We had the good fortune of connecting with Amaris Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amaris, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work to life balance has actually changed quite dramatically over the course of this one year in business! For the first few months of opening shop, I had a full-time job that required practically all of my creative energy – except for the inspiration/motivation I could muster up after a day’s work. Eventually after a few months of creating around the clock, I was able to start working on La Discoteca full time, and while I’m so grateful for all the work that I was able to put in and receive, it quickly became clear that I definitely needed to work on my time management! My balance has certainly changed for the better although it is still something that I’m trying to be even more mindful of every day. Making sure I take time away daily from my work to rejuvenate my mind and inspiration is key, as well as working in moderation! Some crafts are easy to spend the entire day on, but most are done in moderation to ensure that I’m in the right head space to continue them with excitement and ease the next days. I personally think maintaining a healthy work life balance is vital for putting my best self into my business and the world in general!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One constant factor about the art/concepts I choose to share with the world is that my intention to create art that I genuinely am in love with always remains the same. Creating out of love seems to fuel my sense of humanity, which translates into sharing art that I truly adore and connecting with those who resonate all over the world. As a creative, there’s no better feeling than that! I definitely had always been drawn to leading an artistic lifestyle, making sure I was always participating in something creative while growing up. I’ve learned it’s extremely important to pour into your own cup before attempting to pour into others as an artist (and human in general), as it feels way too easy to get stuck in this loop of comparison, creative blocks, and self-doubt in this digital age.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend and I would definitely be booking and waking up in an AirBnB by the water to start our days with that insanely stunning sunrise to start! There would be a ton of Cuban food at the must-haves like Versailles, Sergio’s, and Sanguich de Miami on Calle Ocho (which is another day trip), way too much cafecito, and not enough water probably. Spending a day exploring all of the absolute gems on Old Cutler Rd (Fairchild Botanical Gardens, Pinecrest Gardens, Deering Estate, Matheson Hammock Park, and so much more) is always a super fun time as well! Then straight to the Gables where we would absolutely be hitting up the Grove for eats, drinks, and waterfront A.C.’s Icees at David T. Kennedy park! Biscayne is going to have to also be a must-do, where we would be stopping at Publix for beach snacks before heading to El Farito and getting sunburnt all in good fun before picking up Sir Pizza on the way home. All in all, sunscreen and maybe a meal plan for the following weeks is totally a must.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Absolutely! My family definitely deserves the biggest shoutout when it comes to any sort of support system. From physically helping me with orders, events, and excessive package drop-offs, to emotionally uplifting and supporting me through more of the trying times. I can say with complete certainty that their support was the only thing keeping me going at times, and that I can’t wait to make them prouder.