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Meet Malia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Malia.

Malia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always liked to sing but didn’t find the confidence to start pursuing music until 5 years ago, when I was at a turning point in my life. I was unhappy and needed to find self love and live from a place not based in fear. So I started to practice guitar everyday and push myself out of my comfort zone by playing music for my friends and since then I’ve been building and growing my movement. I was able to transform my mindset into something positive that allowed me to pursue my passion of music and Im so grateful for that evolution

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been many struggles and challenges, whether they are self created or financial, etc. Continuing to press forward with my music career, while trying to live and operate in this society can be challenging at times when your passion isn’t paying the bills yet. Having to juggle other jobs for income while staying creative and uplifted can also be challenging as well. And staying out of the comparison trap and being ok with uncertainty and where I am in my journey at the present is something I actively work at as well. I think there will always be obstacles in pursuit of any path, its all about the response to those challenges and how we face and overcome them.

Malia – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m an artist, singer-songwriter and guitarist. I am most proud of simply doing what I do and having the courage and self love to continue doing so. I lived most of my life telling myself firmly that being a singer or the pursuit of music was completely out of the realm of possibilities for me. I had no self confidence and I always chalked my achievements up to chance. So the fact that I am here now, in pursuit of my dreams, playing on stages in front of people is quite the accomplishment for a shy, troubled child like myself.

What sets me apart is that my story is unique to me, just like everyone else has a story unique to them. There are many other musicians and artists sharing with the world, but no one’s story is the same as mine. My experience is tailored to me, and my life experiences heavily influence the music I create and share with the world.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is taking in the present moment, the now, and being excited and grateful about everything this moment has to offer. I think if we can appreciate all the steps of the journey, our happiness increases and we flow much better as beings. Success is not the home I’ll own or the financial freedom I’ll experience, because even in those times, there will be challenges that pop up.

We will always be striving for something more or better, but being aware of that is key. If I’m constantly planning for the future or caught up with the past, I miss out on what is happening right now. I’m still working on actively living in the present but my gratitude has increased tremendously in the recent years, and my mindset has evolved for the better and that is a huge success.

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Adam Stanzak, Bryan Fischer, Tyronne Mckinnley, Tosha Eason

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