I Am a Wellbody Woman; Christina Paguyo
Hi, there! My name is Christina. In my day job, I am the director of academic assessment at the University of Denver. In my moonlighting hours, I am the principal research scientist and founder of Data Luminaries. In both roles, I love using the transformative potential of research to help people thrive in all kinds of settings, from classrooms to non-profit organizations to businesses. In addition to research, I love to karaoke, learn how to break dance from YouTube videos, laugh with my life partner, and hug my spirit animal (Licorice, whom we adopted from Big Dogs Huge Paws).
On Tribe: Two Tips for Creating Tribe?
Christina: 1. Cultivate relationships imbued with reciprocity. My most treasured and valuable relationships transpire when my friends create space for me to be heard, seen, and valued, and I also create space for my friends to be heard, seen, and valued. 2. Share the authentic, genuine version of you with the world, and the people who authentically, genuinely love you for YOU will be worthy of joining your tribe. Our individual and collective bandwidth(s) are too limited and too precious to spend with people who drain our energy (emotional vampires) and people who do not appreciate our authentic selves (haters). Thank the emotional vampires and the haters for teaching you valuable life lessons, release them with love and distance, then turn your sights toward reciprocity and authenticity so you can light up the world with your unique awesomeness.
“…I have learned to go with the flow and open myself to whatever movement resonates with my body in the moment. This sometimes means being open to doing activities that take me out of my comfort zone…”
On Movement: What are your yin and yang styles of movement?
Christina: My current yin style of movement is yoga (my favorite FoCo studio is Elan) and my current yang style of movement is running. But I tend to get bored easily, so I have learned to go with the flow and open myself to whatever movement resonates with my body in the moment. This sometimes means opening myself to activities that take me out of my comfort zone, like climbing 14ers and swimming in lakes.
On Food: What does clean eating mean to you?
Christina: Clean eating means eating fresh, organic foods that are vibrant with color, flavor, texture, and nutrition. Clean eating makes me feel simultaneously strong and light, like Wonder Woman smashing patriarchy with her sinewy muscles and flying through the universe like a shooting star.
” …I say “fuck you” to societal expectations and practice self-love by engaging in activities where I continue to unfold and blossom.”
On Love: What is the number one way you give love to yourself?
Christina: One of my dearest friends introduced me to the following lyrics from Alicia Keys (which I’ve since learned were likely inspired by Anaïs Nin): “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom. This is the element of freedom.” I love this quote because I often feel constrained by social norms and expectations about what I should do, which are synonymous with the tightly closed buds Alicia Keys croons about. Life is too short to allow social norms to shame and suffocate us, so I say “fuck you” to societal expectations and practice self-love by engaging in activities where I continue to unfold and blossom. In this way, the most loving, compassionate, tranquil, and joyful version of me radiates brightly.