We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindy Maria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cindy, do you have a budget? How do you make lifestyle and spending decisions?
Yes, I do manage my finances through budgeting and priority, and because of it, the most important and best principle I have been able to accomplish financially is to be debt-free. Being able to manage your income without the obligation of handing it back to your lenders is key to having a good, progressive lifestyle and having more control over your own spending decisions. Self-discipline in spending is also very essential, especially when gathering a plan to create your own side-hustle. There definitely has to be an investment of your own resources to get it moving.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
“Vibrant colors for the lost; black & white for the haughty” is the phrase I think of when working on my art pieces. I hope to create a 2-sided series of artworks: one side with lively colors that can rise up souls feeling at their lowest and on the other side blunt, black&white creations that will knock down those who live “riding on a high horse”. So far, I have a small bundle of artwork from when I first began, so currently having a full schedule, I am excited about a timeframe in the future to be able to create more freely and paint my new ideas onto canvas. I think that itself, managing the time in between other priorities to create art, is one of the more difficult things for me. I was only able to participate in past public art vending and able to build up a social media page for myself by learning time management. Just as importantly, I have learned that having a balance between duties and relationships is necessary to enjoy the work. I had to overcome my challenge of letting my goals consume all of my time. There is nothing wrong with going all in to achieve a vision, but it isn’t wise to push aside the time to develop connections with your loved ones. I want the world to know that an aspect of me stays within each of my artworks. Each piece I create is made with passion, intentionality, and with a specific person in mind that I’ve never met. I define success as presently walking in your purpose, not a final destination, so my desire for my brand of art is not to “be successful” but to reach for and find whom it was made for.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I personally enjoy a variety of activities so I would figure out first what type are my guest’s preference. If it is outdoorsy I would definitely do a one-day trip, at least, up to either Sedona/Prescott/Jerome/Grand Canyon for hiking, wine tasting, or touring. If the interest is more city life I would take them out to areas such as Tempe/Scottsdale/Westgate District/Downtown Phoenix for drinks & dining, shopping, or a walk around (if the weather is cool enough). Other neat activities they might enjoy that I like could be rock climbing, indoor shooting, a comedy club, or just barbequing by the pool if it’s hot out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My leading shoutout goes out to Jesus Christ, the most influential being in history. I know that name turns off a lot of folks in this day and age, but his teachings and biography are what inspire the creativity of my art and my daily lifestyle. Along with him, my parents, Enrique and Angela, have had a big impact on how I steward my talents, resources, and time. Through the strong work ethic they’ve modeled and the lessons they’ve shared with me, I am so appreciative of my roots and I think that builds on the foundation of knowing who I am and valuing myself well as a person. And of course, shoutout to the family, teachers, and friends–Juan, Liz, Sue, Carolina, Diana, and many others–that I have had and met along the way that has helped me grow as a person and grow in my artistic venture!
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