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Exploring Life & Business with Migdalia Leon De Monsalve of Designs and Handmade Creations by m.leon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Migdalia Leon De Monsalve. 

Hi Migdalia, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
My name is: Migdalia Leon De Monsalve, I am Venezuelan and it has been 5 years since I left everything in my country Venezuela, since August 28, 2017 I am here in the United States specifically in Orlando – Kissimmee, arriving here has been too much challenging, starting from the language as any custom that is totally different from my country of origin, my beginnings here were very hard, however, I have always had faith and focused on the positive, I started working on things that I had never done since in my country I am a professional in business administration and accountant and I had a career, despite having a very sad heart for having left my family (parents, siblings, etc.) in the same way I kept setting goals to continue leading my 2 children forward in union with my husband and helping my relatives in Venezuela.

Despite what you have to live as a migrant in a country different from your culture, you always have to move forward and set goals and as I always say, dreaming costs nothing, the difference is being able to materialize it. Some time ago, parallel to my studies and my work in Venezuela, I loved crafts, and I started doing them as a child. I remember that since I was 7 years old I never liked to play with dolls, but I did like to change the design of the clothes they wore and I used to make new clothes in a different style: I liked to draw paper dolls and make new clothes by drawing by combining colors and I loved it. One day I saw my mother knitting and I told her to teach me, I learned and later I also learned how to sew on my own. by hand, then seeing an aunt who is a seamstress I learned to use the sewing machine, I learned in my adolescence everything I could in handicrafts but always busy with my studies I left handicrafts in the background because it was not my priority.

In the same way, I continued learning to make other crafts such as: invitation cards, birthday favors, centerpieces with flowers for parties, balloon arrangements, and many others. At family gatherings many people asked who had made the birthday cards and arrangements? And my relatives told them that it was “me” some of them approached me and said: “you should dedicate yourself to doing those things that are easy for you”, I liked their comments but I always left crafts in the background because of my work and my career professional, for me it was hobbies to be able to help with the decorations, arrangements and crafts for the birthday parties of my family and friends, in fact the decoration with balloons, the invitation cards, the centerpieces and other things were done by hand for me and with the help of my mom and some maternal aunts for my wedding party.

I learned to make prints on clothes and decorated my shirts to my liking, later on I would personalize my children’s shirts and all this in Venezuela.

After a while here in Kissimmee the children at school have always been asked for a t-shirt with a design for a special activity, sometimes I had to improvise with any material at home and other times I couldn’t do anything for my work.

I already knew some techniques to sublimate, print shirts, personalize cups and other products, in addition to sewing, it is precisely on Halloween 2021 my youngest son tells me “mom I want you to make me a costume” he made his design of what he wanted and I I made his suit, it was precisely there that I began to focus on giving shape to all those skills learned over a long time, because of my profession in Venezuela I have notions of how to register a company, but I began to investigate and study how it was done to do it here in the United States , they advised me until I succeeded, today I make personalized prints and sublimations on flannels, simple bags, glasses, mugs, flannels for birthday events, meetings, company uniforms and I am constantly learning to be able to continue growing and offering quality and service in my products Always focused on advancing and growing.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?

It has not been an easy road, the biggest obstacle is to win clients and get that market that really values ​​your work, many may think that it is simple but it is not.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next, you can tell us a bit more about your business?
We are dedicated to making personalized print and sublimation in t-shirts, toto bags, cups, tumblers, and others for birthdays, walks, uniforms, etc. Personalizing quality moments and memories.

We’d love to hear about what you think about risk-taking.
Risk is something that is always present in all aspects of life, some lower, others higher. Not everyone is prepared to take risks regardless of their size; taking risks implies that you must be mentally prepared and be aware that the decision you make, be it good or bad, will generate a positive or negative consequence in your future.

Many times we are overwhelmed by the fear of not losing the little or much that we have achieved with so much effort and years of work, but if you manage to identify those fears, you will be able to be clear about your goals to move forward and be able to design strategies that allow you to achieve those objectives and goals in the short, medium and long term. I have taken many risks throughout my life and I always get ahead, one of the biggest risks, for example, was the fact of emigrating to a country totally different from mine, not knowing where to go, what was going to happen in the following days, it really was a great decision even with headaches but in the end for the well-being and safety of my family who are my pillar, it was a very strong episode and it filled us all with great fear.

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