Valeria Hinojosa is nothing less than amazing. She has a heart pure of gold, a fierceness to her soul, and a determination to set the world straight.
The world can be too much sometimes. It is so hard to have hope when every day there is a new tragedy to mourn for: mass shootings, nazis, hurricanes on hurricanes, rape culture, bombings, wildfires…the list goes on.
But it’s knowing people like Valeria, the founder of Water Thru Skin, that it is impossible to not have hope. Her blog has empowered me to speak up against injustice, take action in living more consciously, and most importantly – practice self-love every day.
Valeria shares her own personal story in taking risks, living authentically, and finding the light in the darkness of the world.
Tell me about who you are and your transition from your previous career to starting Water Thru Skin?
I used to be a Private Banker doing the frustrating and monotonous 9-5. In between that 5-year career, I decided to start a blog where I could put my emotions and thoughts in writing and connect with like-minded individuals. That’s how WaterThruSkin came to life.
Slowly, and with lots of dedication and love, my blog grew a personality of its own and I took the step of risking it all to pursue this new “career” fully.
I left the banking world 2.5 years ago and have been dedicating myself fully to blogging and the new company I founded, WTS Connect. An agency that represents worldwide influencers that are using their social media channels to change the world for the better.
When was your “A-HA” moment?
The day I got promoted to the position (and salary) of my dreams. I realized that accepting that role meant staying in banking for another 3-5 years. I resigned that same day and made WTS my life, work, and passion.
We all share fear when deciding to go after our dreams. What fears did/do you have? How do you overcome those fears?
I feared losing my financial stability, which was exactly what happened a few months after I quit my job. I lost my home, my credit cards, my car, and all the fancy perks that came with being a Private Banker. That was a rock-bottom moment in my story that, thankfully, reshaped the way I view life completely. Once there, sleeping on my mom’s couch and living of a suitcase, I realized that the only place left to go was… everywhere!
Possibilities are endless when you choose to start from scratch and recreate yourself.
That same positive attitude was what pushed me towards, and attracted, all the opportunities that have been opening for me, my blog, and the agency I founded.
How do you define success?
Simple. Waking up with a smile and doing what you love every single day of your life. With all of its ups and downs. They are part of life too!
What has been your greatest challenge as an eco-activist and starting Water Thru Skin?
People’s perceptions and the movement itself. It wasn’t that big, or “in trend”, three years ago when I started WTS. Nobody believed in what I had to say or the life I had chosen to pursue, yet something in me told me this was the only way humans should live life. I kept going despite of it all.
How do you start your day with intention? Any morning rituals?
By being present. From the second I wake up. I make myself a hot cup of organic and fairtrade matcha or coffee, and sip it mindfully. Enjoying every single sip. I then practice my breathing techniques and mediate with crystals, or roll out my yoga mat and stretch for a few minutes. After that I get ready for meetings and conference calls with fresh energy and a positive mindset.
Sometimes when work is doing what you love, boundaries can become blurry. How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?
Yoga, a healthy vegan diet, me-time, loved ones and friends. I make sure I include them in every day of my week.
Have you achieved all your dreams? if not, what dreams do you have for yourself?
Two dreams I’m currently working on are publishing my book, and finishing a big project related to WTS Connect.
However, I don’t think there is such thing as achieving all dreams in life. As I accomplish a dream, I continue to dream bigger and push further.
How about with Water Thru Skin?
When I think of WTS, I immediately connect it to myself. It carries my story, my personal growth, my struggles and my dreams. I feel I’ve managed to create a great brand and can only hope to grow it further and keep inspiring readers.
Do you have a favorite quote, mantra, or affirmation you live by?
Be raw, be you and risk it all when it comes to pursuing your dreams.
If you could say one thing to a woman who has a dream but is afraid to take the jump, what would it be?
There will never be a “right time” or moment to pursue your dreams. For some reason, we all wait for the stars to align or for a door to magically open for us. It doesn’t work that way. You have to go out there, step outside of your comfort zone, and transform those dreams into reality. That’s the only way. That’s the key.