MARIANA SUAREZ SAWAIA
If you were to ask anyone who knows me how they’d describe me, they’d likely say, “super-positive, optimistic and happy-go-lucky”. And although I don’t always feel that way, from very early on, I have felt that I’ve embodied these characteristics intuitively and naturally.
I find that bliss has manifested in my life, while in the process of getting to know myself, growing and evolving. My continued journey has taught me the powerful lesson of gratitude, as gratitude is key. Originally from Venezuela, my family decided to start a new chapter and migrated to the United States in 1992.
I lived in South Florida for over 20 years before deciding to move to California, in 2017. My time in Cali really allowed for beautiful friendships to form and blessed me with the love of my life, so my move to the West Coast was certainly one of the best decisions I made for myself! Now, in a new chapter of life, my husband and I moved to Austin, TX in 2023.
Prior to all of this, I had gone through so many experiences: the move from a foreign country, the challenge of learning a new language, the loss of a sibling, adolescence, love, heartbreak, career changes, travel, etc. And yet, despite the ups and downs, my natural positive mindset has kept me going and made things smoother.
I was also very fortunate to have a good friend introduce me to The Teachings of Abraham Hicks through the book “Ask and it is Given”, which completely changed me. I started to understand and apply what was unknown, and yet intuitive to me then. I began to consciously focus on and choose what feels good, knowing that the Law of Attraction is a natural law- like attracts like. From there, I found myself wanting to understand these practices more and sought out different books from amazing authors and teachers like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Deepak Chopra just to name a few. For me, it really came down to the practice of gratitude and the understanding that in every challenge, despite any potential discomfort, provides an opportunity.
After going through a career change and finding myself in need of a creative outlet, I created and wrote a children’s book called "Yes, You Can! Said the Toucan" as a direct message to my inner child in conquering one's fears. I felt the need to share this message with young readers to positively influence them in their own moments of fear and uncertainty. I started this project when I was living in Florida, and ended up completing and publishing it in LA in 2019.
Like many, I went to college, got a job… was really good at my job too, but I found myself craving the need to be creative and to be more in-tune with my mental, physical, emotional and spiritual body. I have always been creative through singing and dancing and given my musical background, I dove into the fitness world, leading me to become a Zumba and Stretch Flex instructor. In turn, being a fitness instructor opened up a new opportunity for me to get involved with Pilates.
In the world of Pilates, is where Noel and I bonded. We found ourselves aligning with so many of the same things and three years later, we started a new adventure together and created the Bliss Project Podcast. Through this platform, we share topics we are both passionate about, with the intention of sending a positive message while diving into wellness, spirituality, self-love, alignment and how life evolves along the way.
All that said, in gratitude, I welcome new transitions and surrender to where I find myself in life at this moment. I am excited and look forward to the challenges, discoveries, opportunities, possibilities and blessings life has in store for us all.