Latina Breaths Life into Respiremos a Company About Breathwork

Hispanic small business owner Eugenia Altamira and sister

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Factors that shaped my career or business aspirations.Factors that shaped my career or business aspirations.

Early experiences that shaped my career and business goals.

I have always been a gypsy. Open to exploration and change. When I travel somewhere, I want to eat the food, walk the cities in silence simply taking them in, letting them speak to me in whispered sounds of stone and wood. I’m drawn to new things and experiences.

This led me not only to many countries, but to many different jobs. My first job ever was as a radio host at the only radio station in town during high school. I decided I wanted that job and went for it, they were not even hiring but I convinced them to let me be an intern. And as soon as a position opened, I took it.

I felt like a big deal working at the radio heh heh. But looking back, I think the most valuable thing from that experience was learning that I could fulfill my dream, if I went after it and worked hard enough to achieve it.

Eugenia Altamira father and sister The impact of past successes and failures 

I am a licensed Psychologist in Mexico, so I guess from the beginning my interest has been in helping people and finding answers to mental and emotional traumas.

I paid my way through university as a waitress, bartender, researcher, head hunter, etc. I have worked at bars, universities, teaching, doing research, at a mental hospital, as a concierge, team builder and so many things in between, part time jobs, side jobs, you name it.

I loved each job as I was doing them, but I was always ready to move on to the next thing. The funny thing about life is how, in retrospect, things tend to make more sense.

Every single one of these jobs gave me a different skill and they were all needed, when creating my business.

The one thing I never saw myself doing was owning my own business. It wasn’t until I moved to the US that I was forced to figure out how to create a business.

At the beginning, it was very hard. I couldn't practice as a Psychologist anymore, in Mexico I had a great professional career and never had a problem getting a job. At the beginning of my career I was a tenured professor at a University for 8 years, the head of the research department and curriculum development and published two books.

In my last professional job before arriving to the US I worked at a very successful Team Building company. Whenever I had been in the position to look for a job, I always got the job I wanted,

I had letters of recommendations from all my former employers. I had imagined that this would count, and it would open many doors for me. But life had other plans.

Suddenly there I was, in a new country, trying to find a job, months went by and I was getting desperate. I couldn't even get a job working at a supermarket, and I applied at four of them!.

They wouldn't hire me because I was over qualified and they believed I wouldn’t stay. And in more professional arenas, my degrees and credits didn’t count in this country. This was very frustrating.

I started to feel very discouraged and honestly a little depressed.

Had I made a huge mistake leaving everything behind and having to start from scratch?

I loved Breathwork, but I wasn't really making much money with it. To make it work, I had to decide and start to transform my practice as a Transformational Breath® Trainer into a business.

I had no idea how to do that, I was always happy to work for a company, work hard, devote myself to it and receive my paycheck at the end of the day. Being dyslexic, just the financial aspects of a business were daunting to me. I knew I loved working with this, but I couldn't see myself selling, managing, promoting, etc.

I guess the saying; “Desperate times call for desperate measures” applies to me. Because there is no other way I would have dared to believe I could do it.

Who knew I had it in me? It was a big leap and it took a lot of perseverance, some tears and a lot of self-growth. The good news?

I’m happy with the outcome! I could not imagine myself now, working for a salary. Amazing things happen when we challenge ourselves.

It’s surprising how all I needed was to find my true passion. I don’t feel the need to explore new jobs and activities. I’m in love with my job, it fills me with joy and peace and there is nothing else I would rather do.

The amazing thing is that I actually get paid to do it.

Eugenia Altamira and sister Mentors

Through life I have had many mentors, they have come at the right time and supported me in a path of growth.

For this stage of my life my biggest inspiration and supporter has been Dr. Judith Kravitz, she is the Co-Creator of the Transformational Breath® Technique and director of the Transformational Breath® Foundation. She is a generous teacher, willing to share her knowledge openly. I think one of the most valuable lessons I have learnt from her is true acceptance and understanding of the flow of life.

Working with her has allowed me to be more flexible, to take things as they come and then move forward.

I also admire her ability to be a Spiritual Teacher and at the same time being grounded in the practical world.

This lady has business savvy, she is an inspiration to me in many ways. 

In part two I'll cover my business in depth.

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About the author

Eugenia Altamira

Eugenia Altamira is the Founder of Respiremos, a company that offers Transformational Breath® Sessions, Workshops and Professional Trainings in Latin America, USA, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. A Licensed Psychologist in Mexico, formerly a tenured professor and researcher at UNLA for eight years. Currently is the Curriculum Coordinator for the Transformational Breath® Foundation (TBF), Regional Liaison for Latin America and an international Senior Trainer for TBF in Europe, Middle East, USA and Latin America. She supports many efforts to take the tools of Conscious Breathing to different groups in need. A kind and warm teacher with powerful coaching skills. Her ability to connect with people and guide them in their path of growth has changed many lives. She shares her time between her two passions; Her family and breath work.

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