We had the good fortune of connecting with Flor Tapia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Flor, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My most important factor behind my success of my brand is letting go of fear. I let go of the little voices in my head telling me “I can’t do that”. I stopped listening to what anyone had to say about my lifestyle and content. I always go back to this quote, ” Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” No matter what you want to do in this lifetime it is already available to you, you just have to go and get it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Let me tell you a little bit more of what I do. Most people know me as “Highitsflo.” I came up with that username because I am apart of the cannabis industry. I make content and review products. Aside from that I also create lifestyle and self help content. The biggest object I noticed growing up and keeping up with so called “influencers” was that I never understood what they “influenced”. I loved the work and time they put in to advertise products. What I didn’t t understand was why were they promoting it so much. Why were they promoting gummy bears to help you get “skinny”? That personally never sat right with me. I never thought I would have the platform I have today. But one thing for sure Is I use it to help others know that they’re not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Even if it only stays with one person. I’ll continue to grow and use my platform to influence others to choose love and kindness every single day. To get to this point in my life was not easy. There were so many obstacles and people constantly telling me to stop doing what I am doing. Mental health is the biggest epidemic worldwide and it is ignored until this day. I never let any doctor or label define who I was. Yes of course I struggle with anxiety and depression. I used to stay in bed until 3pm somedays dreading to live another day. Then one day I was so tired of the same routine; wake up late, go to work, eat if I could, shower, sleep, & repeat. For years I thought “ehhh this is my life now.” I was on autopilot for about 5 years of my adult life. No one prepares you for the darkest days. No one told me how to get out of the darkness. I had enough! It’s like I was in the most toxic relationship with myself and something happened that day. I broke up with that version of myself. I overcame those challenges by breaking out of bad habits and finding healthy ones. Ever since then I don’t let myself slip into that lifestyle ever again. Now of course I still have my bad days and that is totally normal. Allow yourself to feel those bad days but get back up the next! You and anyone reading this deserves at least that. One day I wish to write a book of my story, Of the little Mexican girl that could and did.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting the area and I wanted to show them the best time ever I would first take them to the beach and Laguna! They have some of the most beautiful beaches. The beach is always a must when hanging out with me. Get some reading, meditation , and swimming done for sure. After I would take my friend to some of the best Dispensary’s out in Orange County or LA , such as Stiiizy, tropicana, Etc. Then we could to Signal Hill, read, paint, watch the city get darker. Maybe for dinner we can go out to Javiers or some Korean BBQ would hit the spot after! And if they’re here for the weekend I would love to show them at night how fun Downtown Santa Ana is. The culture, the music, the vibes are so immaculate there. If we have any extra room to fill in more activities I would definitely take them to the museums out in LA or even go do some pottery. For me wholesome activities are so much fun!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
If there is one person/book I could shoutout it would definitely be @imedwinsparks. (my soulmate) When things got hard I always wanted the easy way out. I always wanted to quit. Fortunately I have someone by my side who inspires me to be the best version of myself. On my toughest days he knows exactly what to say. He once told me, “hard work beats talent every single time.” That stuck with me and now I no longer compare myself or let myself fall back into bad habits. So huge shoutout to Edwin Sparks for the support, mentorship, love and encouragement. I also want to talk about a book that changed my life and perspective forever. The book is called The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. And if you ever get your hands on it you’ll never want to put it down. Here is everything you need to know about this book:
-BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
-DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
-DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
-ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Incorporate these 4 into your everyday routine and you’ll have heaven on Earth.