Inspiration Series X: MARIA | @juicyclouds

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Widely trusted for her opinion on vape hardware, builds and especially e-liquids, Maria is a vape industry mover and shaker as the Team Royal Wires co-captain of Florida, while boasting nearly 90k followers on her personal Instagram account. With the photography skills to lure, and the knowledge to truly captivate an audience, it’s a pleasure to view the vape life through Maria’s eyes.

 

HERSTORY: You started smoking at age 12 and have been tobacco-free since August of 2013 when you picked up your first eGo starter kit; you probably had no idea how much that decision would change your life. How did you discover vaping and what was your first impression? What were people saying about vaping in your area at that time? Share with us why vaping is such a central part of your life…

Maria Exhaling Vapor in Love Vape T-ShirtM: The first time I actually saw someone vaping was at work in 2010, when a woman pulled out her mini e-cigarette and blew a small cloud… I told her that she couldn’t “smoke” inside but she began to tell me it was vapor… I had no idea what she was talking about! Then another one of my regular customers was showing off his fancy e-cigarette and I was intrigued, but at the time I’d come to the conclusion that it’s quite expensive and too much of a hassle, so I continued smoking my cigarettes.

Then randomly, in 2013, I reconnected with some family members and I saw my cousin had a variable voltage mod, so I started asking him questions and since he is my age it was easier to comprehend… He suggested I start off with an eGo kit and so I did… the rest is history!

[laughs]

I bought it at a local tobacco shop because back then there weren’t any true vape shops in my town. The lady was mixing the juice herself and the first flavor I could really enjoy all day was mint-candy, it was amazing… for the standards we had in those days! Then I discovered the vaping community on Instagram and with the help of winning a couple giveaways I explored my first mechanical mod and RDAs… even a charger! Might I add, online giveaways are an amazing opportunity for newbie vapers who have no idea where to start… it allowed me to feel my way through which device would best suit my style. So, with that said, it has become a lifestyle. I vape all day every day, I enjoy trying new flavors and being able to spread the word to anyone who values my recommendation!

 

GIRLS WHO BUILD: What does your role as co-captain of Team Royal Wires of Florida entail? What inspired you to join this group and how did you become captain? Since then, which doorways has this group opened for you?

M: I was lucky to have met Justin Jones, a fellow Floridian, on Instagram… because there weren’t too many of us during the early Vapestagram stages. He was also one of the OG builders in the online vape scene.  He got the green light from @Dryx_93 to create a team for Florida and the first person he reached out to was me. I then suggested we bring Jessica on board and that’s how we became the team! We all put much effort into keeping up with our posts, so I’m really proud of the three of us and grateful that this opportunity has connected me with more vapers also on the Royal Wire teams, but from other states.

 

Mirror Images of Maria Holding Green Box ModHANDCHECK: We loved that you highlighted your Ranger box mod, which appears frequently in your photos, asserting that you prefer to care well for your pieces so that they last a long time rather than constantly flaunt new mods. What is your favorite set-up? What do you look for most in hardware? In e-juice?

M: I absolutely love my Ranger series box mod! It’s a beautiful, well-crafted piece that has its own place in my heart [laughs]. Most important to me in a device is efficient simplicity… when it doesn’t have all the “extra” features and settings that I know I won’t be using, and that’s where my Ranger comes in! My other daily rotation mods are the RX200 and the most recent Luna mechanical box mod. I think I should be good with those for now. I kind of stopped using tube mods because variable wattage devices give me more control over getting the perfect power output for a specific build.

When it comes to e-juice, I cannot emphasize it enough… it has to be steeped! I can discern if a juice is just not my cup of tea or if it’s simply not ripe/steeped! I personally prefer fruity flavors, something light and easy going… but I do enjoy creamy vapes, too. So, it really depends on my mood for the day…

 

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IN COMMUNITY WE TRUST: What role does the vape community play in your life? How have you been inspired and supported by this community? What’s most special to you about the vape community?

M: Mainly I’m grateful to have found and become a part of the vape community because of all the people I’ve shared experiences with and befriended as a result… I was going through a transitional part of my life when I moved out of my hometown to a smaller city and made some changes in the way I handled life, in general… it was difficult to even meet people because all of my co-workers were still in party mode, so the online vape community was there for me when I needed it most, actually… because a lot of vapers are also people who gave up their old ways and are living healthier lives now. I think that was the first thing that really made me feel like I can connect to other people again. With time, and as my page grew, it became an honor to “stand” in front of others and share my days with them… the sweetest thing is when people tell me that I brightened their day or that I’ve inspired them to start/continue vaping, or that I’ve answered questions that helped to clear confusion. I still to this day have very few friends, so the interaction and encouragement I get from my vape family is what I cherish the most.

 

TAKE A STAND: Our industry obviously faces an uncertain future; where do you see us going? Which advocacy efforts resonate with you and inspire hope on a personal level? Do you have any visions for what else we can do as a community to overcome the challenges we face?

M: Hopefully the big brands and key players will continue to lead by example and portray vaping in a positive light, while the people we look up to continue to keep us informed with any new developments/hurdles we will have to overcome. The battles that are thrown at us are constant reminders that we need to join forces and stand as ONE. Smokers don’t fight with one another about who smokes the best cigarettes, so why should vapers criticize each other about their vape-style?

 

Maria @juicyclouds Holding Vape Organics E-Liquid BottlesVAPE FAMOUS: What’s something very few people in the vape community know about you? How do you maintain balance between your personal life and what has been a pretty fast climb to “public figure” status? What’s your next move, and is it vape related?

Well, if I answered that question then it would no longer be known by “few” people [giggles]. Honestly, I kind of keep to myself most of the time. I’ve just always been that way… I guess people would never assume that I’m a shy and quiet person in real life, since I’m always chatting it up with my supporters! Putting myself “out there” on social media does take a lot of mental strength, though, I have to say. But in the physical world I’m very timid. I haven’t planned any official “moves” yet… my goal is to remain true to myself, my ethics/morals, and to the people who have grown to know and appreciate me for that…

 

Thank you, Maria, for sharing with us!

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  1. James W April 27, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Articles and interviews like this are so important. Especially when highlighting women who vape. A lot of the smokers I still know are women and I haven’t been able to convince them to go the way of the vape. I will definitely share these Inspirational Series interviews next time the issue arises. Thanks for contributing in such a positive way.

    • Vape Organics May 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      James, we love that you wrote this! Indeed, women “like” 😉 Maria are so important to our industry for inspiring, removing social stigmas around vaping and actually helping guide novice vapers, both technically and otherwise! Thank you so much for reading, sharing, connecting and for your obvious commitment to this industry!

  2. Hygor April 28, 2016 at 4:50 am - Reply

    Nice

  3. Ken F. April 28, 2016 at 6:33 am - Reply

    As a former smoker that dropped the sticks for a mod this article hits home I love that it brings to life the female side of vapeing alot of people don’t see it as something a woman can get into but the truth is it is healthier then smoking and easy for anyone to use I will be showing this article to my wife in hopes I can talk her into vapeing instead of smoking

    • Vape Organics May 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      Yes, Ken!! Good luck getting her to make the switch! If we could be of any help whatsoever in that, we will be honored 🙂 vape in peace, friend!

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    • Vape Organics May 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

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  5. Mike Chapman April 30, 2016 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Way to go! Im always trying to get girls into vaping instead of smoking and i get a strange look. Its the same look i get when i tell people im vegan lol. Can’t wait to try your line but I’ve never seen it in Dallas. Would love to review on my new YouTube page, meanwhile im in this contest to win it. Today’s my birthday and it would be an amazing present!

    • Vape Organics May 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Mike, you know our line is 100% vegan as well, right?! Happiest of birthdays to you, and we hope you get to try our juices soon! If you check our shop page, there are also online stores with free shipping to anywhere in the USA 🙂

  6. Gillian April 30, 2016 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Nice to see others stories. Had veen smoking for over 10 years and tried to quit multiple times. Just got.into.vaping and its working great and im.looking forward to.being smoke free.

    • Vape Organics May 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Yes, Gillian! Best of luck to you!! May you continue to vape in peace 🙂

  7. Jeff S April 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Great story. My first ecig was a tiny ego half the length of the ones today. And it was pricey. A vape company had a booth at the local swap meet. Before that all I had tried were cig-likes. I’m breathing better than ever now.

    • Vape Organics May 2, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      So glad to hear that, Jeff! Thanks for reading and wishing you all the best!

  8. Melissa Smith May 1, 2016 at 2:33 am - Reply

    I been looking at these liquids for awhile, I would love to try them. I’ve heard they are great. 🙂

    • Vape Organics May 2, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Melissa! We’d love to hear what you think once you do try them! Sooner rather than later 😉

  9. Baronvonhoff May 2, 2016 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Cool interview for sure!

  10. Emily N May 2, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I love to see other girls that build!! I am female and I love to build coils and experiment with making my own different types of claptons, alien wires, etc. Vaping has truly become a hobby for me. It’s so much fun to try building stuff that hasn’t been done before. A man once told me “girls don’t build”…. so I took that as a challenge! So awesome to see other women just like me!

    I have never won a giveaway, but I enter many. Fingers crossed that I can be as lucky as Maria!

    • Vape Organics May 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Emily, so amazing to hear from you!! I love that you took that as a challenge! We wish you luck in winning our giveaways and others! Continue to vape in peace 🙂

  11. Jody May 2, 2016 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Wonderfully written 👌

  12. Eric H May 4, 2016 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    This is a great blog post. It’s nice to hear the stories of how people like Maria got into Vaping. She is one of the people in the vape community that helped me stay smoke free when i was just making the switch to Vaping.

  13. Scottie Lewis May 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Really interested in trying new juice lines and this looks like a winner to take a chance with!

  14. James December 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Do you use nicotine vape? I’m trying to go no nicotine.

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