Q: As humans, we are made-up of a multitude of selfs (the career-oriented self, the doubting self, the inspiring self, the 'eat more healthy' self, etc). What self are you currently exploring and what's that process like?
MARI: I would actually say all of the above. I’m currently working and studying and doing creative stuff in whatever spare time I have. I’m so happy to be alive at this stage in my life and I really want to live it to the fullest and that also means self care. It’s been a process to get here and sometimes I feel on top of the world and sometimes I get terrified that everything can fall apart at any moment but it’s just a matter of remembering that my dreams are worth the risk and that my work will pay off.
“So many times we focus on the negative because it’s that much easier to notice, but just working your eyes to notice the good things in life will change your perspective and make you appreciate life.”
Q: What does International Women's Day mean to you or simply being a woman?
MARI: I love being a woman. To me it means to be nurturing yet strong. To be bold but thoughtful. To lift people up without letting others bring me down or silencing my voice. I’m so thankful for all the woman in my life who have inspired me and made me understand that the only limits we have are the ones we allow people to place on us. I love being a Hispanic woman and am so proud to be half Mexican, half Salvadorian.
Q: What is something you'd advise someone who is seeking internal growth?
MARI: Take note of things that inspire you or the little things that make you smile and address them everyday and make a conscious effort in doing so. So many times we focus on the negative because it’s that much easier to notice, but just working your eyes to notice the good things in life will change your perspective and make you appreciate life. You’ll want to live it to the fullest and that’s when you start to glow and find purpose. Once you do just be sure to work for that purpose and don’t let anything hold you back.