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Happiness Happens

Jun 14, 2020

This week on the podcast, I'm so excited to share with you this interview with Michelle Valerio, who goes by VAL. VAL is a product of a single mother home, living in Paterson New Jersey. Shen was raised in a farm in Puerto Rico until she was 6 years old and then came to the United States.


In the 7th grade, a teacher heard her voice and told her she needed to join the Spanish club in the school. The Spanish club was a glee club in the school but just Spanish songs. This was when VAL broke out of her stage fright.


Years later, she learned how to properly sing and gained the knowledge she needed to go to college where she pursued studies in music therapy. In college, Val was apart of a couple bands, pop and jazz ensembles. She loves to talk, sing and to heal, so she created her podcast called Reflections with Val where she brings life, music and therapy together.


In this episode:

  • How VAL's upbringing brought her to where she is now
  • Her journey towards self-love
  • Her role as a leader and a healer in the world
  • The process of writing lyrics and songs
  • What music therapy is and how it helps
  • Her tips for staying in a strong, growth mindset, even through challenging times.