We had the good fortune of connecting with Lissa Lopez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lissa, how do you think about risk?
Isn’t life just a risk altogether? The decision to create life is a risk, and here we all are. Without risk taking, making hard decisions, nothing moves forward. The hardest choices I’ve had to make in my life both personally and professionally have been some of the best outcomes. The decisions that led to not so great outcomes have taught me how to live my life in a more thoughtful way. How will my action affect others…?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art comes across in pretty much everything that I do. What sets it apart is mostly is the love I put into things. I love being a hairstylist because every day I’m able to create something that people can take with them and be proud of and that is also so personal to them. It’s never just hair, it’s their confidence and if people are art in motion, then so is their hair. Getting to where I am today sounds like I’m done, but I’m not done, I feel like I’m only scratching the surface of understanding. I’m learning to adapt the concept, that nothing worth having ever comes easy. When has life ever been easy? It’s full of difficult decisions, risk-taking, times where we need to be courageous. If there’s anything that I would want people to take from my “story” is don’t limit yourself based on the fear of failing. Focus on love and keep your head up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve lived in Houston all my life, so the places that I consider taking people I genuinely love going to often. You couldn’t start a trip, visiting, without hitting up a good coffee shop. One of my favorites is Coral Sword located in East End, on telephone road. They have great coffee and unique board games for open play and carry treats provided by Half Moon kitchen also known as Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream. You can find Half Moon Kitchen also on a Sunday from 10:00 to 2:00pm at East End’s Farmers market, on Navigation. Along with their fresh produce, and great ice cream, the market consists of local vendors from Texas wine, to locally made cookie’s, and tamales by Momma’s Tamales, another favorite.
If you’re staying in Houston for a while then you have to check out our museums. Our Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Art Museum, and our Science museums usually have cool new exhibits come through that are worth seeing. I grew up going to these museums, so it’s sweet seeing my kids explore them now. Another super interesting place to visit is The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. It was built in 1957 and completed over the span of two decades, by Houston native, Jeff McKissack, in order to promote the supposed “good health” that oranges brought. This place looks like a, possibly haunted, abandoned amusement park hidden in East End. Pretty obscure and worth visiting. While your there walk next door to the very cool, Smither Park, featuring all sorts of interesting mosaics created by local artists.
If you’re hungry and thirsty, Houston has you covered with so many great restaurants and bars to choose from. One of the the most underrated restaurant’s, in my opinion, is Nippon Japanese Restaurant, open since 1985 located in Montrose. If you like sushi, sake, and an environment that you makes you forget what city you’re in, than this is the one. Another must to try, is Nancy’s Hustle, in East Downtown. Make your reservation, and experience their take on New American and European cuisine and all-natural wine. We love this place. Houston being the most diverse city in the US, is something that that I love most about living here, and is a quality that keeps me here. The True beauty of Houston is the way that the people, food, art, and culture is fusionend and coexist.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First of all my parents, I appreciate them to this day for always caring enough to be teachers to me for longer than I can remember. I’ll always be really grateful for my family that raised me, and my loving husband and his supportive family have made life so much better. There’s been a lot of people that have helped me in so many different ways. One of these Individuals I need to shout out, is Nestor Perez and family, owner and Trainer of Freestyle Strength and Conditioning gym here in Houston’s, East End. You may never meet another individual who keeps such positive outlook, who doesn’t cut corners with people, and who’s words to live by are “Be Courageous”. How many of us have needed to be courageous in our lives but didn’t quite know how to find it? You can see it in others, and learn how to find it in yourself. Your Influence can change lives for the better. An encouraging word to someone can go a long really long way.