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Looking Back: The Return of The Love Yourself Festival?


Looking Back: The Return of The Love Yourself Festival?

Lovemionline Love Yourself Expo SujeiryAround this time last year, I was prepping for the Lovemionline Love Yourself Festival. It was a hefty task. A dream that arose from a brainstorming session with my then business partner. The partnership was short-lived as was the event, which was abruptly canceled after the death of my aunt on March 26, 2010 – the first night of the festival. And it saddened me. Simultaneously, I lost a family member, the 7 year friendship of my business partner, and the drive and passion to follow through with the festival and 1st Lady of Love, LLC.

With loss came fear. I questioned what I was doing with my life. I hesitated, unsure if I could run a business alone and if I even wanted to. My idea for the festival and the business seemed impossible without the aid of others. So I abandoned my vision. I walked away from event planning all together and focused on writing and performing.

Now, almost a year later, I look back in amazement. I have stuck to my word to be creative full-time while working my daily full-time. I have regained the strength, faith, and discipline that I had then, when I was hustling for event spaces and managing talented individuals as a business savvy professional. My appraisal of the festival has also shifted. It was an amazing idea; a weekend to celebrate love, sex, and relationships through film, an expo, and  a talent showcase has rarely if ever been executed. And one that caters to a Latino audience?  Yes…this is something.

I also realize my mistakes. The idea – though inspirational, original, and ingenious – wasn’t weighed thoroughly. Not enough research or advance planning took place. The right team was not set in place beginning with the partners leading the charge. Now, almost a year later, I get that.

So where do I go from here? Only up. My creative juices are brewing and I have new, positive energy flowing in and out of my life. I feel solid and confident, therefore my vision is no longer muddled. I am revisiting the past to formulate a better and financially lucrative future. Will I take on the festival again? Well, an annual love festival does align with my role of Sujeiry, 1st Lady of Love. No matter what and when I decide I guarantee I will perform with the astuteness and meticulousness of a Trump. It’s the only way to assure success.

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.


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