Influential Woman - Evelyn Vazquez
When launching this series I had asked several of my friends and followers to submit people they saw as influential in their lives. From that, my dear friend sent me a message on how much Evelyn had inspired her throughout their friendship. I found this is be so heart warming and uplifting and I immediately started following her on Instagram and could see exactly why she had/has inspired so many. My friend wrote me saying; she first met Evelyn in college and even then she could see how ambitious and full of hustle she was. They were RA's in the same building and through spending many a night in their office, I learned a lot about her, how she grew up and how much drive she had for her future.
Social media allowed them to remain friends post college and following her fitness journey was nothing short of insane! She had completely transformed her body and was constantly helping out others with tips and tricks from fitness, to nutrition to body building. "Her and her husband both inspire me daily to be a healthier version of myself."
Not only is she a badass in the fitness world, she also is a boss-lady business owner.
...That is why; Evelyn, is this weeks - Most Influential Woman
Name: Evelyn Garcia
Profession: High School English Teacher/ Soon to be administrator &
Quick Background: I have been a high school English teacher for
almost 14 years. I teach 11th grade English and 12th grade sociology
and psychology. I am 3 classes shy of completing my second Masters in
Educational Leadership to become a school building leader, but
ultimately see myself in educational law and policy or curriculum
design. At the age of 25, facing a family history of diabetes and heart
disease at 200 lbs, I decided to embark on a fitness and health journey
and instantly fell in love. I lost 75 lbs before I decided to compete on the
bodybuilding circuit as a bucket list dare. I enjoyed competing so much
that I went on to compete in 7 shows over the course of two years. I
started to share my journey online, finding joy in recreating comfort
food recipes and helping others. In June 2017, I joined two college
friends and my husband and created a spice company called Uncle T
1. Who has inspired you in life and why?
Anyone who overcomes challenges & adversity by remaining optimistic. I get it from my mama.
2. What is one characteristic a person needs to succeed?
Resilience. Bad shit inevitably happens to the best and the brightest people. It’s all about the bounce back. Stickwithitness, the ability to hang on when you could have let go, that brush off your shoulders and keep it moving mindset. That’s powerful.
3. What is always in your purse at all times?
I hate purses. If I can avoid carrying one I will, but if I must...my portable charger. I need my phone battery to last forever.
4. What is your favorite phrase?
You never know until you ask
5. What motivates you the most?
I thrive on challenges. I pride myself on being a problem solver, so I am motivated by any task I find challenging. Challenges are like these invisible badges of honor once you overcome them, so I imagine I am collecting badges. I would have made an excellent Girl Scout.
6. What was your biggest hurdle you had to overcome?
Currently facing it now. It’s a legal matter so I can’t elaborate. I might write a book about it once I kick its ass though.
7. Who do you want to be when you grow up?
A TV show host
8. If you could meet one person either alive or deceased, who would it be?
9. What is your favorite question to ask?
Do you like it?
10. Biggest piece of advice to new moms?
I’m not a mom so I can’t speak from a place of experience, but I would say don’t forget about yourself. I know a lot of new moms who sacrifice everything which is noble and understandable, but you are still a human with your own needs. You’re the same human you were before you gave birth. Try not to forget about that human.
11. Biggest piece of advice to a working mom?
Don’t feel guilty. Follow what you feel is right.
12. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
This is a tough one, I’m a fairly open book. If you ask, I’ll tell. Even if you don’t ask, I’ll tell. I actually can’t answer this one.
13. What makes you laugh?
My random visualizations. I am a daydreamer ala Ally McBeal. I definitely have Ally McBeal moments and I crack up all by myself.
14. Is it better to be perfect and late or good and on time?
Depends on whether it’s an event, interview, date etc. I hate being late, but I am a frequent offender, so if I’m being honest, I’ll go with perfect and late. There are a million and one excuses for being late, but if I am going to be somewhere for a while, I don’t want to be a disheveled mess. How do you explain that?
15. What’s one accomplishment you are most proud of?
Juggling a full-time demanding job with school (while attempting to maintain a 4.0… I”ll let you know in April if I did it), maintaining a successful marriage (Yup. It’s a job too.) and running a startup company all at once.
16. What’s your favorite song?
I don’t have a favorite, but my current jams are Breathe from Jax Jones, Se Preparo- Ozuna, Famous- French Montana/ Hood Celebrity. I listen to every genre. I’m all about lyrics and beats. If the words are poetic and meaningful and there’s a dope beat I’m here for it.
17. What are you passionate about?
Weightlifting and nutrition. I don’t make any money off of it but you would think I was endorsed by the gym and food companies the way I can talk your ear off about it. I’m also passionate about learning and sharing knowledge. Whenever I learn something new I want to share it with others. If something makes me happy, I want others to experience the same happiness. I think everyone should be a lifelong learner.
18. What is your philosophy towards work?
If you are capable, you should do it. If you can do overtime, why not? If you can sign up for that committee, why not? If there is an opportunity for advancement, why not? A lot of people take shortcuts and won’t go the extra mile. Go the extra mile, why not? I’m a work horse. I know life will change in the future so my philosophy is just do as much as I can for as long as I can. I love when my plate is full. I feel vital, useful, important.
19. How do you define success?
Success means doing things I am proud of to build a life I am happy with.
20. What does family mean to you?
There’s the family you’re born into and then the one you create. I love both equally. I come from a pretty big, boisterous, zany Puerto Rican family. My family is my foundation, but I am also really proud of the one I created. Right now it’s just my husband and my four-legged child. We hope to add new members, but we aren’t rushing because we are enjoying our time together.
21. If you were an animated character, who would you be?
22. What worries you, and why?
Becoming ill before I cross off all my to-do’s on my bucket list or living a life unfulfilled
23. Would you rather be respected or liked?
Respected. Likes are temporary.
24. What was your favorite job?