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Conversations with Danelly Marquez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danelly Marquez.

Hi Danelly, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
“Hey Sunflowers,” I was raised in Arizona from the age of 4yrs old. I would consider this is all I know. I went to kindergarten and graduated high school here. I am part of (Daca) the definition “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a United States immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children.” Although thankful, I didn’t know it would be a battle for me when I graduated high school. I could not drive during that time. It wasn’t permitted only for working and school. I also couldn’t receive financial aid to continue school to this day, and there is no help of financial assistance for Daca, which I would need during that time in my life. My mother raised me and did her best for my sibling and me. I will admit I felt limitless but thankful during that time. I did attend a semester of community college but decided I couldn’t continue paying, especially as an international student. That’s because even in Daca, you must pay out-of-state tuition. So I did what I didn’t want to do but felt was right during the time, which was not to continue paying for college.

I, however, have a passion for makeup and creating content that also captures my outfits in pictures. Those passions brought me peace and joy. I remember the day I decided to share part of me on social media. I picked up my phone and hit record using a little lamp for light. As well as finding unique places in Arizona to capture my fashion ideas. I also shared part of my story about my challenges while being on Daca in a video. Through the years, I have been on and off social media due to managing my work life and my passion, as well as mentally and physically staying upright. One thing that has kept me going is remembering why I started, which was to share my story and encourage others around me that if I can do it, so can they with just your phone and a passion. As of now, I have been grateful to work with some of the makeup companies I loved growing up; never did I imagine being able to create content for these brands truly a blessing. I also have a little community called (sunflowers). I am thankful to be able to inspire beautiful souls. God has always shown me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to in his grace. When I felt like giving up, I get a random email like this one to keep going, and I see it as a literal message. I will let that little light shine, as cheesy as it might sound. Overall I pray you never give up reading this. You’re a sunflower soul.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Some of the challenges I’ve had during the road is staying consistent when managing work, health, family, and friends. At times my emotions have got the best of me, and I let no one around me realize it. I always want to bring joy to those around me. I want to be why someone laughs around me regardless of how I might feel at the moment. Another challenge, in the beginning, was opening up about Daca; when it came to applying for a job, they didn’t understand I felt judged not by my interview but by my form of ID. Although I felt the interview went well, part of me felt I wouldn’t get the job because of my status in America. I let go of that mentality and realized how fortunate I am to be able to make a living even if, during that time, I was a server. It’s the job I applied for, and I was given an opportunity to serve others a couple of years back. Another reason I kept positive was investing time in doing and sharing what I love, creating content. I also went to therapy and decided I wanted to speak up about all that I had experienced in my early 20s. There I learned that things I thought defined me didn’t and decided to keep pursuing my passion.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
Currently, I manage to create content on different platforms and a job. I would love to make creating content my full-time career. Regardless, making time for my passion and getting rewarded is a blessing while also earning extra income. My full-time job is also one that I’m thankful for. I’m able to help change lives while building prosthetics for all 50 States. Daily I help others. I am most proud of not giving up and continuing to help others during my journey on earth.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I recently typed up a Christian podcast, and this was the first one. (God is within her) As I was heading to work, I felt that I didn’t want to listen to music for the day and wanted to hear more about God. The moment I listened to the first podcast, I said this is the one. From there on, it’s truly what makes my day go even smoother while being able to feed my knowledge for God. As for resources, I would say going to Bible study every Sunday at my mom’s house has helped me keep all the outside thoughts and challenges I faced through the week out and focused. I also work out daily to feel accomplished about working on myself, not for my outside appearance but for my health. Lastly, exploring Arizona and capturing content brings me joy.

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