Founder of the Sonia Series, a certified personal trainer, and holistic nutritionist based in Los Angeles.
I'm never going to be anyone else. We all come into this world with different genes, different upbringings, different strengths and different challenges. I want to make sure that my time spent here on this earth is spent honoring who I am, and being the best, most authentic version of myself. Plus, true confidence comes when we are being true to who we are, people can tell when we aren't being our authentic selves.
I have learned some strengths and weaknesses about myself. I have realized that I'm a go-getter, I'm good at what I do, I can have a vision and execute it. I learned to trust myself and my gut, but also that it isn't always easy to do. I have a lot of moments of self doubt but in the end, I've learned that if I'm passionate about delivering to my audience and I'm proud of what I'm putting out there, people will want to be a part of it.
Honestly, my Sonia Series members inspire me! I love all the feedback I get from them. Knowing that I have the ability to make a change in their lives really inspires me to keep going. When they reach out with a question or concern, that really gets my gears turning on features I can add to make it a better experience for everyone.
I wish I would have started it sooner! But that's the thing, there's never a "right" or "perfect" time to start. I say it to my clients all the time. It's like, what are we waiting for? In a month, do you want to look back and say "wow look how far I've come", or "wow, I really wish I had started a month ago"? I think self doubt, fear, and life can get in the way but sometimes we just have to stop making excuses for ourselves and get moving!
The most important things that I practice to keep myself feeling good, mentally and physically are prioritizing sleep, movement, hydration, self-care, and nutrition. It sounds simple but life has a funny way of making it feel damn near impossible sometimes to keep it all balanced. I really try to get 7-9 hrs of sleep a night. I obviously work out (have to practice what I preach). I drink lots of water (hello glowing skin, better metabolism, the list goes on...). I take time for things like meditation or a massage or just chilling. This is SO important to keep stress and anxiety levels down which can be the root cause to so many illnesses. And lastly, I try to make sure I'm eating a variety of nutrient dense foods.
I pick up the phone and call my mom or dad, or I talk to my boyfriend. They have all been SO supportive and at times, have believed in me more than I believe in myself. I can be really hard on myself if I don't think something is working like I expected it to, or as fast as I wanted it, and they are the first to remind me to be more patient with myself. They are also the first to tell me if they don't like something, or if they think I can do better. But that's how you know if someone is really in your corner. They remind you of all your strengths and inspire you to keep growing.
Brewing my cup of nespresso with foamed oat milk and sitting in the silence for a few minutes. I used to just wake up and go, but I've really learned to enjoy that time in the morning. Even if it's just 20 minutes to sit. Sometimes I write in my journal, sometimes I listen to a podcast, but I really try to not impulsively check my email or open Instagram, or look at the calendar for the day.
I'm most proud of becoming my own boss. I always wanted to do it, and felt like there was no other option, but I didn't always see a clear path as to how I would get there. It was scary to make the leap and it is not easy. Some days are more challenging than others, but it's also so incredibly rewarding and empowering. I'm also really proud of the fact that I am helping people to discover a stronger, healthier, happier version of themselves. I'm so incredibly passionate about what I do and seeing it make an impact in my clients lives makes it the most rewarding job I could ask for. I give a lot of my time and energy to my business, but I also get back a lot in return that makes it all worthwhile. :)
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