Empower

Run Your World: Anais Dominguez

In February 2018, I self-published my first book, Run My World: How I Empowered Myself Through Fitness. It would not have been possible without the support of incredible friends, mentors, and role models, and now I’m highlighting some of the amazing people in my life that run their worlds.

Empowered (wo)men empower (wo)men, so now I’m raising a glass to some of the best people I know. I’m so grateful to share their stories — I promise you’ll be even more inspired to run your world!

Mary’s Note: I worked with Anais at CHAARG, and our Aquarius souls have been bonding ever since. She’s full of passion, creativity, and overall zest for life. While I’m not a coffee fan and have never had a cafecito, it is true that Chicago would not be the same without her spicy energy. She’s incredibly intelligent, and I can’t wait to continue to cheer her on as she graduates and pursues her next life chapter. We’ve also considered hosting a podcast together… so lmk if you would listen 🙂

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Name: Anais Dominguez

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Current City Chicago, IL

Occupation/Business Student + Blogger

In one sentence, what does it mean for you to run your world?

For me to run my world is that I am the only person in control of my thoughts, actions, and life; I call the shots for my world.

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Acknowledge Your Past: What’s one lesson from your past that has really influenced your life?

You are the only person in control of your happiness, nobody can take that away from you unless you let them.

Find Your Fit: What are your favorite ways to move and exercise? How did you find your fit? My favorite way to move + exercise is anything with intense cardio + weight lifting. These two things were once very out of my comfort zone, but they have challenged me the most + I love the feeling of accomplishing these workouts.

I found my fit by joining DePaul CHAARG. Through joining this community I’ve been able to try different workouts and studios around the city all while doing it with girls who became my best friends; so I found my fit in and out of the gym.

Mary’s Note: She looooooves Soul Cycle. Her love language? Going to Soul Cycle with her. 

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Fuel Your Body: What is your favorite meal to fuel your body? What is your favorite meal to fuel your soul? Have you had any struggles with your relationship with food? How do you try to fight/challenge the cultural standards around dieting and disordered eating?

My favorite meal to fuel my body has been breakfast tacos lately! I use as many clean ingredients as possible, Siete tortillas, organic veggies + eggs, ++ lots of avocados! It is the perfect post-workout meal. My favorite meal to fuel my soul is the four cups of cafecito I drink a day [ok, maybe 4 is an extreme….somedays]. I definitely don’t see just a cup of coffee as a meal, but drink cafecito me back to my Cuban roots, and is my home away from home. In Miami, cafecito is a bridge to connect with one another, share ideas, and stories; which is a way I try to connect with people in my life. 

I have definitely had my struggles for food. I grew up with really hating how my body looked and before I was educated on health + fitness, I blamed how I looked at the foods I ate. I didn’t eat breakfast for about 2-3 years, because I thought it would make me “fat.” I remember having my grandma cook me a different meal than anyone else because I was on a diet. For a long time, I saw food as the enemy.  

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Practice Mindfulness: Do you meditate? If so, how? How do you try to be mindful on a daily/weekly/monthly basis?

Yes! I’ve been practicing meditation for about two years now. I do so by first grounding myself through my breath and clearing my thoughts, then I prefer to use journaling as a form of mediation; I write down what I’m grateful for that morning, three positive affirmations for the day, + what I want to manifest for the day. I am really into the law of attraction, so I complete the morning with a visualization meditation.

HIIT vs. LISS: Tell us about your work-life “balance.” How do you manage planning/productivity while being a straight-up hustler?

I have found balance in dropping the words “I’m busy” from my vocabulary. In 2018, I made an oath to stop saying those two words. I often believe that when people say they are busy its because they don’t want to do something or don’t think it is important enough. I stopped looking at the day as 24 hours, but instead of I start the day with 100% energy.

Every morning I sit down and write a “to-do” list and prioritize it by where I want my energy to go that day and then I feel better throughout the day, instead of feeling overwhelmed if I have a million things to do + when that happens I don’t get much done.

To find balance, I’ve learned to say no to things like hanging out with friends or picking up an extra work shift, especially when my energy bar is less than 10%. I use that time to recharge, sometimes its a mini at home spa day, or even catching up on much-needed sleep. Oh + Google Cal ++ my Erin Conderin planner are my BFFs.

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: What have you done in 2018 that is most out of your comfort zone? What is something you really want in 2018 that you’re a little scared to do? Tell us a travel experience that pushed you out of your comfort zone. Where do

I did a Tough Mudder this last August! Something I really want to do in 2018 that I’m scared to do is solo travel; I’ve been wanting to just get up and go, but a part of me is scared to be by myself in a new place. A travel experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone was my trip to Nicaragua. I traveled for a medical and public health Global Brigade for 2 weeks with 20 people I barely knew, it was very scary at first when I went, but I am really glad I did.

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Shine On: What accomplishment makes you most proud? What’s a big, hairy audacious goal (BHAG) that you’ve been contemplating and want to speak into existence?

The accomplishment I am most proud of is moving to Chicago. Before I moved to Chicago, I went to a school in Northern California + REALLY did not like. It was the lowest I’ve ever felt, ++ I knew I wasn’t getting the most out of my college experience and needed to make a change. I visited Chicago during the spring + immediately knew I needed to move here, and I made it happen in 9 months, and the rest is kinda history.  

I am such a goal//list oriented person so the list can go on and on, but right now I am speaking into existence becoming a doctor of osteopathic medicine while continuing to share my journey through my blog.

Instagram: @anaisdominguez

Blog: Cafecito in Chicago

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