Posts tagged motivation
10 Years Sober with Manuel Leguizamo

Manny celebrates his tenth year of being sober this year. Manny grew up in California and was in and out of jail for most of his teenage and early adult life. He was deported to Mexico more than once and was heavily addicted to drugs. One night, after a few days of binging on drugs, he came across a 24 hour rehab home. He knocked the door at two in the morning and they allowed him in. He has been sober ever since. Today, Manny lives in Cancun, is self-employed, travels, and gives most of his time back to the rehab home that changed his life.

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Ep. 65 Trabajadoras - Esmeralda Silva

Esmeralda has her bachelor's  in Criminology & Law Studies from Marquette University and went on to earn her master's degree in Criminology, Law, & Justice from the University of Illinois.  Esmeralda always knew she wanted to have a career serving others. She started as a Bilingual Intake Coordinator in Chicago, where she worked with abused children. Then after, she was a Crisis Counselor for domestic violence in Lake County. She currently is a Community Resource Specialist in anti-human trafficking.

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Episode 45 - Daniela Castellanos

Daniela shares her educational journey that lead her to become a molecular biologist. We discuss her upbringing, the challenges she faced as a latina student, and her motivation behind her future career goals. A big thank you to Daniela Castellanos for sharing her story with us. 

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Episode 39 - Sassy And Ambitious

Joining me today is Jacqui and Mariana, the bloggers behind Sassy And Ambitious: Two Best Friends Striving to Empower and Inspire, One Sassy Post at a Time. They are two sassy and ambitious women who created a space where people can feel inspired and supported. Mariana shares the challenges of being a first generation college student and Jacqui shares about her challenges in choosing the correct path and career in her life. 

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Episode 36- Adam Carson

Joining me today is Adam Carson, Director of Strategic Initiatives in the health department. Adam is from Mississippi and a new community member of Lake County.  I invited him to come share about his upbringing, knowledge, and career in the health department. Our discussion took an interesting turn and we ended up asking important questions about our educational system, the importance of starting a dialogue, and community building.

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Episode 35 - Valeria Rodriguez

Joining me today is Valeria Rodriguez. I invited Valeria because I love knowing and hearing stories of people who step out of their comfort zone, take risks in pursuing their dreams, and are truly living a fulfilling life. Valeria is a down to earth entrepreneur who joins me to share more about the journey of owning her own business, V's Studio. 

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Episode 34 - Germain Castellanos

Joining me today is Germain Castellanos, the director of SHINE educational leadership program at Waukegan High School. Germain grew up in the south side of Waukegan and shares how he was able to break the cycle and develop a program to service his community. Through his story, we speak on persistence, hard work, not giving up, and servicing of others.

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Episode 33 - The Numbers Do Lie & Decoding Millennials Podcast

Joining me today is Jose A. Contreras, author of "The Numbers Do Lie," and host of "Decoding Millennials Podcast." Many of you may remember him from episode 17 where he shared his educational journey and how he overcame his depression. Since then, Jose has published his book and has his own podcast.  The goal of "Decoding Millennials Podcast" is to debunk the myth of Millennials, educate and empower Millennials, and bridge the gap with other generations to work together in the community.

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Episode 24- CJ Holloway

May is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). CJ Holloway is a dancer who was diagnosed with lupus at the young age of nine. She continues to fight the battle and shares a glimpse into what her life has been for the past twenty years. 

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Episode 22 - Raising Noé

To continue celebrating International Women's Month, I would like to bring light and introduce you to Stephanie Gómez. Stephanie is a writer, a program manager, the founder of the organization Latinas In Power, and the mother of Noé.  She joins me to share how she is resisting society's heteronormative and male standards. We talk about gender binaries, over-sexualizing a child, breaking heteronormative ideas and the fears and joys of raising Noé. 

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