Tell us a little bit about your background and where you grew up?
I grew up in Chiapas but was born in Mexico city – my parents met at the Olympic training centre there! After college, I travelled through the States and did an internship in Washington D.C. I planned to do a Masters in UX design but Mexico didn’t have many options for me so I decided to broaden my horizons and look at my options in North America and Australia. In the end, I chose Melbourne and did a Master’s in Digital Design with a minor in UX design whilst working as a barista.
Who are your role models?
I am a family girl, so my parents are my role models in every way. My mum pushes us all the time. I’m grateful for how they raised us. They let us be independent, not telling us what to do, but to trust our gut and supporting us. My dad always took us to watch sports and my mum taught us to never quit at anything. They are great!
What does success mean to you?
To be happy. If you’re miserable then you’re not having success in anything. Success means different things at different stages of your life, but you should always do what makes you happy. Right now, I want to develop new skills and build my professional career. Five years ago, I was thinking about completely different things.
What’s your passion outside of work?
Cycling. I meditate on my bike. You’re so connected to your body. And you learn that it’s your mind that controls your body. When your body wants to quit, you can push yourself to keep going. It’s addictive. To push your limits and know you can achieve more. Cycling is when I really get to know myself. I did track and road cycling. On the road, I was best in the state 3 years in a row and I rode the national championships twice, in 2008 and 2009, but I didn’t do so well. My best finish was 19th place, I think. On the track, I was 5th of Mexico. The first 10 technically qualified for the national team, but they were training for the Olympics in London, and I didn’t hit the qualifying time to go to the Olympics. And I wasn’t doing enough competitions to make my rankings, because I was in college. I had the choice to cycle full time or go to work, and I decided not to go into cycling.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
I used to train every single morning. I’d get up at 5.30 AM and cycle 30 or 35 kilometres. Since I moved to Australia, the first thing I do every morning is text my parents. I text them every morning and night at least to say good morning and goodnight.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
For a long time, I wanted to go to Paris, and 2 weeks ago I went, and I got to see the Tour finish on the Champs Elysees with the first Latin American winner. Right now, I’d go to Mexico: Home.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
I used to judge myself so much. I was stressed because I didn’t know what I wanted. I would tell her – when you’re 32, you’ll still have no idea what you want but it’s fine! I would give myself the advice to be more secure in myself. I was trying to fit in a lot, but I didn’t have to – I was fine as I was.
What would the best day in your life look like?
The best days for me are when I dedicate time to myself. I tend to neglect myself to help others, so the days that are just for me are the best. Getting myself a massage or reading a book I’ve been wanting to read.
What book would you recommend?
Crime and Punishment. People say it’s dark, but I’ve learned so many things from that book. Every time I read it again I recognise new things in it.