Fabulous People: Natalya Vasquez

Natalya Vasquez is a San Diego personal trainer, health coach and the founder of Bridal Bootcamp San Diego. “I help my clients reach their goals through sustainable fitness programming and lifestyle recommendations.” Learn more about Natalya Vasquez…

Follow at: @natalyavasquezcoaching

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

First job: Grocery store courtesy clerk.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: I enjoy walking along the beach and hiking San Diego’s trails.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: My family and I immigrated to the U.S. when I was a child. As an immigrant, there is a heavy emphasis on getting a job with security. My former job as an analyst for the local government epitomized the “American Dream” because it provided decent pay, good benefits and a retirement plan. I had to overcome the mental hurdle that while my job was stable, it wasn’t how I wanted to spend my life. My biggest accomplishment has been getting out of that career and creating a business I love.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: When my daughter turned one, I decided to leave my analyst job to focus on raising my daughter and building my business. The transition from working full-time in a secure position to caring for a toddler while finding the energy to move my business forward was challenging.

Someone who inspires you and why: My husband is one of my biggest inspirations. He is a man of integrity who always keeps his word and puts our family first. 

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Train as many people as you can and stay up to date with industry trends.

Favorite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ––Oscar Wilde

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I have my M.A. in Latin American Studies from University of California San Diego and spent seven years as a Spanish teacher and 10 years as a data analyst.  

What makes someone fabulous: Someone who embraces their individuality and relentlessly pursues their goals.

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