Designer Spotlight: Meet Zayra E. Marrero-Burgos
- Kids: 2 ½-year-old son
- From: Puerto Rico
- Now: Seattle
- Hobbies: going to the zoo
- Fun fact: grew up in choirs and as a salsa dancer
- Get Sh*t Done Song: “Como Antes” by Yandel
Between her full-time job as a Speech Pathologist in school districts, her Saturday morning session in a private practice, and her KEEP business, Zayra Marrero-Burgos stays busy.
You might be wondering what (and when) she does for her, and the answer: she takes her son to the zoo. They love the penguins and Mr. Bear.
But really, Zayra loves all the work she does. When she talks about her “9-5,” it’s apparent that she loves both her job and the children with whom she works.
“Being a Speech Pathologist means I help people communicate and connect with what and who they love,” she said. “Most of my kids have a problem with language and I’m helping them to connect in different ways.”
It’s not different when she talks about her KEEP business, even referring to it as her “saving grace.”
“I do KEEP for me. There’s not many things for me to do things for me as a single mother in a place where I don’t have many friends,” she said. “Most of my friends are ‘Momma’ friends, so they also don’t have a lot of time. KEEP is a way for ME to connect with people.”
Zayra is originally from Puerto Rico, where much of her family and friends still lives, so her support system has been built through the connections she’s made doing what she loves and following those passions.
“I was never part of sorority but I feel like KEEP is like that,” she said. “With my KEEP besties, I am able to be myself. I can be vulnerable. I can be fearful and freak out, but at the same time, I can celebrate with them.”
Given Zayra’s schedule, her role as a single mother to (an adorable!) two-and-a-half year old, and how much she takes on, she finds “zen-time” in some small things and one big thing: the beach.
“You can take the girl from the island but you can’t take the island out of the girl,” she said. “I just recently went home to Puerto Rico for a month and it just recharged me.”
And the small things? Folding laundry and pens.
“Folding clothes sometimes bring me to a zen space,” she laughed. “I hate doing it and I don’t have time for it, but when I get into it, I get into a trance. And I also love going to test pens in the store. I HATE when a store doesn’t have a pen-testing pad to try them out.”
Zayra outgoing nature helps her lead her busy life, but it also helps her with her lifelong goal to continue to learn.
“I’m learning from so many different kinds of people,” she said. “I’m constantly learning, and that means I’m constantly changing. I love seeing the resilience in our community and being inspired by that.”