We had the good fortune of connecting with Pricelis Dominguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pricelis, how do you think about risk?
Risk begins when we begin to exist in the world. Pregnancy and birth are two pretty risky things. When people choose that path, it includes a lot of things that can be risky – like eating the wrong thing or having risks come up in labor. So we start life with someone taking risks on our behalf and passing that spirit of risk-taking to us through the womb. Then we begin to live life as babies and children and risks come with that – from crawling in dangerous places to putting things in our mouth that we aren’t concerned or aware if it’s clean. And it continues in high school and college and then adulthood hits and we seem to sometimes forget the risk-taking approaches we took in the years prior.
This is how I view risk. It’s been in me since before I was born and to not live a life where I do it would be to go against my own nature as a human being.
I believe risk is an invitation of sorts. It’s invites us to step out of our comfort zone, see different perspectives, do things perhaps we wouldn’t normally do, and experience joys we would have never had access to otherwise.
Risk is good invitation and that’s why It take them. I’m a woman of deep faith and that contributes to my risk-taking ways because I trust in a God who will go before me when I take risks but I don’t think you need to believe in God to take risks. Like Is said, it’s in our nature.
Another contributing factor to my risk taking is that I come from immigrant parents who risked a lot to not just come to the USA and but also to raise me and my brothers here. They stepped into spaces that no one else spoke Spanish and still was willing to be present and learn in those spaces. And that’s just one example.
I recently gave birth to my first son and that’s whole other long story but as I mentioned at the beginning – pregnancy is a risk, yet it brings a beautiful result. All risks have results and some may not be beautiful but we get to learn from them and keep going.
When it comes to my career, risks has been all I’ve done. From my day jobs to my entrepreneur path. I was a school teacher and took the risk of going back to grad school and getting my 2nd masters degree and starting a social work path. I began a business in 2018 having no clue how to run a business, grow a social media platform, or lead a community and 3 years later I’m coaching women on how to do this. When I began my business in 2018, I took the risk of paying for a coaching program that cost me $700 and I had recently just quit my job so I had no income just yet. But that coaching program was the best investment I made and since then, all of my retreats and gatherings have been sold out, and I have had consistent coaching clients for over a year. All of it has resulted in beautiful things and some incredibly hard things – but all towards my goal of celebrating others and helping them grow.
Risk is an invitation, a gift, and a path that not all will choose. As one of my favorite quotes by Robert Frost says, “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Taking the risks have made all the difference.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have the privilege and joy of being the CEO and Founder of Full Collective. We are a small business dedicated to igniting women to live FULL lives in Jesus and make an impact. At Full Collective we get to host retreats and gatherings, create faith-growing resources and products, coach women, and host our Yas and Amen Podcast.
What sets us a part? Our community. We are a community of women of all different ages, colors, sizes, backgrounds, and stories – and that’s not a common thing to find in Christian spaces.
It has not been easy to have this business, especially because of the pandemic, since the majority of what we did was international travel – but like I said, this community is what makes us different. The women who are a part of this community were open to engaging in community in new and different ways virtually and we adjusted to the times and found different creative ways to serve our community and still keeping the mission in mind. But in the past we got to go to 8 different retreats across the world to place to like Morocco, Bali, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, And we are praying we can go to Morocco and Kenya next year, as those are the retreats we had scheduled for 2020.
I’m excited for what is to come for Full Collective. We will continue to host gatherings, coach women, have our Yas and Amen Podcast, and create faith-growing tools – and we hope to do so much more. This year during the pandemic we even had our very first 3 day virtual conference and it was such a success! So I know what is ahead is only get to get better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
ohhh I mean I live in NYC – we would go everywhere!
A few of my favorite places in nyc is the Cloisters – a beautiful hilltop park that has a museum and incredible views of nyc and nj, St. Marks – a block where you can find the best ramen and awesome little shops, the highline – a beautiful place to take a long walk and watch the sunset, and walking in my neighborhood of Washington Heights – if you watched the In The Heights movie then that gives you a little glimpse into my Washington Heights neighborhood.
To eat? My favorite spots are Pergola in Chelsea The Mermaid Inn the Upper West Side, Cafe Latte, in Harlem and Terravita in Washington Heights.
And of course, if we can got to a festival, street fair, or simply walk around the streets of nyc – we will find plenty to do. I was born and raised in this city and I’m not sure I’ll be leaving it anytime soon.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I could say so many people but I’ll try to narrow it down to a few.
My husband – my biggest supporter and encourager on this journey of so many risks and decision making that I’ve made in the past years.
My mom – the most risk-taking woman I’ve ever met and I’m here flourishing because of her.
The Full Collective Tribe – women from across the world who have helped me grow in my faith and have encouraged me on this entrepreneurial journey, walking alongside me and trusting me with the risks I took.
Instagram: @pricelispd and @we.are.full
Other: Podcast website: https://wearefullcollective.com/yasandamenpodcast
First personal image by Yarminiah Rosa and the other additional images were by Jessica Hughee, Yarminiah Rosa, and Peace Aisogun