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Meet Amapola Ramirez of Chicana Moms Podcast in Whittier

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amapola Ramirez.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Amapola. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a 39 years old Chicana born in Santa Ana, CA. who was raised in Whittier CA. I started Chicana Moms Podcast on April 15, 2018 during gradschool, while finishing my second master’s degree in Social Work. As a professional and overall as a human that loves to inspire I had the idea of wanting to share my story as a Chicana and my knowledge. I established a small community businesses in 2008 called Abundance Guidance Center, where I facilitate parenting skills, anger management classes, girls mentor program, individual therapy, and custody battle co-parenting sessions (Yes, I do all of these services myself). I decided to start a podcast due to not finding reliable podcasts targeting the Chicana population (Chicana is a chosen identity of some Mexican Americans in the United States). I searched for days and had no luck in finding a podcast I could familiarize myself with.

Growing up with immigrant parents, they instilled in me these words, “If you want something, do it well and never give up”. I then decided to figure it out on my own how to start a podcast as I had no clue, to be honest I was very scared but determined at the same time. I spent that entire Sunday figuring out how to record and publish my first podcast. I created my own logo and took a deep breath and began recording my personal life story as a Chicana. I published my first podcast on the same day and I had no clue on how to begin but I eventually figured it out. I felt it in my heart and soul that creating Chicana Moms Podcast was the most courageous and scary decision of my life. I was exposing my true self without caring what people think and say about me. I have now gained so much love and acknowledgment from many Chicanas who love my work and share they wait every Sunday for my podcast to post. Also, they add how grateful they are in hearing stories they can relate too. I am grateful for my listeners my Chicana sisters who are supportive and overall amazing moms doing their best regardless of their struggles. The message of Chicana Moms Podcast will forever be to let other woman know they are worthy, loved, capable, and important.

Has it been a smooth road?
The struggles were rough when I first started Chicana Moms Podcast because I had a few listeners and felt it was probably not a good idea after all. Yet, I reminded myself consistently of the struggles of starting my Abundance Guidance Center and just how it took time to start my business, I had to also be patient and keep recording. I would listen to my published recordings over and over and felt extremely vulnerable in which I doubted myself so many times. I decided to keep going and if I made any mistakes I would correct them along the way. My challenges continue to help me improve and believe in myself more than ever because without challenges we dont grow.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Chicana Moms Podcast – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a Clinical Therapist who specializes in parenting, anger management, and co-parenting high conflict custody battles. I am also a certified health coach sharing the importance of a healthy lifestyle without letting go of our culture. I am proud of being able to create a content where I can share my personal life stories attaching it with an educational topic. My Chicana Moms Podcast sets me apart from other podcast because it targets Chicana Moms who were raised by immigrant Mexican parents in the U.S. The Chicana population has been a very important identity to many people due to the experiences of growing up in the Mexican and American culture. I am proud of the support and love Chicana Moms Podcast has received due to the reliable content provided in each episode.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I have so much love for the City of Los Angeles because of the culture diversity within our society. The different culture restaurants, events, community awareness marches, and the endless taco trucks who never fail in selling their delicious tacos. Just like any other city in the world there are is always a con, which is the high cost of living that affects many families and individuals. The cost of living has created a high number of homeless families and individuals in need of housing. Even though the city has been working on eliminating homelessness the unity of the Los Angeles community will continue to rise due to the resilience of the people.

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