We had the good fortune of connecting with Zulmara Maria Teixeira de Lima and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zulmara Maria, did college have a meaningful and positive impact for you?
College made an incredible difference in my life. I grew up in poverty to immigrant parents. My dad was an abusive alcoholic and had trouble holding a job. My mom was an abused immigrant with few skills. She stayed with my dad for too many years “for the kids.” They had 5 children before finally splitting up. I remember in 8th grade deciding I was going to college on a scholarship because it was my ticket out. I realized I never wanted to be in the position my mom was in. I knew I had to be able to support myself, no matter what. So, I worked very hard and I made it. I made it to UCSB with full financial aide. College did not cost me anything and it gave me so much. I became a teacher, then I went back for an administrative credential, and then my doctorate. I taught as a professor as Cal State San Marcos. Me, with a doctorate. Me, the child of immigrants who started school and could not speak English, Me, growing up with a single mom and an absent dad.Me, the little girl who went to 7 different schools, made it. I am now extremely successful and I work in a job that pays me 6 figures, run my own business, and work on helping kids like me, get out. Because when you get out, you impact not only yourself, but your family, and your community. Could I have done it without college? No, I don’t think so, because so many friends and family, who did not go to college, did not make it. If you are already middle class, college may not make a difference, but if you are struggling, if your family is poor, if you do not see a way…college can be the path out of unbearable, untenable situations. I can proudly say I have always been able to support myself, take care of my family, and give back to my community.

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.
I am a multi-faceted artist…a Spiritual Guide, Inspirational Speaker, Motivating Author, and Creative Entrepreneur–Inspiring individuals to soar while being grounded in their ancestral roots. As the founder at Roots and Wings, I endeavor to encourage others to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually for peak performance. I am most excited for the three signature programs I have created through out the years: Millionaire DIVAS, ABRAZOS of Gratitude and Appreciation, and Reclaiming Your Divinity. Each program focuses on stepping into your power, discovering the real you, and living your best life. Millionaire DIVAS came to me in an afternoon of being in the zone and just letting the curriculum flow. My basic premise was to help women rid themselves of limiting beliefs so they could step into their potential earning power and be financially independent. I emphasize telling the story you want to live and changing the story you are living to the story you want to be living. Reclaiming Your Divinity was downloaded to me over a period of time after a number of experiences and trying to understand my purpose, my reason for being, and my next steps. I realized that my life was a series of steps to reclaim the divine within and to show others how to reclaim their divine power and live the life of their dreams. I teach others to find their purpose, follow their dreams and live life to the fullest with no regrets. ABRAZOS of Gratitude and Appreciation is a process for deepening your gratitude practice to begin shifting the energy in your life. When I am doing energy work with individuals, I usually start with gratitude and appreciation as a way of helping people shift their mood, shift their energy, and start living with a new vibe. In all three of my programs, there is underlying work of understanding “self” and becoming aware of purpose. I use many modalities to have people go deep into understanding what they desire. Focusing on intentions, dreams, and desires, we go deep in many different ways. I am very proud that I have been able to meld my education as a teacher with my passion for spiritual growth and develop curriculum that is engaging and makes a difference in the lives of others. Additionally, I have several ABRAZOS and Poetry books on Amazon. It is so gratifying to know that I am able to share my writings with the world and to have a number of followers who appreciate the guided poetry messages and the various ways to go deeper into the exploration of self.

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?
I’m and avid theme park fan, so this one is fun. We would spend half the week at the Disneyland Resort and then spend time at Universal Studios and a day at Hollywood. At Disneyland, we would dine at the Blue Bayou one night and in Star Wars Land Docking Bay 7 another night after building our Droids. At Disney’s California Adventure we would dine at the Carthay Circle, go on Soaring twice and take in the shows, We would spend time shopping in Downtown Disney and probably dine at Crazy Shakes and Burgers after going to the Void. We would get cupcakes at Sprinkles for a late night desert and just hang out at the Grand Californian bar. Then the next day we would head over to City Walk and Universal. We’d go dressed as our favorite Hogwarts house and spend a day just in Hogsmeade. We would take pics, be in character, get our wands, and hang out drinking Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks. Then we would go back the next day to take in the rest of Universal and dine at one of the many restaurants at City Walk, I would let my friend choose, We would also shop at City Walk for special creams, soaps, and socks. Then the last day, we would go to Hollywood and Highland. We’d take in a show at the El Capitan and see the stars on Hollywood and take pictures. We’d take pictures at the Chinese Theater and just have fun sightseeing and shopping for souvenirs. We would take in Ripley’s and then find a restaurant for dining. fun. The last day would be our best of LA day, Beach to Mountains. We’d start the day hiking Griffith Park and then end the day at the beach, taking in the sights at the Santa Monica Pier and dining at one of the seafood restaurants.

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?
Paul Edward Cline, Jr. my husband is also my rock, the wind beneath my wings, my twin flame. We met with I was 18, we married with I was 19 and we have been happily married for over 40 years. He has supported all of my endeavors. From working as a teacher, getting a doctorate, becoming a professor, and developing my own business. He has been there for me and with me. We raised 3 beautiful and successful children and now we have three grandchildren that bring us much comfort and joy. I was truly blessed the day I met him. We have grown up together and my life is as awesome and successful as it is, because I found the right person to share it with. He is the last person I want to talk to every evening and the first I want to see every morning. I share all of my successes, ups and downs, desires, and dreams with him first. I love him today more than I loved him when we said, “I do,” oh so many years ago.

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Other: I have a series of books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Zulmara-Maria-Teixeira-de-Lima/e/B01CZHDZ9S?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1587276774&sr=1-1