We had the good fortune of connecting with Eva Luz Carrillo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eva Luz, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
With regards to pursuing your career or passions, I don’t believe that giving up should ever be an option. When you find yourself at a crossroads, it helps to take a step back and reassess your current situation from a different angle.

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 specialize in one-of-a-kind statement jewelry. I love challenging my creativity by not repeating anything I have already made. You may find pieces similar in style, but no two pieces are ever the same. I take pride in creating original work that represents the individual in all of us. What started off as just making gifts for friends gradually progressed into a passion and a business. However, there are always going to be challenges and obstacles along the way. Recently, I was faced with the challenge of recognizing that it’s alright to hit the pause button when you reach creative low or burnout. Juggling a small business, a full time job and single parenting got the best of me. I felt that I had lost my creative drive and worried that my career as a jewelry designer was reaching it’s end. I made the decision to take a step back from designing in order to reassess the direction of my business. I soon realized that taking a break was exactly what I needed in order to get my creativity going again. I also learned to not be so hard on myself. I fell back in love with my craft and that love and strength is reflective in my creations.

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?
My friends are big foodies like myself, so I would try to introduce them to as many places to eat as I could. Some of my favorite breakfast spots are: The Trails Eatery, Harbor Breakfast, & The Hills. You can’t go wrong with tacos in SD. I would definitely take my friends to Tuetano Taqueria in San Ysidro, La Vecindad in Hillcrest, Los Titos, or Vallarta Express in La Mesa. In regards to site seeing, SD has so many great neighborhoods to hang out in. South Park, Barrio Logan, Little Italy, Downtown La Mesa, and Hillcrest all have great places where you can grab a coffee or a beer and just enjoy the energy of the city. At night I would probably take my friends to go check out some art shows and to see some live music at The Casbah, Soda Bar or Whistle Stop. I feel like a visit to SD isn’t complete without a day trip to Mexico. Either going down to Valle de Guadalupe to do some wine tasting or brewery hopping in Tijuana.

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 would love to give a special shout out to my jewelry making instructor Pamela Ryerson at Grossmont Adult School. I started taking her classes about 5 years ago so I could learn to solder. She’s a wonderful instructor and has always been supportive of my over ambitious jewelry ideas.

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