DOZ Issue 37 November 2018 - Page 29

people say you don’t pray until you actually need prayers and I can attest to that a little bit. I have always been religious, but I can attest to that relationship with God. My relationship with God is stronger now than it’s ever been because my faith is what kept me going, my faith and that belief that everything’s going to be okay, and you’re going to get through this valley is what kept me hanging on. And I think every woman, regardless of religion, regardless of what their faith is, I think a woman needs to have that, that belief that everything’s going to be okay in addition to believing in yourself. And I would say that I’ve always been very competitive, right? And so like, I just always have this ambition to never lose, and if I would give up I would be losing and what would that do? I would not be a good role model for my daughter. I would not be a good role model for my friends. I didn’t want to lose. And so I felt like success was the best way for me to overcome any of this because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. And so how else am I going to be successful? Well, you can start by going back to grad school. You can start by getting your dream job. And so as soon as I started to think about all those things, it was amazing, and I was like wow, I can really do this! Because I have this in my mindset that I’m going to do this, and I’m going to 29 do it and so I just truly wanted to at the end of the day prove to my daughter and prove to my family that no matter what setbacks come our way, they don’t actually have to set us back. If we believe in ourselves, we can overcome anything. Thank you for sharing that with us, Leia. How can people contact you? So, they can follow me on Twitter, my Twitter handle is @Leiabaez, or they’re more than welcome to email me, and my email address is Credit for Leia Baez Photos: Ashley Crawford DOZ Magazine | November 2018