A big part of making decisions is determining what our actions and choices have been inspired by. So we asked decision makers from the community to tell us about what they are inspired by.

Chelsee Harris | Visual Artist

As I get more involved with my art practice I am finding inspiration amongst my immediate surroundings more often. I used to feel like as an artist you had to connect yourself to big ideas to make meaningful work, but these days for me that couldn’t feel more false. For example, I often take screenshots while watching movies and use those screenshots in my paintings, or I use a pattern from a blouse that was my mom’s or I take pictures on a walk around the neighborhood. If I ever get stuck I can just look around my house or studio and get curious about the things I’ve been holding onto. One item can remind me of another and I can follow that thought to the next like a bunny trail until I land on something that peaks my interests. Read more>>

Ángela Quijada-Banks | Best selling author / Founder of Consciously Melanated Queens / Holistic Health Coach

I am continually inspired by my ancestors, my colleagues and even those that I do not particularly agree with. My ancestors of African and Indigenous descent have gone through so much for me to be here today, to fulfill my divine purpose and be unapologetically who I am which inadvertently sends the message to others to do the same . As I continue to grow and evolve, I am understanding that no one has to understand or agree with my vision. It was not given to them and the more I procrastinate then the more time will pass and I will not be operating at my highest potential. It is imperative to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone. On the other side is a whole other level of joy and fulfillment that I could not have imagined possible. Read more>>

Kusina ni JingJing | Family-Owned Home Business

Our inspiration is more of a “who” than a “what.” We are inspired by our family, the Filipino community, and our customers.  We didn’t take the risk of starting our small business without the knowledge we gained from the family we grew up with. We were born and raised in the Philippines, where we learned firsthand of the recipes that have been passed down for generations from our grandparents. They say that Filipino recipes may seem similar but there’s always one ingredient or measurement (or lack thereof) that makes a family recipe special or different. It really depends on which city you come from or how your lola/lolo made it. Our grandparents set the foundation of our family recipes but there’s rarely a record of them as they cook by taste or by memory. It is through the foundation they set where we have been inspired to make it our own and pass it down to our children. The Filipino community, on the other hand, is an inspiration in and of itself as they remind us that our representation matters in the San Diego foodie scene. Read more>>