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

Hi Danielle, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
Recently I read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I was definitely late to the game as most of my friends read this long ago when it first came out. However, the timing of when I decided to read this was by far the key to the impact this book had on me. I was going through a divorce while also beginning my career as a teacher. I also have a teenager (yikes!) and a preteen, both of whom keep me extremely busy with sports and activities on top of going through these huge life changes. When I read the book, I really felt it was the ‘kick in the butt’ motivation I needed to realize I am my worst critic and that I’m actually doing a great job so I need to be more gracious with myself. My children are thriving, healthy, and happy. My career is thriving and I even received the award of “Rookie Teacher of the Year!” Often us moms are quick to focus on what we didn’t do whether it be something as small as we didn’t get to the dishes for the day or we did the laundry but let’s face it, it might take a day or two before we get around to actually putting it away. However, if we look at the things we DID do within that day, I’m willing to bet we got way more accomplished than what we didn’t. The impact of reading “I hope, pray, wish, cross my fingers and my toes that you will look around and find an opportunity to be your own hero” felt like the words jumped out of the book and bumped me on the head. It is so very true! Happiness wasn’t going to come to me. I had to find it within myself and get out of my comfort zone to find it. This book gave me the reminder I needed that I am meant to live my life to the fullest, I deserve good things and I also need to put in the work for that to happen as well. While not everyday is easy, I have learned that that is okay too! Bad days are apart of life. Focus on the good! I am the happiest I’ve ever been! You can be too! “Girl, get ahold of your life. Stop medicating, stop hiding out, stop being afraid, stop giving away pieces of yourself, stop saying you can’t do it. Stop the negative self-talk, stop abusing your body, stop putting it off for tomorrow or Monday or next year. Stop crying about what happened and take control of what happens next. Get up, right now. Rise up from where you’ve been, scrub away the tears and pain of yesterday, and start again… Girl, wash your face!” (page 213)

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 most proud of graduating college. Through life challenges and becoming a young mother it took me in total almost a decade to graduate college. There were so many times where I wanted to just give up and settle with being a lifetime bartender. I knew better, I knew I HAD to do better to show my son that he gave me purpose and the challenges would be worth it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would… Active- boxing at my boxing gym FHG in white settlement. Dinner- Tinies, Mesero, Japanese Palace Kid friendly dates- Trinity Park, Stockyards Adult friendly night- stockyards

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?
My shout out goes out to my children Gavin and Brynlea and my best friends who show me daily that if you surround yourself with good, good will bring out the best in you!

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