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Meet Mayra Stewart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mayra Stewart.

Hi Mayra, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I wish you could feel all the love that got me here today. I was born into a big, beautiful Mexican-American family. One that is far from perfect but stands united, nonetheless. When I was six years old, my grandparents purchased a farm. I grew up on this farm and was blessed with the opportunity to befriend the Earth and all its seasons. I am a firm believer that one can only build as high as their foundation is deep. I was raised on a firm foundation and cultivated an even deeper sense of foundation through my connection to the Earth. I consider myself a student of the Earth.

As a child, I lived in a bubble, naive to the world. When I was in nature, I felt that nothing but love existed. Not only did I feel, but I saw the love in how a tree bared fruit, in how the bees pollinated flowers, in the perfect orchestration of the season’s cycles. I would go to school, and I never understood how other children and the world could exist in hate and hostility towards each other. It felt like I walked between worlds. I wrote my first poem at 7. I poured the conflict within me out on paper for the first time, and that is when I realized writing was a medium I could use to make sense of the world without being judged or questioned. It allowed me to bridge the freedom and love I felt when I played on the land with the mundane aspects of day to day life.

In 2016, I gave birth to my first son. My son’s birth initiated me into the discovery of self and purpose. The identities I carried before he was born quickly shattered. Not only did his birth literally leave me naked, but my entire being felt naked for months after, raw, even primal. The career I was in, the lifestyle, the values I held, nothing resonated with me anymore. I felt like aspects of me had died, and during the period of time between my death and my rebirth, is when I wrote “Grow, Florecita, Grow.” It is an allegory to what I was experiencing in my life, inspired by the little girl that witnessed the cycles the flowers would go through. Death is part of the sacredness of the seasons. Like in nature, some of us are privileged with the opportunity of rebirth. “Grow, Florecita, Grow” was a poem to myself, a gift from the child within me that reminded me that what I was experiencing was not the end but the beginning and that it was in my nature to bloom.

It wasn’t right away, but it became clear that I wanted this poem to be shared with the world. I wanted others to know that they too are a part of the wholeness of the Earth. That they too are an extension of these cycles. One can wilt and ultimately make the decision to be reborn and make something new of themselves. I wanted children to receive the message that their existence is evidence enough that they are on purpose. I wanted this poem to be transformed into a children’s book. I saw a vision of it being vibrant and colorful. I wanted the illustrations to be bold and clear enough for children to see the images and easily make sense of the illustrations. Once I got clear on what I wanted the book to look like, I knew exactly who I wanted to illustrate it. That is when I reached out to Illustrator Katie Rike, which ultimately agreed to go on the journey of co-creating this project with me.

The book was finalized, printed, and in our hands October of 2019. The pandemic definitely threw a screw in our momentum, yet we are still here standing in the book’s message and beauty. Since October 2019, we have been working towards building the book into a larger brand, expanding it from simply being a book into a lifestyle we can share with others, a curriculum, clothing, accessories, and more. We currently sell the book and merchandise online at GrowFlorecita.com and in-store at Goods On Orange, a female-owned collective located at 3414 Orange Ave, Long Beach, California.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. I’ve made many mistakes. Most of my expectations of how I thought this process would look like did not happen, therefore I have had to learn flexibility. I’ve had to stand in the mirror and face limiting beliefs over and over again. Doors have been shut in my face, time and time again. Many times, this discouraged me. I had to find the validation and the conviction within myself that this project was worth loving and staying focused on. To be a self-published author is to have to self-proclaim one’s story as worthy of existing. I had to continue to break through the need of having someone with authority tell me my art was legitimate enough to share in certain spaces. Ultimately, I kept and keep going because I know my experience is unique, and the message of what I have to share and how I deliver it is impactful and purposeful. Words have the power to take or give life. I know this; therefore, I feel it is my duty to embody this knowing.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I could say I am an Author, an Entrepreneur, or a Coach. Ultimately what I am is a Student and Teacher of Life. I see life as a sacred opportunity. The Earth and Life provide me so much to be inspired by. I know there is no such thing as a destination and that there is always something expanding. Like the Fibonacci sequence, Life is a constant spiral of unlimited, indefinite, infinite potential. The chances of my existence being as it is, within the consciousness and awareness that I am, in the specific composition, and orchestration that I exist in, are minuscule in the grandiosity of universal potential. I find this undeniably fascinating, and I am obsessed with the blood and bones of life. By the blood and bones, I mean that which makes humans who we are, beneath the illusions of identity we wear. I live curious as to how humans can live more attuned to the natural alignment of the Earth’s season’s, and I have made it my life mission to research and study different cultures, modalities of healing, transformation, to inspire change not only in personality, and psychology, but the very vibrational signature of a being.

I am a mother of two sons. One who is due November 2021. This is interconnected to what drives me. I am fascinated by my sons’ vibrational sequence. The part of them that is innate, untampered, and willing to learn.

As a homeschooling mother, I integrate this into my vision of redesigning how we educate children.

I specialize in living life curiously and unapologetically following my intuition towards what I am called to learn and study, therefore teach. I teach it through books or poems I write, social media posts, curriculum I create, or simply through my presence in the everyday world.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
One can support me now by purchasing my bilingual children’s book, “Grow, Florecita, Grow,” printed sustainably on stone paper.

You can find the book online at GrowFlorecita.com or purchase the book in our shop located inside of Goods on Orange, at 3414 Orange Ave, Long Beach, California.

We also have Grow Florecita custom merchandise, along with other goods you can find online and in store.

You can follow my personal Instagram @mayrastewart_ as well as our business page @GrowFlorecita for updates.

I am a homeschooler mama, so follow me on social media to receive access to upcoming curriculum and courses that I will be providing in 2022.

Thank you very much for having me!

Pricing:

  • Book $20

Contact Info:

  • Email: Info@growflorecita.com
  • Website: Growflorecita.com
  • Instagram: @Mayrastewart_ and @GrowFlorecita
  • Club House: @MayraStewart

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