November 13, 2014 is the day I turned 40 and decided to start Mara Made Designs. It wasn't that simple. Nothing is I guess. I owned and ran a successful advertising business with my husband but had been struggling for years with not feeling passionate or fulfilled with the life I was living and experiencing. During that time I searched for answers to what my purpose here on this earth was. What was my passion? How do I make a difference? Why was I born Jamaican?

I got into yoga, meditated, read books, attended courses, did NLP, past life regression, hired a life coach,...you get the idea.

So back to the few months before I turned 40. I had gone to do a session with an energy reader and towards the end of our time, he asked me a simple question...what is the one thing you would do right now that would excite, energize and fullfill you? Without hesitation I said DESIGNING and CREATING! I'll never forget his reaction...he jumped up and said "THAT'S IT"! To which I rolled my eyes and told him emphatically 'I have no time for that in my life. I have a business to run and bills to pay'. He said leave that all behind...take the leap and you will see how incredible your life will become.
So I did. I went to the edge of that cliff and jumped! I closed the agency's doors in August 2014, took a few months to decompress and figure out what exactly I wanted to be designing and creating. Then just shortly after I turned 40, I had that A HA moment....

It’s wood! I’m going to create using mother nature’s gifts!!!

In January 2015, I bought my first chainsaw and spent the first half of the year salvaging downed or felled trees. Then in mid August I decided to put together my first collection and went straight to cutting, carving and sanding 7 days a week for 3 months. Fast forward and you can now view some of the over 100 pieces from that first collection plus several commissioned pieces.

Enjoy and please feel free to leave me feedback. Your thoughts are important to me!