We had the good fortune of connecting with Martha Reyna and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Martha, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I used to believe that making others proud of me in all aspects of my life meant that I was succeeding. I grew up in a Mexican home and even though I was given some freedom, I also felt like my responsibility to my family was to accomplish this “American dream” for myself. That meant to graduate high school, go to college, get a good government paying job, buy a home, a fancy car, or anything along with these social expectations that are typically put on us. But that also meant putting my dreams aside. Growing up in a border town, a creative career isn’t typically something people see as a profession, and that is what I wanted for myself. I didn’t want to continue being the person who sacrificed their happiness for approval from others. It took over a decade for me to realize that being successful means what I want it to be, what I want for my life, and what makes me happy every single day. My idea of success is living a happy life with those I love and having the freedom to do what I love. When I look back at my life, I want to see moments of happiness and not moments where I was doing what others expected of me. That’s how I would define success.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I first decided to start my blog I felt like there were so many similar blogs out there but I didn’t want to give up. I kept trying to build a traditional blog that I was leaving out a big part of me and that was my love for “old things”. Such as 60/70s clothing and old motels. Shortly after realizing that my blog should be about my interests and not try to blend in and follow the traditional blog then more like-minded people would come into my life and appreciate what I was sharing. Being myself via my blog has created such beautiful new friendships with people who have similar interests and those who appreciate seeing something different and that makes it worth every minute of hard work. My blog shows the world that we Latinas are also in love with 60/70s aesthetics and we’re also out there traveling the world. We’re just doing it a little bit different and with our own unique style.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m the type of person who would write out a full itinerary but for now, here are some of my favorite spots in San Francisco that I always take my friends to: Camera Obscura Fisherman’s Wharf Musee Mécanique Sutro Baths Palace of Fine Arts Battery Spencer Crissy Field Lands End Lookout Height Street The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a huge shoutout to the Sidewalker Daily Coaches, Clairesse Brogoitti and Nina Zadeh, for really pushing me out of my shell and encouraging me to show the world who I really am and not be what others expect me to be. Without their words of encouragement and guidance, I don’t think I couldn’ve really taken the risk to follow my dreams. I’d also love to give a huge shout out to the lovely people who continue to cheer me on for being me because they truly are the ones who inspire me to keep going.

Website: https://www.marthareyna.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msmarthareyna/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marthareyna/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOK7OXkq2mqBGEjMfrLcGeA?view_as=subscriber

Image Credits
IMG_7573.JPG (Breezy Ritter Photography)

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