One of my favorite things about living in New York City is that every day you get to meet people from all over the world. I've had the opportunity to work with very talented, creative people who motivate me with their stories and most importantly the way they see life.

Everyone that lives in this beautiful city have something in common: we can't settle. We all work day and night to become what one day we dreamed about becoming, and it opens up us more to opportunities, to be more mindful about the decisions we make and to have faith even when nothing seems to be in the right place or time.

Today I want to share with you some of my experiences and stories working with people who inspire me to keep working hard, to dream big and to never lose hope. I really think that this could inspire you as well to keep up the positive energy and encourage you to do more.

Last month I had the chance to work with my dear friend and talented photographer Taleen Dersdepanian (http://www.taleendersdepanian.com) and one of my favorite bloggers in NYC. Her name is Jen Ramos, she is an entrepreneur with the best vibe and energy. When we arrive in her apartment, she and her husband Matt had baked delicious cupcakes for us and that made the day go sweeter! Matt couldn't take his eyes off of her, she looked beautiful wearing a dress from Michelle Smith (http://www.milly.com).

Jen not only has a blog where she writes about interior design, art, fashion, food and her personal experiences, she also owns two online stores, Made By Girl (http://www.madebygirl.com) where you can find her designs on frames, prints, notecards, among other chic accessories, and Cocoa and Hearts (http://www.cocoaandhearts.com) where she sells her own art that's full of bright colors, using very creative techniques. I really love everything that she does and most importantly, I love that she built her own companies from the bottom, wishing to become a strong and independent woman.

She started painting with the idea of saving money for the adoption of her first baby, and after years of faith and hard work she and her supporting husband Matt became a family of 3 with the arrival of their beautiful son, Noah. The love that both of them have for each other is reflected in everything they do and now has lead them to amazing collaborations and open doors. Jen has published her work in magazines around the world like Glamour, Lucky Magazine, Marie Claire, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, just to name a few. 

Her story is a great example that by working hard and keep believing, life can lead you to great things. 

Thank you Jen and Matt for opening the doors of your home and being so welcoming.

I dare you to inspire,

XO,

M.

P.S - To see the story on Adore Magazine with Jen click here