It is with pleasure that I embark on a new journey of highlighting powerful, talented and compassionate women (of all ages and backgrounds) each week. Although at this time I don’t know what I’ll call it, it will be about highlighting Women Each Week that stand out and deserve to be highlighted….for their talents, their heart and contribution and for simply sharing about themselves with honesty and vulnerability.
Today I highlight Stephanie Ortiz. Stephanie is on our Tavala team, which is how we met, but it was her Facebook posts and sharing of ideas and inspiration that caught my attention. Yesterday I learned she is 27 years old… wise beyond her years! Meet Stephanie.
“Hi my name is Stephanie Ortiz I am a young proud Hispanic woman living my dreams.
I have an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Web Development. Soon after graduating college I realized that working a nine-to-five job was not going to work for me because I had two young boys who needed my love and attention so I started doing freelance graphic and web design.
Even though I was doing what I loved, I felt a void that needed to be filled. I wanted to do more with my life then just make money, I wanted to make a difference. I was focusing so hard on getting clients, without success, that I started to lose the passion for what I was doing.
I fell on hard times and ended up working in a warehouse doing hard labor checking and packing large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. I was the only woman working in that warehouse because all other women had quit the first day after seeing how hard the work was but I didn’t have that luxury. I needed the money and I couldn’t find any clients for my web design business.
I don’t tell this story to get pity. This was a life changing experience for me. This is when I realized that I had what it took to succeed. If I was able to endure the kind of physical and mental distress to make someone else money, why wasn’t I able to endure this for myself?
I quit that job after having to deal with a few cases of sexual harassment and I made a promise to myself that no matter how hard times got I wouldn’t work in a warehouse again.
I went through severe depression and anxiety because I felt like l was failing in all aspects of life. I felt that I was letting down my friend and family. When I began to have constant dark thoughts about suicide I talked to a doctor. I poured out my heart to him and he gave me a referral to see a psychiatrist and scheduled the closest available appointment which was in two months. TWO MONTHS!
I was in such a severe depression that I didn’t feel as though I had 2 months left in me to keep pushing.
While browsing in YouTube that afternoon I ran across an 8-hour long positive affirmation sleep hypnosis session. I began listening to it every night and till this day I credit that video for getting me back on my feet.
I began on a journey of self development. I started reading books in self love and I started to connect with more positive people on social media.
I began taking online courses on starting a business. I realized that the reason I was not finding clients was not because I wasn’t good rather it was because I didn’t know anything about business or marketing.
I started following great marketers and influential people on YouTube and listening to their speeches. This is where I discovered that this was what I was passionate about.
I wanted to help people, I wanted to change lives, and I wanted to give people hope. I wanted to inspire people with not only my words but with my actions.
I knew that I was unhealthy so I started to make changes in my diet soon after starting my self development journey and THIS is when I found Tavala. I began using the Tavala Trim which helped me propel my weight loss journey forward and dramatically improve my health.
Finding Tavala really inspired me to use the business as an avenue to help and inspire people. I am proud every time someone takes the leap to start their weight loss journey with Tavala because I know that it works and I’m making a difference.
Perhaps the journey I recently went through was to make this discovery- to align with my passion of helping and inspiring people take control of their own lives. I don’t think I could be as powerful a coach or leader without having gone through some dark times myself.
In the future I hope to become a motivational speaker to reach massive audiences because I want to show people that anything is possible if they set their mind to it and keep pushing forward no matter what obstacles get in their way.
The Tavala Trim helped me begin my weight loss journey and also lifted my emotional spirits. It has for many other people too.
I still have a passion for my web design work and I’ve been told my work is not only affordable, but user friendly and extremely professional. If you are looking for any work with graphics or web design, please reach out to me. 559-351-9462 or by email at email@example.com.
I have a passion and love building my Tavala business and enjoy inspiring and coaching customers and team members to reach their goals- of both improving their health as well as their ‘wealth’.
As a proud Hispanic woman, I am also passionate about impacting my culture as there is a lot of pain, obesity and diabetes in our culture, even more than the general population in the USA. Being bi-lingual is an asset and I’m happy to work with, translate and develop support groups in this arena ….in fact a goal is to impact the health and opportunity among our culture.
My family fuels my passions and with Tavala (and my web design) I am able to work from home and to be there for my family.”
As I mentioned above, It is with pleasure to introduce you to Stephanie Ortiz. Her talents are many. If you are interested in a web site design, setting up a blog, creating graphic design work or online marketing, reach out to Stephanie. If you join her Tavala Team you’ll be well supported!
Dave and Joy/ Global Leaders with Tavala
We’re thrilled to have Stephanie Ortiz on our Tavala Team!