We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Tintle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Knowing whether to give up on a business venture or to stick it out and keep going is ultimately a decision that the individual in question has to make. It’s a difficult one and definitely carries a lot of emotion but I think what it boils down to and what you have to ask yourself is “do you have the ability to keep it going?” And to know that it’s okay if you don’t. It’s OK to move on from a business idea that has now become an albatross around your neck. It’s OK to pursue different avenue altogether. It’s OK to let go if you feel like it’s the right time but, if you don’t and the passion you have for your business is still there, then stick it out. Keep that flame going. As the old adage goes, nothing worth doing is easy and being a business owner is one of the most difficult things that anybody can do. But ultimately if you love it and if it brings you happiness then why stop?
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.
When I first started creating my products, I never intended nor did I ever see that it would become what it is today. I never intended it to be a business, I was just merely trying to heal. I was using my art as a way to heal from past traumas and to recenter and refocus myself. But as I continued creating, I was finding that people were interested in my work. People wanted to buy it, they wanted to have a piece of MY art and that’s one of the most amazing feelings in the world. To know that some thing that brought you so much joy to make can also bring joy to others. I think that’s the thing that I love so much about art in general; it can start as nothing and with just a little bit of work, a little bit of dedication, and a whole lot of patience you can turn it into something beautiful, something unique, some thing almost magical. There’s nothing more intoxicating than getting an order for something that you’ve created. I’ve been creating unique Drink ware for over five years now and I can tell you that it wasn’t an easy road. There of been many speed bumps, and many hurdles that I’ve had to get over and get through. There have been many, many, moments of self-doubt and feeling like I wanting to give up but there have been many MORE moments of excitement, of passion, and of inspiration. ultimately, it’s those good moments that out weight the bad. And those are the ones to remember.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I find this to be an extremely difficult question as there are so many wonderful places in San Diego to visit. I think my top favorite places are definitely as follows: 1. Julian because you just can’t beat a mom‘s apple pie or a burger from the diner. 2.Belmont Park because I adore the feeling of being on the boardwalk without being on the boardwalk. The rides are nostalgic and so much fun plus their ice cream is to die for. 3. The beauty of Balboa Park is like none other plus it has so many fun and educational things to enjoy with all members of the family. (I.e. the zoo and many wonderful museums) 4. Fallbrook, especially during the avocado Festival. it’s one of my favorite Events to participate in. 5. I love traveling over the bridge into Coronado. The views of south San Diego are absolutely gorgeous and will take your breath away. Plus the beaches there are beautiful. 6. And finally I think seaport Village/downtown San Diego. The environment there is so different than most of San Diego but is as equally as much fun. There are amazing little hole in the wall restaurants to eat at on almost every corner, There’s a plethora of historic ships to tour, You can cool off at waterfront park, or take a boat cruise around the bay. And if you look in the right places, you might find yourself in an underground speakeasy (but you didn’t hear that from me 😉).
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 have to dedicate this shout out to the friends who have stuck by my side since the beginning and were always so supportive. To My husband and my kids who are always my biggest cheerleaders and give me the inspiration to grow and succeed. And to my biggest fan, my grandmother. She was always in my corner supporting my business. I wouldn’t be anywhere near as artistic, as creative, or as hard-working if it wasn’t for the lessons that she taught me.
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