the face of adversity has shown me that I can overcome anything thrown my way with grace and dignity.
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