10 WITH A 10: KAYLA MATOS

10 with a 10.
Every Monday, 10 questions with a 10 coming your way down the DP pipeline!

Next up, Kayla Matos!
This woman navigates life so graciously, yet carries the fiercest loyal to being true to herself. As she does, she passes out that gift to everyone in her presence - the grace to be accepted for being wholly who you are.

I feel that grace in the radius around her and am grateful to get to be hangin' in that beautiful radius so often.

Read on...

1. What do you do and what does it give to people?

I’m a hero of phones! Ha! I am the in-house PR Manager for a tech company that makes screen protectors – Phantom Glass. I used to work in fashion and beauty, so the tech scene is a bit of an adjustment, but I love it. My job allows me to connect with media and bloggers from all over the world. I love finding an obscure blogger in Romania and telling them how much I love their photos, I love what they have to say, and I want to collaborate.

2. What's a piece of advice you consistently find yourself giving out but find hard to take yourself?

“It’s all in God’s timing.”
I say it all the time. This advice was passed down by my mother who still writes it in every birthday card: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

Doesn’t that just get you? But when it’s in a situation I’m facing, when I’m waiting for whatever it is to come to fruition, it’s one thing to know and another thing to believe. It’s hard! We always think we know better, don’t we?

3. How do you rely on others to make you better?

I run nearly every decision I make in my life by friends and family. I can’t even buy a pair of shoes without calling my mother. Getting input and different perspectives helps shape me. I can be quick to think I’m right, that there isn’t another possible another angle to this, until a close friend shares a completely different point of view and brings me back down to earth and makes me think. It’s helped me realize who I fully am and accept the fact that I can’t do it alone! And who would want to?

4. Someone gives you 50 mill. What's the FIRST way your life changes?

I used to be an avid Scratch Bingo player, so I’ve thought about this a lot. Family trip to Mexico to hide away for a month and figure out what to do, while in pure relaxation mode.
Followed in close second is a very expensive handbag.

5. What has compelled you forward more than anything else?

In my early 20's and starting out my career, it was definitely ambition and success. The older I get the more it's become about passion and purpose. When you’re passionate about something, the long hours and energy invested doesn’t drain you, it propels you.

6. Do you like when people ask you, "Where do you want to be in 5 years?"

I hate this question, mostly because where you think you want to be and where you end up are most often never the same. I believe it’s important to have a plan and goals, but you have to be open to the fact that God has a bigger, better and more “beyond your wildest dreams” kind of plan for your life.
That’s where I am. I am nowhere near where I thought I wanted to be in my life right now, but now that I’m here, now that I’m living this moment, I couldn’t imagine anything better.
That being said, being a lady who lunches wouldn’t be bad.
Can I say that?

7. If someone was handed a script of your inner dialogue this week, what would it say?

I talk to myself as if I am narrating my own Disney Channel show, like Lizzie McGuire. These are the most common thoughts of mine on any given week, really:

If you take the stairs, you can totally skip the gym. And eat 5 Kit Kats. It’s winter anyways.
It’s been a busy few weeks.
I deserve to relax.
I think I’ll have wine tonight. Do I have wine?
Oh, and I should wash the floors.
But, I also need to wash my hair. There is so much to do.
I should check up on TMZ.
Why does everyone hate the Kardashians? I love them. I’m glad my friends love them.
Wow, my friends are hot.
I really need to start wearing fake eyelashes everyday.

8. Are you spontaneous?

I am practically spontaneous. I am major OCD and an incessant planner, but I admire my friends who have a carefree spirit. So I schedule my spontaneity. Which may seem contradictive, but it’s a step towards a life of excitement.   

9. Are you failing differently each time?

I prefer learning and growing and being human. It’s mostly failing the same each time, so failing differently is the current goal.

10. Paul Newman or Robert Redford?

When I first read this and saw Newman, I instantly thought of Y&R (I’m a closet soap fan), but thanks to an embarrassing Google confirmation I was set straight. Paul Newman for the win though. Handsome much?