We had the good fortune of connecting with Rosalia Nava and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rosalia, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I would say it’s the amount of time that goes into everything. I work on mostly custom orders so making every piece is very time consuming. It’s a long process to post products online, answer emails, create and package the orders. This is why when you order custom items from small shops it’s good to order early and be aware of the makers’ turn around time. I have had to learn how to manage my time wisely. Although it can still be a struggle to juggle everything, I am thankful for every order and love what I do.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. 
I’ve heard people say that they could easily do what I do, and it’s true. Anybody can make paint and create signs, but the one thing that makes mine unique is that I handwrite everything. Someone else might have a very similar style in writing, but it will never be exactly the same which makes my creations one of a kind. Something I’ve learned throughout the years is that not everyone in your life will be supportive of you and what you do and that’s ok. Others will see your work and support it, you don’t need everyones approval, you’ll find your audience along the way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of the places I always take people when they visit Fort Worth for the first time is the stockyards! It’s a beautiful and historic part of my hometown.

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?
This one is easy, I owe any success in my life to my parents. They have demonstrated what it’s like to work hard for your goals and dreams. They are the reason I am so driven and motivated with my small business or anything else in life, to make them proud. Mil Gracias a mis padres for sus sacrificios, todo lo que soy y lo que hago es por ustedes.

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