We had the good fortune of connecting with Maya Keane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maya, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
That I need to believe in myself and what I am doing first and foremost.
In the years leading up to making the jump to start my own business, all I wanted was for someone to tell me that I should do it. I wanted someone to tell me that I was good enough and that what I wanted to do was important – that this was my purpose. Sure, there were people who supported me, but I never got the exact validation I was seeking. I had to do the self-work and dig deep within myself to uncover the self-trust and self-worth that I could set out to do what I wanted. I had to embody the belief that what I wanted to do was needed and valuable.
This lesson still rings true over three years after starting my private healing practice anytime I have a new creative idea I want to implement or make changes in my business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The work that I do is holistic healing work through Breathwork, Mentorship & Guidance, and Flower Remedies. My approach to healing is not about fixing, rather it is about this process we are all on, of coming home to ourselves, feeling into our wholeness, and remembering who we’ve always been, but might have just forgotten about along the way.
My personal healing journey is what inspired me to offer this work to the world because of the profound impact these healing modalities and experiences have had on my life. From a young age, I often felt stressed, anxious, and had big emotions, which led me to seek out ways to be healthier, feel better, and learn all I could about myself and why I was the way I was. What started with yoga, meditation, therapy, and nutrition, eventually led me to even more alternative approaches to healing like energy healing, breathwork, acupuncture, herbalism, flower remedies, homeopathy, and more.
For years I explored these healing modalities in hope of cultivating more peace, satisfaction, and joy in my life, all the while working in pretty typical office jobs in New York City and balancing an active social life until I completely burnt out. It was as if one day I simply looked at the life I was building and didn’t want it anymore – my soul simply couldn’t do it anymore. There was resistance to change careers and do what I really wanted to do, which was offer healing work starting with breathwork, and shame around not being able to fit into the mold I tried to fit in for so many years.
So, in the meantime, I dove even deeper into healing myself spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. The healing I was doing at the time is what helped me acknowledge and move through all the challenging emotions and limiting beliefs that were getting in the way of me taking the leap I knew I needed to make. When I finally made the decision to leave my job and as I was preparing to do so, I asked for a sign. That sign was delivered loud and clear in the form of me being unexpectedly let go from my job at the time shortly before I was about to give my two weeks notice. It took a while after that for me to recover from that initial burnout and do what I needed to do to start my business, and eventually, I did.
Since starting my private healing practice it has been a journey of navigating the ebbs and flows of this line of work. I am always working to find a balance between how much I give and how much I fill my cup. I have gained some mastery in this over the years, but with each new threshold of growth, it is something I need to check in with and revisit. I am forever committed to doing my own healing work so that I can practice what I preach. Much of what I have learned since starting my own business is connected to what it means to be of service and how that is intrinsically related to making sure that I am taking care of and healing myself too. I have deep reverence and integrity for the work that I do and the humans I get to work with. I am forever dedicated to learning, unlearning, and relearning what is needed to hold safe space for self-exploration and healing to take place.
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 was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA so I am a westside lover through and through. In my opinion, the beach and mountains are the greatest gifts the city has access to, so my itinerary would absolutely take advantage of their proximity.
My itinerary would include going for a hike in the Palisades or Malibu where you get the most amazing views from the trails, a drive through Topanga Canyon to check out the still very present hippy and alternative vibes, followed by lunch at the hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant, Cholada on the PCH, fish tacos at The Reel Inn, or other seafood fare at Malibu Seafood. At some point, we’d grab a cocktail at The Penthouse or Shangri-LA rooftop at sunset and spend a weekend morning on Abbott Kinney for the people watching and a bite at Gjelina. For a casual bite, I’d take them to Bay Cities or Cha Cha Chicken to grab to bring to the beach for a picnic, followed by sunbathing and a leisurely swim in the ocean. For some art and culture, I’d take them to The Getty and drive them all the way down Sunset Blvd, eventually ending up at LACMA so they could experience my two favorite museums in the city. To wrap up the weekend with a little rest and relaxation, I might take them to a yoga class at LoveYoga in Venice or Power Yoga in Santa Monica, followed by a massage at The NOW Massage.
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 fiancé, Michael Nieto. He’s continuously witnessed and supported me as I’ve transitioned and evolved time and time again. An entrepreneur himself, he has true compassion for how challenging and testing it can be to try and do something on your own. Despite our different perspectives and approaches, he never lets that get in the way of supporting me, even when he doesn’t quite understand what I’m going through. I am grateful for the trust he has in me and that I will always find my own way.