What can we say? This chick is rad. Puno along with her husband are the beautiful brains & talent along with everything else behind MAP, a visual mapping community. Their instagram will have you wanderlusting, hungry, and inspired for anything and everything around the globe. Create your map account to document and map your journeys across the world in a vivid, visual way.

We sat down with Puno in her hood (LA Arts District) to candidly chat about MAP, the life of an entrepreneur, and the surprises that come along with the courage to start your own business.

What is the hardest thing and best thing about owning your own business?

Hardest thing?

We are not really a business yet, we are still creating it. It takes forever. I knew two to three years nothing was going to happen. It’s tough. It’s having patience. Having the patience to let it happen and work hard every day.

Best thing?

You can do what you want. You can make and shape it however you want and all the decisions are yours to make. No one is telling you what to do. That is the coolest part. I don’t think I could ever go back to a corporate job. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Do you feel like you are constantly reevaluating where you are and what you are doing with Map?

Always. Every day. Everyone always asks what’s the future plan for Map, and I always think, I’m just concentrating on the next week. I have to always be executing or else I’ll just lose momentum. You have to always be changing in increments.

What has been the most surprising thing in this whole process?

Making assumptions. Emotionally because I work with my husband, I didn’t realize the amount of assumptions we would make about what the other person is thinking. The other surprising thing is the repercussions of being too nice to each other which has lead to grudges and arguments.

Also, as a designer, certain ideas I thought would definitely work just didn’t. It became so frustrating and you have to try so many things to figure out how to make another person get what you were trying to build for them. Sometimes it’s tweaks in design, customer service, marketing, etc. Then you need time for it to sit and let people absorb it, so then I’m always wondering, how much time does something need?

What keeps you going when you feel like you want to give up?

I don’t want to give up. I can’t give up. There’s so much more we have to do.

Thanks Puno. You are a gem.