Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Moran.
Hi Amanda, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born in Brazil and came to the US when I was five years old with my mom. At the time my dad wasn’t able to join us because he was denied a visa, but it was important to him that we got a head start at a better life in America. Over the years, it was still very difficult for my father to get approved for his Visa, so my mom ended up raising me on her own while working a full-time job as a house cleaner. That meant very early mornings and late evenings. It also meant that I had to help her communicate with her work since she didn’t learn English as quickly as I did. I become very independent at a young age but have always been able to accomplish my goals, thanks to the sacrifice my parents made. Everything I went through really shaped my views on the importance of being “mentally fit”.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
No, I bet many first-generation immigrant kids can relate to my story, including some challenges that I faced. One of the many challenges included taking in an intense amount of responsibility. Helping our parents communicate, helping them with finances, and especially pretending we were them when calling representatives on the phone! Another challenge I was often faced with, that other immigrant children can relate to was not having a sense of belonging. In a social setting at school, we may have felt out of place, but even in our home and community we would sometimes be regarded as foreign, or “too American”. Combining the American culture we were “thrown” into with the expectations of our parents was very difficult. At the time, I didn’t understand this feeling, and it wasn’t until my adulthood that I understood how both of these challenges affected me mentally. It wasn’t our parents’ fault but it created confusion, feelings of guilt, and even shame. Certain trauma can lead to positive things in the long run, but understanding how to break through trauma that was created at a young age has helped me work through my feelings of confusion, guilt, and shame. If this resonates with you, know that you are not alone, and that’s why I wanted to co-create a company that focuses on mental fitness.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My Richual is an events company that focuses on mental wellness. We host workshops, corporate events, and retreats that provide tools to practice mental fitness. Mental fitness is much like physical fitness, but instead of exercising your physical body, you are keeping your brain and emotional health in shape. When you are facing an emotional challenge, it is important to know which tools will help you work through that challenge. For example, if you are experiencing doubt or lack of self-confidence, it is important to reframe the beliefs that got you to that place. Only then, you can overcome those limiting beliefs and move forward with more confidence. This is an example of something we teach. Once you are able to navigate emotional challenges, you become more confident, more productive, and overall more positive in all areas of your life.
How do you define success?
Personally, I believe success is living your life in fulfillment. Rather than waiting for happiness to come once you achieve your goals, start fulfilling your happiness now. We don’t know how long we have left in this beautiful planet, so do something that makes you happy every day you can. Whether fulfillment comes from being a parent, a manager, or simply baking, it’s important to prioritize happiness. That is when you truly have success.
- Website: www.myrichual.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/theamandamoran
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/myrichual
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