When we're connected to our bodies we’re more open to being active, to things like outdoor walking meetings and dancing as if no one is watching.
When we're connected to where our electricity comes from and how it impacts the environment, we use less of it and switch to clean energy.
When we're connected to our emotions, we get less annoyed when someone cuts us off in traffic or when a coworker asks us to do one more thing.
but what's the best way to harness it?
I believe it's through connection.
I make learning new things (or even old concepts):
Larissa or la risa means laughter in Spanish and French. It is thought to be derived from the Latin hilaris, which means cheerful. And with a name like that, how can you not radiate positivity and happiness?
I can write forward with my left hand and backward with my right hand at the same time. My superpower is clearly coordination!
I've traveled to more than 20 different countries including Haiti, Peru, South Africa, China, Jamaica, Canada, and Switzerland. And in ten years, I've lived in 10 different states!
I've been AFAA certified since 1998 and have taught literally hundreds of group fitness classes! I've also danced since I was old enough to walk and even danced at Disney World.
I absolutely love the smell of skunks and go bananas anytime I see a black squirrel!
My favorite food is most definitely BROCCOLI.
For the last fifteen years, I've dedicated my life to working with and for communities—helping people create sustainable, walk-able, bike-able, healthy neighborhoods that cultivate active and hearty children and invigorate the communities' livelihood.
Prior to receiving my MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, I worked predominantly in the field of nutrition, physical activity, and chronic disease prevention. Through my work, I realized that the environment is at the center of literally everything we do in life. Without clean air to breathe, how do we stay healthy and combat preventative illnesses? Without clean water, how do we grow nutritious, locally produced food? And without green spaces, how do we learn to play and enjoy the outdoors again the way it was intended?
Multi-passionate and motivated, it's my mission to spread the word about the power of energy: from clean and renewable energy, to the power of movement, to the power of positive thinking!