Director of Operations by Day + Blogger by Night
Veronica and I met when we worked at Bank of America in Ontario, California. We’ve kept in contact over the years and not only has she been a great friend since then, but she has also been a huge supporter. She is truly an inspiration and I enjoy following her journey, as she kicks ass in a male-dominated industry and growing her personal finance blog by 100’s daily! Read below to learn more about her journey + her purpose. You can also follow her by clicking here.
What is your schedule like on a day to day basis? From morning rituals, working a full-time job, and your blog?
I work Monday-Friday from 8-5, so my schedule is pretty set during the week! I have a long commute (about 1.5 hrs in the morning and 1 in the evening) so my morning ritual consists of getting ready and then on the go go go! I tend to work on the blog 2-3 times per week and mostly on weekends where I have longer time blocks I can use.
Describe your journey at Warren Street – how did you get your foot in the door and land where you are today?
I got my foot in the door thanks to one of my finance professors at CSUF! She worked with my current bosses and thought I should meet them. I met with them initially as a meet and greet kind of deal, but they ended up hiring me and I’ve been with Warren Street ever since!
When did you know you wanted to start your own blog? What was your journey like?
I started thinking about how many beauty bloggers, fitness bloggers, etc. we all as women follow, but realized that there weren’t many people out there talking about money - especially for young women. I wanted to be someone young women could follow and learn from, but most importantly someone they could relate to!
What are some of the biggest lessons you learned along the way?
The biggest thing I’ve learned is to always stay true to myself no matter what. Staying grounded and true to what I believe has helped in every aspect of my life.
Can you share one woman who paved the way for you to be where you are today?
A woman that has paved the way for me is Marcia Clark. She was my professor in college and is actually a colleague of mine now. She’s the person that helped me see the possibilities of what was in the industry and also helped me get out of my comfort zone. She’s a very successful woman in finance herself and I’ve always seen her as a mentor and someone I would aspire to be professionally.
What’s your best productivity hack?
For me, time-blocking is the best. I take a look at what I have going on every day and write down the things that must get done and block time to work on each task. It helps keep me focused and on track.
Who inspires you most?
My biggest inspiration has always been my parents. They came to this country when I was two and didn’t have much, but they’ve worked super hard my whole life to come out ahead and give us a life that I am so grateful for.
What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve been given?
The worst advice I’ve been given is to just live for the moment now and not worry about the future. I think living in the moment is very important, but planning ahead is also a big game-changer that I believe everyone should always be doing.
What advice would you give women and young people wanting to pursue a career in the finance industry?
My biggest piece of advice is to keep an open mind. Sometimes people think that the finance industry is only crunching numbers or only being something like a stockbroker. The reality is is that the industry is huge and has so many different opportunities. Sometimes if you get set on only one specific role, you may miss out on something even better out there.
What has been your biggest challenge thus far? How did you overcome it or will overcome it?
A big challenge for me has been taking on a role with a lot of responsibility at a young age and early in my career. I absolutely love everything about my role, but sometimes the many years of experience that I don’t have yet would be helpful. It’s challenging which makes it even better for me, but I overcome it by having an open mind and trying to learn from every situation that comes up so that the next time I’m a little better than before.
What is/are your vision(s) for 2020?
My vision is to grow my blog and reach a much bigger audience! I am also getting married in 2020, so bringing our dream wedding to life is a big vision :D
Share 3 fun facts about you!
I was born in Mexico and am fluent in Spanish
I played water polo in high school and still try to swim as a workout when I can
I just got engaged!