Valeria Teles



Valeria Teles grew up in Brazil where she started her professional career in music and dance. She is an author, winning fitness competitor and certified personal one-on-one fitness trainer in New York. Valeria created the Fit for Joy philosophy to inspire and instruct individuals in her method of maintaining a healthy and happy life. She has been in the fitness industry for 20 years and is currently dedicated to writing and hosting the Fit for Joy events. Valeria aims to help people discover more ways to bring happiness to their life.





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Don't say that I will depart tomorrow -- 
even today I am still arriving.

Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch, 
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings, 
learning to sing in my new nest, 
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower, 
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry, 
to fear and to hope. The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive... 

...My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth. 
My pain is like a river of tears, 
so vast it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names, 
so I can hear all my cries and my laughter at once, 
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names, 
so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart
can be left open, the door of compassion.

- Thich Nhat Hahn

It doesn't matter where we've been, what matters is where we are now.