Our next story is Larissa’s, a charming 25-year-old woman whose main motivation is impacting other people’s lives: “One way of interacting with the world that brings me happiness is being able to impact other people’s lives; it’s interacting with someone and knowing that after this interaction has ended, this person will take something away from this, something better”.
Her mother is a teacher of Italian origin and her father an engineer with German roots and Lari was born and raised in São Paulo. From an early age she was in contact with very distinct forms or interpersonal interaction: “I had a very polarizing upbringing. My mother comes from a very tight-knight Italian family, who is always together. My father’s side of the family is colder, more distant, German. This has made me identify different perspectives and understand the ways of relating to people”.
When Lari was 12 her parents separated, and this brought her, her sister and their mother even closer together: “My family here in São Paulo has always been me, my sister and our mother. We lived together and have always had a very strong bond”.
At 16 she was faced with one of the first big decisions regarding her professional future: “I got into college at the age of 16. It was very ahead of time and I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do with my future. At that time my family was going through financial difficulties, and that a huge impact on my choice. I decided to major in Business Administration. I knew it wasn’t what I really wanted, but it was the best choice in the situation I was in”.
During college, Lari was heavily involved with other activities: “I did a lot of things, like handing out flyers on the streets, working with public relations and as a secretary to an artist, I also oversaw examinations at university , worked at Citibank, then later at the School’s Registry Office. I was even Cinderela at a children’s party venue!”
During her sophmore year she started noticing her need to interact with people: “I realized I had a real need to interact with others and I thought about giving it all up and switching majors to Psychology, but I had a scholarship and having already been through a lot of financial difficulties, I decided to finish my course there”.
In the meantime Lari applied to an intership position at Natura and thus began her journey as a professional of the human development area: “I applied to an internship at Natura in the area of marketing, but the person in charge said I had the profile needed for HR. I worked there for six years, and it was a huge learning experience in dealing with people”.
Her love for the topics related to people grew and in parallel she embarked on a journey of great self-discovery: “I started to love topics related to people more and more. Parallel to that, I embarked on a journey on internal immersion where I was able to get to know myself better and dig deep into subjects which are now extremely important to me and the area of my project”.
As time went by, the corporate world was no longer enough: “It came a time when that space had become too small. I wanted to fulfill my purpose in a freer way. I started a six-month process of preparing myself financially and emotionally to change careers”.
During these six months her desire grew and she worked up the courage to leave Natura with her boyfriend Bruno and to dedicate herself to a new project: “I started to build up the courage, gain integrity and I was finally able to take the leap. Quitting was a difficult and painful process because it meant letting go of something that had been so important to me, but which no longer held any meaning. I left Natura and founded Moporã together with Bruno”.
Today Lari dedicates all her time to Project Moporã, which focuses on empowering people through the appropriation and expression of beauty: “Moporã means ‘to make something beautiful’. We started this project in order to share knowledge and enable other people to work on their empowerment through the democratization of self-awareness. Our main cause is the appropriation and expression of beauty.”
What about you? Would you be up for a journey focused on the appropriation and expression of your own beauty?
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