Life is crazy, isn’t it? I think that to myself nearly every day when I analyze our lives. I got in a black hole of thoughts the other day wondering how someone from Brazil ended up living in Fresno, California, married and developing a business with my husband that I never thought I would even be apart of.
After tracking back through images in my head I realized that there has been one thing, literally one thing, that changed my life forever. And that thing was figure skating. When I first started skating I was really afraid of everything. Afraid of falling, of speed, of getting out of my comfort zone. As the years went by it was easy to realize that in skating (just like in life), if you don’t fall, you simply don’t learn. And it might hurt sometimes, believe me, it did, but that’s the only way you grow and get better.
Figure skating was my obsession and all I wanted was to work with it. But being from Brazil, where our ice rink is barely an ice rink and skating isn’t so popular, that seemed almost impossible. I said almost.
In 2012 I joined tour and started traveling the world with Disney On Ice, and that changed my life in so many ways. I always knew I was passionate about skating and performing. What I didn’t know was that I was also about to fall in love hard with traveling. I remember when I was 16 years old my mom would always ask me if I had any interest in studying abroad and I would always say no. My travel bug was dormant.
Then, I started dating Stephan and his travel bug was literally on steroids!!! We had to do and see as much as we could all the time. I’ll tell you, I was so exhausted but so happy.
I wouldn’t have met him if it wasn’t for figure skating. And the same goes for him. If he didn’t randomly start skating at the age of 12, an age where most of the boys are playing soccer, American football or hockey, he would never have met me. Maybe he wouldn’t have traveled the world even, who knows?
I guess my point here is, everything happens for a reason. We definitely wouldn’t be the people we are now if it wasn’t for this beautiful sport. Husband and wife, best friends, skating and business partners, travel buddies, and just two people with an immense desire to live. Our happiness formula is pretty simple: doing something we love and making time for traveling.