Life Updates!

Life Updates! | Maya UnMarketed

Hey friends, I’m back!

I’m going to see if I’m capable of writing a brief, lighthearted post for once 😉

I do have to say though, thank you for the love and support on all of the more intense ones lately, especially the last one about retiring my modeling career. I obviously loved modeling, but I often felt like my only external “compensation” (since as I explained, nonAdrianaLima models make far less money than one might assume) was the fact that people found it glamorous. I still remember how some of my Milan friends and I once joked about how we may not be making much, but at least we were “paid in our high school acquaintances’ jealousy.” Real mature, I know. But sometimes when life hands you lemons, the only way to survive is by letting social media assume you’re having caviar! Exposing the lemons and slashing off a chunk of my proverbial paycheck wasn’t easy, but it’s an ongoing goal of mine to be less ego-driven and more genuine.

Wow, already failing at the whole lighthearted thing!

Anyway here are my life updates:

  1. I HAVE A NEW JOB!!!!!!! I’m a copywriter at a digital marketing agency and I absolutely love it. The work environment is amazing and my boss and colleagues are wonderful. Also….. I get paid to write all day! Need I say more?!
  2. I am still working my promo modeling job and loving it! It feels so nice to have two jobs that I adore. Two years of floundering, starting a blog that I initially thought would become a side income but didn’t (I love my blog but severely underestimated how much work/time it takes to make money from it), working retail, a brief stint in an MLM, freelancing with my husband (which was fine, but didn’t add to my career confidence in any way), and attempting to make a Tampa area modeling career work out left me feeling generally incapable. I always prided myself in being successful and a hustler and *like, sooo busy*, so all those things that either didn’t go as planned (or were temporary from the start–i.e. the retail job) just piled up emotionally and made me feel so useless. Having both a fulfilling professional job and a fun, high-energy side job makes me feel like everything has finally clicked into place. And that is such an amazing feeling! 
  3. Did you know that I landed my new copywriting job two days after Saturn left Sagittarius? It is insane how my rough two years lined up with what, astrologically speaking, is a supposed to be a rough time. I still don’t know much about it, but I have decided I see the value in astrology and would like to learn more.
  4. We are beginning the process of a townhome/condo hunt!!! I currently have a 1 hr (each way) commute to my job and our lease is up this summer. Also, Stephen joined a networking group in Brandon and has been taking a lot of meetings in Tampa. So we will probably be relocating to the other side of the bridge in June or July!! Even if buying doesn’t work out, (and I hope that it DOES WORK OUT because the thought of renting for a year somewhere and then buying in 2019, i.e. adding in an extra move, makes me want to scream and fling fine china against a wall) we will probably move to Tampa as renters. But hopefully we’ll find a nice starter place and will become homeowners this year! 🙂
  5. We migghhhtttt also become fur-parents this year! Stephen has wanted a dog for years now and we were never the place to do that. As you know, we’ve moved a lot–hence the comment about having a tantrum if we have to add in a potentially unnecessary move–and we currently live in an apartment that doesn’t allow pets. I think this is going to be the year of becoming a lot more settled in a lot of ways, and I’m so grateful for that. I’m actually getting excited about our future dog too! In the past, I didn’t have “dog fever” like Stephen, but I think I may have finally caught it; he was pretty contagious haha.
  6. Unfortunately I am struggling with acne YET AGAIN. I’m off the pill (still actively trying to not conceive though) and I have hormonal acne on my lower cheeks, jaw and neck. To be honest, I am starting to feel angry and sorry for myself. Acne has taught me a lot about kindness, empathy and humility, but I feel like I’ve learned everything there is to learn, you know? It’s time for this burden to be lifted from my shoulders. Fortunately, the acne is mid-level as opposed to TERRIBLE and it’s in an area that’s easier to cover, since it’s on the sides of my face rather than front and center. So I can still put on ten pounds of makeup, wear my hair down, and look “hot” enough to work a liquor promo (thank goodness). But I don’t feel good about myself, cry about it frequently, and find myself constantly hoping I don’t run into anyone I know. I feel like I’ve maxed out my emotional bandwidth when it comes to this. Anyway, I better stop before the violins start to hurt your eardrums, but you can expect My Skin Struggles Part 3 at some point. There are some different remedies I’m attempting, but it’s way too much info for this post.
  7. Okay, let’s end this on a happy note! My mom and I had a blast volunteering at American Stage last night, it’s my close friend Ashton’s birthday, and I’m having a cozy Sunday in beautiful St. Petersburg.

I hope life is treating all of you well! Happy Valentine’s week! Surprisingly, I’ve never been much of a Valentine’s diva (I feel like a couple’s anniversary is so much more special and intimate) but I’m still looking forward to some steaks and wine at home with Mr. Trevathan.

Lots of love,


Some Recent Purchases

(I didn’t buy all 3 pairs of loafer mules at the bottom, but I wanted to provide a few pairs that are similar to the Franco Sarto ones I snagged at TJ Maxx!)