It all started in the countryside of Cuba, where I was born in 1974

Growing up in a communist island, among the palm trees and sugar cane, I learned:

+ that JOY is available to us at every moment
+ that human CONNECTION is of supreme importance
+ that FREEDOM should never be taken for granted
+ that I should SAVOR every.thing

My family was extremely poor, but Cubans excel at making do with very little.

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For better or for worse, communism turned us into amazing life hackers and DIY engineers.

That’s why when I came to the US (legally, as a political refugee at the age of 21) I  was able to teach myself everything I know now, from building websites to photography.

 

I  a m …

 

a   D r e a m  B u i l d e r :

Anyone can build you a website; I also want to help you build your dream lifestyle.

 

I  a m …

 

a  V i s u a l  S t o r y t e l l e r :

What if we could tell your story with such clarity and honesty that would make a long lasting impression in the heart of your customers?  Through photographs, a gorgeous website, beautiful fonts/colors, and copy that is authentic and heartfelt, I can help you tell your story.

I  a m …

 

a  N u r t u r e r  o f  V  i s i o n s :

 

I hold the vision for your business and help you release it

OVERALL:

 

:: I am a multi-passionate person and make my living as a web designer, photographer, and motivational speaker.

 

:: I am deeply in love with (and committed to) LIFE, BEAUTY, and GROWTH.

 

:: One of my main goals is to make BEAUTY with my life, in my home, my business, my relationships… 

 

:: I live and work from a place of wholehearted gratitude.

 

:: I believe the world is simply moving too fast, and so I’ve made it my mission to slow it down by bringing a little more magic, beauty, and joy into people’s lives.

 

:: I often speak in churches and events (or host retreats and classes) on creativity and living a life of purpose.

 

MY LIFE’S PURPOSE IS:

 

To inspire, motivate, and assist others to liver their purpose, to be of real service to the world while being authentic and never compromising their values.

 

MY LIFE’S PHILOSOPHY:

 

The core of my philosophy is Radical Amazement. I believe there lies the secret to happiness, to creativity, to fulfillment…

 

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement … Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel

 

ALSO:

 

:: I’ve lived in Greensboro, NC for 21 years, and I absolutely love my community here.

:: I have a masters in fine arts (concentration in writing and literature).

:: I recently returned with my daughter from a cross-country trip, visiting some of the national parks.

:: I love yoga and nature. I’m a foodie and an extrovert.

Podcast Interview on Living Your Bliss:

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My friend Amy interviewed me a few months ago for her podcast. It was a wonderful conversation about SLOW LIVING, AUTHENTICITY, AND BLISS. If you are interested in knowing more about me, you can listen to it.

“This week, I talk with my good friend Mariela, who has made some major life shifts to produce a life of bliss. For her the process was all about becoming authentic with her true nature and giving herself permission to connect to the things that enlivened her and disconnect from the things that were draining her. This meant lots of deep soul searching, ending a business and starting life over. Facing this type of change can be frightening for many of us to even contemplate. Fear of the unknown, of what comes next, is the reason why so many of us stay in jobs we dislike, in relationships that are unhealthy and never take that leap of faith to see how we could be living life differently.

I hope Mariela’s story and words of encouragement are inspiring to you if you’re nervous about making a big change in your life. It’s never too late and you never know what surprises, rewards and miracles are on the other side of the leap!”

Courage to be Authentic and Live your Bliss