Casual Types

Carlos Chavez

Q: What does a typical day in the life for you look like?

A: I build. I make. I love to read. Discovering new music constantly. I meditate and take the time to recenter myself. Planning, journaling. scouting new adventures. I take the time to be in nature a lot. It grounds me. It reminds me of who I truly am within. It whispers it all back to me.

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: Self discovery. Self mastery. I’m passionate about life.

Q: How did you get started in the world of design/woodworking?

A: It started when I was a kid. I always had an adventurous spirit and wanted to get my hands on many experiences and things. A drum kit, paintball gear, bikes, camping, the list goes on. So I went to work with my father who was a contractor at the time to earn my own means to attaining what I desired at the time. I learned a lot of things about building by just being in that environment. My mind has always been about piecing things together so it came to me naturally. Developing skills from practice became my focus. It was an art and will always be an art to me. Building to me is more than slapping things together. There must be harmony in how things flow together. when there’s disharmony… it affects the feel of everything. So I strive for good craftsmanship and flow. Even when there are mistakes. I strive to make the best out of them. Wabi Sabi.

Q: Have you faced adversity in your life or career? What have you learned from that?

A: Thankfully so. Being a first gen culturally shocked out here with no relatives to surf the waves with was a prerequisite to owning my stride no matter where it is I go. What I learned from life is, no one’s got you but yourself. As in, what we truly harness, that power within, we gotta listen to it and adapt with the world. let it guide us through it all. I learned to guard my energy and own it. I learned discernment from things that don’t have my best interest. I learned to not tolerate low grade standards. What I learned with adversity is to see what’s in front of me and break it apart. dissect it and find its root. There I saw that what’s creating most of the pressure just needs the right kind of attention. Watering it and getting the right nutrients for the situation at hand. I learned to get the components in check and see what isn’t conducive to positive growth.

With experience I learned to move with intention. Our gut feeling, that intuition. Thats our inner compass.

Q: What are some things that you are grateful for?

A: I’m grateful for the differences in this world. I’m grateful for my family and growing to really embody what it means to be family. I’m grateful to have experienced many creative endeavours. To work alongside others with vision. I’m grateful for the universe and all its gifts and opportunities.

Q: One of our brand mottos is “Keep it Casual”. What does “Keep it Casual” mean to you in your own life?

A: Keep it casual to me means keep it real. Raw. Essence speaks louder than words so just be real. Keep it casual.

Q: How do you stay inspired?

A: Aside from the many books on my wall. I listen in to what speaks to me in the moment. Where i get most of that clarity is nature.

Q: Are there any publications or online journals that you venture to for inspiration?

A: Many. It all depends on where I am in life. What particularly has my interest at that time.

Q: Socks or no socks?

A: I prefer socks.

Q: Do you have any plans or projects that you are looking forward to in the future?

A: My plan for the future is to work with creatives that strive to create environments where learning is encouraged. more understanding for humanity. More spaces of healing and inner work. Recognizing that environments either inspire you or expire you, I hope to fully send my creative gifts to create incessantly to that cause. As for right now I’m fully sending it making amazing environments and interior furniture and am enjoying it.

Q: What’s one piece of advice, encouragement, or challenge you’d love to leave our readers with?

A: Don’t lie to yourself.

Q: Where can our readers find / follow you, and what would be the best way to support you?

A: Though I’m not consistent on the social media waves, hit me at @drumsanity.

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