Ready, Set, Grow!
"My favorite feeling in the world is feeling inspired. Being inspired means that I can do anything and the world is mine for the taking. . . If there is one thing I make sure to do each day, it is finding new ways to get re-inspired"
- Maija Ibanez (2018)
During my semester abroad in the Spring of 2017, I remember scrounging to find black hair products and stylists who could help me manage my hair. During the last few days of the entire five months I'd been abroad, we finally found a black hairstylist who was based out of Atlanta, who also owned a shop in Paris. How lucky were we?! We talked about cutting my hair and redoing the pixie cut I'd been rocking for about a year at that point. But ultimately, I decided to cut my chemically processed, unhealthy hair and go fully natural for the first time, like ever. That act of boldness was not only the beginning of a natural hair era for me, but it was a symbol of embracing my authenticity in a way that I had not consciously done before.
While readjusting to the American culture, I underwent a series of deep introspection. It was like I was experiencing what I was already familiar with but through different lenses. The feeling at the time was unexplainable. From that came to the passion to share something, or create something. It was then that I began a self-imposed "Journey to Self-Love" that I have been on ever since.
"Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you."
- Oprah Winfrey (2014)
Fast forward to 2018, during my summer internship, I was stuck in an office for at least 8 hours a day sorting through legal documents, *snorrr*. Somehow, I began listening to podcasts centered around entrepreneurship and business-building and realized that the principles they were talking about were relatable to so many other areas of my life. One day it clicked for me: the reason that all of these business gurus and entrepreneurs are so successful is that they had a mindset shift! I had this strong urge to share this revelation but I still didn't know how I was going to accomplish that.
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A few months later, it dawned on me that I could actually be the one to create a podcast of my own to share that kind of content. I was set to release the podcast by the end of 2018, however, I was terrified. What do they call people who don't do something because they're too scared? I'll let ya'll figure that one out. But Me? Too scared?
A list of things I've done that's way scarier than launching a podcast:
- Moved to NYC at 17.
- Cut ALL of my hair off... Twice!
- A horse literally bit my finger off.
- Swallowed bleach (ask my mom for details).
- Rode on the back of a motorcycle in heels and a jean jacket.
- Jumped off of a cliff... more than three times.
- Cheerleading. (Don't argue with me on this one)
- Did I mention I moved to NYC at 17?