La ambición se viste de Oro…

La ambición se viste de Oro…
Get to know some of South Florida’s most extraordinary, ultra feminine and successful girl bosses.
Text by Francesca Cruz
Photos by Lauren Alexis Rodriguez

Jessica Carrillo, Journalist & TV Host

What are your three top passions in this life? What propels you out of bed in the morning and motivates you to keep going?
My passions are my family, work and travel. I wake up everyday excited to learn and give my best with everything I do, and my family is my main motivation. They keep me on my toes.
This is the Gift Guide Issue, taking this into consideration what would you say is an object you’ve been gifted that is a priceless possession for you and why? [cost doesn’t come into play, it can be of $3 to $30k—meaning: of value to you] 
My graduation ring. My parents gave it to me when I graduated from the University with a BA in Journalism. It’s not the ring, but its meaning. It symbolizes the sacrifices my parents made, also my accomplishments to pay for college and graduate with a great GPA. It was the beginning of a new and successful life for me after coming from Mexico. I was living the American dream.
What’s the very first thing you do in the morning and the very last thing you do at night?
The very first thing I do when I wake up is brush my teeth, and the last, I kiss my husband good night.
What’s a favorite word?
Persistence
The one piece of advice you wish you had learned sooner?
Live and enjoy what makes you happy, don’t worry about what other people think.
Things can’t always be the color of roses, when you find yourself feeling blue, how do you hack your brain out of the funk?
I exercise, that motivates me and helps me overcome and overturn a bad day.

Maria Botero, Lovegger, Influencer, Spiritual Entrepreneur

Refined, with delicate Grecian features and an ease that whispers, “I’m in harmony with myself and my surroundings,” we present to you Maria Botero. A social media influencer and Reiki Master, who prefers to refer to herself as a “Lovegger” and a spiritual entrepreneur…
What’s a smell you associate to happiness?
Roses, it’s the smell that reminds me of my mom, my childhood and it represents the feminine side of life.
What’s the one thing you are most insecure about and how have you turned that around in your life?
When I started as an entrepreneur with my fashion brand Mama Jungle (and as an influencer) my biggest insecurity was falling into routine. This is why
I decided to create my own title, a “Lovegger”…it means: one with love towards spiritual influencing.
What’s your favorite word?
Family, it gives purpose and meaning to my life.

Life isn’t always the color of roses. How do you manage when you’re feeling down? How do you deal with the blues?
I don’t really try to get out of these feelings, I’d rather accept them, and take them as learning opportunities. If something is not going the way I expected, then either it wasn’t meant to be, or I still have something to learn from it.
The one piece of advice you wish you had learned sooner?
Actually, I recently had a meaningful learning [experience] in my life. Stop trying to time everything, because everything you can’t control is teaching you the importance of letting go, and sometimes the universe just has a different timing for you.
How do you define success? And what about your character do you feel has assisted you in becoming successful?
Success is inner peace. Since my child-hood, they taught me at home the importance of building a life full of projects and goals, but that the biggest of them should be self-development, not only as an entrepreneur, but as a human being.
What are your three top passions in this life? What propels you out of bed in the morning and motivates you to keep going?
Learning something new every day. It’s my morning kick. I’m passionate about knowledge, service and innovation. Especially when I can share my passions with others and help improve their lives as much as it helps mine.

Laelanie Larach, Artist

A vivacious creative soul, Laelanie Larach expresses her love to vibrant colors and tropical settings on canvas. Her oil paintings depict her passionate appreciation for nature. Originally from Honduras, she’s settled in Doral and set up her gallery here. Es nuestro gusto presentarles a Laelanie…
What are your three top passions in this life? What motivates you?
Art is my passion and my motivation. Also the positive feedback from my clients from around the world.
Name a female figure in history you have an affinity with? [Someone you admire]
I admire Frida Kahlo, she was an incredible artist in history and a courageous woman.
What’s the very first thing you do in the morning and the very last thing you do at night?
I love early in the morning when I’m at the gallery, pouring myself a hot cup of coffee. I also enjoy watching movies till very late at night. I’ve been known to paint till 1:00 a.m., inspiration often comes to visit me at night.
Things can’t always be the color of roses. When you find yourself feeling blue, how do you hack your brain out of the funk?
I go to the beach and take a long walk, I also like listening to music. Music and dancing is therapy for me when I’m feeling blue.
What’s a favorite word?
Inspiration
What’s a smell you associate to happiness?
Roses in the morning
The one piece of advice you wish you had learned sooner?
To be more aggressive with goals.
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