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

Hi Xochitl, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for your children?
As a parent of two special needs boys, the most important thing I have ever done that has created an impact is to move forward with their strengths and never give any “weakness” a chance.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
All of the art that is made by anyone of us comes from the heart. My boys’ art is unknown and I say unknown because some of the art is abstract and could have been created out of a feeling or a memory. Some of the other art comes from what they enjoy. We are still small as a business and particularly because “business “ for us has become more of a lifestyle. Lifestyle is the question, well art is part of our daily therapy. Going and setting up a pop up shop at The Southside Social Club on a Saturday morning is also part of our cognitive behavior therapy where we get to socialize and grow our business. Nothing comes without a challenge and especially not in our house, we have ups and downs. We work very hard to have more ups and more moments of memories and creativity. Lessons are part of life and we certainly enjoy every lesson we learn. Both our boys are growing and we grow with them artistically, emotionally and academically. We take things more day to day. We would love for the world to know that first and foremost how much we love God and how much his love for us keeps us moving forward. We want to be known for strength, that there is nothing that can keep us behind. We want to tell our story about what we work hard to accomplish day by day. Our story is a daily adventure.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would have to start on Sunday and attend a mass services at St. Mary’s! Then head to lunch have some amazing tacos from a hidden gem La Espiga . We would enjoy the views of the University’s campus, move on to more food and have hot wings at Wings and More. Visit downtown shops, eat more amazing food pizza at Mr. G’s from a wonderful Italian family. Then go feed ducks at a near by park. Prepare for an evening of salsa dance lesson at The Village before dinner.

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?
Absolutely!! Without a doubt, my husband for being supportive of my non structural ways , the boys and I could not express ourselves the way we do.

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