Name: Katy Guzman

Social Media Handle/Username: kaattyg

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: I’m 34 and have survived a life filled with abuse, in every aspect, that started at a young age. Despite the many trials I’ve faced, I now live a life full of love, positivity and great purpose. I am very thankful for it all, for I have seen each misfortune as an opportunity to grow and transform myself into my truest and strongest version.

What Inspires You Every day? : I see inspiration in everything. I look at life through a lens of compassion and always look for the good. People inspire me to keep going, music and books/poetry inspire me to always express emotion and gain knowledge. Even the sceneries of the world inspire me to look beyond what’s in front of me and stay grateful for each blessing.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: In my own words, “enlighten your vision of life and live it with purpose.” Along with my life scripture, Romans 8:18; “The present suffering cannot compare to the joy that’s coming.” This reminds me that no matter what happens in life, there is always a silver lining and brighter days after the dark ones.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My ultimate goal is to bring people up with me as I make it through life. I want to bring peace where I can and create something that will keep giving even when I’m gone from this world.

What are your thoughts on people who seek attention on social media, and what message would you like to give them? : Seeking attention seems to stem from the lack of something in reality. Some people take to social media for instant gratification and acknowledgment where they don’t always get it from the ones right in front of them. My message would be to use social media as a platform to reach out in certain areas and find the greatest purpose for which it can be used. It’s a huge resource for us all, if we can use it with genuine intention.

How would you help people around the world who are going through mental health problems? : Take the time to listen and seek to understand just as much as I want to be understood. Hearing someone’s story, feeling the emotion in each word as they speak and using my own personal experience to give advice from has brought great success for people I have crossed paths with. It’s not always easy, but it’s definitely worth listening and allowing someone to share their raw truth without judgement.

How would you describe a better world for us all? : A better world would be filled with more unconditional love, understanding and peace. Allowing people their own opinions, and always being kind to eachother. Getting offended is inevitable, but staying offended is a choice. I feel like freedom of expression is so scarce these days. To live by Integrity is everything.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I am no stranger to pain, betrayal and heartache. I have felt every negative emotion one can imagine. However, I have chosen not to stay a victim to life trauma, but to rise above and overcome. It’s so cliché to say, but life truly is what we make it. I keep a positive perspective and peaceful heart, this is the beautiful life I am making. The rest is still unwritten…

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