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

Hi Abigail, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Well… there are two main reasons. One, would be situational and a pretty hard story to share, but it has almost been a year since my incident so I think it’s a good time to open up about… In October of last year, during COVID, I didn’t sleep for six and half days and next thing I know I was falling from my second story veranda into my dining room. I was rushed to the hospital after my mom called 911 and the truth of the matter was that I had broken my jaw; therefore, I needed emergency maxillofacial surgery and a tracheotomy. The healing process has been a long journey for sure…. I had a very long list of things that I loved to do but couldn’t do because my brain also bruised during the fall. (Obviously most of the story was told to me by my mother who had found me bleeding out on the floor). This leads to reason number two, because I wasn’t allowed to do much physical activity I turned to my art. Due to my love for art, I felt that I had to share it instead of hoarding all these creations I accumulated over the years. And that’s kind of how and why I turned a simple art page named queenbeescreations to S.A.T.IA. (Selling Anything That Is Art).

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.
I am blessed to have two careers and working on my third! I am currently a California certified massage therapist and an artist. I was originally studying to be a nurse, but at the young age of sixteen and starting in the medical field?… You aren’t really respected or taken seriously even if you got into a prestigious internship that people twice my senior were begging to be in. I steered away from nursing and turned to massage therapy because it was meditative and I was still able to take care of people in a visible way. To elaborate, someone would come in with a slouch from the knots in their rhomboids and after working on them they would be able to stand taller and stronger. It’s truly a self fulfilling job if you enjoy taking care of people and like to see improvement happen before your very eyes. However, the journey to being respected in a job where most people were double and sometimes triple my age was just as challenging as nursing. I really had to prove my knowledge of body mechanics, PNF stretching, range of motion, pain threshold, etc. And I have to say I have succeeded to gain the respect of my employees. It took five years, but it happened and I am thankful for it. Because of this I had to learn about patients and how to maneuver around the minds of others. IT truly has given me the insight that respect is earned and not just given.

On the other hand, I have been an artist on and off since I was in middle school thanks to my amazing art teacher in seventh and eighth grade. She really made me the artist I am today. In her class we learned all the tricks and trades to art and she made it look so easy and fun to the point where I am currently studying to be a teacher to hopefully implement some of her teaching style in my own class. However, this time I won’t be giving up on art, but my art is my life’s passion project. I want people to understand art is not confined to one media or look. I want people to be able to see and feel my gratitude for life and being able to be alive after all the things I’ve been through (which one interview may not be enough to explain sorry). I really just want people to feel something, or anything, from my art because feeling is living and I find it beautiful. That’s really it… I want people to see my creativity as a welcoming hand to be creative. I want my art to be like laughter: contagious.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ohhhh my this is such a loaded question because I am a San Diego native born and raised in Chollas View until I moved to Northern San Diego County, but I would definitely would have to take them to every beach along the coast and that could take up the whole week because a new beach each day? Jet skiing in Mission Bay, Yacht rental in Coronado, kayaking in La Jolla, or even paragliding over Blacks Beach. I would have to take them shopping at the one of the million malls: Fashion Valley, Mission Valley, North County Fair, UTC, San Ysidro, etc. And if they want to hit Little Italy for food??? And then head to Hillcrest to be surrounded by the most fabulous of men and women. But really it depends on what they want to do because San Diego really has the best of a lot.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m extremely grateful for so many people so this might take some time. This is extremely cliche, but I have to shout out the hardest working woman I know: my mom. She runs her own successful massage therapy business (Champa Thai Massage in San Marcos) and works a night job to pay the bills. She is truly relentless and full of positivity at all times no matter how tired she is and I really am blessed to have a woman like her to call my mom. I also have to thank my dad for standing by such a strong willed woman and always feeding me. Then I have to shout out my brothers who always encourage me to chase my most ridiculous dreams until I did. I love my family VERY much (that’s really an understatement, but I haven’t found the words to explain my love for my family just yet). I also have to give my final shout out to my significant other who travelled an hour every weekend to take care of me while I was healing and also always being my extra source of positivity when I get a bit pessimistic.

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Image Credits
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