Today we’d like to introduce you to Vannesa Vasquez.
Hi Vannesa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to help humans. If I had two wishes,, it would be 1. Helping as many humans as possible and 2. Be beautiful. As vain as that sounds, it’s true. After being bullied for years for my looks and weight, I vowed if I could be the light in the storm for another human… then my job is done.
Growing up, I took the time to focus on learning how to talk to humans and communicate efficiently and effectively. This landed me a few marketing jobs that I absolutely loved. It allowed me to help dozens of commercial companies and associations grow in that time, and I was able to connect with so many souls. Honestly, when I was in this position, I thought my career was set and done, even though I wasn’t 100% happy with the way I looked or felt.
Flash forward to 2020, the pandemic hit, and I was stuck at home gaining my quaran-ten pounds. We moved, and I knew I had to start taking on a project to better myself and my mental state. I started diving into my own Digital Marketing Company, and my health.
Given my past of fad dieting, I wanted to find a way to get healthy the right way, and be cost-effective. I knew all the steps I had to take, but over the years I would always find an excuse to not follow through fully.
For the last decade, I was posting brief workouts, so my friends knew fitness was ingrained into my psyche. But now with all the extra time on my hands, I could take a moment to start actually documenting my journey and teaching others along the way. Since I have gone through that ugly cycle of yoyo dieting, the struggles of being financially unstable, and the hardships of being a business owner. I knew what all the hard points of others were now. I figured out ways to work around those obstacles and prove to my clients that they can also make progress towards their goals when life gets in the way. Whether it is financially, or health based. I am blessed to have helped over 200 people/businesses in the last two years, and it is something I hope to continue to do for the rest of my life.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Heck no, it hasn’t been easy! When I created my small business it was supposed to be a “Side Hustle.” This small business was supposed to allow me to manage some small associations and streamline my work to help more humans but still focus on my employer-based job. Then that employer decided since I moved out of state, they didn’t want to continue our partnership, so I had to pivot. This was all during the week of the Texas Freeze in 2021. It was scary, daunting, and because I just bought a new house… I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Plus on top of that, I am trying to get healthy and not stress eat myself into a coma. There were a ton of hardships bestowed upon me, but I used that as fuel to keep me going. If I can focus on bettering myself in the middle of disasters, then I know I can help navigate someone else through their disasters too.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
AmericanBrandz LLC takes care of your needs from A-Z. We specialize in digital media and fitness (Thiccc N’ Thin). We are an all-in-one suite to better yourself and your business. I specialize in startups/non-profits and revamping older companies’ online presence. As a WIX and Constant Contact Partner, I will take your vision of your business and make it a reality online through your website/brand. I can do it all for you or teach you how to do it. Gotta love that DIY!
I recently launched the second part of my company which is referred to as “THICCC N’ THIN” which focuses on the healthy and sustainable aspect of individuals’ health. I feel like to have a truly successful business, you need to be healthy as well. Practicing a positive mindset and learning to manage stress for that longevity. “All this wealth is great, but it means nothing if. you don’t have your health.”
My ultimate goal is to help others find the confidence and self-love within themselves to be the best version of themselves as they can be. It’s not all about looks, but it’s about you how you feel!
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
Finding a mentor can be difficult if you don’t ask questions. I have always been a naturally curious person, so I am the first to ask for help and elaboration. This has helped a ton because showing that vulnerability allows people to open up to you. It can still be challenging to find a mentor because, let’s face it; business (wo)men don’t have a ton of time to donate to someone else. If you run into that scenario, I’d suggest making some sort of trade, or agreement. Maybe you noticed the potential mentor is short on time but has a ton of clerical work; you can suggest maybe helping them through that process to take off that additional workload from them and use that as an opportunity to learn hands-on.
- Website Design starting at $500
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