Rima Danielle Jomaa: Yoga instructor & Blogger & Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Rima Danielle Jomaa is from Los Angeles, and now lives and works in sunny San Clemente, California and Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is a certified yoga instructor and practices Reiki energy healing, utilizes hypnotherapy, and guides others through mindfulness and meditation. She blogs regularly on yoga, travel, veganism, and entrepreneurism.

In pursuing her dreams, Rima realized that she is an entrepreneur and a fairly savvy business woman. She lives in Costa Rica part-time, where she started a company called Costa Rima. Through this company, she markets real estate in the area and is currently negotiating a deal that will enable her and her husband to move to Costa Rica full-time and manage the property that she is selling. She is currently traveling the world with her husband while the deal unfolds. Stay tuned to her blog to learn more.

What do you do best?

I create my own opportunities. Once I set my mind to something, I find ways to accomplish it without allowing others to fill my head with their doubts or negativity. I don't see barriers - only problems to be solved. Each "problem" is an exhilarating challenge that I know I can overcome. I always say, "Whatever you need is right around you." Whether it's a physical need or more of a metaphorical need, the "problem" can always be solved with resources that are within reach.

What makes you the best?

I don't strive to be "the best" in a competitive way, but rather to lead by example. I live a life of compassion and motivation, and I constantly want to show others that what they believe, they can achieve. It takes vision, dedication, hard work, being relentless, and being okay with hearing "no" or being rejected. I have thick skin and I don't seek approval from others, which I believe has a lot to do with why I am where I am today.

What are your aspirations?

My aspirations are to be self-employed for the rest of my life because I don't take orders well. Just kidding! I don't mind working with others, but I like to be in charge of my destiny and of my own path. I've created a life in which I can receive income from multiple different streams and I've learned a lot of skills that help me to be successful in whatever situation I find myself in, and so I aspire to use all of these different tools to create a self-sustainable, simple life.

Biggest Success?

Tough to say! Getting my masters degree at the age of 23 was pretty cool, but I wouldn't say it's my 'biggest' success. Negotiating a multimillion dollar real estate deal in my mid-20s without having any prior know-how of what to do, rather learning and navigating it on the way, is probably my biggest success - although it's still in the works! My biggest success now is creating and living the life that I want to live out of literally nothing. I have to say that standing up for my beliefs and for my Self in the face of my community, my family and others has been extremely challenging for me and a huge success in my eyes. Because of my persistence to listen to my inner voice, I've been able to turn the non-believers into hardcore supporters, which is pretty cool in hindsight. It wasn't easy, believe me.

Most Challenging Moment?

The most challenging moment in my life was planning my wedding the way my husband and I wanted to do it and drowning out all of the negative voices and forces trying to sway things a different way. I stood my ground and we had the most beautiful dream wedding in the most perfect of settings. I didn't listen to a single other person aside from Pete, and I'm so grateful for that. Similarly, although my parents have always supported me and my wishes, I've experienced a lot of negativity and nay-saying from others around me that choose to interject their opinions onto the way I choose to live my life. Staying strong and following my intuition was and is a daily struggle, but it's the way of life that I am committed to whole-heartedly. The more I experience the benefits of doing so, the less I worry about what others think or say about me. It's their problem, not mine. I've learned to feel compassion for those who wish ill towards me or choose to cast negativity in my direction. I reciprocate with love and positive energy because I know that somehow and in someway, they are suffering.

Favorite Motto?

I LOVE QUOTES way too much to pick only one. Here are a few of the best.

"When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything." - Stephen Richards

"You're never wrong to do the right thing." - Mark Twain

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Francis of Assisi

"Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further." - Thomas Carlyle

"The number 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family & neighbors." - Unknown 

Favorite People?

My husband, my cat, my family, my friends, and my haters. I'm not much a fan of celebrities. I do love the rebels, the badasses, the trouble makers, and the visionaries in the world that have paved the way for us! And anyone who follows their dreams! 

Favorite Places?

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica! And Southern California. And any vegan restaurant in the world! 

Favorite Products?

Yoga leggings and bikinis! I love yoga fashion. And any product that is all-natural AND all-vegan (completely cruelty-free). I also love the products developed by Fumiko Takatsu for The Face Yoga Method, including the Sonic Face Brush and the DermaRoller.

Current Passions?

Showing others that they can live happy, wild and free with no strings attached. We don't have to worry all the time. Simply work hard, show up, be consistent, and do what makes you happy. That's the secret to business and to life. Stop sweating the small stuff! I'm passionate about being compassionate. I love to extend warmth to all I see and even those I pass on the street. I love to share small, meaningful moments with strangers or those I love. I love to teach yoga, to help animals and those in needs, to share my knowledge with others, and to simply be. That's when I'm most at peace.