Cast Blog: #MIAMISOCIAL

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Love Life, Shed Light, and the Rest Will Follow

Incredibly Moved

I Choose To Be Me

A Hair Raising Season!

The Usual Suspects

Man in the Mirror

A Clear Picture

Don't Get It Twisted!

Egos Unmask!

A Lot of Fireworks

What a Ride

Spare the Drama!

A Dreamer and a Fighter

Say My Name, Bitches!

Big Egos and Big Shields

A Little Miracle

All You Need Is Love

Rollercoaster Relationship

I Have A Heart

The Power of the Word

Cutting Up On Lina

Too X-Rated

Going Against The Grain

Crazy Energy

Thinking Big

The Little Lies of Miami Social

Take No Prisoners

A Legend In His Own Mind

Glam Oily Bodies

Work Hard, Play Hard

No Place Like It

Ouch!

Whipped

Proud and Privileged

Love Life, Shed Light, and the Rest Will Follow

Katrina reveals what gives her so much drive and talks about Esoteric Astrology.

Miami Social’s season finale wraps up as a controversial, daring, volatile and (believe it or not) thought-provoking show for some … yet for others, Miami Social will leave footprints of an ever-evolving, vibrant, edgy, bustling metropolis renowned for its colorful skyline, tourism, fashion, and nightlife, as well as a Mecca for international business. 

“The Magic City” has weathered hurricanes, riots, scandals, corruption, crime, racial tension, political turmoil and endless waves of immigration, only to bounce back with impetuous audacity and so too will the cast of Miami Social, right? (OR SO I PRAY WE WILL MAKE IT OUT ALIVE!!!!! Ha!) 

Miami Social’s finale was a moving experience … watching George in such emotional turmoil and almost palpable pain makes me want to reach and instill a sense of self love in him. I felt his mother’s pain since I have grown to appreciate a mother’s instinctual and unconditional love. Sorah is beautiful inside and out and I know that she is torn by George’s self-destructive path, yet she deserves her own happiness. Hardy is a genuine individual who has earned my respect and admiration. Michael is my funny, sincere, overly-sensitive dear, dear friend — good as they come and truly transparent, which is what I love most about him. We had some fun scenes together this season and I look forward to many more! I smile as I write that because we couldn’t “script” those scenes if we tried! They just happen and that chemistry we have on camera is REAL and priceless!!!! Last but not least Ariel, my friend … you are a brilliant mind and I have always seen the genuine nature deep down in your soul. Underneath it all, the lover and the poet are all compact in you. I never judge others … always attempt to learn and understand why people act and react the way they do … there is always a reason. I know Ariel will find inner peace; I have faith. As far as I am concerned I am far from perfection but Shakespeare said it best – “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” I love you guys. See you at The Gansevoort!

I praise the producers, cameramen, and staff involved in the production of Miami Social for their professionalism, their respect, and mostly for the most enticing views of Miami I have ever seen. 

As I write the last blog for the season, I would like to share a few experiences that have had an impact in my life. Someone once said “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others, the wise, and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” I’ve received amazing feedback from Miami Social viewers, and I am forever grateful for the support. In fact, I have tears rolling down my face as I write this to you all AND … I AM NOT A CRIER! Ha! I can’t begin to express just how thankful I am that I have the opportunity to inspire and help others. At the end of the day, that’s all I desire. Peace, Love, and Happiness. Our time on earth is so very short; let’s celebrate life! 

After reading your feedback on:

-http://www.bravotv.com

-http://www.katrinacampins.com

-http://www.facebook.com/katrinacampins

-http://twitter.com/KatrinaCampins

I would like to address a few topics which seem to be of interest:

The first one is “DRIVE.”

Since it is the question I get asked the most by friends, clients, colleagues, interviewers, and even perfect strangers. You may be thinking, "What is she talking about? Drive...? The drive that makes a person want to achieve a certain goal ... The drive that makes one person more successful than others …The drive that makes you want to wake up in the morning and go full speed towards achieving your goals. Ambition, clout, effort, energy, enterprise, get-up-and-go, guts, impellent, impetus, impulse, initiative, momentum, motivation, motive, pep, pressure, push, spunk, steam, vigor, vitality ... WHAT FUELS YOUR FIRE...? Get the drift?

A writer for a national magazine kicks off the interview with the first question "KATRINA, YOU ALWAYS SEEM SO DRIVEN. HAVE YOU BEEN LIKE THAT SINCE DAY ONE OR HAS IT BEEN A GRADUAL EVOLUTION?" I smile inside having been asked this question before but this time, I expect it. I recall being 18 years old and being asked the same question. I have to admit back then I was taken aback by the question. I used to sit there and think to myself, "What are they talking about?" Everyone has drive. We are all just driven to accomplish different things. I thought we were all just made up that way. Then I entered the "REAL WORLD," the business world which provided me with the true understanding of what people referred to as “DRIVE.”

So the question normally goes as follows: "Where do you get your drive?" "Can you instill that drive in me?" "Can you teach me to be driven?" "Where do you get the energy?" "What keeps you going?" These are all the questions I get asked quite often. One evening, one of my best girlfriends (I will keep her anonymous as to respect her privacy) came over to my house for a glass of wine and she turned to me and said, "I just don't understand Kat ... Don't you ever wake up in the morning and not want to work?" She continued … "People that don't know you ask me all the time about you and what makes you tick, how you have been able to build a company from the ground up with nothing but desire, how …." I have to admit that I was a bit surprised. This is my best friend — I mean doesn't she know me by now? The truth is when I'm with her, I don't talk about work, my clients, my company. She is one of the few people who really knows ME, the person, not the businesswoman. It was quite clear that she was not only curious, but sincerely wanted to understand my inner strength and unwavering tenacity.

Those who know me well know that I am a catalyst of sorts with an unyielding desire to inspire others, men and women alike, to reach their full potential, whatever that may be. Well, here was another opportunity but this time it was one of the closest people to me. I look at her and I see beauty, charisma, intelligence, and one of the kindest hearts I've ever encountered so why couldn't she see it in herself? Why can't she see her potential?! It is frustrating in a sense, because it is so evident to me. She was blessed with so much and it is up to her to take advantage of what God gave her yet … she is unsatisfied. We talked for over four hours and she always circled back around to the question but "Kat, what do you think I should do with my life? What do you think I would be good at?" I gave her the same answer again and again for I realized it would take a while before she truly heard what I was saying and soaked it in. "It is NOT what I think … or anyone else for that matter, it is what YOU think deep down in your soul will make you happy and only YOU could determine that. You must learn to love yourself since that is the foundation for everything. If you don't have confidence in yourself, no one else will. You need to believe that you are capable and then the rest will follow but it doesn't matter what I think …" We as human beings are constantly searching for acceptance from others while neglecting to find it within ourselves. I happen to think that one is truly never happy, until he/she finds peace within themselves. We are all made up of the same fabric … no one is better than another. Love life, shed light, and the rest will follow. Our minds are so incredibly powerful and we utilize so little of it. It truly IS all in the mind!

There are plenty of days when I am drained, unmotivated but then I take a step back and realize,"I work for myself, I make my own rules, I own my own company, my clients are the best. I get to see their passions drive them to be successful in their various fields whether it is football, basketball, music, baseball, Wall Street, motherhood, etc. I am blessed." I am not the most astute, attractive, quick-witted, the list goes on and on … but I genuinely believe there is nothing that I can't attain for the power is within me. Everyone has the same ability but it must start within. Search for it and you will find it – believe it and it will become reality.

So, here is my answer: I have always been extremely driven. In fact, my friends and clients always tell me that they have yet to meet someone as “driven” as I am. Back in high school I held multiple leadership positions at one time, yet instead of being overwhelmed by the responsibility, I was fueled by the challenge. In college, even though an A and an A+s weighed the same toward my GPA, my transcript lists only A+s. I have always been a hard worker with a relentless temperament. Things have not been “handed” to me yet I was taught not to allow for mediocrity and most importantly to follow my bliss. My career is my self-portrait which is why I autograph it with excellence. My vision is the constant pursuit for excellence while maintaining my integrity and professionalism, particularly since I love what I do. This exhilarating state of being is precisely what I strive to instill in others.
Next topic!!!!  The Science of Esoteric Astrology!!!!!

As a high school student at Palmer Trinity School, Mrs. J. Kjeldsen, my humanities teacher and a magnificent, intellectual woman provoked a series of thoughts that lingered for years after my graduation from high school and inadvertently influenced my curiosity for the science of Esoteric Astrology.  “What is your purpose in life?" she asked as she encouraged us to follow our bliss — words that will always resonate in my mind. From a very young age, my gut always lead me to believe that my life would not be mine, but rather dedicated to helping inspire and serve others. As I’ve said prior, I yearn to instill a sense of self in others and encourage them to make the most of themselves by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of confidence and possibility into flames of optimism, drive and ultimate achievement. 

Esoteric astrology is a branch of Astrology that focuses on the spiritual evolution of a person or groups of persons. Mundane (or classical) astrology focuses on the personality, or one's individual identity. Esoteric astrology focuses on the soul or one's higher purpose. While much of popular astrology today is often preoccupied with outer events, such as if you are to get married or if you will win the lottery, an esoteric astrologer looks for the purpose of the soul, and the inner causes behind what happens in your life. If you are interested in understanding more about your true self, the purpose of life and your spiritual path, esoteric astrology may be of great help for you. IT CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a firm believer!

I learned to spend time in silence; about universal relationships, the interplay of energies handled with heart and mind, being truthful with myself; being highly selective; being motivated and free of selfishness. I reinforced my beliefs — to stand courageously against the tides of counter-opinion, to face difficulties by never turning aside from them. No one promised life would be easy, especially when you are committed to a certain path. Life is a celebration and it continually changes — you must therefore adapt and welcome change. A wise one once said “Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character.”

My Esoteric Astrologer, confidant, and friend is a humble soul who has devoted her life to the science. Her name is Rosa Navarro and she owns a small sanctuary/book store by the name of Celestial Angels, Gifts and Books, located at the following address: 2421 SW 137th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33175. Telephone: 305-221-1444.  Many of my high-profile clientele have met with her and their testimonials are quite impressive.

Rosa has a team of individuals that evoke love with a firm determination to serve others. The entire team exudes light and as such, people are blessed by their positive energy, inspiration and guidance. It is not about religion but rather energy and spirituality. Feel free to call Celestial Angels, Books and Gifts, and mention my name

(BRACE YOURSELF by Katrina Campins), my bracelet line is in the works — I encourage you to keep in touch by going to www.katrinacampins.com and from there you can either go to my Facebook or Twitter pages.

Thank you for your overwhelming support and may God Bless you all! 

Have a GREATER rest of the Year! I’ll MISS YOU ALL!!!!! PEACE AND HUGS! 

Stay in touch with me via http://www.katrinacampins.com and link to my Twitter and Facebook through my Web site!


Your friend,

Katrina

I Choose To Be Me

Maria reflects on the season, and offers some words of advice.

Please show me a funny movie. After watching the finale of Miami Social I wanted to weep. Weep so hard that wolfs on an imaginary moon would hear me and come play with me and we can make it into a positive experience instead of the earth shattering, walls sweating in tears, give me 11 pills to take all at ones to kill myself, sweet one.

In one of the previous comments on my blogs a "viewer" asks if that is at all possible to be positive and assertive when life is a total mess and you dont see light at the end of the tunnel. My answer is yes. This is one of the two ways you can work this situation. One we all know. A lot of people follow quitting for real route. And I dont blame them. It is an easier way out. We all are going to die one day. I'd rather die knowing I tried to make my life enjoyable first. Another way (BETTER FOR ME) is to stay positive. To learn to twist your attitude around (it's all in your head, trust me) is by doing things that make us want to smile and that change our moods to the right direction. It's that simple and physical. To try and try and try and try and try. I promise there is always sun after the rain. The same viewer asks if that would have really helped if someone was there to tell me to be positive and assertive and pat me on shoulder in my harder days?

The answer is YES YES YES. I cant stress enough how important it is to have a support system. Please go out there to cafes, libraries, clubs, just go for a walk in a park, join your local photography club (pick a club for the hobby you have),  put an advert online on dating site, reconnect with your friends that live nearby. Do ANYTHING to start communicating with people and build friendships. Go do fun things together that will help you bond and become better friends. Then in the moment when u feel your throat is tightened by fear and all you can think of is that roof of that building across from yours and flying down like a bird if only for 1 minute until you hit it hard, when you feel your heart squeezed with unexplainable turmoil and the need to flush it out of your chest cavity you can reach out to your friend, stalk their doorway if needed and get that pat on shoulder and help. Sometime when your friend feels low and u want to cheer them up by taking them to new art exhibit or buying them a glass of champagne and share, you inadvertently pick your own spirits up.

Having friends is all around good. For you and for them. I am experiencing highs and lows a lot even now and I am far from where I see myself on life's map. It does not however stop me from enjoying myself in everyday simple things. I do still feel lonely and it's even worse knowing Angelika is far away in school. My cats warm my bed when I come home alone after party or a long photo shoot (to answer numerous questions about where you can see more of my work go to my website http://www.marialankina.com) and there are times when I want to "hang my chaps" and just give up. But I am not letting myself. I feel like I always can go for that later, if ever.

I choose to dream big, do my yoga every day, cycle in gym instead of shrink visits, work on my fine art and have my assistant busy with organizing my jet set travels all over the globe plotting the world take over that's OH SO SWEET and hey everyone can enjoy this ride with me! I choose to be me. When I am on a roller-coaster at amusement park, the one that scares the sh*t out of everyone - baby strapped around me and in for a ride that might make their pants wet, I am envisioning myself getting an Oscar on stage in a beautiful gown and you know what I feel? JOY and overlwelming heart warmth , not fear of the construction falling down and my insides splattering on metal railings of it. Power of visualization takes us to incredible heights. TRY IT. Tell me how it works for you.

I feel like there is never going to be a boring 100% calm period in our lives. I am learning to feel grateful for challenge. Whether it is in our jobs or personal relationships. Challenges and difficulties meant to make us grow. Our souls and our hearts. I feel it's not about what the problem is, but how you deal with it. So you learn. Learn to appreciate it and embrace it.

I feel for everyone (my friends) on the show. I feel for Lina and George, they are trying and this is admirable. I wish there was someone to REALLY help them figure it all out. I wonder if we can fully UNDERSTAND each other. I felt frustrated numerous times in my life and relationships where I felt I was from Venus and they were from Mars (book by John Gray) and I really wanted to talk to them using language we both would fully understand. I still do not know if that in fact is a possibility. I am also learning there is not ONE truth — mine of-course, but many. As many as there are people involved in one particular argument (reading my friend's autobiography and learning it on the fly). I wonder why I had to meet this guy just now and not 15 years ago when the realization of multiple truths existence would have saved me so many tears (hey I could use them to add on to the ocean's salt, so global warming would not be a real threat :).  Now I also wonder if I can actually implement this thinking in my life??? Can you ??

I feel for Katrina. I have been asked if I am jealous of her and if that is why I pick on her. I dont think i am jealous. It's just my habit of calling people out on their BS (or what I think is BS) when I see it peek it's ugly face out from under the life's regularity. My kudos for Kat's growing experience. Hey when I was 28 (like Kat now) I made a bunch of mistakes too, that are painful to think of, and boy I am not sure I would want them to be documented in areality TV based way. I really wish more of what's REALLY happening in Kat's head and life was out there. It's a far better learning experience for everyone viewing THAT, then something you can only see when u dig an inch deep.

I feel for Michael. He would do so well just being born a girl in 1950s. He would make an amazing housewife with talent to turn into that bitch in bed and glamourpuss on man's hand at the dare events of the year. But he is born in male's body) hot one albeit :) with receding hair (he is working on it and dont u dare to blame him for it, and PLEASE dont tell him to just shave his head, he will cry in response and hate you forever : ) and he has an amazing six pack. He is smart. And a very talented writer and soon to become a very successful business entrepreneur. I wish for the right investor to cross Michael's path and for the style lab online get wider audience! With the right team put together(in place) and passion (in place) and right investment (?) it will grow to become successful business of helping others to be better themselves.

I feel for Trixia because she can join the "my boyfriends is an asshole" club and that is not where we all want to be. I wish for Hardy to stop playing host in his own life and take charge of it and go for what he wants rather then trying to satisfy other people's needs only and then finding himself unhappy with the way it makes him feel. TRAPPED.

I feel for Ariel but u know what? He will be just fine. Because money can always buy you another session with shrink. And money is what he says he has. So all I can give is peck on a cheek and pat on shoulder and Ariel you can always call me for that :)

I feel for Sorah and wish her to let go. I know how hard it can be and I do not know if that is at all possible. Especially when you live in the same building. But I am sure sooner or later things will settle down in her heart and i am sure that will be the right choice.

I read in LA times this week in interview with Criss Angel: "When we're kids, we sit there and play with mom's brush and pretend it to be an airplane, because we're able to suspend our disbelief. But as we get to be adults, society tells us that's wrong and we have to conform." Please don't ever conform.

We are still here - IT IS SOMETHING. Here is my order for you from the menu of life - MAKE IT COUNT! Check back on me often on me on my website http://www.marialankina.com I have fallen into habit of blogging about what had happened in my life and what I am going through and for some of you it can work as an inspiration to go and get it ! I need your support as much as you need mine. Together we can make this world spin! That's what friends are for.