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Conversations with the Inspiring Sonia Gaeta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sonia Gaeta.

Sonia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduated UCSB, became a Legal Assistant, a mother, a blogger, and founder of LA Mommy Life. I have a constant battle with depression and anxiety, and I have found that writing has helped me cope with these issues. Sharing my experiences through my blog keeps me grounded, and when someone reaches out to me saying that I’ve helped them in anyway I feel accomplished.

When I became a mother, I felt that I was not relating to a lot of my single friends. I tried reaching out to different mom groups within my surrounding areas but I didn’t feel much diversity within them. So, I decided to create my own – VIP Mamas! It is a closed group on Facebook where only moms can join. My goal is to keep the group multicultural, I love diversity! My goal is to teach my daughter to love it as well. I organize play dates and mom’s self-care events and do giveaways. I enjoy the whole aspect of creating a welcoming environment for moms and kids where they can develop new friendships. I am very happy with the supportive nature the group has been for everyone.

Today, I see my LA Mommy Life brand taking off! I can’t wait to see where it will take me, I have no intention of slowing down.

Has it been a smooth road?
The challenges that I am faced with are my own self-doubts, my ongoing battles with anxiety and depression, and negativity. There are always going to be those people with negative remarks, and they tend to linger and start formulating as your own thoughts if you let them. What I have learned is to acknowledge my thoughts and to choose what I let become my reality. I am an extreme advocate for mental health. I wouldn’t be here without the endless amounts of therapy I have gone through. I encourage everyone to try it out. Some of the most valuable techniques on coping with my own demons were taught to me by mental health professionals. It is very empowering. I also try to surround myself with positive people. I feel very supported by my friends, sometimes more than some family members. When it comes to family, it is very tough because for me, their opinion outweighs everyone else’s, and it is a constant battle of mine to not personalize the negativity. One great tool is to use compassion, to understand that sometimes people are coming from a different place, and that’s okay. Take what you need from it, and learn from it.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into LA Mommy Life story. Tell us more about it.
I am most proud of the group I created, VIP Mamas, which has brought so much life to me and to so many other mamas in Los Angeles. My constant online marketing and networking are paying off, I see more and more members joining. My Instagram following is growing. Now, with my LA Mommy Life blog, I am able to reach others. I am a self-taught techy. I am now known for my love for social media, my events – meetups and playdates. LA Mommy Life has all of what a mom is looking for, support, events to attend, self-care, and education. Not only have I created events that are about having fun, but I have also created free workshops on budgeting skills, couponing, and weight-loss/meal prepping. I also have created events where mamas can give back to our community through volunteer work and donations.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My mother is a constant inspiration to me, she never ceases to amaze me. I am very grateful for having such a caring and nurturing mother like her. She teaches me all there is about being a mother. I consider myself very lucky. Now, if I can only pick up her cooking skills, that is a venture that I still need lots of work on.

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