Be Grateful for everything you have accomplished. Forgive yourself and others. The Art of being grateful, say a prayer before your meals, Thank God, whoever you believe in, or even the universe. Thank life for being alive one more day and to have the chance to be good and do good for others and yourself. Also we aren’t perfect so being able to forgive yourself everyday for trying your best is very important.
As part of my series about “companies and organizations making an important social impact, I had the pleasure of interviewing Isla Cervelli. Originally born in Rio, “The Girl from Ipanema” grew up in Recife, Pernambuco, located in the North-Eastern part of Brazil. Isla grew up with a passion for nature, dance, theater, music, animals, and above all, the famous Novellas Soap Operas from Brazil. She has an effervescent spirit and a contagious love for life. At an early age, she started her foundation in the performing arts and also organized several events while in elementary school. Since then, she has been developing her skills and honing her craft, all the while growing in her passion and love for the art. Isla’s strong interest in music and language inspired her to learn English very early. When she was a child, her mother used to sing and listen to songs in English, giving her a sentimental attachment to the language. Which grew her interest in learning multiple languages. Bright and bubbly, she has a great sense of humor along with a strong dedication to her work and family. She has enormous drive, always striving to be the best she can be, and she focuses all that she has toward helping others better themselves.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Always having a passion for the Arts and connecting to nature, animals and people was what brought me to Painting and Acting. I use art works to connect our subconscious and deepest feelings into life, so you can feel more connected to the things around you, the simple things that life has to offer. Acting is part of my passion because it connects people’s feelings and reactions towards my actions of beautiful colors, movement and texture that I put in my paintings. I feel fulfilled to know that someone laughed or learned something inspiring from my work, whether coming from a work of Art or my acting.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
The most interesting part of my business is the act of giving. I believe that when you own a business, the most beautiful part is participating in Fundraisers and connecting with people so you can give to your community and society. Helping others has always been my most valuable goal.
I have also done some art events. During a recent show, I had to carry my art pieces and run in heels, all by myself carrying over 20 paintings to display in the event. It was a challenge requiring a lot of time and labor, but as I say there is nothing more rewarding then giving your all to your passions.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I recall that I was very excited about a particular art show. I was very excited to display them all, however I had to make choices, Which to me was very difficult, selecting what pieces to bring to the art show. I decided to bring some that were still wet, as oils on canvas can take a long time to dry. I had some paintings all over the car. Fortunately I managed to clean them all out, but it was a funny, challenging and exciting moment in my life.
Can you describe how you or your organization is making a significant social impact?
I donated two of my most beautiful and valuable Art Pieces to the American Heart Association auction. They were 100% donated to help kids with heart conditions . Both pieces were a success for the “Houston Heart Ball 2019 Imagine with Heart” gala.
Are there three things the community/society/politicians can do help you address the root of the problem you are trying to solve?
Everything is about connecting with the right organizations and people. I love organizing and being part of projects that help our community to grow, solve, and to eliminate issues that we have.
I love connecting with people that like to change, that are moving, and growing as a person with our society.
So to answer your questions the three things I agree with are engaging with people that like to work with our community and can be an ambassador and connect people to make a change in our community, resulting in positive changes for society and hopefully in the world.
Second would be solving situations to address certain issues we can help the community, nonprofits and society. Being proactive instead of more reactive.
Third I think it’s important as a citizen to do our best to follow the rules of society, but also talk when needed (SPEAK UP) when you see and hear something wrong. The world would be a much better world if we all did something to teach, maybe a stranger, help an animal in need if you see, or someone in need of help around you. If we all gave our time each day to improve someone’s life, that would not only benefit them but also our souls. “Do good and good comes to you” as I say.
How do you define “Leadership”? Can you explain what you mean or give an example?
Leadership is when you take the initiative to guide/ leading a group of people or an organization. You can be a role model, direct people to do things in life without being part of an organization or a group. You can be a leader that influences people in society.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. Be Grateful for everything you have accomplished. Forgive yourself and others. The Art of being grateful, say a prayer before your meals, Thank God, whoever you believe in, or even the universe. Thank life for being alive one more day and to have the chance to be good and do good for others and yourself. We aren’t perfect so being able to forgive yourself everyday for trying your best is very important.
2. You can’t stop until you are done.
3. Persistence is the key to success. Never give up, even if you think you haven’t done much. Being persistent is so important, so many times people told said “ You can’t do it” or that “You will never accomplish it” Never listen to negativity. Have a positive heart and listen to your inner soul.
4. Be Humble and always remember where you came from and how far you have gone.
5. Set goals, set alarms, set dates, watch closely your behaviors. There’s always room to improvement. Learn on a constant daily basis. Help others. Give, Give and Give.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
There are so many movements that I would like to be involved to help and give ideas. I think anything that has to do with women to bring them together and empower them to grow in society. To remind them that we have a say and a choice in life. That we can use our creative brains to do amazing things together and learn wonderful things together. Sharing knowledge and growing is a beautiful thing. Anything that we are passionate for and set our mind and body to we can accomplish. Working together to make women stronger to create more bridges to help others in other parts of the world.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary” — Steve Jobs
Never doubt your capability to be whatever you want. To follow your passions and do what scares you everyday. To push yourself to be better and to be who you always envisioned. To never set limits for yourself. As everything is about the energy that you put up there and having the courage is the first step to change and be better on what we are destined to be.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂
That’s a very challenging question. There’s a few people that are very influential and I love them because they are so positive. I love how they care about people, about changing the world and they have done so much in many different ways to be an influential person to society. Ellen Degeneres, Oprah, Jada Pinkett Smith They are what I want to become when I grow further in my career. I love their energy and willingness to give and be a big contribution in any shape or form to society. It’s amazing. That’s what I strive to be everyday.
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