Maya is a part of the “inner circle” that I mention all the time. That network of young creatives who have designed the lives that they want to live. I first heard of her on “The Friend Zone” podcast in October 2016. She sounded fun and positive but at the time, her story didn’t resonate with me. I was getting new opportunities at work, traveling on the company card, and I was momentarily complacent with the 9-5. I could not relate to her story at all. Fast forward to March 2017 and I was in a completely different place. I have quit that job (most people, including my family, don’t know this and won’t know for a while unless they start following Assata Inspires) and here I am now building a brand online and living as an in-the-closet “creative”. I believe that when you hear a message is just as important as the message itself. I’m ready now when I listen to Maya speak, it feels like when you go to church and preacher seems to be speaking directly to you. I binged watched her YouTube videos one night and followed her on SnapChat. She is now a daily reminder that I am…scared. I created Assata Inspires to help everyone else, but I see now that this is helping me just as much. I need to learn to be more shameless. There is so much in my mind that I would like to share, but I allow the need for the perfect presentation and the fear of judgement to keep me from posting.
Maya’s story is exactly the kind of story that I find inspirational. Her life was normal. She decided that she wanted more and made it happen.
Click here to listen to the “New Levels, New Devils” episode of the Friend Zone Podcast and hear Maya tell her story.
Binge watch her YouTube channel here ~> https://www.youtube.com/user/shamelessmaya
Youtube Description: “What would happen if I shamelessly promoted myself for 365 days?” My channel started out as a social media experiment and now it’s a lifestyle. I hope my journey from shame to shameless inspires you and others to not be ashamed of who you are and to share and celebrate that shamelessly. Here on my channel, you’ll find videos on lifestyle, inspiration, fun transformations, techie vids for aspiring geeks, beauty, fashion, and so much more. If you’re new to this channel SUBSCRIBE HERE: http://goo.gl/AlZhsT
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