Mariana Barahona

Mariana Barahona

This business-savvy, mental health focused entrepreneur has founded an academy to help students.

What is your freelance service?

Life Skill Academy focused on advocating for Youth Mental Health (age 6-15).

Briefly share how you became a freelancer.

I’ve found passion in everything I do; from work in my 9-5 administrative job, to my undergraduate in psychology and my days in a classroom. But I always felt the need to figure out how to combine all three to feel completely fulfilled in my career – that’s when LYLO Life Academy was born from the love of creating a business, for the love of teaching the youth, and for the love of educating them about fundamental topics of the self and the world around us while advocating for Youth Mental Health.

What has been your biggest win as a freelancer?

The Academy took off during the pandemic; limiting a lot of the face to face connection. But for the Academy it has been a big win to partner with A Kids Book About, which we use in many of our lessons and curriculums, allowing us to expand on creating awareness and opening up conversations. We are excited about the opportunity to join many in our community and creating a positive impact.

What are some of the hurdles you’ve overcome as a freelancer in Houston? Do you think this hurdles are indicative to Houston or to the freelancer profession overall?

Exposure has been for our service. We are grateful for the friends and family members that have allowed us to connect to others. However, we believe in physical presence and engagement and we look forward to participating more with our community in a face-to-face environment.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as a freelancer?

Believe in what you are doing! Trust your intentions and don’t be discouraged by the lows of the journey, but ultimately your passion and pure intentions will carry you to heights you felt were far away!

Let’s say I’m a client that’s looking to hire a freelancer that does what you do. Why should I hire you?

Our services come with impeccable customer service. A unique experience, starting from our customizable curriculum built to fit your household needs. We don’t lack passion for what we do and are truly invested in making sure that our youth is heard, understood, and achieve personal growth in many areas of their lives.

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