We had the good fortune of connecting with Anahi Abe-Brower and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anahi, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it… Attitude is more important than facts. It is more ore important than the past, than education, money, circumstances, than failures and success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, ability, or skill. It will make or break a business, a home, a friendship, an organization. The remarkable thing is that I have a choice everyday of what my attitude will be. I cannot change my past. I cannot change the actions of others. I cannot change the inevitable. The only thing I can change is my attitude.” – Chuck Swindoll I am an unshakable optimist and I think I have a pretty positive attitude most of the time, but when I am having a tough day or life seems to be going uphill allot, I read this quote to myself and it immediately lifts me up! I am infused with my own power to choose my attitude and it guides me into trusting that if I have the appropriate attitude for the situation at hand, life will also guide me and help me. I love how positive and uplifting this quote is and how it infuses the reader with his/her own power to choose!
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 have always known I was a creative person and wanted to do something to do with art. So I shyly graduated with a Major in International Studies with an Asian Track and a minor in Art. When I was in my late 20’s, I went back to school for graphic design and started my career as a children’s book designer. Nevertheless, while I was still in college, I went to study and lived in Japan for six months since I always wanted to learn more about my Japanese heritage and was fascinated by the minimalistic, simple and clean design in Japan. I studied calligraphy and often took pictures of patterns and was fascinated with Japanese culture. Now, I use my graphic design skills and love for simple and minimalist esthetics to design every product in my collection of eco-friendly products. I am always influenced by my love of Japanese of patterns and strive to inspire sustainability in a beautiful and elegant way.
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?
If my best friend was visiting from out of town, I would first take her to Torrey Pines on my favorite beach hike so we can get our bodies moving. Then I would take her to breakfast to The Cottage La Jolla. We would walk around the village to let our food go down. Mid day, we would head over to The Lodge at Torrey Pines and check into their day spa for a massage and hang out by the pool. The next day, I would take her swimming at the La Jolla Cove for her to see seals, kept and gorgeous garibaldi fish everywhere! After the morning swim, I would head over to Balboa Park for a walk around the grounds but first stopping for a coffee at The West Bean right outside the Park. For Dinner I would take her for a vegan meal at Donna Jeans near Balboa Park or a beautiful Italian meal at Buona Forchetta in South Park and walk around the shops in this sweet neighborhood. We would end our evening watching the Sunset at Coronado while having glass of wine at the iconic Del.
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?
I love this question since I have always cringe at the words “I am a self-made man or woman” Nobody is self made. We stand in the shoulders of giants like Arnold Schwarzenegger said it so eloquently in his forward to the book; “Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. I would like thank so many people that have touch my life in very special ways…but we don’t have room here! 🙂 First, my mother for teaching me to never give up and to follow my dreams at any stage of my life. We moved from Mexico to the US when I was 14 and she was 46 because she had a dream of becoming a pasty chef in the US. My first English teacher in the US who would stay 20 extra minutes everyday to help me learn English since she knew how much I wanted to learn English fast because I wanted to go to college. My first art teacher who made me feel welcome and part of a community I could barely understand when I moved to the US, he would encourage me to just finish the art projects and not worry about the worksheets or tests since I was just learning English and he loved practicing his Spanish with me. My first drawing teacher who told me I can absolutely make money with art since everything we design has to be drawn first. The most amazing school counselor who helped me filled out college applications, reviewed my essays over and over and helped apply for a scholarship. He told me I could go to what ever University I wanted to and I am proud to say I graduated from Pepperdine University in California. While studying at Pepperdine University, one of my 1st English teachers was also one of the editors to Steven King and everyone was terrified of his class. I decided I was not going to drop his class and learn as much as I could, so when he saw my commitment, he called me into his office and told me: ” Don’t ever try to impress me with big words you don’t know how to use. Use the simple words you know and be as descriptive and clear as possible.” I received a C in his class and at the end of the semester, he called me into his office again, and told me that I should consider my “C” an A+ since I had just learned to speak and write in English 4 years ago and he was very proud of me. His encouragement was a fuel to the rest of my collage education. Very recently, I would love to give a shout out to the local CONNECT ALL @ The Jacobs Center for the wonderful business accelerator I was part of. My mentors and teachers guided me for 6 months and have helped discover what to focus on to help me grow my business. Before this wonderful business accelerator I have followed the mentorship of Marie Forleo with her B-School program and have learned so much from her program, empowering interviews and book “Everything is Figureoutalbe” Last but not least, my husband who has always encourage me to ask for more since the worst thing that can happen is that someone says “no, ” supported me when I went back to school for design and encourage me to start my own business while financially supporting the family.
Photo Credits to: Megan Morello Photography Angela McCaw – McCaw Photography