MAYRA BALIGAD IS AN AMAZING PETITE WOMAN.
She runs her own modern toy shop/art gallery, takes care of her son Max, and inspires adults and children to follow their dreams, use their imagination, and to share their creativity with the world.
The toys, gifts and art at Monkeyhouse Toys reflect Mayra herself. Fun, creative, and oh so interesting! Walking into her store you are guaranteed to get caught up in all the awesomeness. Walking out you will have a smile on your face and something really cool in your shopping bag. You can also order online. Perfect for Christmas!
HERE IS A PRESS RELEASE ABOUT HER STORE- MONKEYHOUSE TOYS:
MONKEYHOUSE GOES GUERILLA
Remember that cool store that had unusual toys, handmade goods, a great book section and art shows? Well, guess what? They’ve opened at a new location - 2874 Rowena Ave. in Silver Lake! They are open from Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm-6pm and Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Monkeyhouse still carries some favorites: diy toys, Rodys, Mr Toast plush and books, fun science kits and craft projects. But, they also have some brand new stuff as well like ninja matryoshka sets, Brew it Yourself Root beer kits, guitar pick jewelry kits, recycled crayons, robot cupcake holders, and more! Check out the website: www.monkeyhousetoys.com for new stock. You can also become a fan on Facebook or get on the mailing list at email@example.com to find out about special events, discounts, and upcoming art shows.
YOU CAN CONTACT THE MAYRA AND THE STORE AT:
2874 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
READ ON FOR MAYRA’S INSPIRING ANSWERS TO THE PIP QUESTIONNAIRE!
01.How would you describe ‘petite’?
Small in stature, but large in heart, mind and soul.
02.What makes you proud to be Petite?
I can do whatever I set my mind to, without any size restrictions.
03.Which PIP Revolutionaries inspire you and why?
Mahatma Gandi led his country to independence from British rule through nonviolent mass civil disobedience and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He was 5’3”.
04.What/who inspired you to follow your dreams to do what you do and what is your absolute favorite thing about being a Petite woman living this life every day?
My son, Max did. He inspires me everyday. I want to make things better for him and give him (and other kids) an opportunity to be creative and think outside the box. I honestly don’t think about my size unless someone else mentions it. But, I do feel that being petite puts most kids at ease with me, since I am their size!
05.In general, how do you think Petites have been viewed in society?
I think most petite women are viewed as helpless, weak, or child-like. I think that’s why people, mostly men, will come to your aide, to help get that can off the top shelf or get that carry on bag into the over head compartment.
Do you think overall this is a negative or positive thing?
Sometimes it seems pretty negative. But, you are only perceived as you view yourself. With confidence comes ease and acceptance.
In what areas/ways?
I guess in the sports field, or runway modeling, or pro wrestling, where your size would be an asset, those career choices maybe daunting for a petite person. But, in many other career fields, your size would not be an important factor.
Do you feel there a difference between males vs. females, weight, ethnicity, etc?
In my opinion, I think it is much more difficult for a petite male than a petite female in the world. As far as weight and ethnicity, these seem like more prejudices. Society, as a whole, has many prejudices, be you small, tall, fat, thin, light, dark, bespectacled or bejeweled.
06.What do you feel can be done to build awareness/create Petite equality in society?
Taller shoes? Just kidding! I don’t know how this can be accomplished really. I feel that individuals need to step up and prove your worth through your actions and accomplishments, and not by your physical appearance.
07.I know there is generally a split amongst Petites’ self-esteem ranging anywhere from feeling meek and less than because of their size to overcompensating and having a “Napoleon” complex. Growing up, have you always had a positive self esteem and what have you done to keep your esteem in balance? What advice do you have for those struggling with their own self-esteem issues?
Growing up, I wasn’t as confident as I am now. My stature wasn’t as much of an issue as other insecurities I had. I finally had to accept myself for who I am with all my “faults.”
You know, people will either accept you for who you are or they won’t. Do you really need to try to associate with negative people? Find friends who are supportive of you just the way you are.
08.In your experience, can you think of a situation where being petite helped/hurt you and how did you deal with that situation?
Once, when I was a child, my mom was mad at me for some reason, and I hid inside one of those 70’s console tables with the velvet on the doors and huge audacious brass-wannabe handles. I fit in there quite comfortably actually and stayed in there long enough for her anger to subside. They still have those tables in the garage. I look at them now and can’t believe I had fit in one!
09.What have you been doing/planning to do to help inspire other Petites?
I want to inspire everyone, petite or not, to be as creative as they can and to enjoy life and be yourself.
10.Any other advice for Petites out there?
"How do you expect someone to love you if you don’t love yourself?"– RuPaul
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn
“If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.” – Dalai Lama
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou