We had the good fortune of connecting with Dani La Barrie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dani, what’s your definition for success?
I define success as a fulfilling balance between physical health, mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health. I noticed when all of these areas in our lives are balanced we feel a rewarding sense of joy rather than false happiness. Success, to me, is defined more by the ability to sustain peace in our thoughts, regardless of what’s going on in our lives. To be able to move through challenging emotions, practice enjoying the present moment as a regular habit, and being the author/creator of our life is true success. Success is becoming the master of your life.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart from others is my personal experience with mental health and addiction. My work with clients comes from a place of sincere empathy and nonjudgment. I got where I am today business-wise by staying true to my heart. My practice has transitioned into something different over the last few years; it doesn’t look now what it looked like when I first opened it. It wasn’t easy. There were times I really wanted to give up. I overcame the challenges through the support system around me that continued to encourage me; they were the wind beneath my wings. The lessons I’ve learned along the way include the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are in a position where you’d like to be. I’ve also learned that it’s essential to invest in yourself. I want the world to know they don’t have to feel alone in whatever they’re experiencing. Life can be such a beautiful experience if they’re open to shifting their perception and thoughts.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the Morikami Museum & Garden. It’s an enormous, meditative, peaceful garden. I love going there as well as taking friends and family there. I also love getting Pho at the best local Vietnamese restaurant. Meditating at South Beach Park in Boca Raton and walking through the mangrove park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents have been my biggest supporters. My Mom inspired me to become a Social Worker by seeing her work in helping other people. When I was younger my Mom volunteered at a non-profit food organization that gave away food Publix was getting rid of because it was still good (not expired) but could no longer sell on their shelves. The organization collected vegetables from local farms and other nonperishable items from the community to help low-income or homeless families and people. My Mom was eventually offered a paid position there at the organization because of how great of a volunteer she was. Seeing how my Mom helped other people inspired me to want to help others as well. My Dad always taught me ‘do ordinary things extraordinarily well.’ Seeing my Dad’s work ethic influences me not to give up, to always keep going, even if it’s in baby steps. My closest friends who are always a phone call away have also been a huge support to me. They help me get through my moments where I doubt myself or feel like I’m out of alignment.
Other: My Published Book, Stories of an Ex-Party Girl: How to feel happy and good about yourself without alcohol and drugs: https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Ex-Party-Girl-yourself-without/dp/1733020853/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=stories+of+an+exparty+girl+dani+la+barrie&qid=1615251730&sr=8-1
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