It’s Sunday afternoon and I am writing next to a nice warm fireplace on a rainy weather. I want to write a little bit about me and answer some fun questions so we can get to know each other more. I was born and raised in Sunny San Diego but I currently live in Oklahoma City. I bet you are wondering how I got here haha it’s all because of my fiancé, he was born and raised in Oklahoma City and always knew that he will come back to his hometown after traveling the world. I met my fiancé (Curran Martin Banning Fudge) during college in Southern California at the University of Redlands. I was a senior about to graduate when we met out on a college student night out at the bars in downtown Redlands, a bar called Underground. After exchanging looks with Curran from across the bar I turned around to talk to my friends and next thing I know Curran approaches me with his clever pick up line, “Can you take a selfie of me” lol. So I didn’t end up taking a selfie of him but instead we started talking about traveling, school, family, Israel, Italy, Art, etc… We decided to go travel around India after we graduated college, he spend 10 months and I spend 6 months traveling around together in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It is one of the most amazing times of our lives because we got to share this experience together, it was either you make it or you break it type of scenario but we made it. We took a 10 day meditation course and after we finished the course, we stayed in Rishikesh, a town in India located in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges Rivers and where yoga started. Well that day when we arrived, Curran asked me to move to Oklahoma City with him, I said I have to ask my mom first lol. But after coming back from India I moved everything to Oklahoma City and we have been loving it here! I love this city, it’s a growing city, with a big community aspect. We both have a huge love for growing our city through Real Estate. We have a Real Estate Company, CMF LLC, where we flip homes, have rentals, and currently we are working on our first commercial space (ill post more about this side of me). Our goal for the future is to build eco tiny homes for families in 3rdworld coutries. The is no better feeling than having a warm and cozy home, that’s the experience we want to give to others (fingers crosses we get to achieve this). We also just bought a structural antiques home décor business. It was a business that the universe made happen. We once said while we were traveling through India, that we should bring all this amazing doors, furniture, home decor to the USA and here we are, we sell structural antiques and home décor from places like Kansas, England, France, St. Louis, and next trip is India!
I have my sister Sherry aka partner in everything! Our baby brother Manny, he is not a baby more like 12 year old almost teenager but we raised him so he is like a child/brother. And our baby sister she is 1 year old! Our mom’s name is Alexi and she is the reason why I do what I do and am who I am, she is an amazing mom and person (If you are reading this I love you mom!). I am huge traveler, and I love capturing moments of my adventures. During college, I lived in Rome Italy and studied abroad for a semester which I consider myself sort of Italiana haha. My fiancé and I adopted both a cat and dog. We found them roaming around in the streets both full of fleas but now they are both the happiest and cutest animals. The dog’s name is Flea Foxcowpuss Fudge and the cat’s name is Sheloshe Arba Fudge.
I enjoy art, music, traveling, coffee, tea, makeup, fashion, hiking, nature, entrenuership, good laughs, long conversations with a glass of Rose, etc. Most importantly I am passionate about helping girls feel empowered and confident about themselves. There is better investment than yourself!
30 Random Questions about Marymar
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Oprah Winfrey! I love her and look up to her so much, not only how successful she is in her career but the love that she has for herself is something we should all try to aspire to do. My dream is to attend her brunch that she throws at her Malibu house, one day!
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
To have no filter, society puts all these rules of things we shouldn’t say, Im definitely working on that every day.
What is your most treasured memory?
My childhood memories with my sister, I feel the luckiest to have her as a sister!
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
Teaching English to kids from 3rdworld countries
What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
The most amazing adventure would be to go off to Europe, rent a car and drive from small town to small town with my family! One day this will happen!
What are some small things that make your day better?
My dog and my cat. A good laugh makes me happy. My mommy’s good morning text messages.
What was the best book or series that you’ve ever read?
The alchemist! By Paulo Coelho. It is a must read! I recommend reading it when you are about to travel or when traveling.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Learn how to meditate and do yoga, it’s great to use when you are feeling stressed out or if you want to feel relaxed.
What are you addicted to?
Shoes, and Coffee. I love a good strong coffee
What is one of your favorite smells?
TMI, I love the smell of my little dogs morning breathe haha. He is just so cute!
What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is taking road trips with mom, dad, sister and little brother. We would drive down from San Diego to Acapulco Mexico. We would stop along the way to all the small towns and big cities in Mexico, ahh inreplaceable memories!
Which restaurant is your favorite?
Besides my mom’s kitchen! I also love this restaurant in San Diego called Bouna Forchetta. And in Oklahoma City, I love a seafood joint called The Drake.
What type of food do you prefer?
Mexican and Italian Food!
What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
I’m interested in writing a bilingual books, but nothing in theworks, one day though!
How do you relax after a hard day of work?
I take a 15 minute nap or I go outside to play with my dog and cat. LOVE nature best therapy.
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
I guess India.
Whats your favorite quote?
“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
How different was your life one year ago?
Very different, a year ago Curran and I had just gotten engaged and we were starting our company!
What’s the best way to start the day?
I take my dog out to go potty and that immeditately wakes me up. I do a quick workout. I turn on the TODAY show so I can listen to the news and turn on Netflix, mostly food show so I can start putting on makeup with a cup of coffee or tea.
Where is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been?
El Yunque which is Puerto Rico and the island right next to Puerto Rico, Flamenco. A whole island full with clear warm water! One more place is in the very south of Sri Lanka, where Curran and I worked in the garden of a Bed and Breaksfast. We had our private bay!
What is special about the place you grew up?
San Diego is a hippy down to earth city. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m so lucky to have grown up there! Our high school was located 3 blocks from the ocean. Sherry and I would ride our bike everywhere. We are huge city girls that grew up eating amazing food near the ocean.
Who inspires you to be better?
My Fiance, my sisters, my brother but especially my mom. Im just trying to make my momma proud!
What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?
I don’t hide it but I love rap music!! Huge fan of Drake, Rick Ross, Rae Sremmurd!
What’s the last adventure you went on?
The last adventure was actually both an adventure and a work trip. Curran and I went to Kansas and St. Louis to buy cool inventory for our store. It was so much fun, we worked and played.
What is your definition of a healthy relationship?
Communication, Trust and lots of laughter!
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Probably some soap opera actor from the telenovelas from Mexico.
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
Michelle Obama! I love my life and wouldn’t want to trade it but I would want to be Michelle Obamas best friend.
If you could start a collection of one kind of item, what would it be?
I love vintage silverware, so I would want to find vintage silverware from different places around the world.
What bad habit do you have that you know you need to break, but don’t really want to?
Biting my nails, I was probably biting my nails before writing this ha ha.
Okay now you have to answer :), Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?