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

Hi Tomekia, what role has risk played in your life or career?

With any business, it will come with challenges. From trying to get clients, supply shortages, unpredictable weather conditions, or even self-doubt. It’s all about the ability to adapt to change and not get discouraged in the process. I moved to Texas from Atlanta, Ga with only a car full of necessities and a dream. My first business was baking, but somehow that passion faded. I’ve always loved events. I would offer to design a party instead of baking the cake. That’s when I knew that there was a shift and I needed to pursue this passion. I have been through so many challenges with learning this business. Sometimes, the bad outweighs the good, but I just remember why I started and keep moving forward.

There are many lessons I’ve learned along this journey. The most important one I learned is to not be afraid to take risks. Sometimes, we get caught up in the “what if’s”. What if this business fails? What if people don’t believe in what I have to offer? What if I’m not as good as the competition? I’ve learned to let go of self-doubt. You must believe in everything that you do and give it 100 percent. When you do, the reward will surpass the risks.

When I decided to be an entrepreneur, I knew that playing it safe was not going to get me far, so I decided to take that leap. I took a risk on myself, my creativity, my talent, and my purpose. Now, I am the owner of a growing small business. I have the pleasure of sharing my gifts with the world and I am loving every minute of it!

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

The name of my business is Pop Art Balloon Co. We specialize in custom balloon designs and installations. Our motto is “Let’s get it Poppin!”

I started Pop Art Balloon Co because I believe balloons signify a celebration. From young to old, balloons mean it’s time to party. I have been in the event industry for over 10 years. The reaction that you see from balloons is priceless. From little kids screaming “oh, balloons!” to proposals, grand openings, baby showers, or someone celebrating a milestone light up. The reaction makes my heart smile, and it feels amazing to be a part of someone’s special day.

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?

For my favorite spots in the city, we’re gonna travel around the whole metroplex.

I am an adrenaline junkie, so I love to go to Six Flags. Main Event, Puttery, or Round One are also great spots for a little friendly competition.

For some good food, there are just too many to name. Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles or Biscuit Bar are great brunch spots. Hard Eight and Hutchins have good BBQ. Legacy Food Hall is the ultimate for variety. Del Sur is my top Mexican cuisine spot.

If I want to hear some good music, Sandega 813 is always a good vibe.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout to my family and friends. Their support and encouragement give me the motivation to keep moving forward and not look back.

To all the event planners that have been so generous with passing on their extensive years of experience to me. Especially Delissa James Peterson, owner of Designs by Delissa. Your wisdom and guidance have helped equip me with the knowledge to conquer and soar in the event industry.

Most importantly, giving all glory to God who strengthens and guides me every single day.

Website: www.popartballoonco.com

Instagram: Pop Art Balloon Co

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