So it’s been a while, blogosphere! Today I’m happy to report that I’ll be rejoining all of you beautiful, passionate people in the quest for the global swapping of stories, recording of rebellions, penning of personal anecdotes… okay, I’m done (: For the record: Today is Monday June 12, 2017 and I am sitting in the kitchen of a flat in Sevilla, listening to Spanish … Continue reading MAIAINPLAYA IS BACK!

Why All Travelers Are Creative

  I rarely use Facebook for my personal social media, but as my jewelry business and blog have grown, I’ve found myself doing online marketing more and more often. As I was perusing one day I saw a link my uncle and dear friend Rafa, a photographer and artist in LA,  shared from about creative people’s brains. The article was definitely conceived and written by … Continue reading Why All Travelers Are Creative

How To Make A Strong Connection

So I haven’t updated you in a while on my personal life. Recently, in my attempts to salvage a two year hiatus from daily blogging, I have been more distant and commercial with my posts. This is probably for the best- in the past this blog turned into an online diary that became WWIII. However, is about travel, art, family, and food. My personal … Continue reading How To Make A Strong Connection

Why We Fall in Love


Oh, Paris! It seems almost impossible not to fall in love with the city renowned for romance, but what exactly makes it impossible? Although I truly wish it was because the night takes you back in time to the city’s golden years like in Midnight in Paris,  I think the real reasons are a little more realistic- but no less magical. 

During my time in Paris, I knew that no matter what, I had to go back.

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Bienvenido a Guanajuato!

After 8 months of life in California that included a life-threatening illness, spontaneous excursions in the snow-capped mountains to the crisp coast, and weeks of untimely scrambling to showcase our home for prospective buyers- I am writing to you from abroad once more! Guanajuato, Mexico is a colonial town dating back to the Spanish conquistadors of the 1500s. Twenty minutes from the airport in Leon … Continue reading Bienvenido a Guanajuato!

Why I Chose To Flip The Page Instead Of Plugging In

A little over a month ago I was forced to make a decision: go to public school or continue homeschooling? Mum was incapable of teaching any of the kids grades 1-10 at the time; her underhanded surgery had crippled her and left her bedridden, in and out of the hospital for two months. She relapsed one morning while I was the only other “adult” in … Continue reading Why I Chose To Flip The Page Instead Of Plugging In

Possibly The Most Exciting & Difficult Challenge I Have Ever Taken On And I Recommend You Do Too

“Who died for your sins and saved your life?” The crowd was bursting with flashes of light and I could make out the tail-end of my name through the stampeding hands and raucous cheering. “Jesus Christ!” “I baptize you in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” The first view I ever had of the inside of the church was from … Continue reading Possibly The Most Exciting & Difficult Challenge I Have Ever Taken On And I Recommend You Do Too

Bathroom Readers: The Grand Canyon

Two weeks after the plane ride back to California, we took off again. What? You can’t blame us for having itchy feet! Fortunately for our funding, this place is just an eight hour drive away yet is still one of the top world destinations and completely free. I’ll give you a hint, before I actually saw it, I always imagined it would look something like … Continue reading Bathroom Readers: The Grand Canyon

Expressions of A Mexican Griot

The Jackson family arrived safely back in Long Beach yesterday morning to an empty, echoey house. We setup a few mattresses on the floor and huddled together, because this weather is absolutely freezing! I haven’t felt the lick of seventy degrees in ten months, and let me tell you, after living under a ripe sun and rice-cooking humidity, this is a bit of culture shock. … Continue reading Expressions of A Mexican Griot

Hasta Pronto, Playa Del Carmen!

Happy June! After our Jackson family see-you-soon shindig yesterday night, we have been busy rolling up our belongings to travel back to California for the summer. Departure is in two days, and all my belongings- except for my library of books- I packed into two bags in less than half an hour. Meanwhile, hurricane season is on the brink of its return and the sky … Continue reading Hasta Pronto, Playa Del Carmen!

I Know Why A Dead Bird Can Still Sing

30 of May Countdown: Four Days until departure Marguerite Johnson was thrust into the world on April 4, 1928, nearly 71 years before I was even a thought. But as young Marguerite traversed the temperamental tides of life, a new identity began to shape; the strong-willed woman shed a skin of abuse, silence, and racial discrimination, the sound of her indomitable voice culminating in a … Continue reading I Know Why A Dead Bird Can Still Sing