We regularly ask our interviewees what makes them happy because at the end of the day, what else really matters? We’ve highlighted some of the responses below.

Samantha Weiss | Business Owner & Rescue Volunteer

There are several aspects of my business that make me happy. I get a lot of joy out of working with customers to create special, heartfelt gifts. During the pandemic so many people were unable to visit their families and loved ones so they wanted to create special photo gifts to send on holidays and special occasions. There were numerous examples of special custom orders but two that stood out was the mother who wanted to create special coasters to preserve the memories of 4 generations of her family together in various pictures. They had just lost the family patriarch and wanted to preserve special memories for various family members. The second custom order was a photo cube from a mother to a young daughter who had just lost her show cow which was her best friend. The little girl clearly loved the animal and the pictures were very touching and special. Knowing I am creating a memorable gift that will be cherished fills my heart and makes me happy. Read more>>

Caya Crum | Artist & Muralist

I love music and pop-culture icons such as David Bowie and Andy Warhol. I also enjoy the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth where I conceptualize many pieces I create. From the classical renaissance paintings to the traveling exhibits, theses historic treasures have granted me many ideas for past projects and the ones I continue to this day. Read more>>

Melissa Padilla | Artist Development

What makes me happy is music, being surrounded by friends and loved ones, making playlists, and helping other creatives perfect their craft. Being surrounded by people who support me on a daily basis pushes me to continue moving forward everyday. Music has always put me in a good mood, no matter what emotions or feelings are flowing through my body at the time. I know that when I put on music, it will uplift my spirits and make me happy inside and out. I enjoy collaborating with creatives, pushing them to try new things, and encouraging them to meet other new and established creatives. Making playlists have also been a therapeutic vice in contributing to my happiness. Making playlists allows myself to showcase my personality and creativeness to world, which all in all makes me happy. Read more>>