Taurus Sun/Sag Moon/Cap Rising ~ ENFP ~ Manifesting Generator ~ Enneagram 8 ~ The Performer Sparktype ~ Magicaian/Wheel of Fortune Soul Card.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful mind and wisdom. You've put into words exactly what I haven't been able to when it comes to finding balance in the masculine and feminine energy. Working with you, I feel that I have truly come into balance."
"You helped me realize how much undue pressure I was putting on myself. Thank you thank you. I have been so inspired by you and motivated by how you communicate. And I had an epiphany by working with you."
The priest in front of me raised his chalice, said some words I fully did not understand, and poured some of the water over my head. He was ruining my hair! Hair that I'm sure my mom spent hours taming with me fighting her every step of the way. You do not put water on a black woman’s hair sans warning (even at three I knew this).
What the actual fuck??
I looked up at him, and in the dead silent church I asked him “why are you wetting my hair” with a healthy dose of snark and attitude.
I was three years old the first time I questioned the status quo. I was in a beautiful white dress, shiny black flats with white socks with the frills around them popping out (you know the look). Small gold hoops in my ears and my curls braided down and styled. A million people surrounding me and telling me how beautiful I looked and how big I had gotten and all sorts of things adults say to kids. It was the day of my baptism.
I wasn’t quite sure what was going on but I was the center of attention and I was loving it...spotlights have been home since as long as I can remember.
I was three, so luckily everyone found me challenging this representative of God adorable and so cute - I'm sure my parents felt a twinge of embarrassment but they soon came to learn that this was something I would do time and time again in my life and never stop.
Challenging the status quo quickly became my norm. Asking why and why not has been my M.O since I can remember. Questioning the "shoulds", and challenging “the way things have always been done” is something that is so ingrained and braided into the very fabric of my being. I don't believe we should take anything at face value.
Why is there even a world? Why do we exist? And on an less existential note- why do people have to get married? Why can boys do _____ and girl’s can’t? Why am I expected to have children? These were all questions I asked and expected answers to all before I was ten. Seldom were the answers provided.
But I never stopped asking. And eventually I learned that the only answer that mattered, was mine. That I was the only that could give myself an answer that I would be satisfied with.
I believe in questioning everything you have ever been taught. And I believe even more in finding the answers within yourself. That is the key to living a free, whole, and fulfilling life. Stop looking to outside sources to find the answers. Ask yourself the questions.
NOW THAT STORY TIME IS OVER (trust me if we work together, story time will become the norm-more yours than mine so get ready), let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I am a third culture kid and got on a plane the first time when I was two months old and have not stopped collecting frequent flier miles ever since. I speak several languages and lived in Portugal, Ethiopia, and New York City. And though I am technically half Cape Verdean and half Mozambican- please don't ask me where I'm from, it will send me into an identity crises.
At 18, I said goodbye to everything I had known and flew across the globe to attend my dream school, New York University to become a bona-fide actor. I've wanted to be an actor since I was three years old, and it took me years to realize that what I really wanted was to connect to the range of human experiences and to tell those stories. I created my own concentration called "The Intersection of Performance, Play, and Psychoanalytic Theory" (if you are familiar with Gallatin, you are familiar with our pretentious AF concentration names). Basically I created for myself an in-depth exploration into why people behave the way they do and what meaning do we create from that.
After NYU, I went on to complete a professional conservatory training program where I was stripped down to my truest self time and time again in front of an audience. Until today, this is the hardest work I have ever done and without a doubt, the most impactful. Less than six months out of school, I wrote, produced, and starred in my first short film. We completed the arduous task with a production team of 100% women which I am immensely proud of and proceeded to get into two international film festivals in New York City. Many would have told me to wait, to audition, not to waste the money- but taking risks and being audacious is the only way I know how to live.
During my conservatory training program, I began to dive in more deeply into my self. I got intentional AF about my personal and spiritual development. I worked at a meditation studio for years, as well as invested thousands of dollars into working with therapists, coaches, books, energy healers, etc. To this day, investing in myself is my favorite thing to do. Along the way, I decided to combine my background in psychoanalysis and empathy training with a coaching certification program to get to know myself more deeply....little did I know I had begun the path towards fulfilling one of my destinies - helping women learn to trust themselves and step into their fullest, most expressed version of self.
After living the NYC life for eight years- having been the lead in an original off-Broadway play, launched my own successful tarot business whose clients included WeWork, did the gig economy lifestyle, had the opportunity to attend numerous movie premiers....my time in the city came to an end (for now, me and the big apple are endgame baby). I decided to travel the world and see what the universe brought my way for a little while. Corona may have interrupted my Central America plans but thankfully the work I love, can come with me anywhere and everywhere. And for now, my work finds me galivanting around the land of my ancestors, island hopping and getting to finally know, one of my home countries.
This is a little bit about who I am and how I got to where I am now, if you are curious to learn more about my method and my work....check out the "WTF Do We Do" page.
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