“when something ends in devastation, it is the beginning of something worth living for.”
My Name is Maiyia Vue and I am 30 years old. I was born in Thailand and grew up in Fresno, CA. I am married to a wonderful man and we are going on our 4th baby together. I am the owner of MV Artistry Permanent Makeup in Fresno, CA and I am also a singer/musician/songwriter. One of my long term goals is to help preserve the Hmong Language through music. My children are my biggest inspiration in life. There was a long period of time that I gave up doing music because I was so caught up in life, but after falling in love with motherhood and seeing how precious my children were, I was inspired to follow my dreams again to show them that they can do anything in life. I told my husband, “How can I look at my children in their faces and tell them to follow their dreams when I did not do so myself?” Today they are my biggest support group and now I am living to pursue what I was born to do.
Like many people, I worked an 8-5 job and gave up following my dreams. Even after pursuing my bachelors in business and working a stable job I was so unhappy in life. Life was getting harder trying to balance time, family, and work all the while being so unmotivated and drained. I eventually lost my job due to my lack of enthusiasm and motivation. I was devastated because all I’ve done was invest my time in others and now with no job, I had nothing for myself. I knew I did not want to find another unfulfilling dead end career. Even in the lowest of my time, I knew this was my turning point. I knew it was up to me to turn this all around. This is the time to go back and use the skills I love and know. I eventually found the will power to pursue permanent makeup and opened up my own business with the support of my husband. It brought me so much happiness to have an empire of my own and with that drive; I was able to pursue my music again. Once again, I was like the young me, filled with motivation and inspiration to go after what I love. I learned in this experience that when something ends in devastation, it is the beginning of something worth living for.
The most challenging part about where I am in my life right now is time management. With small young children, managing a business, and trying to pursue life goals; it is extremely challenging. It is so helpful to surround yourself with women who have been where you are. I love connecting with groups like this one, and like Hmong Women Today because they are so inspiring and are filled with like-minded thinkers. You have to surround yourself with the right people and filter out those who will pull you down. Also, if you are in a relationship, whether married or dating, it is so important to have a significant other that also believes in your dreams. Remember, be with the right people.
Being a Hmong women means being strong beyond the strength we think we possess. Many women ask me how I do it and the honest truth is, I do not know but I just do it and my ability just comes! I am so proud to be a Hmong Woman, a mother, an artist and a musician. Choose the right people to stand by you in all you do and most importantly, be humble, kind and always willing to help others.