My name is Marisa, I'm a passionate woman, currently living and driving my Van around New Zealand...
I believe that you can make your dreams come true as long as you have the strength to fight for them. Do you want to achieve your dreams? Do you want to live a life full of adventure? If your answer is yes, then keep reading. In this article, I'm going to share with you my story and how I made my dreams come true by moving to New Zealand.
I was born in a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico. When I was little, I never dreamed of traveling the world, I actually didn't know what I wanted to be when I grew up. The only thing I was sure about, was that I wanted to dance and have my own family someday.
I'm from a conservative and traditional family. When I was younger they always told me that if I wanted to achieve something great in life, I had to study hard and get good grades. And so I did, but even though I was doing what they wanted me to do, I still felt like something was missing in my life. I danced ballet for many years but being a dancer professionally wasn’t an option because "in Mexico, it's really hard to make a living out of art", that's what they said. So I got rid of that dream at that moment.
When it came time to decide what I wanted to study in college, I felt so much pressure because I had no idea what I wanted. Honestly, who at the age of 18 really knows what they want to be for the rest of their lives? I admire these people who have very clear what they want, but I was not one of them. Eventually, my parents decided that Law school would be good for my future and I hoped that it would make me happy one day.
I don't regret it, I truly believe that education is the most powerful tool we have to change the world, after all, I had the privilege to attend the university. When I finished, I started working in a government institution. I was good at my job, but I was never passionate about it. I was just going through the motions day after day, waiting for the weekend so I could go to the dancing classes. That's when I realized that I needed to make a change in my life. I knew that I had to find something that made me feel alive, something that filled my heart with happiness and passion. After a lot of thinking, and some guidance from my mom, in 2016 at the age of 25, I decided to move to the United States to give myself a chance, and start fresh. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life.