We had the good fortune of connecting with Valerie Quinones and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Valerie, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
I define success as living your life balanced mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When we are balanced as individuals, everything else in life seems to fall into it’s rightful place at the right time. Whether it be your finances, people places or things. living authentically is important. Everything we want and need comes when we have a healthy sense of self and our overall well-being.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a native of Cleveland Ohio where I started my career in dance and fitness. After experiencing a car accident in 2011 I was forced to focus on recovering from several injuries and had to take a break from the dance world. The challenge of having to put my dance career on hold taught me patience and resilience. I studied massage therapy, mindfulness meditation and body maintenance as a way to heal myself. It became my next career move. I now work as a Massage Therapist. I have been doing energy and body work for 12 years and I am grateful to help others achieve their health goals. I now reside in Los Angeles, providing my holistic healing services and teach dance as a way to release trauma from the body. To see my patients recover is a blessing. It feels good to know that no matter the circumstances they are experiencing, I can play a positive role in their recovery and overall well-being.

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?
If I were to take a friend and show them Los Angeles, I’d recommend the beaches, Santa Monica has a diverse crowd with great restaurants and dancers performing their acts. Never a dull moment there. The beach alone is always a good place to recharge. I love Chas Chas Chicken on Ocean Ave. They play great music and the Carribean vibes will really make you feel as if you were on a private island. I also would recommend LA Granada for a night of Latin dancing. Always a good time. Three rooms of Salsa, Reggae and what seems to be super popular in LA right now, Bachata. If you’re looking for a rooftop lounge with great view of the city, Spire 73 is the place to be. It’s the highest rooftop bar in the Western Hemisphere. The view is absolutely gorgeous at night.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to send a shout out to my mentors Christina Anderson, owner of Be Fitness of Cleveland Ohio. Michael Medcalf, Professor of Dance at Memphis University and Aswan Harris, Actor, host and Entrepreneur Coach.

Instagram: @Zensoulution and @Valquin360

Facebook: Val Quinones

Image Credits
Dante J. Cutley

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