202 Magazine July 2012 (July 2012) - Page 26

5 Catherine’s Favorites to being Fearless 1. Be Passionate One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is to love what you do and do what you love. Reach inside yourself. Expose yourself to opportunities, even those you didn’t plan for. Fuel your passion! If you’re passionate about it, it will never feel like work. 2. Take Risks Accept that it’s okay to fail. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, take risks and stretch your imagination. Think of every obstacle as an opportunity. 3. Covet Criticism If you’re really smart, you’ll gravitate to the people who are the hardest on you. If you only surround yourself with people who offer nothing but praise you will never truly grow or realize your potential. Real, honest constructive criticism will force you to push yourself beyond any selfimposed limits. There is always room for improvement. 4. Preserve Your Integrity How you handle yourself in even the toughest of situations will define you and your reputation through the years. Preserving your integrity is key to earning respect. 5. Pay it Forward Remember that someone helped you along the way and make it your mission to pay it forward to those who are now behind you and alongside you. If you›re blessed with any measure of success you owe it to yourself and others to share it and encourage and empower others with the lessons you›ve learned along the way. “I thought to myself, why do we hear about Superman all the time and we never hear about Superwoman – never,” Anaya said. “And I’m looking at this phenomenal Superwoman in front of me, and I’m thinking about all these women who come up to me and tell me about all the things they do in their lives that fall under the radar, and so the light bulb kind of went off. Wouldn’t it be great if I could create a group of Super Women, not because we are incredibly superpowered people but because we are super in that we do fabulous things on a regular basis and yet don’t give ourselves credit for what we do because we’re so busy, kicking ourselves for what we didn’t do. I thought wouldn’t it be great if we could get women together once a month to just empower each other , talk about what makes them super.” Fame and money – along with a good family - would make most people feel super enough. Overcoming some rough obstacles to achieve that kind of success can be significantly more rewarding, as well as admired. That’s the path Anaya had to take, but she absolutely refuses to let those things define her. While some hide past troubles, Anaya happily shares them in the effort to encourage others that their dreams can come true and they can be better people. She’s been fired, dealt with depression, comes from a broken home and been affected by the world of drugs – issues impossible to imagine when seeing that personable, attractive TV talent telling us the day’s events. “I speak a lot about that when I talk to women and of course their jaws drop because you know that old saying never judge a book by its cover,” Anaya said. “Well, they always assume, ‘her hair looks great, she wears nice clothes, she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Anaya’s parents divorced when she was very young, and her father got custody only to kick her out of the house at the age of 11. She went to live with her mother, who was much kinder but did not present an easy living situation. An aspiring singer, Anaya’s mom had trouble putting food on the table and that meant Catherine would bounce around from motels or spare bedrooms of family and friends. When her mom re-married, the new man in their lives was a drug dealer who didn’t shy away from bringing business into the home. He would eventually get his throat slit following a drug deal gone bad, and though he survived the attack, a message was sent to Catherine’s mom that if she didn’t leave this husband that her daughter would be next. Despite all of that, her mother would later serve as a role model \Y\[^\XX[Y\YX][ۋ[^Xx&\[\[XYH]HYHو [\]X[Y[HYܙYH]T HH[Y\\YܙH]\[H[Y Y[Y[\] H]H\]X[H[ܙ\^H܈\]Y\YK8'\x&\H[HZ[][ H\HܚY[[\\X[8'H[^XHZY 8' ][[\H\'H]\[HݚY\H[\][ۋ[\܈Y[Y]X^HH\[H[]\[^XH\و\[X\[[[H][[][]H]]XXܛ[܈\؜X\۸&]]H][[HH[][H[[YKH[۝H[[\܈][\X]\XY^[K]\[H\ۈH\^ۘH][YYXH\X][ۈ\[\HܘYX]HوH[^x&\\[XXY\\[]]K8'H]ܚX\\XYHY]]H]HY[]8&\X[H[\ܝ[܈[[\[X[[YH[X\X]HX\ܚY\[\[][]K8'HH^Z[Y 8'X]\HY[^HX\\]8&\ۈH]^x&\H[[[Y]H][&\XK]8&\\[\H\܈YK8&H[HXH۝[Y\ˈ8'H\ܝ[]H[YH][\][ۋ[HYY]HXH[][]H[^HYYYH]H[[܈H[[[H[^H\ۈH]\HZH[H܈ 8)^HۛH\K^Hۛx&[H[H[][]K^HۛH\HX]H[][]H[H]HXˈ^H[^K8&[YH[] H[] ˸&x'HۙH[[HXY[^XH[\[HX\]ۋ\]H[^\Z[H]\YH\]\H[و[[[]Y[YY]YY^[[[][YHZ[[XHHۙ\[\[ZY\\HY[H\۸&]X[\XˈHYܙYYH[X\]ۈZ\H[ۙ^H܈SX[ K[B PQVSHSH L XY^[KB