Camila Alves

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Camila Alves: Anytime I am doing something that will help someone in any way. Whether it is a simple recipe, a tip, a decoration thing, or a life-change thing as we do with the [Just Keep Livin] foundation and others, it brings me to life and inspires me to do more of it. And how much every single one of us can do!

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

CA: I feel vulnerable in a good way. When I talk about my family, I usually have happy tears.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

CA: That’s a tough one. It depends on the circumstances, but one that I like is, “Life is not supposed to be easy. Stop working so hard to make it that way. Go ahead and handle it!”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

CA: I allow myself to feel all that I need to feel for a little while. Then I try to look at what I’m supposed to learn from this and what others around me are supposed to learn as well. A lot of times, drama around it is not for the worse but for the best in the long run. If we look at it that way, I have learned to find the best of it in most situations.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

CA: Unfortunately, daily routine is the last thing I have with all three kids, family life, work, foundation, and the amount of travel that I do! So truly, what I try to do to keep myself centered is take breaths in between and before I start a new thing throughout the day. Also, not taking small things so seriously at the end; it all works out one way or another.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

CA: That it is not personal. So many times, we take things to heart and that eats us up, and we think it over and over again with work and our personal life. But most of the time, it is not personal. It may have nothing to do with you but, instead, what the other person is going through in their life.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

CA: That we are all going to die one day. Everything else, my friend, I am not sure.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

CA: I’m partnering with Target for an initiative for the holidays. I’m also continuing to do what I can to empower and inspire other women.

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