Sweet! You’re here. Probably thanks to Facebook. Or karma. I was hoping you’d stop by. Hurry, hurry, the show’s about to start. Grab a virtual cupcake (or two) + put on your paint stained pajamas. It’s time.
My name is Mayi Carles + I’ll be your host for this mission. Destination: Your metaphorical star. Yes, that one. The one you can’t get off your head. Exactly.
Deep down, I know you long to catch it, but stuff gets in the way doesn’t it?
Owning your story is hard. You might be tempted to ignore it. You might choose to never seek it – after all, society does applaud the docile + the well-behaved + the “perfect”. You can convince yourself that it’s really not that big a deal. Well… you can try, but something magical will be lost + all you will feel is emptiness.
Embracing your vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on who you are – your purest life force. Claiming it is the bravest thing you’ll ever do.
To help, I’ve started a revolution here on Heartmade against fitting in. People-pleasing leads to ice cream. Instead, we’re letting go of who we think we should be to reclaim who we’re born to be, one gremlin at a time.
Excuuuuuu-se me perfectionism, messy coming through. Beep beep!
So c’mon on over. Yes you. This is your space to spill open your “flaws” + hopes + fears + epiphanies + worries + questions. You’re bound to leave here feeling lighter + empowered + most certainly loved.
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When did you start blogging + why?
I began blogging in June of 2010 as a way to spill open all my hopes + fears + passions + epiphanies + worries + questions + more. I wanted + most certainly needed a space to vent + a platform to throw all instruction manuals in the trash bin + give my heart something worth beating about + inspire others to do the same. Plus, I was looking for a job that involved me working in my pajamas 95% day of the time. Blogging seems like the perfect fit.
Your site is beautiful. Who designed it?
Awwwww STOP IT. Ok don’t. I design all my websites but I have an amazing developer, Ricardo Karamañites who codes everything for me. I know there are a million You Tube videos + Skillshare classes to learn how to do it myself. I don’t want to. I want to live a long + healthy + heart attack free existence. Thank you very much. Amennnn for web wizards!
Any tips on creativity?
Ignore everybody. And by “everybody” I really mean the people sitting in the sidelines, throwing tomatoes from the bleachers. Attacking + criticising is easy. Cruelty is cheap. Pay no attention to these cowards. Sure, they might never experience defeat, but neither will they ever savor the infinite power of victory.
How do you manage to do all that you do?
Oh boy! I wish I could tell you I have an army on Minions bouncing around my studio. (Un)Fortunately, this is a one women operation. Thank goodness I inherited my fathers intensity + obsessive compulsive discipline and mom’s self-drive + laser sharp vision. Not so secretly, I also use my Life is Messy Planners to show gremlins who’s the boss. I would be in a sh*t pickle otherwise.
I really enjoyed your (insert name of post here) post. Can I share it?
Of course! I love it when others enjoy my posts enough to share them with their friends + network via social media or their own sites. You have my permission. Just keep in mind, posts can’t be copied in their entirety + I do ask for a link back to the original post with credits. Also note that all layouts + tutorials + collages + printables + videos on this blog are created solely for the site, so please don’t reproduce these items without written permission. Thanks for understanding.
I love your whimsical illustrations, can you make me a custom character?
You bet. Send me an e-mail to email@example.com with the details + I’ll send you all the details – availability + pricing.
I make cool stuff. Can you feature me on your blog?
I rarely, if ever, feature just cool people + cool products or cool shops. I’m more interested in your back story + what makes your heart party like it’s your birthday + snail mail. I L-O-V-E getting surprises in the mail. A handwritten letter. Something you made. Your book. Anything that will not melt on it’s way here really. And of course if your gift is a good fit for the blog’s aesthetic + content, I’ll showcase it on a Friday Video Time episode (if applicable) + give you a shout out on my social media channels. My address is:
8619 NW 68th Street #CO142
Miami, FL, 33166
I would like to use one of your images on my blog. Can I?
I’d love for you to share my work on your blog, that’s so kind of you. I only ask that you please give credit to my work + link back. Thanks for understanding.
How you keep your videos coming?
The honest truth? Because I committed to making them every Friday. It’s incredible what social accountability can do for you. In the back of my mind I feel that if I don’t show up for an episode my readers will think I’ve been abdudted by aliens.
I love your videos. What video equipment do you use?
My old school videos were filmed on my MacBook Pro’s built in camera. Now I have a Flip Ultra HD + I love it. For a really long time I placed my camera on top of a flipped trash can on top of my desk, but I’m now proud to say I own + use this tripod. For lighting I use this + this for a glowing look (thanks April Bowles for the recommendation, you rock!).
What’s the one thing you’ve done for your business that changed everything?
I hit the red button behind this camera. I still wasn’t invited to the premier of The Great Gatsby, but I close my studio at noon of Fridays + don’t schedule meeting on Mondays. Cuz, I can. All because my videos clicked with you + a special group of people who believed in me + allowed me to continue doing what I love + changed everything. Thank YOU for being here. Wouldn’t be the same without you.
I love your video animation. Is it something you got done or did yourself?
You’re in for a treat. My brilliant animator, Arturo de la Guardia created a video explaining our entire collaboration. You can check it here. Hope you love it + find it really valuable.
Do you really wear pajama buttons below your outfits?
Hmmmm… next question.
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Is Mayi your real name?
Hmm, not really. My birth certificates says I’m a Maria Alejandra Carles Ferrer. Try saying that faster. Maria Alejandra Carles Ferrer. Maria Alejandra Carles Ferrer. Maria Alejandra Carles Ferrer. You see? Please, call me Mayi.
I’m wondering how you get your hair to look so silky/smooth all the time.
Awww stop it! OK don’t LOL. Although my hair will never be as sleek + gleaming + TV-commercial ready as I’d like, I do have to give credit to my mom for never giving me permission to dye my hair before I turned 18. Surprisingly, by the time I got to 18 I no longer wanted to jump on the painting-my-hair wagon, so what you see is the result of being 100% natural. It also help stay away from over-the-counter hair crap that feels like detergent. I’m a loyal consumer of organic shampoo’s + conditioner’s, Aveda being my absolute favorite brand.
How tall are you?
5’1″, like an Umpa Lumpa but a bit taller.
I follow you on Instagram + love your recipe posts. Are you vegan/gluten-free/sugar-free?
No. I’m not vegan + raw + vegetarian + ice-creamtarian or gluten-free. I’m a person who eats. I used to force myself to fit into little tiny categories to be able to explain to people what I am. Not anymore. Makes me claustrophobic. I eat what makes me feel great. Well, most of the time. I still love me some pepperoni pizza.
You’re cute + smiley. Tell us something about you we would never expect.
I once crossed the Canadian border illegally inside a big trash bucket. Please don’t tell my grandma’, she wouldn’t be proud.
What does Mr. Larrinaga do for a living?
Hubby is an independent insurance adviser + an avid surfer + a BBQ champion. I love + admire him unconditionally, for this + every lifetime.
Where in the world do you live + love + create?
Panama City, Panama… born + raised baby! Panama, in case you’re not familiar, is that tiny little country on the map sandwiched between Costa Rica + Colombia, you know, where the Panama Canal is? That one. Exactly. It’s sunny + rainy + hot + sandy + beautiful all year round. Living here does give me that bragging right.
My studio/home is located right next to my parent’s + in front of my grandmother’s + diagonal to my aunt + uncle’s + two houses away from my Godmother’s house. So, as you can probably imagine, my work is greatly influenced by my very loving + supportive family. If you ever find yourself in town, please bring me cupcakes!
If I write you an e-mail will you get back to me?
You bet. I might not be able to get back to you as quickly as I’d like to, but I promise I’ll get back to you every time. I pride myself in always being within reach + accessible to my readers. Your interest in me + this blog means the world to me.
If I send you an interesting question will you add it to this FAQ list?
Sure. Tackle me with your question baby! Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.