Introducing Maria Milagros, a dynamic transformational coach, speaker, and author who has dedicated her life to helping others overcome trauma and find true joy. Maria’s own experiences with anger and trauma have shaped her approach to healing, leading her to develop a unique blend of self-care practices and personal growth techniques that she shares with her clients. 

With a love for all things sparkly, Maria brings a sense of playfulness and light-heartedness to her work, helping her clients identify triggers, embrace their authentic selves, and find happiness in their lives.

In this episode, you chat through:

  • Uncovering the secret to experiencing joy even during traumatic times by recognizing triggers and practicing self-care.
  • Incorporating hands-on learning to significantly boost your personal development journey.
  • Establishing the importance of self-care by syncing your thoughts, deeds, and bodily response.
  • Enhancing inner dialogue, nurture divine relationships, and surmount life’s obstacles.
  • Broadening your horizons with insightful talks, dedicated coaching, and complimentary digital content.


Maria Milagros (Vazquez) is an award winning keynote speaker, award nominated author, TEDx speaker, storyteller, empowerment life coach, and love activist. Whether sharing her life experiences and knowledge through impactful talks, workshops, leadership training, life coaching or videos, Maria uses stories to bring encouragement, education, and love to empower others to get out of their way and break free from hindering thoughts or beliefs, so that they can live amazing lives and leave their unique and positive mark on the world. She is passionate about (cultivating and teaching) living with intention, creating spaces of love, joy and fun, connecting with others, overall health, and empowerment.

A survivor of abuse, depression, and a childhood accident that should’ve left her immobile, Maria embraces her past to create a present of health, happiness, fun, love, and abundance. She believes that she is able to thrive in life not in spite of, but because of, every aspect of her story. She knows that no matter where you come from, what you’ve been through, or what you have done, a healthy mindset shift, rooting into love, and taking personal responsibility, can change every area of your life, as it has for her.

With over 15 years of leadership and personal development educating in her pocket, Maria leaves audiences with relevant tools and shifted mindsets that last well after she steps off the stage. Her authentic congruence, infectious energy, and ability to teach from a relatable and positive perspective leaves attendees feeling like they had a fun and deep conversation with a trusted friend.

When not speaking or coaching, Maria can usually be found making memories with her incredible daughter, meditating, dancing in public places, leading group fitness classes, reading, or watching a Marvel movie.

To inquire about her speaking availability, one-on-one coaching, or book “Super Sparkly Everything”, or to sign up to get the free weekly email, please visit her website at

You can also connect with her on Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook.

By Minessa

With over 20 years of experience, Minessa Konecky has worked with small startups and hospital systems and academic centers in managing a variety of Federal, private and industry awards. They are comfortable with the entire life cycle of awards and have worked with investigators to secure and extend their research funding. They see themselves as the facilitators of the research business enterprise, and approach all solutions from that lens. Their passion is helping people find joy and fulfillment in their work using a human-centric approach to efficiency and optimization. They host of the Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself Podcast, and hold the position of Research Administration Process Improvement and Training Director at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Minessa takes great pride in their desi heritage and being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. They live in their seaside cottage on unceded and occupied lands of the Wampanoag and Pokanoket people in Plymouth, MA with 3 dogs and their partner, Alex.