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Conversations with the Inspiring Evelina Weary

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evelina Weary.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Evelina. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Hey everyone! I’m from LA… yes, LA natives do exist! I grew up living an active lifestyle as I love to move. Initially, I actually didn’t care for exercise. In preschool, I was signed up for the typical ballet class and I pouted my way out of it because I couldn’t stand it. Then, I found gymnastics which I loved because of the variety of “sports” within the sport. I ended up going to gymnastics classes until just shy of high school where I was recruited to be on the cheerleading team. Again, I didn’t feel like that was me so I ended up running on the cross-country and track teams, eventually becoming captain. During college, I discovered the Latin-inspired dance fitness workout, Zumba®, and salsa and absolutely fell in love with dancing. Even though I still have not tried ballet again. Since college, I’ve kept up with dance fitness and yoga (naturally as a Santa Monica local). I love that there’s a workout for every stage of life and that I’ve been able to keep up with moving my body to stay healthy. Responsibilities pile on but we were made to move and I’m an active proponent of wellbeing both physically and mentally. I’ve found my community, my hobby, and health through my classes and look forward to continuing to check out the fitness scene in LA.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
While I love dancing, that coordination has not translated over to team sports. I’ve always struggled with anything involving catching/throwing a ball. Most of the more affordable workout options in LA are the city league sports either through work or a community group and I have trouble in that setting. Additionally, time is usually an easy factor to point to when trying to amp up your fitness. It can be a commitment! Especially if you’re not a morning person like me. I’ve always liked bringing a friend or going to a class with a favorite teacher to stay accountable to a workout schedule. I’ve also been able to bring down costs by getting class packs on sale or going to donation-based studios. If that’s not an option, I will turn to go on a hike or running on the beach.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I provide various services throughout LA. I work in influencer marketing and have always been a strong social media enthusiast. I currently offer social media services to my favorite local fashion store, Accentz Boutique, in Brentwood. Additionally, I am an avid babysitter and petsitter which I have been doing for over 10 years for several families in LA. Lastly, I’m a Gold Member of the Yelp Elite Squad where I have posted over 1,000 reviews, photos, and tips about the local businesses in LA. One of my reviews made the “Review of the Day” and was featured on the site.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
It’s ok to ask for help and a raise when you’ve put in the work. Even if you have a job, always network, as your network will end up being more important than your skills.

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Photographer: @omarlephotog

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