Maya’s Ideas


For this week’s guest post we have the wonderful Petra Hudakova sharing with us her inspiration for the week. And it comes in the form of a 13 year old entrepreneur / environmentalist / ‘everything you wanted to be when you grew up, but she’s done it now’.

Here’s Petra on what makes Maya’s journey an inspiration for anyone who wants to strike out on their own. As Maya says, all it takes is an idea from the heart. The innovation and the opportunities will follow.

Meet Maya Shea Penn – the amazingly inspiring, professional and creative force of nature, and a sweet 13 year old girl in one. 

Maya is an artist. She is also an enterpreneur, environmentalist, philanthropist, designer, animator, illustrator, and writer. Living her life with passion and purpose, she makes every day an art through her beautiful eco-friendly fashion line.. Maya founded her company- Maya’s Ideas in 2010 when she was only 8 years old, and adorns the world with handmade, artisan crafted, one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly accessories and clothing, made from 100% organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo, as well as recycled vintage materials.

Her parents taught her about recycling, organic gardening, and being environmentally aware from an early age. Her Mom taught her how to sew, her Dad showed her how to take apart a computer and put it back together and that sparked her interest in technology and animation.

Mayas creations

I love that she is part of a new wave of enterpreneurs who not only seek to have a successful businesses, but also to have a sustainable future.

As a 13 year old, Maya has recently spoken at TEDYouth in New Orleans  and TEDWomen in San Francisco, and her conviction and passion have lingered with me since. 


Here’s a gorgeous vine necklace- the Marguerite Garden, named in honour of her Grandmother Marguerite, which is one of Maya’s signature items. 



Maya has also been practicing yoga with her mom for years, and has created a whole collection of yoga headbands, t-shirts and bracelets. Her aromatherapy wristbands and bracelets are a great accompaniment to a wholesome yoga practice. 


As Maya says, “Everyone can make a change. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, how old you are – every single person can make a change if they have a passion for it.”


Thanks Petra for sharing this inspiring story, and to the inspiring little girl who is the story.

The biggest wisdom we’ve taken from this is as Maya says –

We live in a big, diverse and beautiful world, and that makes me even more passionate to save it. But it’s never enough to just to get it through your heads about the things that are happening in our world. It takes to get it through your hearts, because when you get it through your heart, that is when movements are sparked. That is when opportunities and innovation are created, and that is why ideas come to life.


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