Mayra Ruiz-McPherson | Just My Thoughts
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Just My Thoughts

here, i write what comes to mind.

This is my personal blog, where I journal about design, illustration, or creativity. Other content — such as academic writings, book reviews, media psychology trends, (digital) marketing advice, self-publishing endeavors, and personal reflections — also gets included from time to time.

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For Creatives and design enthusiasts who may be interested, I'm in the process of launching a new, visual content-based magazine this year. This post shares my latest progress as well as a few thoughts about the magazine design and publication production experience....

In this post, I share 3 practical tips you can start RIGHT NOW to help zest up your marketing copy. My tips can gradually improve content flow and infuse more vitality to awaken your brand's important messaging....

Illustration has survived massive technological and cultural changes. Today, it is still a thriving business. Why do you think people still need illustration? This was a recent question posed in one of my AAU graduate courses. The post below represents my answer, expanded slightly from my original contribution...

I presented a PERSONAL BRANDING USING SOCIAL MEDIA mentoring session to more than 70 middle school-aged girls at this year's Fall 2018 ASPIRE Summit, which was hosted by the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation in Ashburn, Virginia....

As this year quickly comes to its close, I can't help but look back as significant milestones over the past 340+ days or so; and meeting this talented young man is, by far, one of the most noteworthy highlights of my 2018....

The month of November has struck me quite hard with endless writing inspiration. Here are some of my latest writing projects; a few are already underway and others I just can't wait to get started!...

If you're using commercial or personal photo shoots, and the artistry of photography, to convey both a mood and evoke emotion targeted to your audience AND you want to your visual message to resonate, THEN this post will tell you the THREE ingredients you need...

i used to write about digital marketing. Much more than I do today. But around 2016, I began to notice something. The lots of people writing about digital marketing were, more often that not, kind of all saying the exact same thing(s). The advice, ideas, goals, and approaches...

Weight loss isn't always about food or weight. At least, that's what I've been learning as I work to improve my emotional eating habits....