Today we’d like to introduce you to Krizell Sullano.
Krizell, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up as a first-generation Filipino American, I was always someone who wanted to do my parents proud. You know, get straight A’s, finish school, get a good job, help my parents out. You know how it goes. But after my parents divorced, I went into a downward spiral in high school. As someone who was in the honor roll all her life before high school to barely being able to graduate unless I made up the credits in an after school program my senior year, it was a tough thing to swallow. I eventually graduated because I took an after school Nurse Assistant Program, which changed my entire life. I started working as a Certified Nurse Assistant and climbed up the ladder of Nursing. Fast forward to me becoming a Registered Nurse, getting my dream job, finding an amazing partner and living “the life” I have always wanted. But something was missing… I wasn’t happy.
I worked so hard to hit all these goals that I was told was the right thing to do as a child and here I was, I climbed the mountain only to feel unhappy and thinking, “Wait is this it?” I spiraled into another miniature crisis and found at the root of my problem was my lack of self-love. I realized you can have all the things you want in life but if you don’t love yourself, there is really no happiness to it. I started going to different self-care events and finding a community with people who felt the same things as I did. I turned to my friends and opened up about my feelings only to find out that they felt similar things too! All this time I was feeling alone and struggling with all these insecurities and so were my friends but no one was talking about it. By being vulnerable, I was able to create deeper connections with these women and that’s how I knew I wanted to create a space for other women to experience this as well. That’s how Everyday Women was born. Now I host events that focus on self-love and self-care with the goal of empowering others on their self-health journey together.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Ha! I’d be lying if I said it was. Of course not, this shit is hard. I struggle every day. A lot of it stems from insecurities and imposter syndrome and thinking “Who am I to even do this?” But I have to remind myself that this is hard work, and this is part of my healing journey too. I dig it though, the ups and the downs. I’m grateful for it all because I have learned so much from doing this and I’ve met so many amazing people.
Please tell us about Everyday Women.
Everyday Women is a platform that focuses on Self-Health which we define as ‘the pursuit of being good to yourself, by any means – for you, by you – to promote overall wellness in mental, physical, spiritual and social health. We host pop up events all over LA to create space for women to connect, inspire and empower one another. It’s like doing self-care, but together. I also work 1:1 with women to support them on their self-health journey through coaching. Our Instagram account @iameverydaywomen not only allows women to know that they are not alone, but it is also filled with self-care tips we like to call Everyday Selfies (a reinvented definition of the usual shameless selfie). I am most proud of the community that has been cultivated from this, and also the growth I’ve seen some of these women make. It is absolutely mind-blowing and beautiful to see.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The health and wellness scene is huge in LA. It’s definitely a great place for a business like mine. If someone was just starting out, I’d absolutely recommend them starting out here. The only thing I wish could change about LA is the traffic and parking because sometimes having an event on the Westside in Venice can be a nightmare, if you feel me. One of my dreams for Everyday Women is to set up a brick and mortar where we can host our events as well as let other community members host their own as well!
- Website: www.iameverydaywomen.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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