7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS DAY 4

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“LIVE IN THE NOW

Welcome to DAY 4 of 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS. 

Most of us carry the sense that happiness is somewhere out there in the future. Our hope is that we will find it in the next relationships, purchase or experience. The problem is that as soon as we satisfy one need, another one arises. This leaves us unhappy and unfulfilled. Pursuing things that we don’t have to be happy is an never ending rase. In order to find real happiness, we have to stop looking for it in the future because where it’s actually found is in this very moment. Most of us don’t recognize we are rarely in this moment but it’s true. Nearly all our thoughts are evolved around the past or the future. Now, sometimes this can be useful. Life involves planning ahead and learning from the past but often our minds are full of regrets and worry which actually holds us back. Based on our past experiences we decide we can’t achieve things and we don’t even bother trying, and when we are worried about the future we are putting ourselves through an unnecessary grief. Visualizing outcomes that might never even happen. When we are living in the moment, we are not occupied about concerns or anxious about what might happen. We are connected to what is happening right now, and when we are truly present right in this moment, that’s when we experience true happiness. 

PRACTICE

Let’s set an intention for this session and put aside any stress that you are holding. Allow yourself to relax and put your intention into the present moment. Will start by taking a few very slow but deep breaths. Deep breaths in and slow heavy breaths out settling into this moment. On the next inhale, as the breath enters the body mentally note that you are breathing in then as you exhale mentally note that you are breathing out. Breath in into this moment, the only one that matters. Getting swapped away by a thought is completely expected. Don’t beat yourself up about it, just keep returning to your pointed focus over and over. This is why we call it practice. Keep coming back to the present moment, being aware of the start of each in-breath and following it’s entire duration. Following the out-breath from it’s start and all the way to it’s completion. Return to each new moment over and over and feel in the body with the present moment awareness. Notice how you feel while you are focused on the here and now. 


Thinking can be a powerful distraction and making it challenging to stay in here and now. It’s easy for us to drift away. Life is always now, and if you continually miss it by  resisting it, fighting it or reducing it to a means to an end then you are disconnected from the fullness of this moment and ultimately you miss the essence of your life. When you are struggling to get to an idea of happiness that life is in the future then you are out of alignment with what is and the potential for present moment happiness. The way to get there is by be friending the present moment and of course that involves paying attention. Paying attention to your thoughts, your conversations and to every aspect of what you are doing. You can use external mindfulness reminders to bring you back to the present through the day. Select cues like rain drops, the sound of the ocean and wind or the music of a bird from your front yard. This is a gentle way to trigger you back to awareness and return to the here and now. When you wake up in the morning, make the intention to be totally awake today and through the day ask yourself as you are driving, eating, walking, am I fully present to this moment?

By embracing the present moment, you will notice deep changes in your relationships, wellbeing and happiness. 

CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING DAY 4 OF 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!

7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS DAY 2

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DAY 2 

“LOVE AND ACCEPT YOURSELF”

Welcome to DAY 2 of the 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!

Did you know that the way you think about yourself is more directly related to your happiness than the circumstances of your life. One of the most crucial key of experiencing day to day joy is the level of our self-love and acceptance. You think this would be a given but without even realizing it, most of us are incredibly self critical. We judge ourselves for everything. We either don’t have enough money, love, security or success, talent and beauty. We blame ourselves for all of it. We have this idea that the harder we push ourselves the higher will excel, and the higher we excel the happier will be. This means constant critiquing and judging. The problem is, that perception is inaccurate. It’s not through judgement that we find motivation or happiness. It’s through self-love and self-acceptance. Happiness and self-acceptance go hand in hand. In fact, our level of self acceptance determines our level of happiness. Basically, we experience as much happiness as we believe we are worthy of. The practice of self love and acceptance is an invitation to stop judging ourselves. It’s about accepting who we are with an open heart and treating ourselves with the same kindness, love and compassion that we offer to a good friend or even a stranger for that matter. It teaches us to be gentle with ourselves rather than harsh and critical and instead of endless comparison game we play, we can start appreciating our unique magnificence which includes our imperfections. It’s through self-love and acceptance that we find peace and happiness in our hearts. 

PRACTICE

So, let’s start today’s practice by settling into your comfortable spot with a tall straight back.Take a few deep breaths as you settle in. Deep inhales and slow full exhales. Relax into this moment and let go of all the things that keep you busy and distracted from connecting with yourself. Concentrate on just the breath and nothing else for just a moment. Imagine how you would like to start treating yourself. With kindness and compassion, pay attention on how you would respond to things that you are not or you don’t have and with no judgements or criticism, accept yourself as who you are. The goal here is to be more aware of how you respond to everything that is happening around you and how it makes you feel about yourself. Rather than pushing the discomfort away, welcome it as part of your experience. Accept everything that is going through your body and space without judgement. Accept yourself exactly as you are and own your experience. Sometimes we have judgements about the way we feel. We think we should always feel happy or peaceful or energized. We have unwelcome views about emotions like sadness, loneliness or restlessness and we criticize ourselves for having them. Most of the time the way we talk to ourselves goes by unnoticed. We don’t pay attention to how hard we are on ourselves and how often we criticize. Now we don’t even realize how much of an impact this has on our happiness. See if it’s possible to connect with whatever you are experiencing right now in an open accepting nonjudgemental way. Not excluding anything, not making any feelings wrong, opening to and creating space for everything. 


Breath into the heart and see if you can generate feelings of warmth and friendliness towards yourself then repeat the following fraises in your mind: 

May I be happy

May I be safe 

May I be healthy

May I be at peace

Repeat them one more time but this time try to save the meaning of each word. 

May I be happy

May I be safe 

May I be healthy

May I be at peace


Offering self-love and self-acceptance takes practice. The more you do it, the more habitual it becomes so everyday whenever you notice self judgements or you begin to attack yourself replace those negative thoughts with compassion and loving kindness. Do your best to release all your “SHOULDS” and be gentle with your imperfections. Congratulate your efforts and celebrate your wins no matter how large or small. Stop the comparisons. Begin to embrace all that makes you unique. That self-love becomes a habit by making it a daily practice and as you watch your judgments dissolve, you watch your happiness grow. Notice how you feel to rest in a compassionate state of self-love and acceptance. 

CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING DAY 2 OF 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!

7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS DAY 1

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Song: Make You Feel My Love by Andy Tallent

INTRODUCTION:

Welcome to the 7 days of happiness, a program designed to enhance your experience of joy in day to day life. We are all on this constant search for happiness and it’s funny that something so many people crave it is so difficult to attain. We look for it in all kinds of places, nice home, a successful job, the perfect partner and perfect “EVERYTHING”. But even when we attain all those things, happiness still eludes us. The reason why? We are so busy looking for it in achievements, material things and pleasure. We miss the fact that happiness is actually born from inside out. 


    Through this week, I am going to share with you the 7 principles that will significantly contribute to your happiness. You will learn how to see the world through the lens of gratitude and how to offer yourself love and acceptance. How to give up the endless search for satisfaction and how to let go of that, which doesn’t serve you. Will address how to prioritize health, how to embrace uncertainty and explore the power of play. 

    In each day, I will share with you practical strategies you can test out in your own life to enhance the level of your happiness. 

DAY 1

PRACTICE GRATITUDE

    To start, we are going to focus on the benefits of gratitude. Gratitude is the ultimate antidote to unhappiness because when you are experiencing it, it’s almost impossible to feel weak or lost. It helps you see the bright side of things when life otherwise can feel impossible. It enables you to appreciate your circumstances and focus on all that you have and rather than focusing on all that you don’t have. Now, I am not suggesting that gratitude is always easy. Life is far from perfect but when we experience and enhance challenges, pain or loss; that’s when it’s most valuable. The more you practice gratitude, the easier it becomes and the more benefits you experience. Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude, constantly report psychological benefits such as being more alert, experience optimism and happiness. They experience social benefits like feeling generous, compassionate, and connected to others. Their physical benefits such as stronger immunity and ability to deal with stress and pain. Most relevant, gratitude blocks toxic and negative emotions and enhances positive once. So, you see why it’s worth the effort to practice gratitude?

PRACTICE

    Let’s start today’s practice by finding a comfortable spot where you can take a moment for yourself. We can find gratitude in so many little things and very often we forget to appreciate the things that we are so used to see, hear, feel and taste every single day. But it is important to remind ourselves to be grateful for things not only after we loose them but when we actually have them. For instance: our eyes that let us see, our ears that let us hear. All our senses in our bodies, finding gratitude for that. Also feel gratitude for the people in our lives.

    So, right now if you could bring to mind a person you are most grateful for at the moment. It could be a family member, a friend, a partner or a child. It could be anyone you know. Anyone who’s extended kindness. Picture that person, see their face smiling and with your whole body breath deeply and really feeling into that appreciation. 

    You might find gratitude in the fact that you are safe. That you have a roof over your head and a warm home. Appreciating the incredible food supply that’s available from all over the world. The marvel of electricity you don’t even have to think about from the day you were born, it was just always there. And the generation upon generation meet sacrifices so we can enjoy rights, privileges and freedom.

    Breath in the moment of gratitude for the small but significant pleasures in life such as fresh air, sunsets, parks, rain, the ocean and the warmth of the sun. We can be grateful for our talents or the qualities that make us unique. We can find gratitude in the lessons we have learned and the set backs that made us stronger.


    Now, take a moment and really set your focus on the things that you are appreciative about. You might want to write them down or if it’s a person, you might want to tell them how much you love and appreciate them. It might be people from near or far. Anyone who’s been kind or brings meaning to your life. It might be the kindness of strangers, animals, things you enjoy doing, that which brings you laughter. Whatever gets you up from the bed in the morning and gives you purpose. That you are here right now, and just take a few moments to embrace that for which you are grateful. Allow gratitude to sink into your heart and body. As we come to the end of the practice, take a moment and notice how you feel. There are various forms of gratitude practices you can try in your own life on daily basis. 

  1. If you enjoy writing, you can start a gratitude journal! First thing in the morning or right before bed. Write a list of 5 things for which you are grateful.
  2. If you aren’t a fan of writing, at night just before bed when you place your head on the pillow, take a few moments to recall some things you were grateful for through the day.

    Most importantly, practice daily even when it feels challenging. The more you practice the easier it becomes. Noticing to appreciate things every change you get. Focus on gratitude daily and see how your happiness expands.

CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING DAY 1 OF 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!

7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS DAY 7

TAKE TIME TO PLAY

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WELCOME TO DAY 7 OF THE 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS

Today I am going to start with a question:

When was the last time you laughed? I mean really laughed. One of those big belly laughs that goes on and on and brings tears to your eyes. If you are lucky, it was over the last couple of days but if you are like many of us, you are so busy trying to get ahead or attending your TO-DO list. The laugh isn’t as familiar as it once was. Children laugh an average of 300 times a day, adults about 17 times. That’s a huge difference in our level of happiness. Obviously age is a factor because kids don’t have the same concerns and responsibilities as we do but part of why they laugh more is because PLAY TIME is on their calendar. Adults find it hard to scheduling fun because there are only so many hours in a day and many of us feel that we have to earn our play time. We are on our raise to success. But research shows that happiness is a huge part of what leads us to success. This means rather than spending all out time focusing on achieving future goals it benefits to access joy right now. How much happiness do you experience when you are doing things in order to get ahead on the future versus amercing yourself in activity that brings you joy in the moment. It’s likely a significant difference because it’s proven that when we are in a flow and completely amerced into something our level of happiness is the highest. Think of how good it feels when you engage in activities that make you happy. What it’s like to be with people who make you laugh. Reflect on how it feels to be completely swapped up in a hobby you are passionate about. One of the keys to happiness includes carving out time each week to engage in play. Not waiting till you are farther ahead in life to feel you are entitled to take the time. 

Take a deep breath and allow yourself to feel the aliveness of this moment. Bringing your mind back to a time you felt joyful as a child. Thinking back to experiences that make your heart raise and grow bigger. Think of how good it feels to laugh. Think of some things that inspire you now and feel you up with joy, make you feel alive. Think of things you would do if you had all the time in the world. What kind of activities could you bring into your life on a more regular basis. Is there a hobby or a passion you haven’t been able to justify and make time for?

What would it take to step out of your comfort zone? Maybe try something new like sky diving, learning a new instrument, or dancing like no one is watching. Perhaps carving out time to spend with people you love or connecting with community. What kind of things would bring you joy? Just take a moment now to think about things that will truly enhance your happiness. Perhaps make an intention now to bring some of those activities into your life. 

Sometimes in the pursued of happiness we loose track of the most obvious things. The more opportunities you can find to create balance and bring play into your life the more you will discover happiness. 

CONGRATULATIONS FOR COMPLETING THE 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS! 

Joy is the one thing we can never get rid of. So I invite you to review the series over and over to refresh yourself on these 7 principles of Happiness. The value of practicing gratitude, offering self-love and acceptance, learning to let go, living in the now, embracing uncertainty, prioritizing your health and taking time to play. 

LOVE,
TATIANA VEREGA

7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS DAY 6

PRIORITIZE YOUR HEALTH

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Welcome to DAY 6 of 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS.

      Today we are going to talk about one of the most common impediments to happiness – our health. Ofter, in the daily grind of life, our health gets sacrificed. After all, we have to prioritize it. Preparing healthy food is time consuming so we eat out or skip meals. We postpone hitting the gym and getting enough sleep is a rarity. Taking time out to give our racing minds a break becomes a fantasy. Life takes over, our health falls and we wonder, why aren’t we happy?  The benefits aren’t always visible but our health directly correlates to happiness. 

1. To start, exercise is one of the most effective instant happiness boosters of all time. Study after study shows that regular physical activity increases happiness, reduces anxiety and stress and eliminates depression. In addition to strengthening your muscles, joints, lungs, heart and memory, the endorphins that are released enhance your mood and sleep. So, as you can see there are plenty of reasons to get active. 

2. Getting rest is also very important. Considering that a simple sleepless night can make you irritable and moody. It’s no surprise that chronic sleep deprivation leads to depression and anxiety. When we don’t get enough sleep, we are less focused, less attentive, less creative and inpatient. So, if you want to be happy getting enough rest at night should be your priority. 
3. A healthy diet is also vital. When we fuel our stomachs with refined sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods it leads us to feel tired and cranky. In contrast, healthy food choices help combat depression and boost our mood.
4. Last, it’s important to give our minds a break from overstimulation and stress, and there is no better way to do that than through meditation. It’s proven that meditation has a multitude of positive effects that directly impact our happiness. It’t one of the top tools from managing anxiety, ill health and depression. Meditating helps us feel more calm, clear and centered providing a sense of wellbeing that can last all day. 

Take a few moments to consider how well you make your health a priority even when you can take only 10 minutes of your day. You’d be surprised how much you can make it count. You can fit in a quick meditation, do some basic stretching or go for a quick walk. By prioritizing your health, you will notice an invisible improvement, energy, focus and happiness. 

CONGRATULATIONS FOR COMPLETING DAY 6 OF 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!

7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS DAY 5

“EMBRACE THE UNCERTAINTY”

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Welcome to DAY 5 of 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS. 

I think we can agree that we are almost comfortable when we feel like we got life under control. Unfortunately, we can’t be certain with what the future holds even when it looks like things are going one way. Anything can change in a heart bit. Change of any type is scary. When something changes, it challenges our ideas and feelings of safety and security. Change might involve risk, failure or heartbreak. We have such a fear of the unknown and we are willing to do anything to prevent it, that might mean staying in unhealthy relationships or job or taking a risk towards your dreams. We are trying to protect ourselves by remaining in our comfort zone. Doing what we’ve always done to get results that we’ve always gotten, but even then it’s impossible to control anything for long. Change is constant and is always right around the corner. That leaves us with a choice. Either live with fear or learn to embrace uncertainty. Imagine if you were able to view the unknown as an exciting opportunity rather than a threat. What if it were possible to turn towards uncertainty rather than fear it. Befriend the unknown rather than run from it. Suddenly, life wouldn’t feel scary at all. Would it? You’d be fearless.

Uncertainties in life will arise. Uncertainties in life will pass. Feel them all like a wave. They move in and they move out. There is no way to know what the next moment will bring or the one after that. We can only be certain of what is happening in this moment. So try to remind yourself that most of the time our greatest fears are never realized. We visualize outcomes that rarely manifest. Most of the time our future looks nothing like the fears we projected so don’t give power to projections you can’t be certain of. When you are faced with uncertainty allow the discomfort and the unknown to flow through you freely like a wave without letting yourself getting swapped by it. The more comfortable you become with uncertainty the more fearless and open you become to life. 

See if you can stay with uncertainty when it arises in daily life. Get comfortable with the unknown and embrace changes as often as you can and build a habit. View change as an opportunity to learn and grow . Shake things up. Do things differently and take risks because it’s vital to live a happy and fulfilled life. You’ve only got this one so don’t play it safe. Live the life you desire without fear. Embracing uncertainty and stepping into the unknown is where life truly begins. 

CONGRATULATIONS FOR COMPLETING DAY 5 OF 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!

7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS DAY 3

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DAY 3 

“LEARN TO LET GO”

Welcome to DAY 3 of 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS!

Yesterday, I introduced the idea of self-love and acceptance. I hope you were able to practice throughout the day and experience the benefits🙏🏼

    Today, I want to talk about another important principle. The ability to let go. It’s natural for us to want things to go in certain way. If we had it all our way, we would control everything. Our appearance, our health, the weather, but unfortunately in the game of life there aren’t many things we can control but we can however choose how to respond to things whenever they don’t go our way. And the answer is in letting it go. Might we find freedom and happiness in if we can learn to accept the past and the present? When you have no control over how things go and you get angry or upset, the person you are hurting most is YOU. Now you want to allow yourself to feel whatever comes up when you experience resistance, that’s essential but it’s important to keep in mind that the sooner you can accept whatever is going on, the sooner you will experience freedom and peace of mind. 

    So let’s start our practice today by finding a quite place to sit where you won’t be disturbed. As you become still, place your focus on the breath. Take a few deep breaths and with each breath you take, let your body feel more and more at ease. Try to let go of any desire to try to be in a certain way. 

Just follow the breath without any effort. Allow it to happen as it happens. Breath in and let go over and over. Notice where your mind is, and if you got swept away in thoughts, make no judgements about it. Just gently return to the breath. When you notice you are caught up in thoughts, rather than grabbing onto them or getting lost in them see if you can gently release them. Let go of thoughts, sounds, sensations, and anything that distracts you. Let go as you are releasing a balloon into the sky and return onto the breath over and over. Now shift your attention from your breath to the body. 

LET GO OF REGRETS

LET GO OF FEAR

LET GO OF ANGER

LET GO OF EVERYTHING YOU ARE NOT

LET GO OF THAT WHICH DOESN’T SERVE YOU

As our practice finishes, notice how letting go of things makes you feel. It is in our nature to hold on and control whatever we can but sometimes we don’t have any say. So rather than creating more pain through resistance, we can accept the reality as it is and let go. Like anything, letting go is a habit so start with the small stuff. If someone is late to meet you instead making it a big deal, see if you can forgive freely and let go. If you find yourself upset and irritated throughout the day, take a few breaths and ask yourself: If I cannot change that, can I let it be? Can I let go? Can I practice accepting reality as it is in order to preserve my peace of mind? Letting go can be the most loving thing that we can do for ourselves. Practice it and see how free you can be and observe the increase of your happiness. 

CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING DAY 3 OF 7 DAYS OF HAPPINESS! 

KILIMANJARO ADVENTURE – ONE WOMAN & 29 MEN

On February 29, 2020 I had the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a team of 29 men. I had never climbed a mountain before Kilimanjaro. The experience was priceless and unforgettable. I learned so much from the experience; therefore, I decided to write about it.

The Kilimanjaro adventure is an unforgettable experience that will forever remain in my heart and memory. As a team, we made it to the roof of Africa and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve such an accomplishment without each other. I thank my dear friends Dennis Byrd, Harold Pine, Lemuel Aigbivbalu, Travis Billingsley for trusting and believing in me to be a part of KILI 6 TEAM and the 25 hard working men who helped us get to the summit without leaving anyone behind.


Why did I do it???  I’ve always had an active lifestyle since I was a little girl. I love physical challenges and choose to embrace things that help me grow mentally and physically. The moment I decided to say “YES” to this Kilimanjaro adventure, I realized that this would be a different kind of commitment. I knew that I was about to risk my life – my friends never hesitated to remind me of that, even up until the day before I left.

For a moment, I debated about whether or not I should do it. I also thought to myself, “Why is that? What is different this time than any other time?” The answer was simple. I was stepping into unknown territory. Honestly, I was afraid to fail and I was uncertain about everything that was coming. The only thing that I had was FAITH, so I chose to believe that I would be okay no matter what. From that point on, I decided to turn this adventure into the best experience of my life.

Was it hard??? Hell yeah. We successfully reached the top of the mountain and it felt so good. I won’t lie and will admit that the last night of the last 6 hour climb was the most difficult. The walk felt forever and endless but when we reached the top, the tiredness immediately went away. It was breathtaking and absolutely worth all the hard work. 

This trip wasn’t just about going to Africa or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It was much more than that. Opportunities come only a few times in our lives, but truly special ones only come once. It is our responsibility to understand how to differentiate these opportunities and use them either for personal or professional growth, regardless of the million excuses or circumstances. Life is full of surprises and I believe that everything happens for a reason.

THE LESSON THAT I LEARNED: Even if the path looks endless and you feel like you’re running out of energy, as long as you keep putting one foot in front of another, you will ALWAYS get to the top. You will ALWAYS have enough left to make just one more little step. Never give up!

Don’t Get Distracted

People will judge you for everything. 

It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. 

In their eyes, you are just another subject to talk about. It makes them feel good to put you down. They think they know everything about you. It’s funny, but true. 

Busy people are busy minding their own business. They don’t bother with someone else’s life because they are focusing on themselves. 

I used to feel like giving up every time I had to deal with negative people or with unsatisfied clients, but what I didn’t know at that time is that you can’t please everyone. You can always try, but at the end of the day not everyone is going to be happy with your product or service simply because it doesn’t meet their needs or taste. 

I consistently had to remind myself who I am and why I do what I do. 

The major question here is: is it wort giving up on my dreams and the job that I am very good at, just because someone said something and hurt my feelings? I guess that is why they say, “no personal feelings in business.” Would a couple of opinions make me quit? ABSOLUTELY NOT. 

Think about it. Every time we hear a compliment, we feel good about ourselves because something positive was said and we, as humans, thrive to hear good things about ourselves. As soon as someone says something negative, we cry or are disappointed because we didn’t like what we heard. 

With that said, we base our feelings off of someone else’s opinion. In most cases, as soon as you let someone’s opinion step into your mind, you automatically let someone manage your life. 

Period. 

Create your Own Opportunities

When you are trying hard to fit in with the crowd, very often being rejected, you have three options to choose from: 

Quit

Keep trying

Create your own opportunities

Which one fits you the most is totally up to you. You make the choice. 

Sometimes we are afraid to make a choice, so we listen to others. In turn, we end up making choices in life that we don’t necessarily want to make, but due to our insecurities we let others decide for us. Should you live your live that way? Absolutely not. 

True story.

My biggest dream in life was to move to United States of America, specifically to Los Angeles, California. As a professional dancer, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else but in Los Angeles. The entire dance industry is either there, New York, or Atlanta. Somehow, life always finds ways to challenge and surprise us. 

No matter how much I tried to make my way to California something would stop me. New opportunities would appear and keep me from achieving my dream of LA. Blessings I couldn’t ignore. 

I always listen to my intuition. Most of the time I do what I feel that is right thing to do. On top of being able to learn and take, I was gifted to create and give. Every time I tried to ignore these intuitions and blessings and follow my LA dream, I felt like I was making a mistake and I just couldn’t understand what was happening. 

I wasn’t afraid, but something was stopping me. Moving somewhere alone to pursue my dream was not the issue. I am someone who can pack a backpack and explore the world. 

Well, this situation was new and different for me. I felt like I was stuck in Galveston, Texas. 

So, what exactly was holding me back? I went through some difficult times. To be honest, those difficult times helped me find myself and my purpose. I was able to answer my big “WHY?” I had a clear vision where I was heading. 

Before I finish my story, I would like to tell that it’s okay not to have it all figured out. It’s okay to take a step back, reflect, and sometimes even change directions. It is not okay to be stuck and not do anything about it. If you need to, take some time off to figure out which way you want to go. If you create a map for yourself where you design your destination and the road that you would like to take to get there, then you are moving in the right direction. Don’t follow someone else’s path, don’t listen to individuals who are trying to bring you down or hold you back. I am speaking from experience. I hit speedbumps and forks in the road, and even doubted myself at times. People who tried to discourage me and tell me that my dreams are not possible because of their limited beliefs. Knowing who I was and where I was heading helped me pass though those minor hiccups and find my own way to success. 

January 2017, I was packing my bags and selling my business with the intention of moving to LA and completing my mission. For something that I had dreamed about for so long, it felt wrong. I was heartbroken to leave. I had spent so much time and money building something so unique in Galveston community, and moving away forever was tearing my heart. 

At that moment I felt like I lost what I had. The moment I changed my mind to stay, I appreciated everything so much more. 

We appreciate everything more when we lose something in our lives, especially when we take things for granted, thinking that they will stay with us forever. When I changed my direction, something greater came into my life. A crystal clear vision. I immediately started to map out all my plans, visions, and ideas. It was like a storm of blessings. 

I discovered that all this time I was just trying to follow the crowd. I changed my mindset. I became an opportunity maker for myself, with others, and for others. I upgraded my business to a new location, bigger, better, and more professional. Dancers were able to take not only Hip-Hop dance classes, but also Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap AND Musical Theater. I invested all my time in giving and growing the dance community on Galveston Island. 

Coming from a country where my opportunities were limited, I wanted to help turn local dancers into trained professionals and help them believe in themselves and their dreams. It worked.

Seeing my students stepping on big stages and signing contracts with Los Angeles dance agencies showed me that hard work pays off and solidified every decision that I made and confirmed that everything happens for a reason. 

I choose my own path. I create my own opportunities. It is totally up to me how I am going to spend the next five years of my life. I also learned that it’s not where you live, but it’s what you do. Location wont change your habits. You must begin the changes within yourself then everything else will change around you.