My name is Aya . . . Aya like Papaya . . .
I am a dreamer, dancer, mover, friend, passionate about empowering self and others, and seeing the beauty in everything and everyone around us. I started making things at a young age, I enjoy creating new designs, and seeing people wear things that I make. I stumbled upon my business AyaPapaya when people wanted to pay me to make things for them. I find it an honor to adorn someone with jewelry, or to have them wear my clothing, it still makes me smile every time I see one of my pieces loved and worn.
Along with designing things I LOVE to dance. I think of movement as prayer, a very ancient form of communicating with the divine, and and with everything around us. I believe that all of us have a special way that we move and flow, just like we have unique handprints the way we move is how we give voice to our hearts without making any sound. I found my dance inside of a hula hoop, and now I am blessed to teach hoop/fire dance classes in Los Angeles. More on that later.
I love to travel, and have been influenced by every city I’ve been to and the eclectic people and cultures that I’ve gotten to explore and connect with. Most recently I got to hike around Sedona, Arizona, what a beautiful, powerful place full of mystery and a series of stunning views (photo below of Devil’s Bridge in Sedona). My other favorite places include Thailand, Bali, Costa Rica, Myanmar, Tokyo, Lisbon, Venice, and more, and I hope to visit a few more places in the not too distant future.
I feel blessed by the people around me, who love and support me to be who I am, and who I learn from daily. So many people have helped me to discover and accomplish all that I am today. I want to take a minute to thank one of those people here, Alicia St. Rose, the Intrepid Realist, who created this website. Alicia you have created a beautiful platform for me to share my business, and create a community through this blog. I am so thankful that AyaPapaya finally has a home on the internet, and to have a place to write down the experiences and lessons that come my way. I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas through “The Muse”, and as one of my favorite poet’s once said, “chronicling my growth process” here on this blog. More to come soon . . .