We had the good fortune of connecting with Liliana Arzate and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liliana, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
Some people often say you can achieve anything you put your mind and hard work to. I agree to a certain extent. It takes action, intelligence, perseverance, discipline, and getting out of your comfort zone to accomplish great things in life. However, some people are born more privileged than others and have access to more opportunities. This realization prevented me from comparing myself to others.. I always compete with myself and worry about my own progress. Everybody has their own story and their path to success is different than mine. After all , success looks different for everyone. I consider myself very fortunate indeed to have found a purpose and follow my passion. My ultimate goal has always been realistic and obtainable commensurate with my intelectual and physical abilities. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned during the pandemic is how vulnerable we are. Things don’t always go as planned no matter how hard you work. And it’s perfectly fine. At the end, sometimes we don’t get what we want; we get what we need.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I always knew my heart was made for adventures. However, I did what I was supposed to do. I went to college and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Political Science. Immediately after, I started graduate school and completed two master’s degrees. I secured a steady job that allowed me to achieve many goals. Even though I was incredibly grateful for my job and life changing opportunities; the enjoyment started to wear off. There was always this tremendous desire to explore unknown places. I wanted more from life. I honestly think traveling is in my DNA. Experiencing new cultures and exploring the most remote parts of the world has always been my life motto. . Traveling the world requires discipline, courage, time, money and determination Discipline to stay focused, courage to travel alone despite what people may say or think, and a job that would allow me to be financially independent and provide me with the necessary time to do so. I was able to find it all in the teaching profession. I would have never imagined that becoming a teacher would transformed my life the way it did. I spend my summers traveling to different countries. I have found we have a lot of misconceptions about people depending on which part of the world they are from. I truly want to change that. Anthony Bourdain said it best. “Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life-and travel- leaves marks on you.”
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.
I love living in Dallas. Spending time at the DMA and Kimbell Art Museum is high on my list. For shopping, NorthPark Center and Willow Bend are essential. I used to go to catch a movie after a shopping day pre-COVID. Dallas is a paradise for food lovers. Some of my favorites are Nobu, Mexican Sugar, Javiers, Royal China Restaurant, Uchiba, Billy Can Can and so many more.
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?
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