Gracias Mamá

In today's post I wanted to step away from the more day to day design aspects that I have talked about in the past few posts and, in honor of mother's day, talk about one of my biggest inspirations in my life, mi mom. As I go deeper into my career and start to grow as a designer and realize how much of an influence she has been in my aesthetic and in the way I come up with ideas. She of course has taught me innumerable amounts of lessons, but here I share three with you.

The first lesson that I learned from my mom is to never give up. All through my life at school and specially through college my mom has always reminded me to carry on. She tells me every day to not let anything get in my way and to always strive the best that I can be, regardless of how awful the circumstances at the moment may be. This lesson has been specifically useful in those moments when I'm struggling with a project and I start doubting my skills as a designer. I get clouded with the fact that all this information is new to me and that is natural to struggle, and I go into shut down mode. All it takes is a call from my mom to reanimate my spirit and put me back to action; or, as she choreographs it sometimes, a call from one of my siblings ready to help as they have been notified by my mom that I was struggling.

The second lesson is that there is always a way to do something if you are resourceful enough to come up with a solution. This lesson has specially come handy to me when it has come to both designing and realizing my designs. It has, first of all, helped me think outside of the box and see the full potential of every material, specially when used for a different use than for what it was intended. My favorite story about this lesson is how my mom came up with my twin sister's astronaut costume. She used styrofoam domes to create the helmet, 3-liter coke plastic bottles for the oxygen tanks (which she had to look for everywhere because anything smaller would not be the right scale), and vacuum hoses as the tubes from the tank to the helmet; all of this of course attached to the most beautiful uniform which she had sewn herself to fit my sister perfectly. All of this just to have her believe that she could be an astronaut for a day.

The third lesson is to always be kind to everyone regardless of what mood I'm in. She taught me that everyone is entitled to have a bad day, but that doesn't mean that we have to project that into those we meet. Everything can go a lot simpler if everyone involved in a project leaves their problems at the door and do the best that they can do. This doesn't mean that we should forget our problems, instead it means that we should try our best to not let it get in our ways until we have the proper time to deal with it. She taught me that no good comes from projecting your anger to those not involved in the issue, this only leads to a hostile environment which could easily be avoided if we take a break and realize how we are projecting our anger. This lesson of course doesn't only apply to anger, it also refers to being happy and joyful. She taught me that if you are passionate and excited to work in whatever it is you're working on, your excitement will rub off to those around you and the project will come along a lot better.

I hope that this lesson from my mom becomes useful to all of you too, not only as designers but also as people. It took me 21 years to really see how deeply rooted my mom is into my inspiration and aesthetic, but now that I have realized it I'm forever thankful for it. Gracias Mamá.

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