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

Hi Melissa, how are you impacting the world?
My biggest impact has been through shirt sales for girls education. In just 2.5 years, I have raised roughly $1,000 to provide tuition and fees, uniforms, transportation and supplies for Kurandza, a non-profit organization in Mozambique. I have also launched smaller campaigns to bring awareness to causes I care deeply about: women’s rights, the environment, social justice issues, and more. I am on a mission to make the world a better place, one design at a time.

Please tell us more about your art. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I love type, layout and a minimal aesthetic.. Most importantly, though, my art is heart-fueled and purpose-driven. Nothing brings me joy like working with honest people and businesses to do good and spread love. I have spent the last 16 years dedicated to my craft and feel so blessed to have started in this entrepreneurial journey about 5 years ago. It hasn’t been easy, but the pursuit of making this world a better place, keeps me in the fight. The biggest lesson for me has been stepping out of my comfort zone and putting myself, and my work, out in the world. I am an introvert, that lives with depression and anxiety, so group settings and events are scary…but I’ve learned that nothing is more valuable than surrounding yourself with a community of individuals who support and encourage you. I really couldn’t be the person or the creative I want to be without all the amazing people in my life! More than anything, I want my body of work to be my legacy. When people think of Mint and Merit, I want them to see a brand that is committed to doing good + loving people + creating work that matters.

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?
First of all, San Diego is so magical…where do I start? I love the beach, so a trip to Sunset Cliffs and WindandSea is a MUST. You have to stop in North Park to eat Mashed Potato Pizza at Urbn, grab some Matcha Horchata at Holy Matcha and go shopping at Pigment. Grab a coffee at Moniker General in Liberty Station and walk around, grab food, find art. Don’t skip on the San Diego Zoo. If you have time, see the Padres play at Petco Park or check out the views at Altitude Sky Lounge in Downtown. Wait in that line for tacos and mulitas at Tacos El Gordo. You won’t regret it. If you have little ones, go to The Station in South Park or Waypoint Public in North Park. Visit Belmont Park and the Boardwalk. Love the outdoors? Grab your walking shoes and soak up Torrey Pines State Beach. Before you leave, go to Seaport Village and Little Italy. Check out the Waterfront Bar and then buy some art at Stefanie Bales Fine Art Gallery. Soak it all up. Come back again and see everything you missed 🙂

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have got to acknowledge Joanna Waterfall, founder of the Yellow Conference. I have attended the conference 5 years in a row (the last one virtually) and I can honestly say, it has changed my life. When I attended my first conference in 2017, I was feeling unfulfilled with work and was in despair around the tragic events happening around the world. The conference sparked this fire in me to pursue my dreams and follow my philanthropic heart. I am forever grateful.

Website: mintandmerit.com
Instagram: instagram.com/mintandmerit
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissamonroy/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mintandmerit
Other: Shop at: linkin.bio/mintandmerit

Image Credits
Headshot Photography by Create with Gusto. Wedding Stationary Photo by Camila Margotta Photography.

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