Before we begin… the biggest + fattest HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the most wonderful woman in the Universe: My mom!
Thanks for always picking up. I know you have like a very important job + everything. I know a call A LOT with my Apocalyptic little problems. I just want you to know that just knowing you’re there makes me feel instantly better.
Thanks for never missing a dance recital. I noticed. How did you do to get front row middle seats every time?
Thanks for being my rock. My alarm clock till the last day of school. The sponsor for every mad projects I’ve invented. I know you didn’t want anyone to know you angel invested my app, so I won’t say a word. Crap!
I know you hate your birthday, but I looooove your birthday. Birthdays are a sign of good health. Did you know, studies show that people who have more birthdays live longer? It’s true. So I hope you let us sing for you “Japi Berdie Tu Yu” + drink sparkling stuff + eat scrumptious food + we mustn’t forget your birthday Banana Blueberry Tart! I made it. For YOU!
Oh you wanna make it too? Smart girl. Steal the recipe below.
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (more for the prep work)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 1/4 ounce light butter, chopped
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cup blueberries
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (soft brown sugar works too)
- 1 tablespoon honey (pure maple syrup works too)
- Coconut oil, for coating
Step 1: Preheat oven at 400 degrees F.
Step 2: Lightly coat a pizza baking tray with coconut oil. Sift the flours + spices into a bowl. Add the butter + sugar + rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Make well and then add enough buttermilk to mix to a soft dough.
Step 3: Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 9 inch diameter round. Place on the tray + roll the edge to form a rim.
Step 4: Spread the blueberries over the dough.
Step 5: Slice the bananas, toss them in the lemon juice, then arrange over the top.
Step 6: Sprinkle with coconut palm sugar + drizzle over honey.
Step 7: Bake for 25 minutes, until the base is browned. Serve immediately.
You made it! Now kick off your shoes + go have a slice of heaven + forget all your troubles. It’s Friday!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been copied.
Raise your hand if your work has ever been plagiarized without remorse.
Raise your hand if you thought it was rude + disrespectful, not only to you but to the entire human species.
Raise your hand if you considered dropping your “copy cat” a nuclear bomb. It’s okay, it’s safe here.
It’s true, the internet is making it easier than ever for people (ahem lazy people) to steal. The story of the student who registers for a course + compulsively takes notes + three months later (flick magic wand), launches “their version”, is happening more and more often. It’s a jungle out there.
Simultaneously, there’s a big coalition happening. When brands take a sharp left turn at the normal stop sign, they trip the whole system. Weird is impossible to imitate.
There are one too many Gucci rip offs, but there’s only ONE Gucci. Rembrandt had “painter assistants”, but no one remembers their name because there’s only ONE Rembrandt.
Today I want to talk about being original. Standing out, so no one, no matter how hard they try, can pass off as YOU!
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Wanna be original? Here’s a place to start:
- Recognize the areas of your life in which you are living disconnected from your true self.
- Proclaim who you want to be.
- Work it! Develop + express your individuality.
- Accept that YOU might not look like the YOU you thought about in your head.
- Practice your authentic muscle.
As homework I want you to make a list of all the things that make you “unidentifiable”. Original. Authentic. Drop them in the comments below!
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Disclaimer: Despite my continuos brainwashing efforts, my little sister Laura (we are 11 years apart), actually, doesn’t want to copy me. What is wrong with her? Seriously.
I know it’s July, but in case you’re keeping tabs for your Naughty + Nice lists, I wanted you to know that I’m not competing anymore. I’m on the happiness train now, which includes guilt-free pepperoni pizza. That’s regular pepperoni pizza, minus the feeling bad part, by the way.
PS: S’more cookies will be in the usual spot. That’ll never change!
I hope you’re having a super lazy Friday, with a pinch on naughty + a dash of nice.
I hope you left the office early.
I hope you’re catching this on your phone, on your way to some sort of beach.
I hope you’re wearing bright pink lipstick, if that’s your thing. Or sweatpants, if you’re into that sort of thing.
I hope you’re day dreaming about a weekend feast. I wish for us mojitos + recipes that lick the plate clean. Especially the mojitos part.
Here’s a sloooow + relaxed dish that will go well with that: Chargrilled Veggie Terrine.
- 1 large eggplant
- 1 large zucchini
- 2 medium red bell peppers
- Italian seasonings, to taste
- Olive oil
- 11 ounces ricotta cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 1/2 ounces basil leaves, chiffonaded
- 3 marinated artichokes, drained + sliced in half
- 3 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, drained + chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms
- Sea salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
Step 1: Prepare the eggplant. Layer eggplant + salt in a colander. Set aside for 5 minutes. Rinse under cold water. Pat dry with paper towel.
Step 2: To prepare the rest of the veggies, wash 3 glass jars with lid in hot soapy water. Rinse in hot water. Drain upside-down until completely dry. Heat a chargrill over high heat. Cook eggplant + zucchini + red bell pepper, in batches, for 4 to 5 minutes each side, or until browned + tender. Transfer to a bowl. Add italian seasonings. Toss gently to combine. Transfer to prepared jar. Add oil to cover eggplant. Seal jar. Refrigerate. To skip this step, you can buy chargrilled eggplant + red pepper + zucchini at most delicatessens.
Step 3: The next day, line a 9 x 5 x 2 1/5 inch loaf tin with plastic wrap, leaving a generous amount hanging over the sides.
Step 4: Place the ricotta + garlic in a bowl + beat until smooth. Season with salt + pepper to taste. Set aside.
Step 5: Drain the chargrilled vegetables.
Step 6: Line the base of the tin with half the eggplant, cutting + fitting to cover the base. Top with a layer of half the red peppers. Then all the zucchini slices. Spread evenly with the ricotta mixture + press down firmly. Place the chiffonaded basil leaves on top of the ricotta. Arrange the artichoke + sun dried tomatoes + mushrooms in three rows lengthwise on top of the ricotta.
Step 7: Top with another layer of chargrilled red peppers + finish with the eggplant. Fold the overhanging plastic wrap over the top of the terrine.
Step 8: Put a piece of cardboard on top + weight it down with weights or small food cans. Refrigerate the terrine overnight.
Step 9: To serve, peel back the plastic wrap + turn the terrine out onto a plate. Remove the plastic wrap + cut into think slices.
Step 11: Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap + store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
I realized the other day that ideas have a life-cycle, like plants + muffins. Somehow, I always thought ideas were timeless, life fairy tales + McDonalds french fries.
As I was franticly going through every item on my grocery list to double check I wasn’t missing any of the ingredients to make this granola recipe, I became aware that ideas have stages, from aha moment to launch + everything in-between.
Sometimes, ideas live inside a forgotten moleskin journal. Other times, they are planted in fertile soil by dreamers.
Ideas get stuck quite frequently too, in decision paralysis + overwhelm + rejection. Some, never make it to the sun. Others, beat the odds.
Today, I set out to attempt to doodle the cycle of an idea. Here goes.
- LIGHTBULB MOMENT: “Look who’s finally decided to show up? Miss Epiphany Fairy! Where were you? I showered. I called. I text messaged you. Gimme a sec to get my notepad, I wanna write everything down!” This is the initial spark.
- DREAM PHASE: The magical place where you suddenly can’t stop thinking about your idea. Once lightning strikes it becomes an addiction. You’re in Disneyland. You’re seduced by the rush. You can’t shut up about it. You daydream about all the possibilities. You tell your mom, “Mom, I’m gonna be a millionaire!!!”. Wait you’ve never called your mom to tell her you’re gonna be a millionaire? Right. Me neither.
- IMPLEMENTATION MODE: The big commitment. “I’m serious you guys!” proclamations. The day you sit down + take a deep breath + look at your idea + tease it apart + open your calendar + map out a plan to make it happen. The plan sucks, most likely. Will probably get rewritten 107397344 times, but who’s counting? The ball is rolling. I love rolling. Rolling feel freaking amazing. And you know what happens when you feel great? Exactly! You do great sh*t. Starting is sublimely revolutionary.
- THE DIP: The rough patch. The low point. The moment when things stop being exciting + fun, and they start being, how can I put it lightly?, a pain in the ass. The place where you find yourself asking, “Is it really worth the hassle?”. According to the bestselling author Seth Godin, what really sets superstars apart from everyone else is the ability to escape dead ends quickly while staying focused + motivated when it really counts. This is the tipping point of all ideas, either you quit or you conquer.
- WORLD DOMINATION: Alright, it might not feel like “WORLD DOMINATION” yet Pinky, but if you’ve made it this far you’ve already done something remarkable. You are part of the 1% who didn’t drop off when it hurt. You won because you didn’t give up too soon. The challenge now is to surface new milestones. Maybe it means bundling up a blog series into an e-book. Perhaps it’s turning an digital guide into a hard cover coffee table book. Or it might mean developing your very own app. Whatever it is, you’ll figure it out champ.
Last week, I bumped into a friend, as I was gently pressing all the avocados at the supermarket to see which one was worthy of becoming guacamole. Anyhoo, we started talking.
“I made homemade almond milk, just like you showed me”, she exclaimed. “One cup of soaked almonds + three cups of cold filtered water in the blender…”, she continued.
“My cookbook. It’s happening. Life is Messy Kitchen. This year.” I blurt out.
That was a moment.
Last time we spoke we said we were gonna do something + here we were. We declared. We manifested. We did. BAM!
When our ideas become our obsession, a way of life, who we are + what we do, everything clicks. It’s intoxicating!
Our extraordinary capacity for imagination, to dream better, has given rise to the most far-fetched ideas that have taken us from caves to the moon.
The other day I saw a headline, “I’m just here tinkling the ivories: Eccentric British pianist plays piano to blind elephants at the top of Thai mountain.” I’m serious Don’t you EVER let anyone tell you your ideas is too crazy, that it can’t be done. This guy hauled a piano up a mountain to play music for blind elephants for God’s sake! Sometimes crazy is the only way epic is born.
Blaze on supernovas. Blaze on!
In what stage of the idea cycle are you in? And what is your favorite team in the World Cup? The second question is very important + you will be graded. Tell me in the comments.
If you need help taking your ideas from ground zero to the red carpet, take a peak at 5K Sales in 365 Days, a quirky + practical guide to creating best-sellers in pajamas. This is my personal behind the scenes + my plans + my classified strategies + my reasons + my marketing + my research techniques + my customer service + my odd decision making + my sequences + my thought process + my e-mails + my pitches + my challenges + my solutions + all the messiness in-between. All packaged into 15 never-shared before lessons, totaling 142 pages of classified for-your-eyes-only info.
On August 1, 5K Sales in 365 Days goes off the market. Puff! Gone. Like magic. Grab it before it retires for good!
Welcome to my new column: Design Studio, a backstage pass to my whimsical illustration factory. Please excuse the mess, a tiny Panamanian artist with a T-Rex heart actually works here. Unfortunately, no Umpa Lumpas to tuck away the chaos.
C’mon down. Sure you can wear that. Pull up a chair. I baked cookies. Take a peak at my latest creation: Cascanueces, a handsome little fella’ who’s sure to melt the hearts of millions. If I may say so myself.
How often to you get to be a part of something that’s only a dream until you see it come to life right before your eyes?
When Tefy Bretton first shared with me her vision for Cascanueces, a unique pre-school in the making where kids will imagine better + discover the world through their senses, I knew something magical was about to happen + I wanted to be a part of it.
Why? Well, because in Kindergarden my parents where called to the teacher’s office. “Is Mayi in trouble, A-GAIN?”. My calligraphy had too many curls + swirls. Apparently it was an issue that needed “correcting”. Instead of punishing me or putting me on medication, mom + dad enrolled me in dance class. I wasn’t a problem child. I just needed to be me.
Which got me thinking…
I would have never discovered my gift, the reason why I’m here, through rigidity + discipline. I found it in movement + rhythm + music + self-expression. I said “helz yeah” to Cascanueces, because I refuse to believe in a world where “stay still” + “follow the rules” is what we teach our children.
This project was a HUGE labor of love. Half-way through, I realized my 20/20 vision wasn’t so 20/20 anymore. I started to get these 24-hour long migraines. The back of my eyes hurt so bad, I had to use sunnies inside the house. Thanks to the help of twelve big-ass white light bulbs + seven 000-sized paintbrushes, we got the job well done.
Now I need a frozen margarita!
Stay tuned for the next reveal. More quirky designs to come!