Yo mermaids! We are so thrilled to announce that Annah Rose is going to be a part of our February 2016 retreat in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. As you may have seen from Instagram and Facebook, Annah is going to be leading our morning meditations and women's circles, as well as helping to set intentions and talking about vulnerability and relationships. In other words, she is going to be a big part of helping us create our sisterhood and commUNITY!
I first met Annah Rose when we had a Skype call. Having never met, we talked for hours and finally got to hug each other a week ago in Sayulita, Mexico, where she currently resides. Annah is one of the cutest people I know! She is eager to live life to the fullest and creates her happiness. She is by far one of the most inspirational women I have met and encourages me to follow my heart and honor myself.
Check out Annah's interview below and head over the the "About" and "Costa Rica" section of the website to read more about Annah and her upcoming involvement with TuCamino Travel.
1. Tell me a little about yourself.
This is always the awkward questions where you have to talk about yourself. You never know where to start or what to say.
I grew up on the east coast in NY, on Long Island and around NYC, a place where summers are hot and winter's are cold. I was born to a huge italian family the oldest of 6 with 20 first cousins on my dads side.. Sunday dinner's were a must and I was never bored.
My mom loved to travel so she took us overseas for vacations and sparked the same love inside of all of us.
I went to college, studied Psychology and Criminal Justice but after I was done I went into Business development, from there ad sales and from there internet marketing which is the current space I am in and have been for 3 years.
I was the first in my family to leave the east coast by choice when I chose to move from Williamsburg Brooklyn to LA in 2013 ( my brother is in the USMC) and it was the best decision I ever made. I found that's when I was really able to come into my own.
Family is most important to me and then second comes my girl's. I am a complete girl's girl. I just love being around my girlfriends and they truly become my sisters.
I love love LOVE helping people, specifically women, there is something about helping women find real love and create the life they desire that just inspires me so much, which is why I decided to create AnnahRose.com .
Other than that; I love all things adventure, change, and new experiences. I also tend to find myself very much close to the beach wherever I travel to.
2. Why did you choose Sayulita to be your home?
I was traveling to South America, specifically Argentina and Uruguay when my brother who had been in Sayulita for a few months invited me to come meet him. I had never been to Mexico and thought it'd be a great experience to keep traveling and to see my brother. So, I booked a ticket last minute and then flew in from Buenos Aires, 4 flights, 3 layovers and 36 hours later I arrived to Sayulita.
I immediately fell in love with the place. It just felt right. I can't really explain it. It was as if I needed to be here right now at this stage of my life.
There's something to be said about this town, every person you pass by greets you with a smile, the energy here is so calming, and I can't forget to add the proximity to the beautiful beaches and nightly sunsets made it a complete no brainer.
3. What inspires you?
This is the hardest question because so many things inspire me.
What I would say most inspire me would definitely be my grandfather, and my father.
My grandfather was awesome. He came from nothing and worked his butt off until he was like 89. He was one of the most generous men I have ever known, (second being my other grandfather) he was so fascinating.... he fought for unions in NYC, World War 2 and he even snuck into Spain illegally to help the fight against fascism during the Spanish Civil War in the same battalion as Hemingway. He always wanted the best for us kids, my mom and uncle. He really pushed me to want be great, to make something of myself... and even up until his last day was my biggest supporter.
My dad also inspires me because his work ethic is of none I have ever seen. He works at our family business in NYC, gets up every day at 4am and doesn't come home until 7 or 8pm. He started working when he was 12 by sorting nuts and bolts in the shop of the company and worked his way up to run the business alongside his father and brother. He also doesn't stop, he works out every day in his home gym, runs with a group every thursday and mountain bikes on the weekends with my step mom and little brother. He is just so inspiring because he can work over 12 hours, come home and still make time to do the things he loves. He always taught us about business since we were kids and he's always there to talk to when I need business advice, fitness advice or just some life advice. He really shows me evey day that you can have it all.
4.What are you passionate about?
I would say I am super passionate about change and traveling.
I know change sounds super weird, but I am a change junkie. I love the thrill of a new experience and the growth that comes with it. I love working on myself internally and peeling back my past layers to reveal a fresh new perspective. You just feel so much lighter and so many things come to you from the universe it's just amazing. This is what I want to help women with.
And traveling really speaks for itself. There's something about experiencing a new culture through the locals that helps me learn and grow so much. My mom really instilled this in us at a young age. So really besides Florida, Vermont or Massachusetts, we went to some really cool places like Africa, and some countries in Europe, and thus began to light the itch to travel as an adult.
5. What is one of the biggest challenges of working remotely?
I'd say the biggest challenge is making sure that you are keeping a schedule of some sort and working at least a super productive 4 hours per day, no matter how tempting the beach is.
I'm one of those people though, that are working even when they are not working, I can't quite shut it off.
6. How do you cope with bad days?
In college whenever I would feel down, I'd put on the movie Elf and it'd immediately lift my spirits.
Now I'd say to cope with bad days I call one of my best girls and have a nice long chat and or I spend the day with them. I honestly whole heartedly believe that time with your girlfriends can completely cure anything, they are my sisters.
7. When/how did you come to the realization that you want to help people, specifically women?
This is a really tough question to answer because I have always enjoyed helping people in any way I could. I was a girl scout from kindergarden to 11th grade and it instilled this love of volunteering in me. I had really enjoyed working with the homeless as a kid and then again in high school, so much so that when I was living in Brooklyn I'd get up at 5:30am to go feed the homeless in midtown manhattan every Wednesday.
So what I'm saying is helping people was always a thing for me.
As far as helping women, well, I've always been the tough love friend in my group.. the one that told it like it was no matter what..I'd tell my friends what they never wanted to hear and they appreciated it so much. I've never coddled them, just was there to mirror them and show them their reflections. I found myself helping them in their lives before I'd even help myself, so when I'd been working in Internet marketing at the time for a year my mom said to me "Annah, If you came out with your own brand what would it be, what would you want to do?" And that's where it hit me, of course, I love helping my girlfriends, why not try to help all women and create a sisterhood! :D
8. What is your motto?
My motto would definitely be "You're not living if you don't feel ALIVE".
Everyone has the ability to live a life that they can wake up and be excited about. This is the type of life I want for everyone. :)
9. What is some advice you have for women following their heart and pursuing their dreams?
As a kid, my moms greatest advice was saying to all 5 of us that "there was nothing ever stopping us from pursuing our dreams". She never tolerated the word "afraid to do X" She'd tell us "JUST EFFING DO IT, there's nothing stopping you but you". I have carried that with me my whole life so far and completely live by it.
So that's what I would say, there is nothing between you and your goal but yourself. If you want to quit your job do it, if you want to travel do it, if you want to move do it. You have the power, it lies within you and you CAN do it and you ARE good enough!
Oh, and don't stay in crappy relationships, they don't honor you. ;)
To learn more about Annah and her work, visit her WEBSITE