#Thrive Thursday: Meet Veronica Vargas Imagineer and CEO at Shaboo Prints

thrive thursday May 05, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

All my life I dutifully did what I was told. I was a model daughter and friend, then a citizen, a girlfriend than an employee.

I became a marketer and was working in various corporate environments, the last being commercial aircraft. I worked hard and lived for the weekend, like everyone else. By the time I was in my thirties, I became very unfulfilled and depressed, which baffled me because I was doing everything “right”, what society defined as successful living. I started to think that I was broken, that something was wring with me and it all peaked with a breakdown in the shower one Monday morning before work. I hated everything about my life! I realized that if I was going to survive within that context that I was going to have to do more activities that brought me joy. But at the time I didn’t even know what that meant so I remembered the joy I felt as a child. I recalled...

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#Thrive Thursday Meet Dr. Anita Sanchez Author- Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, CEO Sanchez Tennis & Associates, Trainer, Speaker

thrive thursday Apr 30, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today? 

I attribute my joy to the power of dreams, the wisdom of indigenous elders and nature, and the presence of support from all my relations (family, teachers, executives, pets, trees…) along the way. As early as age 4, I recall a dream where there was this huge earth with many stick people of different sizes, colors, shapes on it.  We each had our hands on each other’s hearts. I knew very early that this is who I was going to be when I grew up. Although I have new dreams, this early dream of connecting hearts persists. So even in the darkest times, when I held the painful secret as a little girl of being sexually abused and the trauma as a new teen of the race-related murder of my father, I had lots of healing to do: forgiveness to practice for myself and others, rekindling hope, and drawing on the power of unity.  

I am living my dreams, and I know that it is...

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Appreciating everything you already are

leadership Apr 24, 2020

I recently saw a post on Instagram which read ” Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t and start loving yourself for everything you already are“.  It made me stop and think and ask the question am I doing this?


To be honest the answer was yes. To some degree I was, self-sabotaging my good works and hard efforts with unflattering comments that reflected poorly on my normal positive mindset.

I thought about this and I gave myself permission to wallow ( just for a little bit ) in my self sabotaging state of mind.  I felt as if I needed to go through this and get it out, after all, I’m only human.  Just like at times it’s good to cry, scream, yell, perhaps throw something or punch something. In order to let go of the negative energy that has taken over all the wonderful things you already are.

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The first half of the statement is powerful, Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t.  This is not always easy to...

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Powerful women are Paving the way for Female Entrepreneurs

podcasts Apr 23, 2020

What an honor it was to be joined by Emilia Dimenco, CEO of the Women's Business Development Center on today's Episode of Lead Up for Women: Speak Up to Lead Up Podcast! Be sure to listen in to hear motivation and direction on how to get cash during the Pandemic and Pivot your business for continued success in this new reality.

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Deborah Capaccio; Beachbody Coach, Physical Therapist, Leader, and Mom

thrive thursday Apr 22, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today? 

At the age of 47 years old, I was probably at one of the lowest points of my life.  I truly believed my time had come and gone, my ship had sailed, and frankly, it was too late for me to make any sort of difference in the world. 

However, on the outside, I appeared to have it all. 

The perfect life. Two college degrees, a 22-year career as a successful Physical Therapist, a loving husband who is a physician, 3 healthy children, and the ability to travel and work part-time.  What could possibly be wrong?  How ungrateful must I be? 

Well, on the inside, I had lost my sparkle.  Aside from being a great mom, a devoted wife, and a caring Physical Therapist, I had no idea who I truly was.  I lacked passion, fulfillment, and purpose.  I knew in the depth of my soul, I had gifts and talents that I wasn’t tapping into.  And as...

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Living the American Dream through Change

podcasts Apr 16, 2020

Join me today as I interviewed Hyacinth Henderson, host of the podcast The American Cream, Licensed Stockbroker, registered investment advisor and licensed Life health, and annuity Broker as well as Mikaela Kiner, Author, and CEO of Reverb. Today we unpacked some serious truths around giving yourself permission, igniting change, creating opportunity and remembering that every day the sun will rise, so enjoy the journey!


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How Freelancing creates space for us to give to others

podcasts Apr 16, 2020

Join me today as I interviewed Ashleigh Warren, Founder of SoSocial Marketing and Kelly Surette, Author, Speaker, and adaptive music educator. Their stories they tell are riveting and will open space for you to realize that anything you put your mind to is possible!


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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Eylem Yildirim, Speaker, Online Growth Expert and Mother

thrive thursday Apr 15, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I came to the US without much when I was 23 and started on the bottom to climb up with hard work and determination. Nothing was given to me, I worked for everything I am today.

I worked at Walmart with little English and within 6 years, I owned my own online marketing company. I know the struggle of running the business with family and went through turmoil for years. I never gave up and brought the companies I started and managed to the multi-million dollar level. I have been in a place of transformation and ready to share what I have.  


What message do you promote?

Once you put your mind into something, you can achieve it. There are gonna be a lot of roadblocks on the way, don’t let them discourage you. Remember that you will get only stronger by the experiences and nightmares you go through. 

In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?

That’s what I am...

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