In 2009, after 10 years of goal setting, saving money and planning, I started my first business and by 2013, I had failed in that first business. That's right, I "failed" the first time around and it hurt like hell but ironically, failing was one of the best lessons of my Life. I learned what I really needed to know about successful living.

I have a bucket-list of 101 goals, which includes creating/building the next "Starbucks-level mega-business". What can I say, I DREAM BIG! I eat, sleep and dream personal development. I started with Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in 1997 and currently reading Dr. Sue Morter's The Energy Codes. 

I have accomplished many of my Life goals and although my dreams and goals sometimes change as I myself change and grow, I am looking forward to achieving most by the time I reach the young age of 100.

Reach Out, Improve Your Vida


I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA by a hard-working and compassionate Mexican woman. My tenacious and gypsy-blooded mom passed in 2011 and although I understand death is part of Life and she is at peace, I miss her so. No known gypsy heritage that I know of but since she loved travel, dance, music and being outdoors and infected me with it too, I  believe it must have run in her blood. Thanks Mom. 

I lived in Los Angeles for 15 years, Ojai Valley for 6 years and in 2014 after 20 years, returned to my hometown.

I completed my education through SBCC, LMU and UCLA. I received my Master's in Social Work in 1997 and became an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in 2009. To learn more about my clinical work visit:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/profile/117450  


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I have also been through times of discontent, despair, depression, doubt and overwhelm. And know what it's like to feel stuck, confused, unsure and scared. Sharing what I have learned with others who like myself, know there is more to Life than what most of us are living, brings me great joy and fulfillment. 

If you are looking for a place to be validated, to be understood, to cry, to laugh, to have fun, a place to educate yourself, empower yourself, a place to find strength, courage, hope, meaning and ultimately identify and move towards your Life Goals, Life Purpose and your Destiny, then I look forward to being your Vida Coach, Consultant or Trainer.

 Dreams without faith are fantasies. Dreams with faith become possibilities.  Mari (Maria) Hernandez