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

Hi Connie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is the passion behind my work. I believe everyone can see, or at least sense your genuinity, especially though art. If you put your heart into something, its intriguing and draws people closer. If it’s real, it keeps them coming back. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Outside of art I’ve worked in a variety of environments in my youth. I’ve been a medical assistant, an elementary coach and mentor, a middle school and high school art, math, and science teacher, and a nationwide training coordinator for a multimillion science curriculum company. I honestly loved every venture I’ve taken, but there were reasons that they ended. At the time, getting fired, laying off the whole department, the company shutting down, etc. took the biggest toll on me and I fell back on my art to get through. During those times, I had the people that genuinely cared around me, I found my triggers, I found what helps me and grounded me, and I learned a lot about myself. It’s just something I had to go through to become a more wholesome. Now I can say I’ve honestly found where I belong, what my purpose it, and the part of the world I’m meant to have an impact on. I was introduced to ABA therapy in 2018, I had no idea what it was, I just knew I just got laid off and needed something to get my rent paid. A good friend of mine worked in the field, she knew I used to teach and she asked me if I’d ever consider doing something similar but more clinical. 3 years later, I’m a case manager with 4 kiddos in my load, wrapping up my Master’s in Behavioral Analysis to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and getting ready to start studying for the board exam. Advocating for Autistic children has been the purpose that I’ve been working my whole life to find. They’re my superheroes, as much as families think that I’ve saved them, they don’t know that they’ve saved me – just as much. One day, I’ll have my own clinic and I’ll be able to do what I love every single day.

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.
The best adventures are always unplanned. Of course we would visit all the great food places (a MUST) and just explore. Find places to take cool pictures at, find some nice art to see, be active, and just enjoy the company of my friends. We don’t have to do much to have a good time, but when it’s good-it’s great!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a hugee shoutout to my best friends. In all honesty, I would not be where I am in life or who I am if it weren’t for them. They’ve done nothing but support me through the tough days and all the way up to the celebrations. Art is my grounding method, when I’m going through something I hop on the brushes and escape reality for just a little bit. While my art brings happiness to my clients, most of the time the art is a symbol of a rough time and me making it through-through my perspective.

Instagram: @creative.ambitions_

Image Credits
I took all photos

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