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Natural Awakenings Naples and Fort Myers

Reader Spotlight

Work: Destination Partners and president of local nonprofit

Proudest Achievement: To learn about the importance of kindness through my motherhood, my marriage, nonprofit and the work around the world. Kindness matters.

Expectations for the Future: To age healthy, be engaged with life, be of service to others and cultivate happiness.

Favorite App: I use Impulse to keep my brain sharp and Elza to always improve my English, as it is my third language. Portuguese primary, Spanish second language.

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Local causes supported: House of Gaia.

Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Food and Thought, Lake Park Dinner, True Food.

Where I pick up my copy of Natural Awakenings? At our center, House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Suite 1.

How I invest in my community: I founded a social inclusion center and am devoted to a global social inclusion program. From local to global, I am involved in the World Happiness Summit held in Como, Italy, and many other projects with the American Universities all around the globe.

Favorite quote: Mine is a prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

What I am doing to be the change I want to see in my community and in the world:  Empowered Woman, Empowering Women. I became a chief happiness officer and am committed to making the world a better place by applying the science of happiness in my life and others. I wrote a book The Shero Mindset. The SHEro Mindset speaks to the pain and challenges of life and shows the power and strength of the human spirit. These inspirational stories are examples of the transformational arc of healing. These are real stories by women in the Southwest Florida community.