We had the good fortune of connecting with Alina Guzman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alina, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I come from a very humble and simple family. In my childhood there were never any expensive or luxurious gifts or things. The house where we grew up was made of wood between my parents and my sisters, we all helped.
My grandparents were indigenous to Mexico and I am very proud of that.
So with those references in my adulthood I can tell you that I am happy with very simple things, it makes me happy to see the happiness of others, the smile of children, I enjoy natural places, seeing my children and my family well that makes me happy, waking up healthy makes me happy, thanking God for everything I receive makes me very happy. The best gift I can have in life is success, but let me explain how I define success.
Success for me is something more personal than something public. What for many people success can mean being famous or having an outstanding career, I relate it more to the inner peace that every person should have. Life gives you many tests, barriers, obstacles, experiences and things that you have to overcome, but if you have the fortune to reach adulthood and find the inner and spiritual peace that we all deserve and live it in abundance until you inspire others, with the love and peace that your life emanates, that for me is a successful person. In short, achieving peace in adulthood is the best gift that life can give you and for me it is the definition of happiness.
What should our readers know about your business?
The business world is very satisfying but it is not that easy. The first thing that anyone who wants to start a business should know is that there are always ups and downs, you never know what the day is going to bring, or the week or the month. That is why it is very important to save and organize yourself financially, for when the not very good days come, you have enough money to cope with them. I like to innovate in my business, that’s why I have to save more, a line of shirts and jewelry is coming soon.
Elefante & Co Boutique has been a business that came into my life at a very important moment, the cosmetology career is something that I really enjoy a lot, but my business is a place where I can express myself and offer my clients a little of who I am. . When the ladies arrive and say to me: “I want all the outfit that the mannequin is wearing”, it makes me feel that my work likes it, it’s worth it and I do it with all my love for my work and respect for my business. I like to support the economy of other countries, for that reason I bring merchandise from India, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, among others. In this commercial environment you interact and make yourself known with other business people, it has helped me to learn from other great entrepreneurs, or also to contribute your ideas, proposals or projects. A person should never stop dreaming, you never know if in 5 or 10 years your business will also be as big and recognized as others.
This is the legacy that I want to leave first to my children and then to the youth, that whoever reads me knows that there is no age limit to study, to achieve your goals, to fulfill yourself as a person. Everything can be achieved with effort and dedication, you do not need to go out into the streets to vandalize, to do the wrong things, just study, finish a career, prepare for life and your life changes by itself for the best.
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?
San Diego California is a very blessed city. since we have a beautiful climate, in addition to having beaches, mountains, forests, lakes, and countless places to visit. It is always a must for my friends to take them to Liberty Station, in addition to visiting Elefante & Co Boutique, in the public market you can find more than 30 establishments of all kinds of food, there is always something for all tastes, a family can go to eat to LIberty Station Public Market and choose each one what they like best, it is worth mentioning that eating in the public market is something delicious. All the places make excellent food, in addition to visiting the shops around, Sea Hive Station is one of my favorites, you find all kinds of vintage and modern articles and clothing, things for the home etc. From Imperial Beach to Carlsbad, the beaches in San Diego are always pleasant to enjoy all weekend.
One of the beautiful qualities that San Diego has is that it is multicultural, multilingual, we are all welcome, you can make friends with people from other cultures, live together and even make a family with them.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First of all, I thank God for having me in this life and enjoying the achievements that he has allowed me. But I also want to thank many people since my childhood, there was a lady who I do not remember her name and maybe I will never see her again but once she made me promise that I would study a professional career and that is one of the reasons that made me cling to keep my promise. I also want to thank my mother who always trusts me, as a single mother you learn to live more for your children than for yourself, and my mother knew, she gave me confidence to move forward and achieve each of my goals little by little. My children are highly motivated to achieve more goals, I want them to see that no matter how old they are, they can always get a professional career and have a new start in life.
I thank my school teachers, especially Sylvia Leon, who with her example and her advice are of great help to start your path in this career.
And big thanks to my spouse, who have the patience, tolerance and the love to support me in all my projects.
Photograper: Deziree Burton www.ambrosiastudios.com