Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I am a Native New Yorker currently where I reside and work. At my day job I’m a Programmatic specialist with a background in marketing and communications. That’s my 9-5 and my side hustle is a blogger/event planner specifically securing event sponsors. My job is great, I work at the World Trade Center and have learned a lot along the way about managing and organizing/multitasking but my dream is to curate quality content surrounding fashion, Afro culture, curly hair and the benefits of accepting yourself at every stage.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I ever received was from my spiritual mentor and good friend Ford, she’d always tell me to “release with love.”
What is your greatest fear?
To Not be afraid at all
Have you ever had anyone doubt you?
Family , friends , employers, teachers, strangers
How did that make you feel?
Crappy at first but without it I wouldn’t be, where I am today, as open and motivated as ever.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
You’re not alone. If you struggle with confidence or loving yourself, find something new you love about yourself everyday. Even if it’s just for making the bed or getting out of the bed. You did it, acknowledge that and be proud, that’s okay!
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
Hardly! I still wake up some days and feel confused about my purpose, but I go back to my readings and meditations to dig deep into myself & unlock the answers to my darkest questions. In turn, letting the love inside of me illuminate outwards into the world by being ALL that I am.
What do you love most about yourself?
My ability to comfortably communicate and connect with people.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Having patience to trust the process. In all things you do you must, trust yourself , trust the universe, simply trust the process of your life!
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Leaving work matters at work and clocking out as soon as my shift is over.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I read, I listen to Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday podcast and surround myself with like-minded individuals that I can work and play with!
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I have a few mentors but one in particular has taught me that’s it’s ok to move on the moment I feel too comfortable because that just means it’s the perfect time for change.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
I still don’t fully know. I’m too interested in various areas of media and marketing to limit myself, but I know I want to work for me, myself and I full time!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from my parents, African culture, 70s fashion, bloggers and from personal life experiences.
Raquel Sanchez is the Founder of Raq n’ Rizos, an Afro Latina Hair & Lifestyle blog