How to Be Brave Enough to Chase Your Dream
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This episode was 17 years in the making. Joining me on the podcast is a woman who had to punch fear in the throat and shut down a successful business in order to chase her true dream. An award-winner in two different careers, Ana Lydia Monaco stopped by to walk us through her big, scary career pivot and let us know how the shift worked out! Her insights on being true to who you are and walking through life with grace are going to rock your socks.

Growing up, nobody in Ana Lydia's immediate family was encouraging her to pursue her dreams. In fact, she was told her dreams wouldn't come true so she should abandon them. In their world she was supposed to go to college and become a doctor, lawyer, or accountant. That was what they knew, so that's all they encouraged her to pursue. There is nothing wrong with being a doctor, lawyer or accountant, as long as that's what you want to do. Listen in to find out how she found the courage to buck that system.

In this episode we discussed:

  • How Ana Lydia helped engineer my most embarrassing celebrity moment
  • What made her decide to shutter her award-winning PR business
  • What made her keep going when people told her to stop
  • When she knew she wanted to be a filmmaker
  • How she handled the pressure of being a young, latina woman breaking barriers in entertainment

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