Grecia Parra

The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?

Grecia Parra: Grecia Parra, Professional Chef, Lifestyle Blogger and Entrepreneur

TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?

GP: I have a couple of different hobbies, two of my favorites are photography and trying new restaurants. Photography inspires me because it gets me out of my comfort zone. I tend to be a little shy, but this hobby often forces me to be in sometimes awkward situations to really capture a moment. Some of these moments have even inspired my work, because I might see something in the image that I didn't see while I was capturing the moment. 

Food has been a very important part of my life since I can remember. Discovering new restaurants is huge when it comes to finding sources of inspiration. The different cuisines and styles of cooking can really open up a whole new world and inspire me to create flavor combinations that I had never thought of before. 

TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?

GP: No, I haven't had that issue yet. I’m a big believer in only taking on projects that I am truly passionate about. This keeps me creative. I believe that if you stay authentic to your brand, your creativity is endless. 

TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?

GP: Lately I find that I have the most ideas late at night in my dark and quiet room. This is a blessing and a curse because at times it keeps me up way past my bed time! Now when it comes to productivity it is definitely in the morning! I tend to have the most energy and I get the most important tasks done early.

TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?

GP: I have so many but I really try not to overwhelm myself with tons of goals at once. But as of today growing my brand and working on a cookbook/lifestyle book is a big goal of mine. I want to share my story, because I know it will help a lot of people who find themselves in the same situation that I was once in. I have a story to tell and my goal is to inspire women with similar journeys. 

TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?

GP: At the moment I am working on an easy meal plan that will help people make healthier choices. This will take some time because I am a perfectionist and I want it to be easy, delicious and of course healthy. I get told a lot by people that they want to eat healthier, but they don't know where to start. My goal is to help them. I want to give them the tools to succeed in their journey towards a healthier tomorrow. My creative process when it comes to cooking is just that... COOKING, some great music in the background and trying recipes over and over until I love them. This is why it takes me a bit longer. I want to create the best and most flavorful results.

TCU: What scares you?

GP: Not living. Regrets. Thats why I’m big on doing what you love, being spontaneous and doing whatever comes to mind. Like taking a trip or something as simple as going bowling for the first time. 

 

TCU: What does success mean to you?

GP: Success to me is doing what I am truly passionate about and staying authentic while doing it. Working on my own terms and being able to provide for my loved ones.

TCU: Anything else you want to add?

GP: Maybe this is cliche, but I REALLY live by this… YOU can do anything you set your mind too, you just have to work for it. Really YOU CAN. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! 

 

You can find out more about Grecia on her blog Salt & Leisure (www.saltandleisure.com), Instagram @bygrecia and Twitter @grecia__parra.

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