Hola, soy Ana Paula Flores! I’m very happy to say that I’m now part of Vaquero Advertising’s team as a Creative / Graphic Designer.
My parents are from Sonora, México, back in the ’90s, they were both living in Boston Massachusetts. My dad was working as an operations manager at a company and two of my mom’s sisters were living and working in Boston, too.
When my mom got pregnant, my parents became worried. Everyone spent most of the time working, so my mom needed someone to take care of her and be by her side. She moved back to Sonora with her family, and that’s where I was born in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. When I was 8 months old, she traveled back with me to Boston, and I was raised there.
I have an older sister and a younger brother, and we had an incredible childhood in Boston. My aunts that lived in Boston had no children, so we were their children, as well. Christmas was the most anticipated and fun holiday because there were mountains of gifts for the three of us. We have many great memories of when we lived there.
We grew up learning both languages: Spanish and English. Mostly it was Spanish in-home and English in school, but that led us to talk Spanglish most of the time, even to this day.
As the years went by, there was a very difficult decision that my parents had to make. They had a great life in Boston economic stability, a good job, friends; something was still missing. My parents couldn’t stop thinking that their children would never get to know the entire family as well as they would like: los primos, las tías, los tíos y nuestros abuelitos.
Pues vámonos de regreso. When I was 7 years old, we returned to Mexico. Honestly, it was the best decision they could have made. Maybe our life in Boston could have been easier, but I would not change all the moments that I have lived with my family and friends for anything.
I am a graphic and industrial designer. I graduated from Anahuac University in Queretaro. Thanks to COVID-19, I graduated online in May 2020. I appreciate the experience of graduating virtually, because I had the opportunity to learn differently. I did a face-to-face thesis and an online thesis. At my first thesis presentation, I couldn’t have my family present because I studied in Querétaro, a state very far from Sonora. But, for the presentation online for my second thesis, all of my family and friends were able to connect and join me that day—it was very special. Despite not having a graduation ceremony or party, my family surprised me that day with a beautiful celebration between us and I loved it.
In my free time, I enjoy painting and making crafts. My mom has always been good at crafts, she does amazing things with her hands. You can imagine something and tell her about it and she does it; it’s like magic. She has taught me painting techniques and many things, but I don’t know half of what she knows about art.
Two years ago, I started my small business called Fu Canvas, which started as a hobby. First I started doing replica paintings of Alec Monopoly, who is a very well known graffiti artist in the world. Then, I started making custom, hand-painted cell phone cases. This business helped me learn more about digital marketing, advertising, customer service, logistics, and many others. It was also my way of starting to pay for my things and trips. This helped me a lot to value money and everything that my parents have given me. In the summer of 2019, I was able to fully pay for my first trip to Europe thanks to this business. The trip was incredible.
I have always been very good at school, and I’m also a very social person. I think that for everything there is a balance in life. In my free time, I really enjoy going out with my friends, traveling, and going to different places. In addition, I also really enjoy designing, working, creating, and learning something new. Design and art have always been a part of my life. I consider that design is art through which a message can be communicated through images.