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Life and Work with Anneliese Rodriguez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anneliese Rodriguez.

Anneliese, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I come from a Hispanic family of intuitives and healers. Growing up in Mexico and being raised in Long Beach, CA
as a child, I was influenced by art. The ability to shine grew in me like a wildfire. I lead in school musicals, plays and always had a way with an audience. I specialize in HipHop and Contemporary dance and ultimately became a choreographer at the age of 14 when I entered O.C.S.A., a performing arts high school in Orange County.

Although being creative lead my heart, my head always lead me to science; as I pursued my Bachelor’s degree in Biology. My life path has taken me towards natural medicine and I am now studying to be a Naturopathic Doctor, N.D. as I am currently looking at schools in Australia and California.

From childhood, I have been immunocompromised and that has created a lot of adversity in my wellbeing. My love for dancing, singing, traveling, and nurturing has kept my zest for life strong but random walks into the nearest pet shop is always key. The most important aspect of my life is family. They have supported me throughout my life, as I am the middle of three (middle children will feel my pain). As a healthy beauty influencer, I dedicate myself to empowering young women through positivity and strength. I want to help the world shift towards a positive future and I know one by one we can all make a difference.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t believe anyone’s’ journey is fully smooth. Everyone has their own road full of twists and bumps. My twists and bumps include racism, sexual abuse, illness, violent separation of parents, and death of my father figure, all from a very young age. This is all a part of a strong women’s journey. When your road gets bumpy, do not victimize yourself, find the help and then empower yourself. Never be afraid to reach out for assistance. Keep in mind that a cheerful attitude is learned and it is something that takes work. Being happy is a fleeting emotion, the real goal is trying to be content. Take it day by day, get some sun, and listen to your favorite music. This will help to be present and keep you at ease.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of. What sets you apart from others?
I am an independent contractor. I model for boutiques, agencies and much more! I am a jack of all trades, for there is nothing too big or too small to conquer and experience. I am currently working on my website which will be launched shortly! As I go through school to become a Doctor, modeling and entrepreneurial skills get me through these days of hustle.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Yes! My appreciation for life comes from my mom doing something INCREDIBLY powerful years ago. When I would spend birthdays in the hospitals when I was young (like 4 &5), my mom would pick me up from my stretcher, and take me on a stroll of the room I was in with about 10 other children with conditions even worse than mine. Some born with no legs, arms, ears and sometimes eyes. She always told me to be thankful for what I could do. That it could be worse and to appreciate everything that I still had. Knowing that it could have been me, born with a breathing machine attached to me for the rest of my life, started my appreciation for life. My entire life I have been weak physically, so I made an exchange with God in a prayer, or the universe or allá or guru or life or energy or whatever the higher power is and said “God, if you help me get better, I promise I will change my attitude about life and be a happier and better person” and almost immediately my health started to shift, hospital visits became farther in between. I started finding ways to heal myself and then eventually, healing others with my actions, energy, and words. This philosophy of life has helped me to be successful in the person I am.

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Jorge Huerta De Leon, Thomas Ventura, David Samaan, David Harvey

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