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

Hi Annastasia, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been a creative person, I was always the one who figured out a way to bring my idea to life. I absolutely love everything artistic, and I love to try new ventures when it comes to the creative world. In the past I used crafts and projects as an outlet to relieve stress or as a hobby and now I have found a way to pursue it as a career. Going from a “hobby” to a career might sound like a big change but because I enjoy putting my creative spin on things I have found that everyday is a fun day. I truly enjoy to take a customer’s idea or wants and make it into something that brings them and their love ones joy. Now having a creative career does have its failures but that is what makes the journey fun and spontaneous.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make resin art that ranges from custom tumblers, pens, scribes, and so much more. I am most proud of how much I have grown and all the new products that I have launched or working on behind the scenes. I just launched custom gel pens and custom cookie scribes and I have so much more fun glittery stuff to come. Launching new items takes a bit of work but seeing your idea or product come to life just warms my heart and makes me feel accomplished. There has been so many things I have done wrong but I have learned that is everyone makes mistakes. One good quality about me is if I make a mistake I will not make it again. I am in no way perfect, I am learning through the journey just as everyone else. Some of the mistakes I have made range from my policies to business spending. I have made the mistake of assuming every product works for every person, which is not always the case. I purchased a new brand of resin a year back and it had great reviews so I just caved and bought it. Little did I know it did not work well with the humidity here in Houston. All the orders I used the resin on were ruined. Plus since I had opened the product I could not return it. I have now learned not to make purchases on a whim. Researching new products first is essential.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting the area the first place I would take her to eat would be the Chick ‘n Cone. Their food, aesthetic, and customer service is just the best. I love that I get to enjoy great food while also playing table games. Another one of my favorite places is Taqo Mexican Kitchen. Their bowls and tacos are so great and their patio seating is so colorful. For brunch options there is snooze, an a.m. eatery, cedar creek and onion creek. I love that cedar creek and onion creek have patio seating make it a great place to eat brunch in the city on a pretty day. For our days out in nature, the Japanese garden is a great place we could go and catch up on conversation while enjoying the absolutely beautiful nature in the garden. Another place that would be on the list would be the miller outdoor theater. This theater shows many types of entertainment and is sometimes free. You can bring a picnic and blankets to sit on the hill and just enjoy the entertainment comfortably. Now for our little night on the town we would definitely go to Little Woodrow’s and Howl at the Moon. These are bars in midtown Houston that have great drinks and sometimes entertainment. We love the atmosphere midtown provides us. We can enjoy each others company while having a few adult drinks. My best friend and I are big baseball fans so if the Astros were playing a game while she was in town we would for sure purchase tickets to that game. If you have not been to a Astros game, don’t wait. It is truly an experience in itself. For sweets our go to would be cinnaholic or churroholic. These places sell custom fresh cinammon rolls or churros. At cinnaholic you can choose your own toppings to make your own custom cinnamon roll. At churroholic you get to choose from a variety of fresh hot churros. Everything at these places is delish.

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?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my husband. This man has been an absolute angel when it comes to supporting me on this journey. He has always believed that I could do something great and that truly motivated me to be the best person I could be. I do not know if I would have quit my job as a teacher and start this journey if I did not have him as my number one supporter. And for that I thank you Junior, I am truly blessed to have you by my side!

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