We had the good fortune of connecting with Antoinnette Chirinos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antoinnette, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Being authentic is one of the main factors behind my work; being consistent and working entirely from my heart. I always set an intention with every project and creation.
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.
It wasn’t easy at all…at the beginning, I worked as a server and as a front desk person in a yoga studio and in my free time; would to practice my healing sessions with friends in the park…I did many “donation based” readings and there were many times that no donation was given. Even when I offered “mini-readings” with a charge, I had a person telling me “I didn’t know you charged. I thought it was free” and didn’t pay me. No, it wasn’t easy. I wanted to quit many times…and every time I got into that state of mind, I would get a sign to continue; like a sweet e-mail telling me how much better they felt after the session.
Then, I enrolled in a program to learn more about plants and my business, Goddess of Avalon – Apothecary, started organically from there. My intention was to deepen my knowledge and connection with Mother Earth. The Universe (and my grandpa) had a different plan for me. I had no plans to start a business.
I have always been able to feel people’s energy and wanted to be able to work with it. I feel people’s sadness and pain when they come see me and want to help them feel at peace.
My life hasn’t been easy; I know how important a peaceful life is…and would love for everyone to experience that.
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?
Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve!!!! One of my favorite spots to go on an easy hike. Also, Balboa Park and their botanical garden…We would go to Trilogy Sanctuary for lunch and maybe take a yoga class there. For dinner, “Mister A’s,” in Banker’s Hill so we can can enjoy views of the city and the airplanes. To close our week ,on Sunday, we would take an outdoor yoga class at balboa park with the Om Experience.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My grandparents are the ones that taught me mostly what I do now. I have taken classes and courses, but the shoutout/inspiration goes to them. My grandma would do her “limpias” (a traditional Peruvian healing practice) on me and clear my energy. My grandpa passed on to me his love for the plants. He showed me that plants have consciousness; they are healers…he taught me to talk to the plants. Even though both of them have transitioned, I feel their energy in my practices. Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to have them visit me in my dreams.
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