We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Mejia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am originally from El Salvador. I moved to the United States when I was 15 years old not knowing the culture or language at all. It was very difficult for me to learn everything at first but I was always determined to learn and get better. I had a tough time as a teenager but I always found myself going back to my creativity to make things work. Even as a young child my family didn’t have money to buy clothes or toys for me sometimes and I would always come up with creative ways to make them myself. I believe that my past experiences have led me where I am today.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What I am most proud is that I create with all my heart and desire and not just only for the money but to see people happy with my work. I do a lot of different things but people know me and my work because I am very persistent and hard working . I first started as a gift shop owner and I would make whatever the customer asked for no matter if it meant I was working with flowers, fabric, arranging a gift, wrapping a gift , decorating … anything . I slowly started realizing I liked some things better than others and focused my work more on party decorating . My community is mostly latin which meant a lot of sweet 15 decorating parties . My customers were always happy because I worked with their budgets and made it happen. Slowly I was introduced to more people who were looking into just flower arrangements and thats when I began to work with flowers. Till this day I still do, only now I make corsages and boutonnieres for high school students on a low budget. Recently I have become more involved with arts and crafts like sewing , creating greeting cards, painting, hair accessories , reupholstery and other small projects I enjoy doing. Through out the years the number one thing I have learned is that if you want to, you can create whatever you put your mind to. I have had many challenges like difficult clients or even underestimating myself but it has all helped me be better at the end of the day. I would love the world to know that I am a hard working latin woman with a strong will to make anything happen in order to create a better world for me and my family.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My best friend would like the things I do so my favorite spots would be going to different botanical gardens or just gardens in general like Descanso Gardens. We would spend time in nature and go to coffee bean for some mango iced tea. I would also take her to some of my favorite arts and crafts stores like Joanns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and DTLA flower market. I love to spend time at the beach too and take in the beautiful sights.
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?
My journey has not been easy but two people I can give credit to for where I am today are my children. My daughter and my autistic son. They push me to continue and give me inspiration everyday. They also support me in all of my creativity and projects I dive into.
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