Today we’d like to introduce you to Capax by Mitzy.
Hi Capax by Mitzy, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started my business in 2019. I am a DACA recipient. As a DACA recipient, you have to renew your DACA every two years, in 2019 I renewed my DACA but unfortunately there were many delays with the USCIS office that I didn’t receive my work permit in time and it expired. I was let go from my job of four years and I am not one to sit and wait. I then a couple of days later, decided to start my business, ruwm. I had been fascinated by resin since 2018, but at that time I had a one year old daughter and I couldn’t find the time to start anything. I was then working a full-time job, being a brand new mom and making sure my family was well taken care of. I believe that everything happens for a reason and God was with me at this time of uncertainty and He has been a part of it ever since then. It was a miracle in disguise and it has been an amazing road that I wish I would’ve started it sooner and not focused on the “what ifs” but focus on the great possibilities. My DACA permit did arrive two months late, but I knew that I had to figure something else out so this specific situation didn’t happen to me again. Two years later, here I am. 2021 has been my best year so far and I can’t wait for what’s to come! I decided to change my name since i’ve added other materials to my work, I currently work with Acrylic, Resin & Wood. My name now is Capax by Mitzy. What is Capax? Capax is latin for capable or capaz (in spanish) I am capable of doing anything, we all are. So this brand is not only for me but for you too.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
A small business will never be a smooth road. As first-generation, I had zero idea of what to do, who to talk to or even how to set up my business correctly. The struggles have always been there but that has not stopped me from getting to where I am at today. Life happens and sometimes there’s nothing you can do about that but resolve those issues, learn from them and keep going!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am currently a Community Health Worker, I have been working at this job for almost one year and I love it. Like I said before, I am first generation, so growing up in a Hispanic household, you were the one that helped your parents translate paperwork, interpret phone calls, etc. If you know, you know. So you can say I’ve been doing this my whole life and I am happy that being bilingual has helped so many people in different ways. I’m selfless and always care about others, that’s why I am a CHW, I knew that this is what I wanted to do and I’m thankful that I was able to find a career path I love. I also love creating. I’m a Pisces and Pisces are creatives. I’ve always knew I wanted to do something with my hands and here I am doing something I love so much! It’s been hard managing my job and my business so I hope one day I can truly focus on my business but still volunteer my time to help others.
What matters most to you? Why?
My husband and daughter. My husband has been so supportive since the day I told him I wanted to start working with resin. & then a year & a half later when I told him I wanted to add acrylic and wood as materials I want to also work with. He has been my rock, my cheerleader and my helper. I don’t know what I would do without all of his help. Since the morning to the end of the night, he listens to me go on and on about my business and he doesn’t complain. Instead, he helps me, he gives me honest feedback and I know that without his help, I don’t think I could have made it this far! My daughter is also understanding of when we have to go attend pop-ups and she is fine with that because she spends her time with my parents-in-law and she loves her grandparents! My parents have been a great help too, they come support me at my pop-ups even if they just sit with me, watch my booth while I run to the restroom or bring my husband food. I am thankful my parents taught me how to be a hard-working woman and I will forever be thankful for the biggest life lesson I ever learned. Last but not least, my faith in God has always mattered to me. He has always been a part of my life. He is the reason why I am here, why my business is succeeding and why I have a great group of loving people who constantly support me no matter what!
- Website: www.ruwmcrafts.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruwm__/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruwmr/
Picture of myself with pink flowers, Jose Romero (husband) All other pictures were taken by me.