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FTUIY Episode #03: Vanessa Espinoza

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Written By: Dr. Jaime G. Raygoza

Vanessa Espinoza has undergone an inspiring evolution from lifeguard to 911 dispatcher. In a raw Finding the Unicorn in You podcast interview, she provided wisdom on finding happiness, being kind, and helping others.

Navigating a Winding Career Path:

Vanessa shared her journey pivoting from lifeguard to pursuing various jobs during the pandemic before landing her current role as a 911 dispatcher. This demonstrated courage in reinventing herself.

Learning to Cope with Stress:

Working in emergency response, Vanessa faces immense pressure. She stressed the importance of mental health, suggesting therapy and self-care. Vanessa also discussed maintaining happiness across all aspects of life.

The Power of Empathy and Kindness:

Vanessa highlighted empathy, kindness, and positivity as key unicorn qualities rare today but so impactful. She tries to uplift everyone she interacts with, making a difference through small gestures.

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone:

From solo international travel to new careers, Vanessa has shown she thrives by embracing discomfort. She urges others to be bold in finding their happiness and potential. Vanessa focuses on personal growth.

Unicorn Lesson:

The key takeaway from Vanessa’s outlook is to lead with compassion. Seek to help others while being gentle with yourself. Let go of judgments and negativity. Boost your own joy by lifting those around you. Spread more light.


To hear Vanessa’s story, check out her episode of Finding the Unicorn in You!

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Let us know your biggest takeaways in the comments!

She inspires us to stay positive and true to who we are. Thank you for reading!

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