What is your full name:
How old are you
33 years old
Give us a little biographical information about yourself
I was born and raised in NYC. I have 2 brothers and a sister. I am a preacher’s kid so growing up, we were in church ALL THE TIME lol. Ok well not all the time, but at least 3 days a week. Basically church and God were my life growing up. I currently live in NJ and am married with 3 beautiful babies, Jeremy Jr. (9), Joshua (8) and Leila (2).
If I asked your closest friend, to give me 5 words they would use to describe you, what what he/she say?
Do you see yourself the same way as your closest friend does? Yes/No explain.
Heck yea! I am definitely goofy. I LOVE to laugh. I love being silly with my kids and my former students. Ok who am I kidding? I am silly without the kids. I still watch Disney movies on my own (woohoo!). I feel powerful and unstoppable when I allow God to lead my life, and when I am in His presence. I have a big heart so I guess you can say I am sweet and kind :-P. I am also naturally a go-getter and very resourceful so I will find a way to make something happen and get it done!
What does happiness mean to you?
Freedom! Peace! Clarity! It means I get to be unapologetically me and live a life of purpose, being and doing all that God put me on this Earth to do. Happiness is me sleeping in (all the parents say “HECK YES!”), setting my own schedule, travelling the world, making lots of money, and serving others every single day. Happiness is me being a blessing and making a positive difference in the lives of others. Happiness is spending time with my kids laughing, imparting wisdom and watching them soar! Happiness is me praying for someone and watching God break yokes and chains off of them, so they can be free and happy too!
What are some things that stand between you and complete happiness?
Me! I stand in the way of complete happiness when I try to control my life and get in God’s way (“get off the wheel Adriana! No backseat driving!”); when I believe false narratives that I’ve told myself like “I don’t need to be a millionaire” or “I am not worthy of God’s miracles and abundant blessings” (umm…seriously Adriana! You totally are!) Oh! And me giving people too much power over me, and allowing them to control what I do or say. I used to care way too much about what people thought about me. I am naturally non-confrontational and it takes a lot for me to disagree and stand up for myself. Like I literally shake having to do it, but it is getting easier and easier every time I do it. I now know that my voice matters. I dimmed my light for years trying to please others and I lost me. I was hiding. But in September 2017, God told me to get off social media and spend some time with Him. “Wait what?? You want me to do what??” Clearly, I ignored it until He got my attention by using others to tell me the same thing…sigh. (God will find a way to get your attention.) So I did it and it was LIFE-CHANGING.
He basically helped me confront ME. He showed me how I’ve been hiding, and all He had in store for me if I would just show up and be myself. If I would just show up and be the woman of God He called me to be, happiness was mine! So I made a decision. I was going to be me no matter the cost. And yes there was a cost. I had to give up this people pleaser, goodie two shoes act I had kept up for so long. I had to take the mask off and be real with people, and disagree with and/or disappoint them. I remember having to stand up to my mom and let her know something she said bothered me. That was soo hard for me to do but I did it. She received it well and we were able to talk about it. And our relationship is 10 times better because of it. I know that may be small to some but when you are not a confrontational person, it’s a big deal to do that! I also began surrounding myself with women who didn’t have a problem speaking their mind and showing up for themselves. They embodied their womanhood, and was unapologetically them! So I started to do the same. I took time to figure out who I was, who God wanted to me, and what I was put on this Earth to do. And now happiness is mine!
If you could send a message to the world in 30 seconds, what would you say?
Let God lead! Seriously! You know nothing. He knows everything. Got it? Good!
What chances have you passed up on in your life that you now regret?
To be honest, I have no regrets. Every experience taught me something and made me better.
What would you do differently if you knew no one was judging you? Why do you care if people are judging you?
I would dance more, be more spontaneous, laugh MORE,and have more fun!!! I am doing it now, but for so long I felt like I couldn’t be me. Growing up as a Pentecostal Christian, I was put into a box. You had to sit a certain way, dress a certain way (long skirts, no tight pants, etc), look a certain way (no makeup or jewelry). You had to act “perfect” basically. You don’t show your “mess” to others. Keep that to yourself. You are not loud or boisterous. You don’t just get up and dance, unless it’s a praise dance LOL. You don’t do anything that’s going to draw attention to you. I never wanted to offend anyone because I thought that was the godly thing to do.
That was unrealistic and led to anxiety and depression, and me wanting to hide. I suppressed the real me. I didn’t speak up for myself or give my real opinion. I didn’t think it mattered. I didn’t think my voice mattered. Clearly I was wrong. It took God and 4 years of therapy to help me see that all those rules put on us were bogus and had nothing to do with my relationship with God. God didn’t ask for that, man did. God wanted to me to be ME. He wanted the real ME. And I have learned that those who are for me will be attracted to the real ME. And those who are not for me, PEACE! Lol.
What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you and how did you continue to move forward?
I was suspended for a year in college for plagiarizing. That was so hard because I felt like I disappointed my parents, church family, everyone. I was the one who could do no wrong. I was the one that went to Princeton University, and then I messed it all up by making a dumb decision. Well decisions. Truthfully, I was a wild freshman. I had gone all the way to the left LOL. Just think preacher’s kid that tasted freedom for the first time! Yup that was me. So getting suspended was pretty much my wake-up call. I ended up spending 3 months abroad in Spain (some punishment, right?). I remember going to a church in Spain, and even though I wasn’t fluent in Spanish, I knew the presence of God and I got so overwhelmed I cried. I just cried and cried…like that ugly cry (so sexy). But I could feel God wrapping His arms around me and letting me know He’s got me and still loved me. I felt so ashamed because I knew I strayed away from His will for my life. But He didn’t care about that. He was welcoming back. And so I came back to Him. He helped me move past those choices and decisions. Going abroad also helped me grow up as I was in this foreign country on my own. It was a great experience and I came back to school a lot more focused.
What is the best thing that ever happened to you and what did you learn from that?
Letting God lead my life. He knows everything. And His plans are so much better than mine. His way is sooo much better. I have so much joy and peace. I am sooo HAPPY I can’t even explain it!
I feel so blessed and favored by Him. I have been in tune to the voice of God since 2008, but I didn’t always follow what He told me to do, mainly because it would make me stand out. Remember I wanted to hide and just “fit in”? So anything that required me to be ME wasn’t going to happen. So it really wasn’t until recently that I really let Him take the lead and drive my life.
And let me tell you, following His lead has brought me true joy, peace and fulfillment!
I quit teaching after 6 years, became an entrepreneur and I pretty much work for God. He birthed a prayer journal through me ( go buy it ;-)) to teach others how to hear His voice and let Him lead their lives, so they can unleash crazy blessings and miracles in their lives! Blessings like the ones I was experiencing. I’m talking unexpected 3 and 4 figure checks in the mail. An amazing trip to Malibu, California, where I stayed in this GORGEOUS house, and met and spoke with 2 celebrities (one of which was Tiffany Haddish..ahhh!). Oh and someone randomly gave me and a friend VIP floor tickets to see Bryson Tiller in concert. God’s just been dropping blessings from the sky.
Did I mention that I don’t have a salary, but all my bills are paid and we paid off ALL DEBT besides the mortgage?? How is that possible? God! He told me that He is my provider and He is coming through on His word!
If karma was coming back to you, what would happen to you?
I don’t believe in karma, but if I reap what I sow, I believe I would be blessed! I would reap riches, joy, and blessings. I try to put good out there in the world. I pray for others. I give them messages from God. I give to those in need when God leads me to. So I believe I would get that back. Now if this was back in my college days, I would reap negativity, judgment, people gossiping about me and cheating on me (too real??).
What terrifies you the most?
Dogs. I am terrified. Lol. Ok that’s probably not what you meant.
I guess at this point in my life, being outside of God’s will. I know I keep talking about God but it’s because I’m obsessed! Deal with it. LOL 🙂 But seriously, I really don’t want to go back to life where I was in control because that was depressing and full of anxiety. I am loving this peace and joy that I am experiencing.
What did you want to be as a kid, why? Are you doing that now? If not, why not?
I wanted to be a teacher. I did that for 6 years and loved it. Then last September when I went back to school, I just felt “blah”. No passion for teaching anymore, and God said “this is your last year teaching”. I was like “umm what?! But we had a plan. I was going to teach for 5 years, get my national teacher certification, get my principal certification and open up my own school for inner city underprivileged youth. That was the plan!” And He was like “that was YOUR plan.” Ouch. So evidently I never consulted God about my plans, and He had another path for me.
I thought I was going to be a fitness coach full time because that was my side hustle while I was teaching. But in September 2017, when God told me to go dark, get off social media and spend time with Him, He told me that there was a daily word I was supposed to give every day.
I was to go live on Facebook every day and share this word. So I was obedient and did it. I think like 2 people watched. I was like “ummm Lord. Are you sure?” Then He told me to go live and pray every day at 6am on Tuesday-Friday. That was nerve wracking because now I had to reveal my gift of intercession to the world. I knew I was an intercessor (prayer warrior) and God gifted me with the ability to break and destroy weights, shackles and yokes off His people through prayer, but I hid that part of me. I didn’t want to stand out, remember? But now He was asking me to, so I surrendered and did it. And wow! So many people told me how much the prayers blessed them and how much they needed it. That helped me continue to obey God.
So at the end of October, He told me to create a prayer journal. I released the journal on December 18th (go get it!) and it is blessing my life! Remember those crazy blessings God’s been unleashing in my life, it’s because I am being intentional about spending time with Him each morning. I am in His presence, hearing His voice and obeying His voice. I show Him that He matters to me. I express gratitude over everything. No blessing is too small for me not to be grateful.
So yes I say all to say, God is my boss and I am letting Him lead. I work from 10am-2pm every day, besides the 6am prayer. And it feels sooo good! (Well when I stick to those hours. I get so excited that I work past that most days, but I am trying to be more intentional this year about sticking to those hours.)
God has been opening so many doors for me to collaborate with other entrepreneurs, and share my prayer journal. So who knows what’s next for me? He is literally in charge, and gives me the next steps daily.
This has been a crazy journey. There are moments of fear that rise like worrying about not having a job title, and He’s like don’t worry about it. Just be you, and let Me be Me. And live. So that’s what I am doing.
I am so much happier and there really is no limit to God. He told me recently to ask Him for what I REALLY want. I had been limiting Him by what I thought I was worthy of, and He’s like “Adriana I want to give you the world, so let Me”. So now I’m like “God make me a millionaire.” 🙂 YAASSS!!!
Whose life have you had the greatest impact on?
Oh wow. Hmm… I guess my 3 kids. They watch my every move, and they ask so many questions. I am constantly teaching them, and pouring into it. We talk about EVERYTHING. NO subject is off limits, and I give them space to be them. That was important to me. I really encourage them to be proud of who they are, and let their voices be heard. They are all so strong and opinionated, even my 2 year old LOL. And even though it can be challenging at times, I know it will serve them well in the future. They love God and love to hear me pray for others. “You sound like a preacher mommy”. LOL. My boys tell me that all the time. “Nope mommy is not a preacher. I’m an intercessor. I pray for people”. My boys also take time to read the Bible, and pray to God in the mornings. My middle child Joshua comes into my room every morning at 6:45am, so we can read the Bible together and discuss it. I love that they take their time with God seriously and want to study His word. I am leaving a legacy of Christ followers, and nothing makes my heart happier. With God leading their lives, they’re going to be set for the future.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life and why?
My mom. She always taught me to go after my dreams. She taught me to love God above all, and to obey His voice. She is a professional violinist and violist. I watched her use her gifts to bless others, and I watched God provide for us growing up. She was fearless for God, and she didn’t play when it came to praying and coming against any evil spirits. Her prayers had demons trembling. She taught me what it meant to love and trust God.
What do you want most out of your life?
I want to please God. Duh LOL.
How do you plan on getting there? What is your goal and outcome to achieve # 19?
Keep being intentional with hearing His voice, and being a vessel for Him to use to bless others.
What is something that you have given up on? How did you feel?
Hiding me. I feel FREE!
Also trying to do everything. I have learned to ask for help. I am in the process of looking for a housekeeper, personal chef, nanny. Ain’t no shame in my game! I need help. I need to be free to do all that God has shown me that He wants me to do. I see myself on stages all across the world. I will need some family support and help. So if anybody out there knows anybody in NJ, hook a sister up!
What is something you should have given up on? How did it make you feel?
People pleasing. It made me feel fake and not me. And I’m glad I finally gave up on it.
Would your life be better or worse, if you knew the time and place where you would die? Explain.
Oh Lord! Worse. I like to focus on living LOL.
What would people say at your funeral? Are you happy with what would be said? Explain.
She found her voice and she LIVED. She was unapologetically her and brought so much light to this world. She will be missed, but we take comfort in knowing that she is leaving behind a legacy of go getters who are taking this world by storm, and making the world a better place.
Yes very happy. This is my goal. This is how I’m living these days and how I want to continue to live. Someone save this and say this at my funeral LOL.
If not now, then when?
NOW always NOW. No more wasting time for me. When God says move, I’m going to move.
Are you holding onto something, you need to let go of?
My will. While I know God’s way is better, I still have a hard time letting go of my will and my desires. I question Him a lot, but I am getting better.
Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
Strength. As my coach says, “the breakdown comes before the breakthrough”. Crying is a release. It frees my soul. And then opens me up to the answers for my breakthrough.
I used to think it was a weakness because I was always looked down upon for being so sensitive and crying all the time. So I tried my hardest not to cry. Again hiding me. Now I see it as strength. I feel so much, and I need to get it out.
If you had a friend/family member who spoke to you in the same way you speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?
Before 2017 I would say years. I tolerated a lot from people because I didn’t know my worth, so I let people treat me as less than my worth. Now those people would be gone in 5 seconds. Lol.
And now because I speak life over myself, and words of affirmation daily, they would know my worth and speak positivity into my life as well, so I guess they’d be around for as long as God says they should be in my life.
Even though some people may speak positively to me, God tells me not to hang around them or allow into my life. And then there are some that are supposed to be in my life for a season (maybe like 3-5years). And then there are those that are meant to be there for life. It took time to discern the difference. But I know what it feels like when God says no and/or this season is over.
When have you felt as if life was unfair? Explain.
After getting my Master’s Degree in Math Education from Rutgers University in 2009, and I couldn’t find a job as a math teacher anywhere! Here I was with a Bachelor’s from Princeton University and a Master’s degree, and unemployed. Life felt sooo unfair. I had a 2 and 3 year old. And bills were piling up. That was a rough season. But even in that time, God was using me to call people and pray for them. He was softening the bill collectors’ hearts so that they accepted late payments. He showed up and gave us a big tax return so we could afford daycare for the kids while I looked for a job. He was our provider back then. I just didn’t see it at the time. I focused on getting a JOB with a steady paycheck.
Time or money?
Money. That was what came to mind first.
What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
I regret not Being me sooner!
What was the best or worst part about working on this activity?
The best part was realizing how far I have come. In the last 4 years through prayer and therapy, I have come a long way. There is a GOD! Lol. I am a walking miracle y’all. It also made me aware of how good God is and how He has prepared me for this moment.
What is something you hope that other readers take away from your responses?
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