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Conversations with Cindy Diaz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cindy Diaz.

Hi Cindy, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I believe the biggest influence in my journey came from growing up in a South American household. I had to embrace their way of living while simultaneously embracing American culture. The Afro- Latinx woman is complex and doesn’t quite fit in every room, so I used to be in a constant search for a place where I belonged. But I later learned to love the intersectionality of being both indigenous and Black because it allows me to understand and appreciate both experiences. I have hosted events in the past about black hair/skin, on racial bias in the workplace, and conversations of self-worth as a Black woman. I knew using my voice for this was something I was passionate about; it was just a matter of figuring out how I could do more of it.

After a few years of research and nursing school, I took a more health-centered approach. Brown and Black women are disproportionately affected by a number of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, fibroids, and mental health issues. In which all the women in my family have had at least one. However, the current healthcare system has become so transactional and repetitive, particularly for minorities, you are prescribed the same medications over again because the root of the problem was never solved, it was simply managed. The thing most doctors don’t mention is that you don’t need a prescription to heal from it.

I began immersing myself in holistic wellness about two years ago and my life changed in ways I didn’t even know I needed. This wasn’t just for my body, this was for my SOUL. Days of sadness and fatigue slowly turned into joy and peace. I explored different outlets to creatively share this with the world. In a social media era, I thought what better way to share my story and encourage others than through a digital community. I contemplated many names but then I remembered there is a beautiful balcony garden at the hospital I work at. It was designed to give patients a space to feel peace amidst any illness. They are in the process of healing the same way we are, and I knew that’s what I wanted to promote. So in effort to recreate that feeling, I named my page after it. And now, thanks to God, we have “The Healing Garden”.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think any creative road is ever “smooth”. There was a lot of trial and error, especially because I struggle with perfectionism. One day something will look good and maybe an hour later, I will do it all over again, but that is the beauty of what I do. I have full control, and even when I mess up, it’s okay because I can always try something new.

Creating this platform in itself was me “trying something new”. And even though I already started, I am still learning everyday, more about myself and about my audience. I also learn from other wellness mentors, companies and accounts. But sometimes when you go looking for inspiration, you can start to compare yourself and not feel confident in your work. For me, finding that balance has been my biggest lesson. We can focus so much on someone else’s journey that we lose sight of our own. So, I think it’s always best to be true to yourself. Everyone has something to offer to the world but we will never know how successful we can be until we use it.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a recent nursing graduate, I combine my nursing background with my knowledge of holistic wellness to support my online platform. I designed “The Healing Garden” to inspire and introduce WOC to the realm of health and wellness. We focus on holistic health, women’s wellness, and healing, all through the lens of a garden. Everyone has their own garden of dreams, thoughts, fears, and desires. This is a space to share stories, to educate one another, experience sisterhood, and most importantly growth.

I think I am most proud of not giving up. I was afraid of failure and hesitant about starting because I never “felt ready”. Despite all the butterflies in my stomach, I did it anyway. I rested in the fact that those attracted to my work would come naturally and I never looked back. Whether you suffer from PCOS or anxiety, we can work together to find holistic remedies for both.

Right now, I would say I am many things, an advocate, a holistic health enthusiast, a soon to be nurse. But I think what makes me different is that I think of myself as a SOULtreprenuer. My job is to help heal the mind, body and soul of as many people as I can. My intentions aren’t to make a profit, but instead to educate women and remind them of their worth because sometimes that’s what we need the most. When I launched my page I said “Welcome home” because this platform is for everyone, all the way from LA to London. This is a judgment-free – be who you want to be – you are always welcome – home… a home for all of us, where we all belong.

What’s next?
My hopes are to eventually expand this digital community to something in person and tangible. Through different events and articles, I would like to reach women across the world because I think good health goes beyond borderlines. Everyone is entitled to it, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. I would love to also work with other companies to spread holistic health awareness and increase the presence of Black women in the wellness industry. I think divine feminine energy is powerful, and with that kind of support, the possibilities are endless!

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John Aderotoye

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