Lifestyle & Travel Writer Liana Lozada is one of my idols because of her life experiences at such a virtuously young age, her wanderlust spirit satisfied by well deserved flights of fancy, and because she knows the way to continue to flourish our friendship is through my stomach (thanks for the invites to all those media tastings). 😉
Are you originally from Miami? If not, where are you originally from? How long have you lived in the city?
I was born in Puerto Rico. My mother worked for the airlines so we moved to Atlanta from there. The south was not for us, so we left Georgia for Miami Lakes, and then moved up to South Broward. I started elementary school here.
What are you passionate about & why?
Storytelling and traveling.
My mother passed the travel gene to me and my parents made sure to open our eyes to the world. As a family, we went somewhere new every year, and on weekends my dad loved to pack us in the car and say “we’re going for a ride.” We’d drive down to Homestead or up to Delray, anywhere really, to just eat or walk around. My parents fed all of my brother and I’s curiosities; I tried dance, Kung Fu, theater – everything. They never forced me to stick with anything; they let me find my niche. My father also worked in community outreach so my brother and I spent a lot of time with him during the summer in the communities he served; he did not shield us from the world’s realities. Those moments shaped me.
If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?
To be able to borrow everyone else’s powers when needed!
What do you hope to accomplish through your talents?
I want to see the world. The job has introduced me to hosting, which I’ve come to love. Without getting too grandiose, I would also like to leave an imprint somehow: I believe that process starts with doing or chasing what you love; doing this for yourself gives people the courage to do the same.
How would/do you use your super powers to accomplish your goals?
If there was a way for me to stretch time or increase my energy or immunity levels, I’d go that route. I tend to take on too much.
What was your most significant achievement in 2014/life?
Learning to be present. It has been monumental.
What if anything do you hope to contribute to Miami?
I took the last few months of 2014 to ask myself this same question. Being in lifestyle and travel media, I genuinely try to highlight places that reflect a pure intention. We’re not curing cancer or handling life or deaths scenarios, but there are hardworking individuals here who are passionate about their line of work and this city; those are the stories I want to tell.
Socially, I am passionate about adoption, women’s health and healthcare, arts education, and breed specific legislation. Last year, I got overwhelmed with where to start, how I could be of use here or elsewhere. So I took baby steps. I now sit on the board for the forthcoming Dhagalia Foundation, which aims to serve abused children and adolescents through the arts. I began working with the web team for the South Florida Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. I also sit on the leadership board for the forthcoming Travel Massive’s South Florida Chapter.