We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikayla Chin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mikayla, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always been an artistic kid and knew that I wanted a creative career. Growing up, I made and tried a lot of different art mediums. From nail art to jewelry making to digital drawing, I loved venturing out and exploring what each medium can do. My family noticed all of the creative stuff that I was doing and kept saying over the years that I should start selling them. I now knew that I wanted to sell and share my artwork, but I also wanted to make sure that I was also sustainable about it. Then the pandemic hit, and that became my push to start selling what I made. Two years later, I’m still selling my Plants and Positivity creations and am constantly expanding my shop to more and more products. I love the small biz community, and just the thought of spreading positivity to others is what keeps me going. It may not be a full time job yet, but I will always have MadeItMikayla in my heart.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What inspires me to pursue art and design as a career is this quote “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” and I always go back to it when I feel stuck. I reference Plants and Positivity as my tagline because to me, plants represent nature and growth which also ties into spreading kindness and positivity. My artwork features bright yet earthy colors, with planty illustrations, and lately hand lettering.

I’m a recent grad from the BFA Graphic Design Program at San Jose State University, so I have lots of experience with being creative and working hard. I wouldn’t consider myself a professional yet, but I came to be where I am today because of my consistency in working hard, my inspiration and support from others, and my strive to keep going and growing.

Some things I’ve learned along the way are to take some time for yourself, celebrate small steps, and not to plan out the future too much or too seriously because anything can happen (i.e. the pandemic). I also found out that I live with three anxiety disorders, so this year I’ve been taking it easier on myself and learning more about how to manage them.

I’d want the world to know that MadeItMikayla is about making it in your world, spreading positivity, and being sustainable. I chose this name because I wanted to say “I made it” for the items that I make but also that I’m making it in life, plus my name also starts with an M so it has a nice ring to it. The best thing you can do for yourself is to start, and time will lead the rest.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in San Francisco, California so there’s plenty of things to do! I also love playing tourist once in a while, so we’ll definitely visit the Golden Gate Bridge. Downtown is pretty lively and packed, and there’s a few museums like the SFMOMA that will take a whole day. Union Square is a fun little park area, and I still haven’t tried the ice skating rink that they put there during winter! The Exploratorium and Conservatory of Flowers are in Golden Gate Park, which is actually bigger than Central Park in NY. We’ll also shop in Westfield, the biggest and only mall downtown. Japantown will also take around a day, and we’ll definitely be taking some yummy mochi back with us. One thing we won’t be doing is going to the beaches because the water here is freezing! Bring a jacket because it’s not as sunny as you’d expect.

One of my favorite foods in SF is Sushirrito, it’s basically a giant sushi roll the size of a burrito! A must-try when you’re in town. There’s a lot of parklets around the city, and my best friend and I went to one the other day for a glass of wine. It’s so nice to people-watch and chill in a cute space with a fun friend. Another restaurant that I’d plan to visit is City View for some of the best Dim Sum I’ve ever had.

Did I mention that all of this will be done using public transportation? It’s a nightmare driving downtown and around the city; I personally haven’t learned to drive yet because I’ve always relied on our consistent public transportation systems. There’s so much more to do, but these are some of the things that we’d do together.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Thank you to my best friends Tati and Tran for always supporting and encouraging me in everything that I do. Thank you to my parents and family for being interested in what I create. Thank you to my boyfriend Emil who is always there for me, loves me, and helps me out. Finally thank you to the small biz community and everyone on IG that supports and inspires me. I couldn’t have made it here without y’all!

Website: madeitmikayla.com

Instagram: @madeitmikayla

Linkedin: @mikaylachin

Facebook: @madeitmikayla

Youtube: @madeitmikayla

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