Today we’d like to introduce you to Christiana Mora.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I feel like when you’re young you think you have a plan of exactly how your life will go, then life actually happens and you realize the universe has other plans for you.
I was born and raised here in Tampa, FL and for as long as I knew, I wanted to become a cosmetic surgeon. This was a dream I had openly shared with just about everyone I knew. I just knew wanted to be able to change the lives of many in a big way.
I attended the University of South Florida and started off as a Bio-Med major, with the hopes of getting accepted into medical school and continuing the journey I had seen myself leading my whole life. Boy was I off. College is already hard enough on its own but Bio-Med? That was a different beast.
After juggling being a full-time student in a rigorous program while also working full-time, I had to have an honest conversation with myself about what I could handle. After a few long semesters, I ended up pivoting, switching my major, and graduated from USF with my degree in Health Sciences in 2020. I felt like I let myself down a bit because this wasn’t a part of my plan, but I had to trust that the universe had my back.
Speaking of 2020, who could have imagined the whirlwind of craziness we experienced through a global pandemic? Chaotic to say the least. During that time, I ended up unexpectedly getting laid off from my job like most of the U.S, and was worried about what life would look like for me next.
I decided to put my dream of going back to school on pause, and put my new degree I have to use in the workforce. I again recognized was not my plan but rather a necessity considering the circumstances.
My job search was tough. I, fortunately, was able to earn a bit of extra money by working with different brands and companies on Instagram, but I knew I wanted to start a career in order to sustain myself. For over a year I searched for my next move and was faced with a ton of sleepless nights and rejection.
Finally, in the summer of 2021, I landed a sales position in the medical/healthcare tech industry. While I did not initially think that my life would end up the way it did, I ended up falling in love with the industry in a new way.
Health was a field I’ve always been passionate about, and I realized there are so many other ways for me to still change and improve the quality of a person’s life other than doing cosmetics. I can honestly say I feel extremely gratified knowing I work with a company that was re-invented the healthcare experience for over 2 million lives and counting.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
The ability to adapt and be resilient. Things will not always go according to plan. As people, we get so caught up in the results of a 5-year or 10-year plan, we forget how to fully enjoy the process. “I’ll be happy when I have this specific job.” “I’ll be happy if I accomplish this thing by a certain age.”
But my question is, what if you don’t get there? What if things don’t happen how you think they will? Life is very unexpected, so you have to be able to adapt and be happy along the way. It’s okay if things didn’t happen the way you initially thought they would.
While I do think it’s important to set goals, I also think it’s important to remember that life is unexpected, and rarely a linear path. Dreams may change, but always remember to adapt, be resilient, and keep pushing forward through it all.
I believe that our lives have been written for us since before we were born. So whether you believe in God or the universe, have faith in the fact that things will work out exactly how they should in the end.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christiana.mora/?hl=en
- Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC6Y21kbrIXIsJ8Hc2NKuEng