We had the good fortune of connecting with Carolina Bernal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carolina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process was “No, I cant. Am I crazy? ” to “am I sure” to “Why not?” to “ok I got to trust God, I got to have faith” to “ok, I will do it” to finally “LETS DO IT!” and “I am victorious”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art speaks words. My art always has a meaning of every stroke, every symbol, every color and theme, it is a statement of who God is and who we are. My art, is unique because it is not like any other art you have seen. It isn’t just something ordinary, it is extraordinary. It speaks into your heart and spirit. People, when they look at my art say they feel a certain way. They feel peace, joy, …… That’s why it is sold so that other people can take a “piece of heaven” to their own home.
Art classes are also given for whoever wants to learn. Lastly, the art I create, states a message of love and peace! it stands for things that are vital in this world and against things that don’t make this world right. (for example racism, slavery and more) It isn’t a secret that building up a business is NEVER easy. However when one perseveres day by day, and not give up, your business will always grow eventually.
Many challenges have arrived, lack of clients, being stuck in the old and more (specially with the pandemic) but one has to have always have two things 1. perseverance 2. Take new risks and ideas and follow them. an example of this is when the pandemic started, the artistic classes were at stake. People did not want to attend classes. I then took a step of faith and while persevering, took the next step. I was going to sell my art and provide classes online. This gave results and during this pandemic, Colors of Hope has stayed strong. Always persevere and not give up, as crazy as your idea sounds. All you need is perseverance and faith that you can. Always say, I CAN! when you believe this, It will happen.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ah Florida. The sunshine state! So many things to do in Florida that a day isn’t enough. So it is not a surprise that I was excited when my best friend came from my hometown. Here is an itinerary of me and my best friend as she comes and we spend time together.
Monday 4pm arrive at airport and pick her up. WHOOHOO 7pm special dinner with mutual friends
Tuesday 7:30 am – 3pm work at my business 4pm Go have coffee with the bestie. she can have good ideas for my business 6pm movie night 7om dinner
Wednesday 8am have a special breakfast for her 9 – 4 pm work on business classes and artwork 7pm dinner birthday party of a mutual friend.
Thursday 7:30 – 5pm work on my business 5 – ? spa evening and relaxing dinner
Friday 8 – 10am – 4pm beach day! (picnic homemade lunch included 5pm she wanted to help make calls for my business of potential clients (work on business) 8pm dinner cookout
Saturday 12 noon – 2pm lunch at my house 2 – 6pm Shopping at the mall
Sunday 8:45am – 11:35 : go to church together 12noon -2pm: lunching out at our favorite Mexican restaurant Monday: – 8:30am: Breakfast at my house – 10am: Drop her off at the airport.
Until next time!
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?
There are people that are always your support system. My God given business isn’t an exception. That is why I have a few shoutouts to certain people that has always been there.
First, I want to thank God for giving me the privilege to have this business for his kingdom. All the glory be to him Secondly, I want to thank my spiritual leaders and pastors from my church who have also been there supporting me and mentoring me and helping me by pushing me towards my goal.
Finally, I want to thank my family for always being there and for everyone else who day in an day out support me special thank you for my wonderful friend Danville Ferguson who is my personal editor.
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