“My family life is strange. Both my husband and I come from broken (divorced) families. However, we have a strong commitment towards one another to stay together and grow old, although we do not have examples of how to do that”
Tiffany is a Houston based edgy jewelry designer and a mother of two precious kids. Find below her interesting thoughts on motherhood, work and family.
Olive Maternity: Can you give us a short introduction about yourself? What was your childhood dream, what has been your career path thus far? Have you always wanted to become a designer?
Tiffany Recio: Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast. I have always been very energetic. I moved out of my parents house at 17 and had to work several jobs to support myself. My first job other than coaching gymnastics, was a dental lab technician. I had a full time job as a lab tech during the day and a part time job coaching gymnastics in the evenings. I loved working with my hands and materials, and aspired to create. I put myself through art school eventually.
Olive Maternity: What’s the best and most difficult part about being an entrepreneur/designer? What are the challenges of your industry, especially in these modern times?
Tiffany Recio: The best thing about being an entrepreneur is that I am in complete control. The worst thing about being an entrepreneur is that I am in complete control. There are many aspects about being a successful entrepreneur that one has to learn to manage effectively. I have found that it is crucial to be organized in thought and in the physical state. Staying focused and time management key elements needed to thrive. In the jewelry industry, there is so much competition and is dominated mostly by men.
Olive Maternity: Can you share some of your experiences from pregnancy, what you wish you had known before that first pregnancy?
Tiffany Recio: When I was pregnant, I gained so much attention from complete strangers. It was weird that people wanted to come touch my belly and felt so comfortable in doing so. All of the sudden everyone started telling me their opinions and stories. It was very overwhelming. I wish I would have known how emotional it was all going to be for me.
Olive Maternity: Can you tell us a bit about your family life and what you believe are the keys to balancing work and personal time? What’s the best part about being a mom?
Tiffany Recio: My family life is strange. Both my husband and I come from broken (divorced) families. However, we have a strong commitment towards one another to stay together and grow old, although we do not have examples of how to do that. Our immediate family is calm. We enjoy our children and do whatever we can to teach them and share our love and sense of well-being. When I am with my kids, work is not on my mind. I split my days in half and do my best to leave work at work. My philosophy is that I can always have time to pour into my work when my kids are moved out. The customers will be there. The business will be there. My kids are only with me and dependent on me for a short part of my life. They are my number one priority. I will never have another chance to mother them. The time I have with them when they are young is a gift and my job is to give my whole self to them. To teach them. To love them. To talk together. To play together. To give them my undivided attention. They deserve it and I deserve that opportunity. They need me and I need them. My work is what I do in the meantime when I cannot be with them and time management is the key to being successful at both. I must accept that my work growth will be slow and steady. The best part about being a mom is that the best in me rises to the occasion out of my love for them. Because I have such a responsibility to teach them how to survive and live a good life, the higher self within me is more present in my daily life.
Olive Maternity: What relaxes you and how do you enjoy your free time?
Tiffany Recio: I love art. I like to dance and move my body. I enjoy all forms of art. Visual, performance, etc. I enjoy reading about art, philosophy, how to books, fiction..etc. I like to spend time with a few friends at a time. It is relaxing to listen to music or watch movies. I like to watch the kids play and play with them. We go out to dinner and try new activities.
Olive Maternity: What would you advise to women all around the world who feel the need to push their career and professional life forward, yet strive to have a family and spend quality time with loved ones?
Tiffany Recio: Being a mother is the most important job there is. Never stop dreaming or let your career path become complacent because it is important to maintain your sense of individuality and passions. Be good at what you do and challenge yourself in your career, but be realistic about your goals for the short time you have to raise your children. You will miss the time you didn’t spend with them. You will not miss the money or praise for your hard work.
Olive Maternity: Regarding your work, who would you like to see wearing Recio designs in the future? Where do you find inspiration and who is your woman?
Tiffany Recio: I would like to see artists, actresses and actors, eclectic types wearing my work in the future. Also, I think my market is people who are art enthusiasts and enjoy being set apart from the mainstream trends. I find inspiration from nature, art, shapes, colors, form, interesting materials, fashion, and the creative process. My “girl” is tough and edgy yet has an honest, sensitive spirit.
Thank you, Tiffany!
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