Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Howdy, I am Patty from PattyTellsAll! I am a mother, I work full time, I go to school part time (9 credit hours) I am a new blogger and a freelance photographer. I am a proud Latina who loves to embrace my Hispanic culture. I work really hard because as a young mom, things don’t come quite easy and things are not just handed over. I had to grow up pretty quickly and learn to be a mother while still enjoying my life and not letting my flaws define me.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I am SHY!! When you see me at events and out and about you would probably never guess that I am quite shy, but I am. I have to give myself many pep talks before going to events especially if I have no clue if I will know anyone there. Blogging has definitely helped me come out of my shell but I still have my moments.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You do not need to please everyone” I am a people pleaser and I had to learn that you cannot please everyone. You have to give and take and not let little things get to you. You are not going to be everyones favorite and not everyone is going to like you and that is completely OKAY!
What message do you think every woman should hear?
“You are beautiful, you are smart, you can and you will” Many times people will think a woman cannot do something because she isn’t strong enough, or she is “too emotional” As a woman I truly believe we can do anything we set our heart to do. We are strong individuals that should not be overlooked.
Why do you love to travel?
I love to travel because I love to see and learn how other people around the world live. Learning about other people cultures is so important. I love Houston / Texas but there is so much beauty in the world that it is nice to explore it all.
What motivates you most?
My son motivates me the most. Everything I do for the future is for us. I go to school to better our future, I work hard for our future. I want him to know when he gets older that I worked very hard to provide for him and to give him a wonderful, successful future. I mentioned this a couple of times but being a young mom you sometimes get looked down on, I don’t ever want the excuse of “ oh, it’s because I was young” I can do anything that I set my heart to and I am determined to give Elijah the best life!
How do you manage your work-life balance?
This is a tough one. With being a mom, student, full time worker, and then I have my blog and photography, 24 hours in a day is not enough. I have to really plan everything out. Plan my events around my school and my son’s schedule. One thing I have had difficulty with is saying no, but I have had to learn that I cannot go to EVERY event. Some things really do need to give. Prioritizing family, and school is # 1 right now. I have a planner were I list all of my plans and events and that is probably what keeps me sane these days. Be organized!
What is your favorite meal?
Colombian food, there is a dish called “Bandeja Paisa” which is rice, beans, fried plantains, an egg, & a lot of meat. I probably eat that once a week because I like it so much.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
People are always surprised when they find out I am a mom. They look at me and think I am “very young” or “too young to be a mom” I had my son at 19 which is young but I always get very surprising looks when I tell them I have a 9 year old.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Event planning! I love everything about events whether it is a birthday party, a launch for a new brand or business, I love the planning that goes into an event. The execution and experience is the cherry on top.
What is something on your bucket list?
Something that is on my bucket list is to go to Disney for each holiday, so Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. I am a HUGE Disney lover and every year I see via Instagram how themed they get for the holidays so I would LOVE to experience Holidays at Disney.
Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration for my blog and IG comes from all of my fellow Houstonian bloggers to be honest. We all have our own style and I love to see photos and make them my own. We are all here to promote and build our own brand and it’s amazing how many bloggers there are and we can all do it without competition. The blogging community is so inspiring and uplifting.
What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passion is party planning, content creating, and photographing. Art is a huge part of my life. Everything I create, I put together is a form of art in my opinion. I love to create visual art for people. I am a very visual person so I like to put an image together from the outfits, products, colors & more.
Patty Artiga is a Blogger and Freelance Photographer