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

Hi Anaili, how do you think about risk?
Taking a risk could be the push you needed to start living that life you always wanted. Take the risk or lose the chance. The “risks” do not always need to put in danger your health or even your life it just could be an exit of your comfort zone, set aside the overthinking, let the fear and give the next step because eventually, the ordinary is gonna bore you. Be dreamer, realistic, and brave, wish, decrees, and act. All we have is now. A lot of times we’re self-sabotaging, and we limit ourselves by putting up an imaginary barrier based on foolish prejudices. If you take the risk, be conscious. And if it didn’t turn out the way as you expected, look forward, be thankful, learn about it and focus on the good. But hey! Remember something “The what if’s & the should-have’s will eat your brain” –John O’Callaghan. If you feel that your decision it´s going to change your life, Make an analysis and any positive resulting impact take it as a win, the negative aspects then can be a guide and a way of learning. So girl or boy, use that outfit, sign that contract, quit that job or couple that doesn’t make you happy, study what you want (never it’s too late), say it, feel it, travel, love, and be impulsive sometimes. Believe in yourself and your capabilities, playing safe is not always the best option. What role has taking risks played in your life/career? In my life risk-taking means a lot of adventures, satisfaction, life lessons, and opportunities to start or restart working on myself, my relations, and aspirations, on even in my mental and physical health. I appreciate and thank what I have in my life.The risk, the insecurities, and fear of fail in my life have undoubtedly been a barrier, which I have been working chiefly the last years when I turn into my 20’s it was then I began taking decisions about the course of my life. One of my last risk takings was: getting on a plane to make an incredible trip: fun, relaxing but at the same adrenaline full, restorer, and I don’t regretted the risk I took because it left me great memories, lessons and unforgettable experiences. Another risk I took this year was getting ready for delicate surgery, and the first thing I went through was removing many emotions, it has been a process of hard preparation physically, and emotionally to let go my vanity and put aside to caring others opinion from my wellbeing, and its feels like freedom. But nowadays the risks I have taken have shaped me as a person, and I am happy to have taken them since they taught me that: I can rise from everything and recreate myself as many times as I want, pain is temporary, and the time is wise. So live for those moments and enjoy the ride.

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’m an International Relation student and I will start to work in a tourism committee. I love seeing new places and meet new people, telling stories, enjoying the little things, and helping others. My value-added way from my studies or creativity, I could think it’s my personality and my dream of being a great human who leaves a mark. I am very proud and excited to see the great potential we all have, to be resilient to change and adversity. As we grow, sometimes the world closes in on us, but it is incredible how with dedication, and love everything is possible.

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?
For the food: Little Italy, any burger place (or to the basic In-N- Out or Score Baja burgers), to Olive Garden, and a good restaurant from the gastronomic route of Tijuana. For sports: Go hiking to the Potato Chip Rock, ride a bike in Mission Bay, or surf in la Jolla. To have fun in nature: go to a park (have a picnic), go to the beach, or walk through Balboa Park or hang out in Seaport Village. To distract your mind: go shopping or spend the day in an adventure park. If you want to do something different: a concert is always a good idea, enjoy the San Diego County Fair or visit a museum. But if you want to venture out, you can do a road trip (if it is summer or spring) to Los Angeles, to Valle de Guadalupe in Ensenada, Coachella, Las Vegas (and if it is winter season) to Big Bear or San Francisco.

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?
To my parents and grandma for supporting me, encourage me, loving me, and being there no matter what.

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