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De Financista a Maquillista

In Beauty, Blogging, Career, Contributors, En Español, Entrepreneurs, Family, Finances, Lifestyle, News on April 16, 2018 at 11:00

Por Fharas Sandoval

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Ya sabía que perder el sueño por varios días seguidos era o una MUY buena señal o una MUY mala señal. ¡Mi cabeza no paraba! Conocía, como a las pecas de mis rostros (que son muchas), el binomio riesgo-rentabilidad. El primero me seducía (¡traviesa al fin!) y la rentabilidad… para alguien que creía haberlo perdido todo, poco importaba.

Para ese momento, dos amigas con las que tenía negocios menores, me sugirieron probar suerte con aquellas “habilidades” que ambas habían notado en mi, a lo que accedí sólo por mantenerme ocupada y no porque creyera que ese fuera a ser mi destino, imagínate tú… Fharas maquillando o, peor aún, depilando!

La formación que recibí fue básicamente ser organizada, disciplinada, fuerte y constante; que debía estudiar y hacerme de una profesión. Que debía casarme y formar un hogar; conseguir y mantener un trabajo digno que me ayudara a tener una vida “decente” y criar mis hijos. Todo en ese orden (ojalá pudieran ver mi cara de burla mientras escribo, todavía no me lo creo). La educación profesional (en la universidad) estuvo orientada hacia la calidad y el servicio al cliente. Rápidamente mis profesores de grado notaron en mí ciertas fortalezas, y tuvieron gracias a Dios, el detalle de señalarme que tenía esas cualidades y que si las trabajaba podía escalar profesionalmente. Lo que entendí y aproveché sin problemas (¿quién quiere ser promedio cuando puede ser sobresaliente?). Siendo brutalmente sincera, donde yo llegaba y no había oportunidades las fabricaba, y donde no podía fabricarlas no me quedaba. Así de agresiva fui en todos los empleos. Y claro está, esa actitud no era bien vista por mis colegas y en ocasiones abiertamente rechazada por mis superiores. Lo que a la verdad me valía !@#*. Tuve muchos roces y malos entendidos con mis compañeros de trabajo, de lo que aprendí que ser buena es bueno y ser “la mejor” es malo.

Me eduqué y me re-eduqué. Me abrí paso profesionalmente, siendo madre soltera, ambiciosa y comprometida en una sociedad que te crucifica por ser una de las tres, yo era las tres. No puedo negar que recibí muy buenas oportunidades; logré hacerme una alta ejecutiva en un grupo empresarial de renombre y pasé a ser “Doña Fharas” (@#%!). Mi vida giraba en torno a reuniones de staff, compromisos sociales de trabajo y modelos financieros del tamaño del universo que debía memorizar y mantener en positivo. Tampoco era extraño recibir una llamada a deshoras con la pregunta “¿cómo está el ROI?

De pronto una mañana abrí los ojos y estaba en casa. Con pareja, con hijos, con una mascota y SIN trabajo. ¡Una profesional como yo! Y mi único pensamiento, ante las escasas probabilidades de reinserción laboral en aquella situación (había perdido el trabajo y quedado embarazada casi al otro día), era que bajo ninguna circunstancia ese iba a ser el final. En varias ocasiones me ofrecieron trabajo, algunos los acepté, pero la vida insistía en devolverme al “calor del hogar”, que para mí era más bien una especie de hoguera infernal que me quemaba despiadadamente.

Aprendí a valorar el tiempo de la familia, aprendí a amar el tiempo para mí. Puse en práctica cosas que sabía muy bien hacer pero que odiaba, como cocinar y pertenecer a club de padres del colegio de mis hijos y hasta eso empecé a valorar. Y mientras esto pasaba, mi verdadero yo envuelto en un impetuoso aire de “emprendedora” secuestraba una habitación en mi apartamento y lo convertía en un conato  de estudio de depilación y maquillaje. Como buena financista recorté gastos y los invertí en “el proyecto”. Anoté todo en varias libretas de papel, abrí redes sociales, volví a la escuela esta vez para educarme en el área, contacté personas importantes de la industria y de buenas a primeras estaba otra vez abriéndome paso, fabricando oportunidades y dónde no podía fabricarlas usé la creatividad (que tampoco sabía que tenía), puse todo el empeño y amor en el nuevo reto y triunfé. Quiero que sepan que en este proceso el apoyo de mis familiares y amigos fue prácticamente NINGUNO (sacando a mi suegra y a mi amiga Pamela). Nadie de mis allegados venía por mis servicios, ¡si lo hacían querían que fuera gratis! A penas me recomendaban… Algo que me parecía insólito, pero igual no me detuvo. Demasiado ambiciosa para distraerme. El  enfoque es clave para un emprendedor. Hoy puedo decir que mi clientela y seguidores son 100% orgánicos, ¡gracias sólo a Fharas!

A poco más de tres años de haberme lanzado en la industria de la belleza y sin traumas, he logrado mantener 41 clientes fijos (de los cuáles el 30% son extranjeros), un promedio de 5.3 nuevos clientes por mes y una reputación de excelencia y calidad en los servicios provistos de un 86%. Créanme, ¡estos números son excelentes! Para haber empezado desde cero y sobrevivido al intento, esto me basta para NO detenerme y seguir (¡la ambición no tiene límites!) Y sé que en el juego de la vida la apuesta siempre es a mí.¿Apuestas?

Besos,

Fha

Sobre Fharas: …Financiera de profesión, maquilladora por vocación, emprendedora por necesidad…

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Ode to a Friend

In Family, Health, Lifestyle, News, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, Videos on April 7, 2018 at 20:41

“To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.”

– Theophile Gautier

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A month ago, I lost my dear friend Leana. One of the most caring and smartest beings that I have ever had the honor to be friends and work with. I used to call her my consultant, she was my hotel roommate, my travel pal, my partner in crime, my neighbor, my favorite Nica, my light warrior, and much more. She made me her sidekick in endless adventures, and I will be forever grateful for that and for everything I  enjoyed and learned from her.

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Leanita became my family and made me part of hers. She opened her house to us the same way she opened her heart, with no reservations. We enjoyed our friendship to the max, since day one. She was an amazing, fun, thoughtful friend.

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As my other dear friends Melissa and Ana said: “She was loved, valued, and respected”. An inspiration to everybody around her. She taught me valuable lessons of love and integrity until the end: Loving her was respecting her. She knew that I felt both for her. Quoting Theophile Gautier above: I loved her with all my mind and admired her with all my heart. She knew that, and so did our families, friends, colleagues and clients.

She will always live in me. Her smile, her laugh, her professionalism, her passion for the entertainment industry, her respect for the craft, her style, her wit and wisdom. She will live attached to my heart like the beautiful orchids she gave me once for my birthday, now blooming in my patio attached to the mango tree.

I will always love you my friend. Thanks for sharing it all.

Tu Laurita

P. S. : This song is for you:

Know you are loved

Rest in peace

Dream your sweet dreams

“Til your soul is released

Beloved Child

My heart is yours

Beloved Child

Go out and open doors

With your love

With your faith

With your compassion

With your grace

Oh, with your grace

Beloved Child

Go out, spread light to the world

Be strong,

be kind,

be brave

 

 

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New Event in Miami: The Art of Being a Woman

In Beauty, Blogging, Career, coaching, Entrepreneurs, Family, Fashion=Moda, Finances, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Great Articles Found Doing Research, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, Uncategorized, wellness on February 19, 2018 at 15:42

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Please visit https://www.theartsyhive.com/workshops-events  and register now!
See you there!
Thanks for the support!

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New Date Added for 2018 Vision Board Workshop in Miami: Saturday January 13th, 2018

In Beauty, Blogging, Career, coaching, Entrepreneurs, Family, Fashion=Moda, Finances, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Great Articles Found Doing Research, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, Uncategorized, wellness on January 9, 2018 at 18:51

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After selling out our first workshop we are back this Saturday January 13th!

If you would like to be part of this new Vision Board Workshop, please visit https://www.theartsyhive.com/workshops-events  and register now!
See you there!
Thanks for the support!

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Register Now: 2018 Vision Board Workshop!

In Beauty, Blogging, Career, coaching, Entrepreneurs, Family, Fashion=Moda, Finances, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Great Articles Found Doing Research, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, Uncategorized, wellness on December 7, 2017 at 14:34

Welcome to my first workshop as a coach!
Thanks in advance for joining us and for sharing!
Sign up here:
https://www.theartsyhive.com/workshops-events
Happy Holidays!
See you there! 

Save The Date: Vision Board Workshop in Miami, FL on Saturday Jan 6th

In News on November 30, 2017 at 14:57

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Gratitude

In Blogging, Career, coaching, Family, Finances, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Great Articles Found Doing Research, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality, travel, wellness on November 23, 2017 at 10:18

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Please Help: Nicaraguan Maternal Health Project

In Family, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Health, News, travel on November 6, 2017 at 10:31

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By Rosita Hassan

As many of you know, Nicaragua is a country very near and dear to my heart and women’s and maternal health is an issue that I have grown up with (thanks to my incredible midwife mother). While living in Nicaragua, I had the fortune to meet many courageous and resilient women of great strength and tenacity, who endured countless challenges in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.

Now back in the States, I became involved with a group of dedicated students and faculty from the University of Pittsburgh that have teamed up with Global Links and Rise Against Hunger to send support to pregnant women and new mothers in rural Nicaragua. You can donate here.

Pregnant women in rural Nicaragua face enormous challenges, and their resilience and endurance is a testament to the strength of women everywhere.

We are short of reaching our goal by $2,195. We need to hit this target by November 15th to provide essential nutritious packaged food to mothers in rural Nicaragua. 
We are kindly asking for YOUR support. ANY contribution helps!

Also, if you are a PITT STUDENT and want to contribute by volunteering your time, please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks in advance,

Rosita Hassan

Note by Laura Sgroi: “Everything I want for me I want for others”. As a pregnant woman, everything I wanted was good food and excellent healthcare (compliments and massages came next!). Everybody deserves the same. I feel for these women, thanks for helping them.

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How Have You Been?

In Blogging, Career, coaching, Contributors, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Health, Lifestyle, News, Videos on September 28, 2017 at 08:50

Aloha!

How Have You Been?

How has 2017 treated you?

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What are your plans for the remainder of it?

How are you preparing to finish it with a bang / in a high note?

I hope you are well, that this post finds you in good health and spirit and that you are safe wherever you are considering everything that has happened around the world lately. Please consider volunteering and/or donating to the causes closest to your heart.

It’s been a while since my last post. I barely shared a few articles on our Facebook page. I have missed you, writing for you, connecting with you. 

Last year was life-changing: After four years living in Nicaragua, I moved back to the United States, to my beloved Miami (It’s been over a year already, and I still owe Lia Seirotti a post about that-coming soon, promised!).

The move happened fast. We became homeowners. I thank my husband for doing most of the research and paperwork. I limited myself to following the great tips in this article by my talented friend Zania and contacting another great friend Oscar Terán as a realtor. The rest was signing a mountain of documents and we are still choosing furniture!

Once again, I was ready to conquer Miami. To recover my space, my work, my friends, my life. Not that I had lost them, but I definitely needed to reconnect.

They were all priorities. Work took over though. I started getting hired for Public Relations and Entertainment Production projects, it felt like I had never left and it was a great reassuring feeling. Fun projects took me to some of my favorite destinations while pulling me away from blogging, writing and social media, as I always strive to respect the time of my clients and the privacy that they deserve.

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I also went back to school for my Professional Coaching Certification. I am still offering complimentary coaching calls, please don’t hesitate to contact me and take advantage of that.

While all this was happening, I was simultaneously “working” on my health. I had been dealing with a hormonal imbalance that not only affected me physically but also emotionally as it directly conflicted with the deepest desire of my heart. I turned 34 in the middle of unpromising fertility diagnosis and felt like there was nothing to celebrate. I was wrong. More on that soon. In the mean time, if you plan to have children, please ask your doctor if you can start taking folic acid daily. You and your future babies can thank me later.

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Family and work kept me busy and entertained with exciting and all-consuming endeavors, including touring with a rock band in South America and other trips to new places and revisiting old ones. I kept it all to myself, absorbed it, digested it and now I am ready to share it. Stay tuned for upcoming travel blog posts.

The election results also affected my blogging persona. I realized once again the power of media, considering that a product of it had become president, and I felt even more responsible for what I was creating and sharing. It paralyzed me for months. Still not over it, but I have decided to transform fear and empower myself through it instead. That’s another reason why I am back.

Four days after publishing our latest post, I received the miracle that I had been praying for. Long story perfect for a future post. Just know that “When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no”.

Earlier this year we also lost two of our beloved contributors: Alfonsina Ferreira and Godelena Segura. I deeply miss them, their smiles, their energy and their wisdom. I am grateful for their lives and souls and the valuable time that we spent together.  

Take this post as a relaunch of this blog. I am back and with so much to offer. I want to write posts that have a lot for you in them. I can’t promise frequency and regularity, just content that will make you content. In that order, I would love to hear your ideas. What would you like to read about? Please let me know as soon as you can.

Thanks in advance for sharing this post with your family, friends and colleagues!

Who misses you?

Laura

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Crossing The Bridge: Meet Vanesa Paredes

In Career, Family, Lifestyle, News, Relationships on December 12, 2016 at 14:00

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Vanesa Paredes, 34, is an Argentine film director and producer, born in Buenos Aires, a city she describes as full of art and movement. Her mother, a housewife with a taste for theater, drawing and music, was the one who influenced her and her siblings (dancers, actors and musicians) in the art world.
Vanesa always wanted to tell stories, since a young age, she drew on every blank paper she could find, invented and wrote stories, drew cartoons. With the help of her art teacher, in high school, she found the perfect profession: Filmmaking. She started her studies at the prestigious University of Buenos Aires. Before graduating, she started working as a cameraman and video editor, first at a record company in the visual area, later, as an editor at an important company located in Buenos Aires.
Living in Buenos Aires, she was friends with children of Asian families and from other countries of Latin America. She always had a special interest in the experiences of travelers and an empathy towards immigrants.  She wondered how it felt to live between two worlds. What was it about living away from your culture and your language? How did it feel to share and learn new customs and ways of life? She felt in them the pain of uprooting and the feeling of being between two cultures, without feeling 100% part of any of them. She graduated as an audiovisual designer with a thesis on this subject and in 2012, she did a lively short on this topic.
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Vanesa’s life was good. At 29, she got engaged to her boyfriend of three years, a good man who loved her enormously. However, deep inside, she knew she was not ready to take that important step.
“I was always a curious person with an adventurous spirit. I felt that something had been relegated in my life. I felt the need to travel, to see the world, to explore, to hear stories, to be by myself. My family is very traditional, I was about 30 years old, and everyone thought that it was the ideal time to get married and have children. I had found a wonderful man, why shouldn’t I want to marry him? I tried to keep myself strong on my decision to get married, because it was supposed to be the right one. I was lying to myself and he felt my doubts, he knew me enough to see that I wasn’t sure about it, so he asked me what I really wanted, and in that moment, I realized that I wanted to follow my dreams of traveling and exploring the world. We cried and hugged, we said goodbye and I made the conscious decision of changing my life. It wasn’t easy, I loved him, but it wasn’t my time to be a wife and mother; and for him that was a priority.
 
After a few months, I got a working holiday visa in New Zealand and my adventure started. I was so excited and happy! I wanted to learn English; I wanted to see the world. I couldn’t believe that my life had changed so much in such a short time. I have been in 12 countries in the last three years. I have seen wonderful things, I have met many people and I had the opportunity to work on what I love. At the moment, I am 34, and all these experiences have made me stronger and more independent. My life is a continuous adventure. I do not regret my decision. When you listen to your heart, there is no way things can go wrong. My ex-fiancé got married and became the father of a beautiful daughter. He is happy with his new family, I am happy for him and he is happy for me. We both fulfilled our dreams and we are still friends.”
After 2.5 years doing all kinds of work, but always, looking for the opportunity to do what she loved, she found the opportunity to keep working as a filmmaker in New Zealand. She has participated in different audiovisual projects and was presented with the possibility of participating in “Crossing The Bridge”a creative collective founded by Mauritian Anthropologist Sophie-Claire Violette supported by Creative Editor Lucy Holland from New Zealand and now, also supported by Vanesa as a filmmaker. They create visual and experiential projects with a strong anthropological focus. Their first eponymous project “Crossing The Bridge; Exploring Identity and Belonging in Ashburton’s Migrant Community” told the stories of twenty one migrants and their experiences integrating into the rural town of Ashburton | New Zealand. This project is extremely close to Vanesa’s heart as she can feel in her own flesh what her immigrant friends felt living in Argentina.
“With perseverance and following our hearts and true dreams, we can fulfill everything. Our work in “Crossing The Bridge” is the best example.” For more about Vanesa Paredes and Crossing The Bridge please visit: www.crossingthebridge.co
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