We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Brophy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maria, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
Teaching my son to think for himself, rather than think what everyone else does. If something doesn’t seem right or true to him, to question it. Question everything, even me. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I dreamed of being a writer as a child, but never trusted that I would be good enough. Then, as I became successful at selling art and then teaching other artists how to do it for themselves, I realized I had a book to write! It took nearly 6 years to write ART, MONEY, SUCCESS. I am not a trained writer, so I had to write from the heart. In it, I share my wins and failures and even exposed what I charge for things. To my surprise, my book quickly hit Amazon’s best seller list in it’s category. I learned a few lessons. One: Don’t take 6 years to write a book that could be done in one year! I really wasted a lot of time because I didn’t trust myself and I was afraid people would hate my book. That fear make me procrastinate. I could have written 5 books in that time period had I not been afraid. Two: If you want people to love what you write, then write from the heart. Three: If you want people to remember what you write, then share your bare truth if it will make their lives better. And lastly, you do not need any credentials to write a book! You just need a message that will help people, or entertain them, or make their lives better in a big or small way.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d love to show visitors the sleepy little beach area of San Clemente, California. It’s a place where Grandfathers are skateboarding with their granddaughters, moms are surfing with their sons and people are enjoying all that life has to offer. A walk on the San Clemente Pier would give you a birds eye view of the laid-back living in this town and it will inspire art and poetry!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shout out to life guru Mary Morrissey, who taught me to focus on what I would love in every aspect of life.

Website: https://mariabrophy.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariabrophy/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mariabrophy/videos
Other: https://courses.brophyartacademy.com/dailywritingpractice

Image Credits
Photos by Evelina Pencheva

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