We’re continuing with our series featuring some of the creative people that we know. Every Tuesday we will introduce them as they share with us the ten things they can’t live without. Today we are introducing our dear friend and interior designer, furniture flipper, DIYer, and licensed masseuse, Joaquin Abrego.
Location: San Antonio, TX
This is the obvious friends and family. There is no separation between the two as my friends have become my family. They are my sisters ***cue the 1970’s sister sledge hit song we are family*** Nothing matters more to me than my few friends and small but tight knit family. AND like a cliché gay, my mother is my best friend, #1 fan and biggest supporter. My fri-MLY keeps me safe, sane, grounded, happy, loved and in check.
There’s nothing I like less than a liar, a cheat, a fake or a pretender. The hardest thing to hold on to is integrity. So often people lie, cheat and manipulate to get ahead. When it comes to integrity I’m a little old school and believe your word should mean something. Your hand shake and word should be synonymous with trust, honesty and loyalty. If you say it, mean it and do it. Otherwise, don’t say it and if you’re wrong own it.
[three] sense of humor & sarcasm
If you can’t laugh at yourself, get outta my face. I LOVE dry humor and love people who can make a joke. My favorite people are those who are witty, quick and can banter without skipping a beat. Oh by the way, I’m horrible at telling jokes, witty YES, joke teller HELL NO. I never remember the joke just the punch line. If you can make me laugh you’re alright in my book.
[four] spray paint
I love spray paint. It allows me to custom any item I want and since I am an avid thrift store shopper, spray paint is my BFF FOR SURE. It gives me the ability to give furniture new life and a new look. It hides imperfections and is low cost and easy to use. Sadly, it is BAD for the environment and I TRY hard not to use it but it’s an addiction I can’t seem to break.
[five] guilty pleasures
What can I say except… I LOVE Rupauls Drag race, Britney Spears and 95% of Bravos reality shows. They make me laugh, dance, sing, gossip, act a fool and even throw glitter in the air as I spin. GAY! I know but that’s why it’s a guilty pleasure. The shows are fluff and none take themselves too seriously; it’s mindless entertainment that I welcome every now and again.
Massages are one of the BEST things EVER. They make a bad day/ week or month fade away. They are so relaxing and good for your body. They keep you young, sane and very relaxed.
[seven] imagination & dreams
I don’t know what age it is but many people lose their imagination, forget their dreams and become so boring and jaded. Dreams and imagination got us to the moon and they continue to move us forward.
[eight] credit card
If there is one thing I never leave home without it’s my CC. The ease of charging allows me to get in and out of places without a problem. It also keeps my wallet from losing its shape and being too heavy.
[nine] sunglasses & bags
Another thing I never leave home without is a pair of sunglasses. I find it very important to have a range of accessories to enhance your look. Bags (or in my case “my purse”) are not only cool but functional as well.
Personal or public, I believe challenges help build our character. I don’t believe it’s the challenge itself but how we confront, deal and process that builds character. Whether it’s a design competition or statement of ignorance, challenges have made me stronger, smarter, more flexible, witty and all around FIERCE.
Stay tuned for text Tuesday when we feature our dear friend and designer, fashionista, movie trivia buff, cupcake baker, vintage clothing connoisseur, and videographer Arlene Meyer.
Until next time!