I am Victoria, raised in Mexico and currently living in Houston, TX, and I like to think of myself as a NeuroPsychology nerd, yogini, and Positive Mindset Queen.  This year I decided to travel to Friday Harbor, WA to see Orca whales in the wild.  After watching the documentary Blackfish I was left with a huge desire to be in the presence of these majestic animals in a setting other than captivity and I am very much looking forward to this trip.

1. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? How do you plan to get there? I want to transition out of my day job and into my dream job (coaching) and work from home and out of my laptop as I travel the world.  My college degree was Anthropology so I have a huge knack for exploring and immersing myself in other cultures and writing about it.

I have been taking small, daily steps to get there for some time now—writing a weekly blog, the first draft for a book, and working as a coach to be able to accomplish this vision.  But the most important step in my plans is to get my mindset aligned with my goals.  The mind is a powerful tool, and when it is not aligned with your vision it could really hold you back from accomplishing your goals.

2. What did you want to be ‘when you grow up?’ How has this affected the person that you are today? It’s funny you ask this because I have just turned 29 and I still tell people (jokingly) that I don’t know what I want to be when I “grow up”.  A couple of things do come to mind from when I was a child, however, like being a writer.  Also, in college when everyone kept asking me what I was going to do with an Anthropology degree I always told them I didn’t know even though I kept secretly wishing to travel the world writing about other cultures and publishing books on my findings.

So I guess you could say I am not so far off from my dream to become a writer as I do consider myself to be one.  I look forward to publishing my first book sometime this year.  And who knows?  Maybe a second and a third one later on.

“The mind is a powerful tool, and when it is not aligned with your vision it could really hold you back from accomplishing your goals.”

3. You have a very interesting – and I must say, inspiring – job. Tell us about it? What’s your favorite part about your job? What’s your least favorite part? Thank you :). I became a Transformational and Mindset Coach because aside from falling in love with Anthropology, I also fell in love with Psychology and even Neuropsychology.  One of the things I really yearned for was being able to apply everything that I learned through graduate school and even my own personal development to real life scenarios—and that is how my coaching practice was born.

What I like most about being a coach is the fact that I can participate in the transformation of someone else’s life.  I want to help make this world a better place one person at a time by inspiring and empowering others to take charge of their lives and really.

Initially I thought there wasn’t anything I don’t like about what I do, and then realized that there is one thing that breaks my heart about my work as a coach.  People giving up and become victims to their circumstances or refusing to take action in order to change their lives is one of the hardest things for me to deal with as a coach.

4. What’s been the biggest challenge in your life so far? How did you conquer it? When I was 15 years old my family moved from a busy city in northern Mexico to middle of nowhere, Indiana.  We left everything behind: a gorgeous home, our families, and our friends.  Although I had already studied English as a second language extensively, I remember chatting with people, not understanding what they were saying and laughing with them so they wouldn’t think I didn’t understand what they said.  As a shy and quiet person it was also hard for me to make new friends and it didn’t help that after a year in Indiana we moved to New Mexico where we had to start all over again.

All this moving around really has turned me into a very resilient person.  I was put in situations outside of my control and outside of my comfort zone but was able to navigate them because I had my family with me along the way.  Ever since then I’ve been able to uproot myself and move around more easily—and that is how I actually ended up in Houston.

5. Tell us about your biggest accomplish in life so far. How has this changed to you? I am about to finish writing my very first book sometime soon.  Just a year ago I didn’t think it was possible for me to finish a book and found it a daunting project even though I have always wanted to write a book.  The process of writing this book has taught me about what my priorities in life are, effective goal setting, and it has empowered me to tackle other projects that I’d like to see come true.

6. What’s something that you had to learn the hard way? At my day job I have somewhat of a sour relationship with one of my co-workers.  Not too long ago I realized this is a repeating pattern from my last job.  It would be a lot easier to say that I’ve learned to get along with her for the sake of having a peaceful interaction.  But the truth goes much deeper than that.  I’ve had to learn to look at what she represents in me that I dislike about myself, which is a lot harder than, say, just ignoring her for the sake of getting along.

“Wake Up! …Will you be a victim of your circumstances, or will you rise up to take charge of your life?”

7. Do you have a bucket list? Physical or only on your mind? I do have somewhat of a bucket list in my mind.  One of the most important items is traveling, of course.  I mentioned at the beginning that I want to see Orca whales in the wild in Friday Harbor.  Well, it doesn’t stop there… I also want to see them beach themselves to hunt in Argentina, and even swim with them in Norway.  I am willing to travel the world to be around these lovely creatures.  Eventually, I want to write a book about my experience with compassion.  You see, the Orca brain is reported to have a section that researchers believe is a center for a set of emotions that humans lack.  They are also reported to be extremely social animals and to care for other disabled Orcas.  So  much for the nickname we’ve given them, Killer Whales.  I believe us humans have a lot to learn from Orca whales.

8. What is one way you have paid it forward? Not too long ago I hosted a book giveaway at my blog because I wanted to gift three of my favorite personal development books.  The book that inspired the giveaway was actually Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, a book I believe everybody needs to read.  Other than that I write for my audience, to empower people to live the life they really want to live.

9. What other device would you give to the readers of Wake up!  Every moment in your life is a step in the direction of your dreams, but in order to make the most of your goals, you have to live your life to the fullest every single moment.  It’s a choice!  So what will you choose?  Will you be a victim of your circumstances, or will you rise up to take charge of your life?

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