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Dina's EmpowerWave Journey!

Interview, Part 1

Interview, Part 2

🌟 Join us on this captivating EmpowerWave Series episode as we delve into Dina’s incredible journey. From her family’s courageous move from Colombia and Puerto Rico to New Jersey in 1982 to facing challenges that led her to leave home at seventeen, Dina’s story is a testament to resilience and determination.

Against the odds, she launched her own salon at eighteen, using EmpowerWave as her proving ground for honing skills and discovering purpose. Despite setbacks, including the loss of her home and professional equipment, Dina’s unwavering spirit led to the successful management of a salon for seven years. Currently pursuing her cosmetology teaching degree, Dina embodies the belief that success knows no boundaries.

In Episode 2, dive into Dina’s journey on the Hair Style Reality TV Show. As one of the final four contestants, she not only showcased her hairstyling prowess but also proudly represented the Latino and USA communities. Join us in celebrating diversity, tenacity, and the power of a comeback with Dina on EmpowerWave! πŸ’ͺ✨

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Some time ago, I started working on my emotions. To do that I began by breaking down my feelings in situations that hurt me the most. I confronted them and little by little I understood that I had unresolved emotional issues from my childhood and those unresolved emotions wouldn’t allow me to achieve a better mental well-being. This is my daily practice and each day brings me new opportunities to handle my emotions better in different environments and situations. The sooner you start the better. Let’s free our minds and put them at the service of our present. This will allow us to live in gratitude.


Since I was a child, I have always enjoyed physical activities. I had the opportunity to practice diverse sports: basketball, judo, tennis, and soccer. Since early age my mom thought us as an example to be disciplined, consistent, and persevering in anything I endeavor. As I grew up and I changed locations, my priorities also changed. I left sports and I joined the gym for the convenience of working out any time of the day mainly to work on those extra pounds I gained and to keep my weight in check. I knew that I wanted to go back to sports but my long work hours and my budget didn’t help. In 2019, after dealing with a knee problem for two years. I told myself, “This is not going to defeat me.” I hired a physical therapist, and we started from scratch and since then I have made progress. So that’s where my discipline, consistency, perseverance, and faith in myself brought me to where I am now.


My mom always cooked healthy and nutritious food because she considered it essential for our growth and vitality. When we changed locations, the environment changed, as did the available foods and access to them. Even though we weren’t junk food lovers, we didn’t drink bottled juices or sodas. My body felt the change.

In 2013, after almost three years of working and studying, I was sedentary. I felt the need for a reset. I need it to add and remove food that wasn’t helping. I wasn’t sick or suffered from any illnesses but I did it because I listened to my body.

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