Stephanie Ma is an insanely talented designer I came across while perusing Maxi Best of — a curated set of the latest (and greatest) websites. (Her portfolio was included!) Aside from design, her candidness is incredibly inspiring. In this interview, she shares snippets from her own life journey and motivates us to continue to chug along...

1. What is your life motto right now?

Now is the time to find yourself — explore, experiment, get uncomfortable, and fail often. 

2. What's your most-played song within the past week? Why?

Lightning by Orion Sun (It’s a melodic song steeped in nostalgia.)

3. Your Top Three Books of All Time:

Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

4. Your Approach to Health in One Sentence:

Foster your mental wellbeing and don’t let creativity burn out.

 

5. Your Approach to Happiness in One Sentence:

 

Let yourself naturally gravitate towards like-minded individuals where you can foster love and relationships.  

6. Your Approach to Dating in One Sentence:

 

Let yourself naturally gravitate towards like-minded individuals where you can foster love and relationships.

7. Funny/most cringe-worthy date:

 

First date with my ex · he stepped aside during the date to call HIS EX and talk to her. Should have listened to that siren!

8. Your most used word:

lmk — does that count? haha

9. Last screenshot:

10. What are 1-3 things you do when you feel blue to make yourself feel better? / or feel like you’re having an off day?

  • Spoon my dog, Cora

  • Sit outside and feel the sun on my skin

  • Drive along PCH listening to my PCH playlist

11. Insert most used emoji:​

🌝

“Just because you do it doesn’t mean you always will. Whether you’re dancing dust or breathing light you’re never exactly the same, twice.”

-Yrsa Daley-Ward, “What Is Now Will Soon Be Past”

12. Most inspiring quote:

“Just because you do it

doesn’t mean you always will.

Whether you’re dancing dust

or breathing light

you’re never exactly the same,

twice.”

 

-Yrsa Daley-Ward, “What Is Now Will Soon Be Past”

13. What was the last thing that made you laugh?

A TikTok video trend where people pretend they are Facetiming a ficticious friend that has an interesting-looking baby, showing their parents, and watching the parents reaction to the baby.

14. Who’s someone who you can rely on to always make you smile? Why/what do they do?

My partner — I can be vulnerable with my emotions and he understands when it’s right to respond or when to just listen, and then we get something delicious to eat or drink.

15. Best advice you’ve ever gotten:

Addressing and getting a hold my addictive behavior with alcohol has made me more cognizant of my overall well being and how it truly effects my relationships.

16. Someone/something that changed your life (for the better):

Addressing and getting a hold my addictive behavior with alcohol has made me more cognizant of my overall well being and how it truly effects my relationships.

17. Most overrated advice / trend right now (in your opinion):

Wearing masks don’t help with stopping the spread of COVID-19. Also, it’s OK to go out to bars during the weekend and ignore social distancing.

18. Something you feel like saying:

If any individual needs someone to listen to them talk about topics like their current state of mind, professional life, relationships, etc., MY INBOX IS OPEN. Don’t feel like you are alone in this world and have no one to talk to. I got your back.

19. Fave website / youtube video / link online at the moment: 

 

girlboss.com

If you’re a young professional and would love to find like-minded people in your area (and beyond), join this group. You won’t regret it.

20. Fill in the blank: I’m happiest when I: _______________________

 

can accomplish tasks big or small.

21. Tag a gem who inspires you: 

 

Chloe Wade

https://www.instagram.com/chloewade/

Images courtesy of Stephanie Ma

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