Misha Granado, MPH,MS
*Are you happy at the moment?
Absolutely! Life is about perspective and although we cannot control external entities, we can choose how we will respond. I am an optimistic and choose to view life’s unexpected events as cleverly disguised opportunities to be creative and find alternative solutions *smile*
*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
Life is a journey, an amazing journey filled with infinite opportunities (disguised as people, situations, experiences) to learn more about self, life and love. Be gentle with others and patient with self. Also, learn how to sew; it is an amazing way to express your creativity. You are worthy, begin to cultivate a relationship with yourself so you can discover all of the ways you are amazing. Define your beauty in your own terms and embrace all aspects of you.
*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
Life is an ebb and flow and once we begin to go with the flow we can alleviate and avoid a great deal of heartache, especially as it pertains to relationships (personal, romantic and business). Everyone is on their own journey and oftentimes make decisions that are in their best interest and/or aligned with where they are on their journey. It is not personal; do not take it as such. Instead, when a relationship ends, give thanks for the experience, wish them the best and lovingly let them go. Love is to want the best for someone EVEN if it is not with you. Business, personal and romantic relationships may end for various reasons, and that is okay; because with the ebb and flow of life, someone else will appear and your journey will continue.
*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
To continue to expand the lecture arm, Speaking Love into Existence of my company, Love Grows: The Relationship Consultants. Love Grows is a boutique firm specializing in love and healthy relationships. Let’s face it, many of us have emotional wounds and although we cannot change the past, we can greatly improve our future by investing in our healing today. Unhealed emotional wounds will continue to sabotage our relationships if we continue to ignore or suppress them. The only sustainable change is to heal them. Speaking Love into Existence provides the audience with tangible tools they can use to begin their journey to heal. Once we love self fully, we can love others better.
*What’s your secret to happiness?
I avoid the 3 C’s: I do not convince, convert, or condemn anyone. Instead, I understand and respect that everyone is on their own journey, with a unique life purpose that requires very specific life experiences. Also, I adhere to one of Miguel Ruiz’s (the author of The Four Agreements) philosophies: “Take what you need and leave the rest,’ which means that I do not have to accept or agree with everything anyone brings to me. If it is not applicable to my life or is not in my best interest on all levels (mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically) then I leave it.”
*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
I practice gratitude. Daily, I take a few moments to express my gratitude for things many people take for granted but what contributes to my quality of life. For example, while outside jogging on a gorgeous oak tree canopy lined trail, I whisper gratitude to the trees for converting our carbon dioxide into oxygen. I give thanks for my health and ability to walk for I have had amazing adventures across the globe. I am grateful I discovered my passion and life purpose which is to help people cultivate love in their life. Gratitude shifts our perspective and operates on the same frequency of love, for gratitude always accompanies love.
*What’s your biggest regret?
Not learning how to sew from my grandmother who was an amazing seamstress. She made her own patterns and everything. I am a very creative woman whose creative energy manifests in various forms: writing, interior decorating, growing love *smile*, fashion, cooking, photography, painting, etc and now designing a line for Love Grows (dresses, clutches, etc.). If I knew how to sew, I could bring these visions to life immediately, instead of outsourcing this aspect of the project.
*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
I am not a parent, but I have been gifted a beautiful little girl compliments of my significant other (his daughter from a previous relationship). One of the most important lessons I have taught her is to always tell her truth, never to run from it or be afraid of it.
*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I do not have any habits I consider bad, however, there are always places where I strive to improve. I am a self-proclaimed, ‘non-runner’ not because I tried and was not good but because I thought I would not like it. However, as I increased my fitness routine and incorporated all sorts of outdoor activities, I introduced walking which transitioned into speed walking, then jogging and now running. Each run I strive to go a little further and run a little longer than the previous run. Pushing pass my comfort zone, into the unknown is a great analogy represented by running.
*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
My ability to bounce back from what seems like adversity. Professionally, I am a relationship consultant I help people grow love in their lives. I established my business in Houston in 2010 and in that time, acquiring office space has been quite the adventure. My first three locations were a collaborative effort with a snazzy event planner in the city that had a gorgeous vintage house that was converted into her showroom/studio. She moved from location 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 for different reasons associated with her business and at the time each location continued to meet the needs of my growing company. However, location 3 was not ideal for my work so I ventured on my own and secured location #4, an office space located in a collective for artists. This space was my first independent/solo office space and was absolutely amazing because I was allowed to convert the space into exactly what I desired and really make it my own, reflecting my style and creating a relaxing oasis for my clients. I remained in this space and grew love for 7 months and had much success. However, the building was sold (external event out of my control) and all of the tenants (me included) needed to find a new space. This leads to location #5.
Location #5 was my ideal location, actually a space I viewed before securing #4 but was way out of my price point. I contacted the office manager of location #5 and as luck would have it, I was informed a Phase II had been built since my last viewing and it was in my price range AND I could also stage the space (including implementing wood floors) to my specifications *whoohoo* I signed a 1 year lease, moved in and began growing love in this new space. Fast forward 6 months and the office manager was no longer there (later learned she was embezzling money from the company), the new management could not locate a copy of my lease (my copy was stored on an external drive that crashed), I was informed that my office space was actually double what I was paying and that I was not allowed to bring in my own furniture (What?!!!). I had a few clients I was preparing to close out, a growing client base that was utilizing my E-Therapy services (Skype sessions) and a quickly growing third segment utilizing our Home-Based Therapy option.
This unexpected situation did not send me into a panic. Instead, I went into my God space (meditation) to seek clarity to identify the next step. In this moment of silence, it became very clear: Since the majority of my clients are utilizing the E-Therapy and Home Based services, a brick and mortar building is no longer necessary. The unethical practices of the previous management and lost contract is actually a silver lining, it allows me to relinquish the office space, save a significant amount of money, funnel funds into PR efforts and begin to grow the Speaking Love into Existence (lecture) arm of the company. So that is what I did and it has been the best business decision to date. Life is about perspective and trust…trusting the ebb flow, having the ability to find the silver lining and being open and able to recognize when a beautiful (oftentimes ideal) albeit unexpected opportunity presents (this is also applicable to love *blush*).
I am also, very proud that I followed my heart and wrote my first book: B.L.O.O.M. Becoming Love to Overcome Obstacles in Me: An Inspirational Journal for Women on a Journey of Self Discovery and Love. I invite you to visit me on Facebook for our Daily Love Tips and Tools.
*When were you happiest?
I absolutely love being outside lounging in beautiful locations, enjoying warm, sunny weather, surrounded by and filled with love.
*What ten words best describe you?
1. Advocate for love
Simply put, Misha Granado, is a gardener, she grows love! Misha is the Founder of and Principal Consultant for Love Grows: The Relationship Consultants, a boutique firm that Speaks, Writes and Brings Love into Existence via therapy, lectures, workshops and books. Let’s face it, many of us have experienced emotional wounds sometime in our lives, although we cannot change the past we can improve our future by healing our emotional wounds today. Misha has 13 years professional experience in the form of counseling, mentoring and teaching. She is a former professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida A&M University where her Introduction to Psychology class was so popular; students who were not registered for the class attended her lectures each week to participate in the dialogue.
Through years of professional and personal experience, Misha learned that the key to improving the relationships in our lives is to improve the relationship we have with self. In the summer of 2011, she established Love Grows: The Relationship Consultants with the purpose of helping others heal their emotional wounds in order to love self and others better, which would ultimately improve their lives.
Ms. Granado earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Prairie View A&M University, a Master of Science in Community Psychology from Florida A&M University and a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Health from the same university. Since the onset of her professional career, Misha has been actively engaged in empowering girls, women, couples and families both nationally and internationally. She has a natural knack for teaching others various ways to nurture their emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. Misha specializes in healthy relationships for personal and professional relationships and her clientele consists of singles, dating, engaged, married, mothers-daughters, and individuals who are interested in healing their emotional wounds in order to love self and others better. Misha attributes her success to having a passion that is directed by a purpose. Ms. Granado is a certified Prepare-Enrich therapist, a J. William Fulbright Scholar (Barbados, 2007) and serves as an Alumni Ambassador for the organization.