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There I am trying to take a selfie..Katrina is WAY better at it than I am...and she is so great at knowing her best angles!

There I am trying to take a selfie..Katrina is WAY better at it than I am...and she is so great at knowing her best angles!

Marcy Goss Garcea

Hi Kat (other friends and friends I have not met yet..thanks for checking this out!):

Yea. It is me. The one with freckles and super long hair (for now) who was always jelly of your tan and your beautiful blue eyes. 

I am a Co-Active Coach and Reiki Master, as well as a Marketer and Blogger. I have been at home with my children for ten years and it is time to move forward with my life. I am hopeful that this collaboration may be at least part of it.

I love Co-Active Coaching and Reiki, I am good at both, but it is not all that I have in me. I am an artist and writer and maker of beauty too. It is time to get the rest of me out into the world to share.

This website with Katrina (her logo, design and layout, she is an amazing designer and just so cool..no words) is about me and Katrina. We have devoted much of our lives to others and now we get to create - TOGETHER!!! It is so exciting I can't even tell you! Hold on, I just peed a little bit..brb.

I am a divorcee with three kids, Delaney, 12, Brady, 10 and Nolan 7 years old. They are my true loves, and my true heartbreaks. But that is the way parenting goes, and I accept that loving another human completely can mean brutal pain and brutal joy, both deep enough to bring tears at any moment. 

I believe in figuring out how to truly connect with everyone. I think that is ultimately what I am here to do. I am a keen observer of human behavior and I watch for patterns and "tells" in our struggles. Of all that I observe, everyday, I believe we are all just trying to connect to one another, in crazy, kooky ways, but it is ultimately what we are trying to do.

So while I love to create beauty, love to see beauty and love to help others find their own beauty, I believe the greatest way to achieve all of these things is through love and forgiveness which allows us to connect. When we decide to love not matter what, it is easier to connect and easier to forgive. And we are all here to be together and love  each other. Life is so much better when we do. (Okay, my kids would be making wretching noises now, so I have said enough.)

And this site is all about love and forgiveness, art, design and beauty, and friendship and all of the things that make us smile each day and grateful we have each other. And I am truly grateful for Katrina. 

And with that said, I hope to spread some love around with beauty and words and by having fun with my bestie, Kat, and you. Ready to play?

Marcy

Here we are in New York City trying to look cool! This was sometime in the nineties - maybe 1995 or so?

Here we are in New York City trying to look cool! This was sometime in the nineties - maybe 1995 or so?

It all started when...

Katrina Berlin (Benco) and I (then Marcy Goss) became friends in the fall on 1987. I was drawn to Katrina's bright pink Converse hi-tops and super cool asymmetrical bob haircut. So I approached Katrina at a football game and told her that I loved her shoes.

Who was I to grant approval? I was just another loud-mouthed 14 year-old freshman at Central High School. Katrina was a cool sophomore. Somehow she fell for my quirky, yet interesting energy and barrage of questions to check her "coolness" status. How could Katrina even consider hanging out with such a character? Good question, but she did. A lot.

Throughout our almost 30 year friendship we have both had many hard times with each other and in life. The thing that has always remained consistent between us was the love we have for each other and our ability to spur each other on creatively and emotionally. 

We have always understood each other in a way that is rare and precious. We both laugh at the same stupid jokes. We both hurt when we hurt each other. When one grows, it inevitably grows the other, even if we are out of touch. We both love art, in all forms, and love to express ourselves through creation. 

This website is a collaboration of minds and hearts that have been intertwined for many years, and possibly, many lifetimes. Please join us in the celebration of art, life, love, and hope that friendship and family and connection can bring when we ALLOW it. 

Celebrate life's many adventures and relationships with various artists, including our own works,  words and wisdom. Life is a beautiful mosaic of thoughts, ideas and beauty that your heart can feel, see, understand and connect to in a deeply satisfying and joyful way.

 
This is Katrina pregnant with Maddox at the awesome baby shower Marcy threw at Medinah. Marcy looks so cute here with her freckles! I am trying to be cute by am actually miserable with horrendous back pain, but man, that is an adorable maternity outfit!

This is Katrina pregnant with Maddox at the awesome baby shower Marcy threw at Medinah. Marcy looks so cute here with her freckles! I am trying to be cute by am actually miserable with horrendous back pain, but man, that is an adorable maternity outfit!

Katrina Berlin Benco

Hi Friend! I am the one on the left in the pic above and I am so pleased you are reading this! If you are, then you may already know me. If you don't, that is cool because I really hope this little project of ours touches someone new and brings some love into your life. I am a 44 year old wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. My hubby Rudy and I have been married for 11 years! My son Jackson is 24, and my two littles are Maddox (8) and Verity (7). We live in weird and sunny Austin, TX!

The idea for this collaboration of ours came during a sleepless night for me. Either it was a dream, or I was wide awake getting the biggest download of good ideas in my life, but either way, the idea for Heart Candy Studio was born! Marcy and I really wanted to collaborate on something, and when she heard my idea, we knew this was it. It combines everything we love - art, positive and fun messages, helping others, and uplifting each other. We do it with each other and thought everyone needs a friend who tells them the nice stuff rather than the backstabbing bitch who is jealous and passive aggressive! HA, we did start out that way in our friendship by the way - we had our bumps in the road. But now, we are each other's biggest fans.

I currently work full time at TandemSeven, a boutique consulting firm doing something somewhat related. I am a User Experience Architect and I spend my days humanizing technology! Sounds fancy, but I design apps for the web and mobile and make sure they are human friendly. Some people call it "user friendly". 

In my downtime, I am usually hanging with my friends and family - my parents and brothers and their families all live here in Austin now. Otherwise, I am either painting, designing, decorating my home or sitting on the back patio drinking wine. Thanks for being here and I hope you leave a comment somewhere and let us know what you think!

Peace and love, 
Katrina