Naomi Robles on Embracing the Uncomfortable
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About the Event
In 2012, I walked away from what I thought was my "dream job." Working as a professional makeup artist with celebrities like Lil Wayne, Tyga, Nicki Minja and countless others. From music videos, red carpets, magazines, and reality TV shows it was a resume I'd always dreamed of. Although this was an incredibly exciting time in my life it came to a dramatic halt when I lost my brother to a motorcycle accident. After his passing, I knew that I was chasing the wrong things in life. It made me want to redefine what I believed was a meaningful life. Walking alone on a beach one night, I had a decision to make, I needed to choose a path and my heart said: "life is all about making memories." So I packed up my Toyota Camry with everything I could and made the move from Miami FL to Boulder Colorado accompanied by my life partner Cesar.
Choosing to bet on my escape at the time which was rock climbing, while also having to redefine myself was quite the undertaking at 23 years old. Shortly thereafter, I was utterly lost in this new world of what felt like a bubble where only professional athletes existed. Everywhere I turned there were people wearing pajama pants (which I now know are actually yoga pants), and a makeup kit that seemed useless in the spectrum. What was a curly-haired, Puerto Rican, V0 climber who wears dresses to the grocery store in high heels doing in BOULDER COLORADO? And where can I get some pajama pants!?
Funny thing is, that time in my life was exactly what I needed to find my purpose again. You see, as rock climbers, we know that the only way to send a climb is to choose your own journey, find your own way while executing with intention. Guess what? As women, I feel we aren't told the same to be true within your own beauty. My purpose is to empower women to feel more confident when the makeup brush is in their hands. I thrive on teaching women one-on-one, how to approach makeup for themselves in a way that's simple and easy to understand. The art of makeup is not about doing it like everyone else, rather it's the opportunity to blend your individuality, personality, and authenticity together. I've found the common thread between climbing and makeup is in the choice to embrace the uncomfortable because within that space there is room for magic.