Meet Adina Diaz


MEET ADINA DIAZ

ADINA IS THE OWNER OF NATURAL FEELING SPA IN LOS ANGELES. A DESCENDANT OF HOLISTIC HEALERS, ADINA TOOK WHAT SHE GREW UP LEARNING AND APPLIED IT TO HER ESTHETICIAN PRACTICES, CREATING A NATURAL, TOXIN-FREE, HEALING EXPERIENCE FOR HER CLIENTS.

 

Q: WHERE ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM AND HOW DID YOU END UP IN LOS ANGELES?

A: I AM ORIGINALLY FROM TUCSON, ARIZONA. WHEN I GRADUATED FROM ESTHETICIAN SCHOOL A FELLOW STUDENT IN MY CLASS ASKED IF I'D LIKE TO TAKE OVER HER LEASE IN ECHO PARK AS SHE WAS MOVING BACK TO ARIZONA. IN A LEAP OF FAITH I PACKED MY THINGS IN TUCSON AND WITH ONLY MY FIRST MONTHS RENT, I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES. I DIDN'T KNOW A SINGLE PERSON HERE OR EVEN HAVE A CAR, BUT I AM A HUSTLER BY NATURE AND IMMEDIATELY STARTED WORKING FOUR JOBS TO SUPPORT MYSELF. THAT WAS THE START OF MY LA JOURNEY.

Q: WHAT IS IT LIKE BEING THE OWNER OF YOUR OWN SPA? HOW LONG IS A TYPICAL WORK DAY FOR YOU AS THE OWNER AND SERVICE PROVIDER?

A: BEING A BUSINESS OWNER IS INCREDIBLY REWARDING AND I WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. THE LONG DAYS AND SACRIFICE ARE COMPLETELY WORTH IT. SOME DAYS I AM HERE 14 HOURS. EVEN AFTER I CLOSE AND MY STAFF GOES HOME, I CAN BE AT THE SPA SOMETIMES TWO MORE HOURS JUST MAKING SURE EVERYTHING IS RIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING DAY. IT’S HARD WORK AND I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

Q: WHAT HAS BEING A BUSINESS OWNER TAUGHT YOU ABOUT YOURSELF?

A: I'VE LEARNED THAT I AM A LOT STRONGER THAN I THOUGHT I WAS. HAVING A BUSINESS CAN CONSTANTLY TEST ONE'S STRENGTHS AND WITH EVERY HURDLE I OVERCOME, I'VE LEARNED TO BUILD THIS INNER STRENGTH THAT KEEPS ME GOING AND PUSHES ME TOWARDS MY DREAMS. I'VE ALSO DISCOVERED THAT I AM GREAT AT MULTITASKING! HOWEVER, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS BEING A BUSINESS OWNER HAS TAUGHT ME IS TO NOT ONLY APPRECIATE MONEY, BUT TO RESPECT IT.

Q: WHERE DOES YOUR LOVE FOR SKINCARE COME FROM? WHAT LED YOU TO HAVING A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO IT?

A: I HAVE A RICH HERITAGE OF HEALERS WITHIN MY FAMILY, ESPECIALLY MY AUNT AND MY NANA. GROWING UP IN THE DESERT, MY NANA USED NATURAL REMEDIES WHENEVER WE WERE SICK OR HURT, SHE EVEN DID REIKI ON US. I CONTRIBUTE MY LOVE FOR NATURAL SKINCARE TO MY UPBRINGING AROUND STRONG, HEALING WOMEN.

Q: WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU? IS YOUR IDEA OF SUCCESS DIFFERENT FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION?

A: MY IDEA OF SUCCESS USED TO BE CENTERED ON FINANCIAL ACHIEVEMENTS, BUT NOW I VIEW SUCCESS AS THE JOURNEY, BEING PRESENT AND APPRECIATIVE TO BE DOING WHAT I LOVE EVERYDAY.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY FAILURES, WHICH IN RETROSPECT, TURNED OUT TO BE LEADING YOU IN A BETTER DIRECTION?

A: OFTEN TIMES WHEN I HAVE HAD OPPORTUNITIES ARISE WITH POTENTIAL COLLABORATORS OR COLLABORATIONS THAT FELL THOUGH, I FELT THAT THESE WERE FAILURES AND I TOOK THEM TO HEART. AS A BUSINESS OWNER, OF COURSE, WE WANT EVERYTHING TO WORK OUT. I HAVE LEARNED TO TRUST THAT WHAT IS MEANT FOR ME WILL BE AND WHAT IS NOT WILL PASS ME BY. LOOKING BACK, I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT IT WAS A BLESSING TO BE GUIDED TO BE EXACTLY WHERE I AM — IN LIFE AND IN WORK.

Q: IF YOU COULD GIVE ANY ADVICE TO A YOUNG TEENAGE VERSION OF YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A: I LIVED A VERY FULL LIFE AS A TEENAGER AND THE ONLY THING I WOULD SAY IS, "START YOUR BUSINESS EVEN SOONER!”

Q: LASTLY, WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS AND YOURSELF?

A: I HOPE TO CONTINUE TO SPREAD HEALING, LOVE, AND LIGHT. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT AND I CAN’T WAIT TO KEEP EXPANDING!

 

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