We regularly ask our interviewees what makes them happy because at the end of the day, what else really matters? We’ve highlighted some of the responses below.

Matt Samuels | Photographer

What provides me with happiness is being creative. No matter whether I am taking pictures, or spending time with friends and family. I derive happiness from it. Why? I believe the spontaneous nature of creating something beautiful, interesting, deep, and expressive builds a sense of contentment within an individual. Doing something creative is also therapeutic, and therapy usually gives way to happiness in the end. Read more>>

Kayla Ocanas | Chef/Business Owner

Doing what i love on my terms. Thats what brings me pure happiness. At the end of the day i am my own boss, i make all the calls and rules. I enjoy flipping patties and networking with people all weekend. It makes me happy that i can employ my friends and we all kick it together at the events and pop-ups. Ive worked hard to get where we’re at today. Ive put alot of time and effort into this and it brings me joy to see it work so easily. Read more>>

Teresa Martinez Sanchez | Interior Designer and Founder

I love the hunt for pieces, and I love residential design! I like the impact interiors have on the mind. I like how a room can make you feel cozy or sophisticated. Since I was very young I was fascinated by decorating and often went antiquing with my mother. I would rearrange our house, and would paint my own room. As a child I collected Polly Pockets because I was in love with the elaborate tiny designs of the houses. I also love to draw and paint. I guess creativity and art overall makes me very happy but I also love clothes and accessories! Yikes! I sound like such a materialist, but I can’t help but to be fascinated by the artistry that can go into a garment or a purse or earrings! With all that said I am also a perfectionist. Order and balance make me happy and now a days, slow days in the garden with my daughter are the best. Success to me would be doing what makes me happy while being able to contribute financially to my family. Success to me is finding the right balance between work and family. Read more>>