Hola Mija! November has started and we are welcoming it with this awesome interview with Marisol. Marisol is a first generation Mexican-American. She is a travel lover and podcaster. Her podcast Here Comes the Sun touches diverse topics such as career, money management and wellness. Her goal is to help other first genz, navigate the world. I am excited to share this story with you all! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Let us know what do you think of this interview in the comments below!
Tell us about you, What's your name?, Where are you from?, What’s your passion?
Hello! My name is Marisol. I was born and raised in South East Los Angeles. I am the daughter of Mexican immigrants. I currently live in Sacramento and work in California State Capitol on public policy and politics. I am a first genz graduate and professional whose goal is to help other first genz navigate the world after crossing that stage.
As a first genz, I have the privilege of many firsts and it can be very overwhelming trying it figure everything on our own. That’s why I created Here Comes the Sun Podcast where I share tips and tricks about career development, money management, and wellness.
What do you love the most about traveling?
When I travel, I feel a sensation of excitement, fear and adventure. What I love most about traveling is the journey of not knowing what to expect from a city you have never been. Traveling leaves a mark in my memory, heart, body and consciousness. I love to travel to lose and find myself again.
What places have you visited? & what places do you want to visit?
I had the opportunity to travel to many countries: United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, France, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Iceland, Panama.
There are so many places I would love to visit: Thailand, Indonesia, Greece, Singapore, Japan, Colombia and many more…. Planning one day at a time.
I recently traveled to my parent’s hometown in Jalisco and Nayarit. They are from very small rural communities, we call them “Ranchos”. I went in the month of September, which is the season of a lot of rain and everything is so green and peaceful.
I love going to the Rancho because everything slows down. People sit down and actually enjoy their coffee with concha (Mexican Bread) and have meaningful conversations, no small talk. But not everything is beautiful and peaceful, life is hard in the ranchos. Both men and women work in the fields, they usually have crops (siembra), or animals (ganado), and it requires a lot of time and knowledge. And I share this because travel isn’t always pretty, sometimes it hurts and breaks your heart. Traveling makes you more resilient and fearless.
For you, what's the most important thing about traveling?
The most important thing about traveling is respecting the country, culture, and people. Please do research before traveling to any country. You don’t have to be an expert on the country, knowing the basics will help out a lot.
Do you have any advice for other women that are scared to follow their dreams?
My biggest advice to anyone is to just do it. You don’t want to have a life of “what if’s”. Failing is part of the journey, so don’t be scared and go for your dreams.
It can be very easy to say go after your dreams but it hard to do. So I recommend, that you start with answering simple questions like:
- What makes you happy?
- What do you enjoying doing?
- What makes a perfect day for you?
- What are your dreams?
- What are your goals for next 1,3 or 5 years?
- What is stopping you from achieving your goals?
By answering these questions you will be able to know more about yourself and will not be afraid of following your dreams. Please let go of perfectionism and self-doubt.
Tip: I recommend that you journal because you will be able to see things you enjoy and others not so much.
What 3 things do you always bring on your travels?
- Journal and pen
- Small bag with all my essentials. (Lotion, chapstick, scrunchie, gum, mirror and a small hair comb, headphones, charger, pair of small earrings, essential oil, small pad) and yes everything fits in this little a small bag.
What lessons has travel taught you?
So many lessons that I can write a book about it. But the first lesson is to let go of expectations. Sometimes we expect so much because we read so much about it, or because someone else said it was amazing or vice versa they say that it was the worst city they have ever visited. But I want to remind you, all that YOU have the ability to decided what you make out of the trip. If you already have a negative vibe saying that everything will go bad then everything will go bad. But when you see a positive in everything your trips and life will become better.
Be open to new adventures, do things out of your comfort zone. And remember adventures over things and stories over stuff…
Group trips have taught me to be more patient and understanding. Not everyone thinks like me and not everyone wants to do everything I want to do. Group travel can be a lot of fun but it’s not for everyone.
Be present and enjoy the moment…
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