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2022 – Letter from Genesis

The start of 2022 sucked for me.

I went through a really bad breakup with a guy who honestly didn’t deserve the time of day.

I was held back for MONTHS. I felt so unbalanced.

I lacked so much direction on where I wanted to take @harnesscommunity. I felt like a failure and like I wasn’t capable of growing It the way that I wanted it to. 

Hoping to take some of my frustrations off, I joined @launchlatinx a 12 week business accelerator, not knowing what to expect. I saw Harness & my business in a way I had never looked at it before. 

I designed a coaching program for women that want to learn how to own and embrace their stories, and do something they’ve never done before in 90 days with courage & rebellion.

A program that I felt was aligned with my personality and who I was – from moving across country alone at 17 years old, to not letting my immigration status stop me from having a voice to building a six figure company and believing in it more than I’ll ever believe in a 9-5. All with the beautiful support from my coaches and classmates. 

I finished the program. However, I was still feeling lost. I did not feel like I was a CEO of a company and talking about my business was something I was embarrased about.

I then started working with @lifewithhliz. And let me just say, she put a rocket in my behind.

Some calls were crying, some calls were complaining, some calls were focused on sales and numbers, but every single week I felt a layer of frustration was being shredded off. 

All of a sudden women started reaching out to share their stories, from leaving toxic marriages, experimenting homelessness, being undocumented and how they want to begin living their dreams, wanting to write a book, wanting to start their non profit, find their voice in places where they feel silenced.

Then, I started hopping on calls from women in South Africa, Mexico and Dubai. My mind felt like it exploded in ways I’ve never thought of before. I realized the potential I had to make an impact that I truly cared about. 

An impact that I felt was my calling.

Almost 70% of my 9-5 income for the year was reinvested into Harness. 

I constantly questioned if what I was doing was worth it. I constantly questioned if I was on the right path.

It is not easy. I have an SEO coach, a business coach, a therapist and my mom and dad encourgaing me and pushing me to keep going with their “ponte las pilas” speech.

The second I started remaining calm, making time to enjoy my 20s, focusing on my health, losing nearly 20 pounds, let Harness speak for itself and the beautiful message it has, connecting with amazing women was the second I started seeing the results come in. 

This year was honestly one of the most mentally draining ones. From having a full time job, serving private coaching clients, serving students at my community college, growing the website, getting ready for an immigration hearing and trying to take care of my health.

But I’m damn proud of the results. 
Doubled my income, tripled the readership.
Harness is ending the year with nearly 20,000 monthly readers, hitting record numbers every. single. day.

As we jump into December 2022 , I hope to finish the year strong and get ready for the amazing year I’m about to have. 

A year filled with courage and not letting anything or anyone get in the way of what I want. A year where fear doesn’t exist.

A year where more women share their stories, embrace who they are and live the life they deserve to live.

And helping them give a huge fuck you to everyone and live who they want to be.

I love and appreciate every single of you. Thank you.

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by Genesis Gutierrez

Genesis is the founder of Harness Magazine, a digital media company that celebrates and elevates the voices of women around the world. A first-generation college graduate, Genesis holds a degree in from UCLA with hopes of going back for a Masters in Social Work.

Through her work as an editor-in-chief of Harness, Genesis has dedicated herself to amplifying the stories of women specifically marginalized communities. She is committed to creating space for those who are often left out of mainstream conversations, and believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we have for building community and sparking social change.


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