It’s Time to Show Up

There’s so much I want to say right now, but what I will say is this: As non-black POC and especially the white folks— we need to SHOW UP and be allies for the black community. There are a lot of ways in which we can help the movement right now even if we can’t be on the front lines.

Donate to bail funds, donate medical supplies, donate food and water, offer shelter and a safe space for protesters, keep using your voices and speaking up. Please keep checking in on each other, your black friends especially, and please don’t forget to take time to rest. This is a marathon, and I am in it for the long haul. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything, I’m here for you. 🖤

#BlackLivesMatter
#NoJusticeNoPeace

DONATE BELOW- (I will update with more links as I find them, please reach out if you know of any other reputable organizations).

NW Community Bail Fund: https://www.nwcombailfund.org

National Bail Fund Network: https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org

Episode 10: Hang out with me, Virtually!

I’ve been working hard the last month or so on a couple projects with some amazing people to brain storm ways in which we can support folks and stay connected during quarantine. 😁

I have a few upcoming VIRTUAL events happening this week that I’m so excited to share with y’all. 😁

Learn more about Blossom and Art Parlour in my latest vlog update and catch the event details below to find out how you can connect with some dope people (and hang out with me of course 😏)! ☑️

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WEDNESDAY 4/29 @ 6-8 pm PST – 🌸 BLOSSOM 🌸 Zoom Networking Event RSVP: aprilblossom2020.splashthat.com

SATURDAY 5/2 @ 2-4 pm PST – 🎨 Art Parlour presents: May 2020 Zoom Artist Showcase – Go to http://www.facebook.com/artparlourofficial to learn more!

Attend one, or both and be sure to tell a friend to tell a friend. 💋

Episode 8: The New Normal

Life is pretty weird for the majority of us right now. Personally, I feel as though I’ve gone into autopilot living within the microcosm of my home. As a result, life just feels as though it’s been “put on hold” due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, there’s not much else we can do as responsible citizens besides stay home, follow quarantine guidelines, and hope.

With all this uncertainty it’s absolutely normal to feel lost, angry or sad. Emotions run high and tempers are short. Being self-employed as a freelance makeup artist, my means of income has been cut to virtually zero, just like many others. Not to mention, as a mother with a school-aged child it’s an added challenge to now find ways to keep my daughter not only occupied, but engaged and learning.

In this episode, I chat about ways I’ve learned to pivot and adapt during these times. Keeping routines not only aids me from going stir-crazy, but helps my daughter cope with these new changes as well.

I’d love to hear ways in which you all are adapting during these unprecedented and uncertain times. How do you stay positive and motivated?

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Sending you all my love and light— especially to those tireless healthcare workers on the frontlines of this crisis. ✨❤️✨

P.S. Please stay home if you can, and WASH YOUR HANDS!!!

Episode 6: Small Changes for Sustainable Living Pt. 1

Wow February seriously flew by! 😳 I’ve had a lot on my mind lately but I’ve been thinking a lot about how I can be more sustainable and make better choices for our planet and our future. That’s why I’ve decided to start a sub-series of my vlog that talks about small, easy changes we can all make to reduce our environmental impact and dependence on single use plastics! ✨♻️✨ Hope you enjoy my first #SmallChange!

Shoot me a DM if you have any questions or if you have other ideas for sustainable and waste-free living! 💕

P.S. Shouts out to my girl Sylvia Wolf of Sylvnos who will be helping host a #BlackHistoryMonth book swap TOMORROW 2/26 from 7pm at Sugar Hill Seattle along with Nemo Jamilla & Gennette Cordova. If you’re in the city, be sure to check it out and support your local black femmes! 📚

Episode 5: More Self Care + Tucson Recap

Woah! I can’t believe it’s almost half way through February already. 😅 Also, Happy Black History Month!!! It’s been a non-stop couple of weeks but I’ve made it a point to make self-care a priority through it all.

Here’s a quick recap of my Tucson trip and a little more on what I have coming next. ✨ #OnMaiMind

Episode 3: Snowpocalypse 2020 + The Freelance Struggle

Y’all we survived the Snowpocalypse of 2020! 🙏🏼❄️ Being snowed in this week left me a lot of time to think about how I want to shift my mindset from that of scarcity to abundance. This freelance artist grind is truly a lifestyle and I’m committed to making it a success.

How do YOU stay motivated? Tell me in the comments! ❤️

Episode 2: The “Origin Story” + Full Moon Vibes

#TGIF amirite? This week I’m divulging more on my Vlogs “origin story” as well as sharing some thoughts on our first #FullMoon of the year! Do any of you practice any full moon rituals? I’d love to hear!✨🌕✨

She’s Baaaack

After 6 long years, the Vlog has returned! Here’s what’s on my mind going into 2020.

I swear the older I get the faster the years go by, but I’m so grateful for the growth and experiences. 2019 was a major transitional year for me, I finished marketing school, and a lot of my personal and professional projects experienced some major shifts (to say the least). A lot has changed in the last few years, but a lot has also stayed the same— that’s a story for another day though.

Looking forward into 2020 I’m really excited to refine my vision and goals. I’m breaking out of my comfort zone and coming into my own. One of my goals is to create more genuine content and share more of myself with you all, so here’s me doing just that!

After 6 long years I’m bringing my Vlog back and I’m really excited about it! So here’s a little of what’s been “On Mai Mind” for 2020 and beyond. ✨

Thank you all for your continued support, sending love and good vibes for you all this New Year.

Xoxo 💋 Miss Michelle Mai

Sofia 365: Day 365!

Sofia 365: Day 365

Sofie’s 2nd birthday went without hardly a hitch last Sunday. Birthday weekend was great overall, my parents Friday, Jason’s family on Saturday, and Sunday was Birthday ZOO Day (photos coming soon)!

I honestly couldn’t believe she was turning 2 already, felt like I just had her yesterday.

This year has been full of so many ups and downs, but my one constant has been Sofie, and her safety, happiness, and growth.

It was a tough year, a learning year, but now, I’ve ended up with the best little girl I could have ever asked for. She’s not a little baby anymore! I have to get used to that…

She’s gonna grow up so darn fast…

Enough words, there will be more to come, so let’s get to some photos!

Hard to believe this will be my very last photo in the series (I’ll still continue to take photos, just not daily)…
Can we recap with some of the highlights of every month from the beginning?

March 2012

The very beginning…

Post Birthday Baby!
Post Birthday Baby! March 11, 2012

April 2012

Happy 1 Month Anniversary!
Happy 1 Month Anniversary!

May 2012

14 month baby!
14 month baby!

June 2012

Sneaky.
Sneaky.

July 2012

Little Swimmer.
Little Swimmer.

August 2012

Ruffles.
Ruffles.

September 2012

A Year and a Half!!!
A Year and a Half!!!

October 2012

Silly Face.
Silly Face.

November 2012

Cheese face.
Cheese face.

December 2012

What the?
What the?

January 2013

1.10.13
1.10.13

Valentines Baby
Valentines Baby

March 2013

It was a long day of birthday celebration and zoo going, the photo was one of the last things we did that night. She was tired, cranky, but I had to get this last one in! Hard to fathom this photo was going to complete my project after a year of work on this… But, I got a smile out of her eventually. 🙂

Tired Birthday Girl. The Big 2!
Tired Birthday Girl. The Big 2!

Sofia 365: Day 337

Day 337: 2.10.13

Happy Tuesday everyone, a few more posts today…

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Sunday was a busy day of working, as are most weekends nowadays.

In the morning I was back again doing hair and makeup for the set of Causality, a webseries, for a few hours. Afterwards, I headed out to a charity event for breast cancer called Speed Rack on Capitol Hill. I was helping to do hair and makeup for the female bartenders that were competing in a speed bar-tending competition, all in support of breast cancer research. I got to work with a few of my makeup artist friends and also hang out and watch the event for a bit, it was volunteer, but we got lots of free drinks and even a free bottle of booze to take home, pretty sweet. I think that was the first time I’d ever been paid in alcohol before; it was a fun event to watch though, these girls are super talented!

Jason joined me for a bit at the event, then we headed out to grab some food with a couple other of my stylist friends I’d been working with. It was a fun evening and a fun day of working; always nice to be able to work with a group of people that are talented and get along.

Here’s Sofie, chillin’ at my mom’s rocking the sweet sweater my grandma got her from Ecuador.

Sweater Baby.
Sweater Baby.