Islander hopes to inspire others with motivational books
Tatiana Verega never gives up.
That trait has led to her success as a business owner, entrepreneur and now as a book author.
A Galveston resident, dancer and choreographer, Verega hopes that her two newly published books will encourage others to strive for their dreams and achieve their goals, she said.
Anyone is capable of achieving their dreams and Verega wanted to help motivate people to do that, she said.
“I love helping people,” Verega said.
Verega’s books came out in May. “The Hustler Mind: A Story to Remember and a Lesson to Learn” is a motivational book that follows Verega’s journey growing up in a small town in Moldova in Eastern Europe and her move to Galveston, where she founded DLS Dance Studio, 1710 23rd St.
The second book, “Little Girl, Never Stop Dreaming,” is a children’s book aimed at inspiring young readers to reach their goals.
Verega uses experiences from her own life, sharing the lessons she has learned along the way to encourage readers to pursue their own dreams, she said.
There were many people at home who doubted Verega’s dream of becoming a dance teacher, but she was determined, she said.
“I turned that into power,” Verega said.
Verega first came to the United States in 2012 through a student exchange program. She got a job working at Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant in Galveston.
“When I came here, I didn’t know anybody,” Verega said.
But the Galveston community was incredibly welcoming to her and encouraged her in her goals, she said.
Last year, Verega broke a Guinness World Record by holding the plank position for 3:45:21 at the Galveston Women’s Conference. And this year, she summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Constant growth is important to Verega, she said.
“If I don’t grow every day, it’s almost like I’m dying,” Verega said. “If you don’t water the flowers, they will die. It’s the same way for me.”
Now, she’s working on building a personal development coaching program to help people achieve their goals and grow.
People need to spend more time working on their own needs and building themselves up, Verega said.
“Before anything, you have to work on yourself,” Verega said.
Verega wants to become more involved in motivational speaking because that’s what makes her truly happy, she said.
“It’s all about teaching and coaching,” Verega said. “That’s what inspires me in the morning. That’s like my energy shot.”
She especially wants to focus on motivating children, she said. It’s been hard not being able to teach students in person because of coronavirus closures, Verega said.
“I just want to inspire little kids,” Verega said.
Inspiring children is why she decided to write a picture book. Verega wanted to reach children at all reading levels, she said.
Verega already coaches children at DLS Dance and she enjoys inspiring young people to meet their goals, she said. Confidence and believing in yourself should start young, she said.
Already, Verega is working on her next book, again aimed at inspiring people to chase their dreams, she said.
Verega’s new books will be available locally at Tangerine Boutique, 2218 Postoffice St., Kimmy’s Boutique, 2217 Postoffice St. and The Style Co., 2113 Postoffice St.