We had the good fortune of connecting with Citlalli Lara-Aguilar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Citlalli, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I do, I actually I have two. The first one is: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”. I had been praying for guidance for a while, I had a newborn and we were fully renovating our home at that time; The environment wasn’t ideal, I was busy and exhausted but I knew I had to start, this quote kept resonating in my head all the time so I started with 15 items on my shop. I was not ready but this idea kept me from not taking action. The other one is on Proverbs 31 10-30 Those verses are my daily inspiration and the heart behind Mi Cielo Dallas. I love these verses because I aspire to have those attributes, to have the strength, creativity and noble character of the woman described in Proverbs 31.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Mi Cielo is a brand of all things colorful, functional and pretty selected and curated personally, a lot of our products are hand made in Mexico. We focus on fair trade; we’re so happy to provide artisans in rural areas with income for a chance to live a better life. We recently expanded offering a wide range of dry goods. The challenges of owning a small business while taking care of a family are many, it hasn’t been easy and its based on trial and error but all its done with so much passion and love in the hopes that our shop can bring joy to our clients with our very special gifts.
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.
To begin with I would take them to eat breakfast at Resident Taco, another great spot we love is SoCo Coffee House and Bistro. Most of our friends are parents so we would take them to The Dallas Arboretum or to have a pic nic at White Rock Lake. In the afternoon Bishop Arts District would be a great spot to take a stroll and grab Lunch. We love casual bars to have a drink with friends, we love Good Friends , The Old Monk and Vector Brewery.
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?
There are a few people that played a big role in the success of Mi Cielo. Shoutout to my husband for his support, advice and help, also the wonderful woman in my life, specially my mother, mother in law and grandmother for being my inspiration and mentors, and to my friends, the ones that kept pushing me to start, I value that more than they will ever know.