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Nurse and Influencer Penny Tovar

Astronaut's Daughter
As a teen, Penny had become a stoner who just didn't try, but when she finally felt "seen" in a vocational school, she committed her brilliance to helping others, both as a brilliant nurse and a popular educator.
Show transcript
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Hi, Penny.
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Thank you so much for coming on to the podcast, astronaut's
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daughter.
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I'm personally so stoked that you're here.
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Do you want to give yourself like a little introduction?
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Tell people who you are where they can find you on social media
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before we get started.
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Yeah, for sure.
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Thank you for having me first and foremost, I'm honored, you
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know, my name is Penny Tovar.
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Um I'm a content creator on youtube, Instagram and tiktok
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It's pretty much just Penny Tova on all of them and I'm also
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a registered nurse.
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Yeah, I'm a bachelor's registered nurse.
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I work in inpatient rehabilitation.
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I'm a local hospital and I work for DM.
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Um And what was the other questions?
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I forgot.
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I just be going off sometimes you answered them introducing
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yourself where people can find you and we'll get all into the
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nitty gritty right now.
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But I just want a fan girl a little bit because I've been following
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you on social media for actually like a couple of good years
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I found you.
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I was telling you a little bit earlier but I found you actually
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on Facebook.
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Like all of your videos, the ones with your sisters, you doing
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thrift halls or just like, you just being like, super, super
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funny.
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I found you there and I've just been a fan and been following
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you ever since.
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So this is actually really exciting for me to have you on the
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podcast.
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And I'm excited to share with everyone your story and kind
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of like how you got to becoming a registered nurse.
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I'd love to talk about kind of like going back to your childhood
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and like how you were like in school and how you even really
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became interested in becoming a nurse.
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Yeah.
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Yeah, for sure.
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I'm about to have a because you're gassing me up so much.
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I'm like, of course I'm here.
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Thank you.
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You're so nice.
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I'm not going to far.
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I'm kidding.
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But um yeah, so I was born in East L A.
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Um but when I was five years old, my parents left because we
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were in the bro, like it was bad.
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So my aunt was uh in Vancouver Washington and called us over
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and was like, hey, you guys should move here.
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So I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.
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I literally live like 10 minutes from Portland, Oregon because
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if I say Vancouver Washington, everyone's like, what the
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heck is a Vancouver Washington?
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They're like, which I've been there too and it's way better
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than my Vancouver.
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So my God, that makes sense.
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But yeah, um As I'm closer to Portland, Oregon, I've been in
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the PNW for like 21 years now.
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But I love L A.
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It has a very special place in my heart.
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So I love being here.
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I'm from Mexican.
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My mother is from, my mom is from Michoacan.
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Um and in terms of education, my mom and dad had pretty hard
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lives.
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So my mom had to stop in second grade.
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She was an orphan and she had to work and then my dad, I believe
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he moved out and started working at 14 years old.
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So you know that they had hard lives.
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Um and in terms of education, I'm first generation high school
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school, college and university graduate in my family.
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It was awesome.
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Thank you.
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I really appreciate it.
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But honestly, I couldn't have done it on my own for real because
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like growing up when I was in high school, like, I don't know
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what it is about high school man, like you're already naturally
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so insecure, you know what I mean?
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Like I was insecure, I felt like my GPA wasn't the best.
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I think it was like a 2.0 or something like that or like a 2.3
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What kind of student were you in high school?
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The funny thing is I tried way harder in middle school but when
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I went into high school, like not to be inappropriate or anything
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but like, I was fine.
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It was like a stoner and I didn't try, I really didn't I didn't
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try that hard in school and like I was, it was way too up my butt
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of like, being, oh, I'm trying to be cool or whatever, which
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is like the lamest thing to do.
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But, um, yeah, I didn't really try that hard.
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It wasn't until, um, I was in sophomore year and that's when
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it was kind of like settling in of like, bro, I'm going to graduate
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soon.
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Like, what am I going to do after I graduate?
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I had no idea.
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Like I, I had zero idea.
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Um And then my friend Carla, shout out to Carla Garnica.
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Like she honestly, she changed my life.
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She really did, she played a pivotal role in my life.
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Um But, you know, I was at the Mexican table and we were all hanging
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out and then Carla comes up to the table and goes guys.
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Oh my gosh.
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Do you guys want to apply to Skill Center with me?
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And I don't even know what that was, but it's a tech program
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for high schoolers.
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So like they have a lot of different things.
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They have like aviation, hotel Management, um dental assistant
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CN A.
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So it's really cool.
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It's like a really, it's a tech institute specializing in
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different things.
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Yeah.
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Have you heard of I TT Tech?
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Um No, I haven't.
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It was a technical institute where it's like more hands on
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skills to get a certificate.
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That's what it was.
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But for high schoolers.
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So that way when you graduate, you have some sort of certification
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and something, right?
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So, she was like, let's do Skill Center.
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So I was like, anyways.
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Sure, whatever.
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And then, like, uh, my friend Jennifer and Michael, they were
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like, ok, I'll apply and me being the loser that I was like,
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ok, they're playing.
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So I'm gonna play too.
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So, thank God I did, it changed my life.
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It really, really did.
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Um I applied with them.
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Luckily I got accepted.
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But um they give you the option, like which program do you wanna
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do?
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They had the applied medical science program.
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And my dad said, you know what?
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I think you should do the, the nursing one.
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Yeah, I think you should do that one.
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And I said, OK, uh I'll do that one.
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So I started the applied medical science program when I was
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a junior and it changed my life.
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It really did.
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I was learning like anatomy, physiology, biology, medical
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terminology, um things like that and I fell in love.
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I really fell in love with it and I was good at it.
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Like there was something in me that put a fire under my, that
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made me want to try for the first, I was going to say, what was
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that pivotal moment where, you know, you were a little bit
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of a stoner in the beginning of high school and then kind of
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like, oh, ok, this is something that I really have to try in
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and go for.
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Was that it where you were like, OK, I got to take this a little
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bit seriously.
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I think it was the change of environment because the people
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that I was hanging with before, that's what they were doing
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Like I said, I was very like, going with the flow and that's
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why I had like a weak spine, you know what I mean?
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So, whatever they were doing, that's what they were doing
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But I completely cut those people out of my life and it wasn't
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so much like a harsh, like, oh, I'm not talking to you anymore
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No.
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But it's like, once I went to the Tech institute, the skills
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center, like, my friend group naturally changed and just
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to see other kids be so motivated and supportive of each other
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it was much more intimate, much more supportive.
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The class was like, less than 20 kids.
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Yeah.
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So, which helped a lot, like, a lot of attention then probably
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from all your teachers.
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If you ever struggled in anything, I'm sure you could have
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easily gone to them and be, like, ah, I need help in this.
06:37
No.
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Yeah.
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For sure.
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It just automatically took me from a place where I felt like
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a little lost fish in the sea, like a little, you know, I was
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like, just keep swimming or whatever.
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But, like, I went to the small classroom setting that, I don't
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know, I feel like, deep down I had this problem of, like, just
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not being seen.
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I definitely had middle child syndrome a million percent
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I got you.
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I totally feel the same.
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I'm a middle child and I know exactly what that feels like.
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Um, my older brother actually did a similar program like that
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Um, in high school it was a little bit different where it didn't
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like, um, specialize in different areas, but it was like
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a dual uh early college high school.
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So he took college classes while taking high school classes
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and that really prepped him for how hard college classes were
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gonna be when he went to a four year university.
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So, did you, do you think that also helped you, like in the future
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with all of the rest of your education?
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No, a million percent because the classes that we were doing
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was giving me college credit.
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Ok.
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Yeah.
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So just, I think it was just like someone had plucked me out
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of the bad environment that I was in and, and put me in a completely
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different one, which I feel like it really did shift my mindset
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which I think it is that it really proves that powerful point
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of like, show me your friends and I'll show you who you are.
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You know what I mean?
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So, um, yeah, I just felt like a lot more seen, I felt a lot more
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supported and I felt like for the first time.
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I tried and I did try and I got a 4.0 on that program and I got voted
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most likely to succeed.
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And I literally cried.
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I know it was like a little cheapy little certificate they
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printed in the back room.
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But like, for me, I mean, so much I finished the program right
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at high school.
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And I graduated with my CN A and I told my teacher, I said, so
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like, what do I do now?
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Like, and she said, oh, you take these credits and you go to
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Clark Community College and you go for the nursing program
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That's where that was, that's the whole point of that uh little
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tech program that to direct kids to the nursing program.
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I was like, ok, I don't, I don't even know what nurses do.
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I didn't know what nurses did.
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I didn't know what nurses did.
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I didn't know how it worked going in.
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So blind, I've never met a nurse.
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Like, you know what I mean?
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It's funny because now that I have a lot of nursing friends
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and a big nursing network.
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Um A lot of them will say my mother was a nurse.
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My aunt was a nurse.
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My bro, like, I don't know my dad, he worked at a blue printing
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company.
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My mom was a stay at home mom.
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Like I don't know anybody in the medical field, you know what
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I mean?
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So I really did go in blind I really honestly just went based
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off of my love for anatomy and physiology.
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Um So I was like, cool.
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That's what I'll do.
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I graduated from that program and I went straight to community
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college.
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And uh there's two ways to become a nurse, you can do the long
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way, which is doing two years of prerequisites.
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So it's a whole entire year of anatomy and physiology, microbiology
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chemistry, nutrition, um you know, things like that body
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inside out.
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And then after you do prerequisites, you have to apply for
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a nursing program to see if you get accepted.
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Nursing is very competitive, very, very competitive.
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Like it's ideal for you to have a GP over 3.8.
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That's, that's ideal, that is competitive.
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It's ideal for you to have that.
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Um the most ideal is 4.0 But like if you want to be considered
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at all, depending on the program, of course.
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But for mine, it was over 3.8.
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I did the two years of prerequisites.
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I got a 4.0 in all of my prerequisites.
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So I was able to hold a 4.0 for three years straight.
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So I was like, I applied for the program and um I got accepted
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and nursing school completely ruined my four point.
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It was that hard.
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It's hard.
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It's downhill from here.
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No.
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So my first test I got ac and I was like, oh, no, what did I do?
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What did I get myself into like, you know, I was like, uh but
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nursing brain is just something that you have to learn.
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You know, like the way that nursing brain works is like, there's
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one, there's a few assessment pieces and now you have to create
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the spider, spider web of like this means this and this means
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that and this means this and if we do this, it could possibly
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mean this, this, this, this, this, bro I'm the worst multitasker
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ever.
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Ok.
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Like even when my husband is talking to me and I'm doing dishes
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I tell him like, what did you just say?
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I don't even know what just came out of your mouth, bro.
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Like you have to repeat yourself.
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So it was just something that I had to work for.
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Yeah, it was something that I had to practice and work for,
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to develop a nursing brain.
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I think that's a good point.
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Everyone learns differently, right?
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So it's like the textbook answer or the way that people learn
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in classrooms may not fit every single person.
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You know, I think everyone has that one experience where they're
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like, oh my God, I just failed this test or I failed this course
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or I failed this midterm.
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Do I even continue moving forward?
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One?
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You found a good way of like, ok, this is how I need to pivot.
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This is the best way I learned.
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I know that teachers don't really work for me, this works for
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me and this is how I'm going to move forward.
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Do you have any other advice for people who may feel dumb or
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or even discouraged from having that one experience of failure
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of like how to move forward and not let that one experience
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hold them back for sure.
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Like for me, my confidence was crushed and I was like, second
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guessing myself.
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I felt like that little confused high school all over again
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of like, oh my gosh, I'm dumb.
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Like what am I doing here?
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You know what I mean?
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But I think eventually I had to just teach myself.
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And I feel like this is very evident in my content too.
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If you look at it over the years, I get a little bit more loosey
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goosey and a little bit crazy.
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But because it bled into my personal life of this is what I applied
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I had to get over the fear of looking stupid.
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I just had to get over it.
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Like I had to get over the fear of looking stupid and looking
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humiliated because guess what?
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This is cool.
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We're supposed to learn.
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This is the best time to ask questions.
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You know what I mean?
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That's literally the teacher's job for you to ask questions
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So I immediately became that annoying person in class that
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I would raise.
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So sometimes people would roll their eyes because I was like
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asking questions every three minutes.
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Like honestly, people will make fun of those people to ask
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questions, you know, that they benefit from it too.
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It's like they're also hearing because they're afraid to
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because they're afraid to look stupid and afraid to ask questions
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and you're that person asking questions.
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So everyone benefits from it.
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So I say the haters.
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Yeah.
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And I guess the way to get over that fear is understanding one
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you're not stupid, ok?
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That just means you learn differently and also understand
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you're literally in an education system that's literally
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their job to educate you.
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OK?
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And another thing is to ask what's the worst that can happen
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from asking for a little extra help.
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They're not going to be like, no, you shut up, get out of my school
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They're not going to say that, bro, you know what I mean?
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Most of the time they're going to be like, oh sure.
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Yeah, let's figure something out what works for you.
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You know what I mean?
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Don't be afraid to ask, don't be afraid to put yourself out
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there and look dumb.
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You know what I mean?
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So because to this day, like I literally my nurse friend, I
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met up with her in Florida last month and I told we were having
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a conversation and I was like, yeah, you know, like the Osteoclast
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the Osteoblast and she looks at me, how the hell do you remember
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that?
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And I'm like, cause I over ST so I did nursing and I just worked
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really hard and it was, it was tough.
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It was tough.
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It was not like, oh you know, freaking lollipops and rainbows
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and unicorns and stuff.
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Yeah, because I remember watching your social media.
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You did youtube videos all the time, especially with your
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sister.
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She's so funny.
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You got your dynamic is so fun.
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Um But I remember you were studying nursing and then kind of
14:03
took that break that two years you said and then went back to
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nursing.
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So tell me all about that and why you kind of chose to do social
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media for a while and then go.
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So it was never my intention to become a social media creator
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That was never my desire or my goal or anything.
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That was my husband's idea.
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So for me, my path was I'm going to be a nurse and yeah, at the
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end, you know, um when I graduated high school, um my hair turned
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curly after puberty, it was straight all my life.
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And when I, yeah, it's actually a lot more common than you think
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Salem.
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The opposite happened to her.
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She was born with curly hair, straight hair, right?
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Yeah, it's more wavy but it's no longer like the super curly
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like baby doll hair.
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So yeah, after puberty, my hair got curly.
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So through high school, I was trying to figure out how to take
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care of it.
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So once I graduated high school, I was able to have my hair look
14:49
you know, nice and I liked it.
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So every time I met somebody else with textured hair and I heard
14:53
them say my hair is ugly or frizzy.
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And I'm like, no, it's not, it's not ugly or frizzy.
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You just don't know how to take care of it.
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So I would literally talk to strangers about it like you need
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to try this shampoo girl like you need to try this, this conditioner
15:04
like you're in jail, that's what's been causing you problems
15:06
because it's got out dr alcohol, you know, isle alcohol, you
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want, you want to avoid that.
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So my husband said, you know, you're really passionate about
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this.
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Like you should make a youtube channel.
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And I was like, anyways, I was like, that's a horrible idea
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No.
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Um And I was like, I don't even know how to film a video.
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I don't know how to edit.
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I don't even know how to post and he did because he had helped
15:27
a friend previously with his youtube channel.
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So Martin was like, yeah, I'll help you.
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So we set up the camera in the bedroom with the green wall and
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that was at my parents' house and then um I told him get out,
15:39
I don't, I don't want you to like this is I'm shy, I'm shy.
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I'm like, I'm like that when I do videos, I like still to this
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day.
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I mean, I still can't have people around when I'm filming videos
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because I get too shy.
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No, not anymore.
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Girl, I'm not working on a statue.
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I get this.
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You better get this right now.
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But um yeah, so at first I was really shy to take notes from you
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because I want to get to that point.
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I think essentially it's just like you only live once.
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I know it sounds cheesy but like I want to live my life for me
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dude.
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And if someone doesn't like me, that's their not mine.
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We made the video and it was about, I think it was like 10 tips
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for curly hair or something like that, something like that
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We posted it and I got like two views.
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Like II, I always told people I never went viral.
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I went fungal.
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It's a very slow growth, you know what I mean?
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So I posted the video and I was like, cool, I made a video and
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I liked it and even though I only got like maybe 1000 views seeing
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the comments of people like, oh, thank you.
16:35
This was very helpful.
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Like, what do you?
16:37
I really fell in love with that little community that followed
16:39
me at first and I felt like, 00 there's like a little community
16:43
for me and I got like 10 subscribers and 20 subscribers and
16:47
then I felt OK, I want to keep uploading now because I mean,
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there's people out there that even it was like 20 people I felt
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obligated to, you know, keep them informed and updated.
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So what I did um because after high school, I was doing all the
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nursing prerequisites in the nursing program, right?
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Um I uploaded one video a month because that's all I could do
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because I was so busy.
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That was just kind of my dynamic while I was in break between
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semesters and quarters, I would make like two or three videos
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and I slowly release until my next quarter break around 2018
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I believe I had grown to 300,000 subscribers, which is insane
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to even think about.
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I can't even comprehend it.
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And in 2018, uh a brand name Crow reached out to me and they were
17:28
like, we'd like to fly you to New York.
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And I was like, I was like, what, you know what I mean?
17:34
So um I went out to New York and me and my husband went together
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and that's when I met so many girl girls that I had been following
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like Bianca Renee, you know, like, are you nervous?
17:46
Like fan girl girl?
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I feel like me right now.
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I was so no dude, it was bad.
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My first trip, it was amazing.
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But I was such a new, like I didn't really understand the etiquette
17:57
of the influencer world because I didn't consider myself
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one.
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You know, I didn't understand the fact that I had to pack really
18:03
nice clothes and always look put together and stuff.
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So I packed like whatever, you know.
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And no, this is the most embarrassing part.
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Oh, my gosh.
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So embarrassing.
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But anyways, apart from the fact that I was fan growing, which
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you don't do now, I know like, if someone walks through the
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door that I admire, I just calmly tell them, hey, you know what
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I really admire your work.
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Not like, yeah, which I was literally doing, like taking pictures
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of them and stuff.
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I'm like, oh my God.
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But anyway, it's the point and we're like friends now, I'm
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literally having dinner with tonight, which is crazy.
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Like 17 year old would be like crying.
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But um the point is I was on the trip and then I look at Bianca
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Renee, my friend and then I look at her.
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So what do you do for work?
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And she's like this?
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Yeah, this and I'm like, this is my job.
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You're like, huh?
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I was like, what, what do you mean?
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Yeah, I was like, what do you mean?
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She goes on social media and I'm like, how sponsorships.
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And I was like, well, I get sponsorships too in my head.
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I was thinking I get sponsorships too, but like not enough
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to pay my bill, not even the electric bill.
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Like, I don't, you know what I mean?
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So I was like, why, how did she do this?
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And I think um she picked up from what I was saying and she looked
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at me and she goes, how much do you charge for a youtube video
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And I was like $90 because I didn't know, you know, and I had
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300 at this point you had over 300.
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I had over 300,000 subscribers.
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Oh my God, they are robbing you girl.
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And I was getting a really good views too.
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So yeah, I asked for 90 because I was scared to say 100.
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So um literally when I said that all the girls on the the train
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literally looked at me like, like they just looked at me like
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I was dumb and I went, is that too much?
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And they sat me down.
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Thank God for Bianca and my shout out to Bianca and India, those
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two, I'm like bonded to them forever.
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They sat me down and they like give me a crash course of why I'm
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dumb and I'm doing it wrong.
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They're like, no, no, no, no, no, you have to do this, this,
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this, this, this, this, this I'm not business minded at all
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OK.
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I'm very much like experienced, I'm there for the experience
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you know what I mean?
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So my husband was, he's very business savvy and much more tech
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savvy.
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You know, he's an accountant, that's just how his brain works
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So he was soaking up all this information and I learned so much
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on that trip on how to become an influencer full time.
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So we went home after that trip and I sat down and contemplated
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everything and then my brain was melted from everything I
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had learned and I was like, whoa, I can do this as a job.
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Like this is cool.
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You know.
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So I kept doing it through nursing school.
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And then I told my husband, like, I think after nursing school
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I don't want to be straight to being a nurse.
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I think I wanna give this social media thing a try as a job.
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You know, because I liked it.
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I enjoyed it.
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So that would be cool.
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If I could make enough money to pay our rent.
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That'd be cool.
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You know.
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So, um after I graduated high school, I got my license and then
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I did social media full time for like two years and my channel
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went from like 300,000 to 700,000 in a year and a half.
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It was, yeah, it was like your daddy and the rocket girl to the
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moon.
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It was skyrocket.
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But no, it was really crazy and it was the right move.
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The right move was to focus on that.
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And really hone in on that.
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And my husband even put aside his career as he didn't do the
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CPA because he's still an accountant.
21:23
But he put up the CPA test to really help me with this and we put
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everything we could into it.
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And, you know, now we have a house and it's crazy how it works
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So, um with that influencer trip, you were, you know, seeing
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all of these different influencers have all of these, you
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know, focusing it on full time.
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Were you kind of scared to go back to nursing and try to kind
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of men mesh those two worlds together?
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The funny thing about after that trip, um I got signed to an
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agency which I'm still with them to this day.
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Um My life got really chaotic because I started flying out
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to Jamaica Hawaii, Miami, New York L A.
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Um You know what I mean?
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So it's not that I forgot about nursing, but I was just so in
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the moment of and so appreciative and like, oh my gosh, this
22:10
is my life right now.
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This is crazy, you know, and around that time that's when I
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actually started veering away from curly hair and more into
22:18
logging.
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Um because I mean, I can only say so much about curly hair, bro
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like three years of worth of videos like I have nothing else
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to say besides I like this shampoo.
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It's nice, you know what I mean?
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So I really veered into vlogging.
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Um and, and because I was traveling so much and doing so many
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cool things, I was like, cool, I'll use that as my content.
22:37
So I did vlogging for a good 2.5 years and that also did extremely
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extremely well.
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So I feel like I was like, you know, fall into like the little
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two lips and, and then I get an email, your nursing license
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is gonna expire.
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And I was like, uh, oh, I didn't know that you have to have a set
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amount of time where it's valid.
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If it expires.
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What happens you have to do the test again or?
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Um, it depends how long it's been inactive.
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Ok.
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Yeah, because I've heard it, it's different.
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So there's a fee you have to pay to renew it.
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Ok.
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You also are required to do some continuing education.
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Um, and actually we have to renew my license this month.
23:17
But um, yeah, you just pay a fee and you have to have a continuing
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education and yet to have a certain amount of work hours.
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So, um, I, it's every three years.
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So, um, I was getting to the three year which I was like, oh my
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gosh, like I need to get a job so I can keep my license because
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I love nursing.
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I loved it.
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I still love it.
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You know what I mean?
23:35
So I was like, man, I need to find a job that's flexible enough
23:38
So I was able to find a job as a home health nurse for medically
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fragile babies and Children.
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So it was, I was taking care of kids that were like really sick
23:47
um, and just had rare diseases that you've never even heard
23:49
of that.
23:50
I've never even heard of you know, like, like the first baby
23:53
girl that I took care of, she passed away at two years old because
23:55
she was very sick.
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Um, and it was a job that I loved and it just reminded me this
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is why I love being a nurse.
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You know, because I still have those memories of being with
24:04
her and reading her books and we watch Lion King together and
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I would take care of her.
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I would do her medications.
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It reminded me this is why I love nursing even though it was
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hella scary because I was by myself because when you're in
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home health, you're by yourself.
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Like at least now I'm at a hospital.
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Thank God because I have like other nurses.
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I have like the doctor, I could just call the doctor real quick
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but when you're in home health, you're all alone.
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If something goes wrong, figure it out.
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You know what I mean?
24:28
So yeah, I did that for a year and a half.
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It was really, really flexible.
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So then I've balanced social media um and my nursing job and
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then um during the pandemic, um there was a massive need for
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nurses.
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So that's when my local hospital reached out to me through
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linkedin.
24:45
And they were like, hey, do you wanna work at this hospital
24:48
Which like everybody just knows if I can get into this hospital
24:53
I'm set like I can go anywhere.
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And I was like, dude, this is amazing because I had applied
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before.
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And I think that's another thing that kind of ties in with,
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like, don't give up.
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I had applied to the hospital before and they said no, you know
25:05
what I mean?
25:05
Because I didn't have sufficient experience and because
25:08
it's kind of hard to transfer from home health to hospital
25:11
But they reached out to me this time, funny how the world works
25:14
The tables have turned.
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I know they're knocking on your door.
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I know the turns out table.
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But um she, they reached out to me, the crew reached out to me
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and they said, you know, we saw you have a bachelor's degree
25:24
you have a year of experience now.
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Um and you have experience in working with acute care, you
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know, with g tubes, tras ventilators, um things like that
25:33
Um So yeah, I think that's a good point.
25:36
It's like, ok, maybe one opportunity didn't work out because
25:39
you may or may not have enough life experience or work experience
25:43
So what can you do to get that in order to then revisit that goal
25:50
that you once had because you know, just because someone says
25:53
no, ok, ask again in like a year or two or when you have that experience
25:58
because or just keep knocking on their door until they say
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yes.
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So you started working at this hospital?
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Yes, I started this hospital job in January.
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So right in the new year, I started So I've been there for about
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six months now.
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Wait, it's been this month.
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It's great.
26:11
It's definitely a lot heavier workload.
26:13
I work 12 hour shifts.
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It's from 6 30 to 7:30 p.m. because you get an hour of breaks
26:18
and lunches combined and stuff.
26:20
But yeah, it's 12 hour shifts and I work per DM.
26:23
So, what that means you can do, uh, full time, part time or per
26:27
DM on call relief.
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Like there's all different types of positions.
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That's what I love about our nursing.
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It's really flexible.
26:33
Another thing I love about nursing is like you can be any kind
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of, did, you know, you could be a cruise nurse on a cruise ship
26:38
I did not know that you can be a flight nurse.
26:40
You could be a school nurse.
26:42
You can be a nurse for concerts.
26:44
You can be a travel nurse.
26:45
Right.
26:45
Oh, yeah, that's a huge thing right now.
26:48
Yeah, lots of my friends are travel nurses right now.
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You're never bored in nursing.
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You'd be a home health nurse.
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You can be a clinic nurse.
26:54
You could be a Botox nurse.
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Yeah, you can do Botox and leg.
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No, for real.
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I wanna do my own Botox with my leg.
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You know what I mean?
27:04
Um, but yeah, there's nursing is just a field that like you
27:08
can, if you, let's say you do a nursing job.
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Like me, I did home health for a year and a half and I'm in a hospital
27:13
You know what I mean?
27:14
Like, I like my hospital job.
27:14
I don't see myself leaving soon, but, like, if a really cool
27:17
opportunity shows up, like, cool, I can do this too.
27:20
So it's really cool to know that there are different avenues
27:23
you can take in nursing and it's not just, you know, oh, to be
27:26
a nurse, I just work in hospitals and I just do, you know the
27:30
mundane everyday things that nurses do.
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It's like you can do whatever you want, you can work on a cruise
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ship.
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I did not know that it was so cool, of course, with um nursing
27:40
and with, and even in social media, you know, being a woman
27:45
a Latina in these fields, do you ever feel any types of adversity
27:52
throughout the years?
27:53
You know, whether it be in education, like when you're in school
27:56
or in your day to day work lives right now, I think the biggest
28:01
challenge for me in social media has been more like the mental
28:05
aspect.
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I think that there's like the constant comparing myself to
28:08
people and like, I feel like there was a really big chunk of
28:13
time and I feel like I'm just now recovering from that, like
28:16
um just comparing myself to people and like what they're achieving
28:20
and numbers they're doing and, and for a while I kind of forgot
28:23
why people were attracted to my content.
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And I tried doing what other people were doing, you know what
28:27
I mean?
28:28
Because I was just like, oh, I guess, I guess that's what's
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popping right now, you know what I mean?
28:32
Um, now I feel a lot more secure in who I am and what I wanna do
28:36
And so I think that that was my biggest thing, but in terms of
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nursing, I feel like my biggest challenge was just, you know
28:44
the, the background that I had in terms of my parents, you
28:47
know, being immigrants and they were not aware of the resources
28:50
I, that's so common for so many second generation kids.
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Um where like you also don't really know the resources that
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you have access to.
28:59
Like I said, I didn't know what college was.
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I didn't know what scholarships were.
29:02
I didn't know, you know what I mean?
29:04
How can we move forward?
29:05
How can we help one another right now?
29:07
You know what I mean?
29:08
Because I feel like a lot of the times there could be some stagnation
29:11
in the Latino community only because one because of the process
29:14
of assimilation, it already puts stagnation in you of like
29:17
it's hard, you know, I'm too Mexican to be in America and I
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and I'm too American to be in Mexico.
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You know what I mean?
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Yeah.
29:26
You know what I mean?
29:26
Like that kind of idea assimilation, the process of assimilation
29:30
you know, like not being able to speak English.
29:32
You know what I mean, or like, you know, reading the letters
29:35
that arrive in the mail and you're reading it to your mom and
29:37
you're like 10 years old trying to figure out what the letter
29:39
says.
29:39
You know, it's just those, those little things making phone
29:42
calls to your own appointment as a kid, you know, like those
29:45
things, um like, i it's not so much that causes stagnation
29:50
but it, it, it kinda prevents us from being able to fully understand
29:55
the resources that we have access to because we're so not stuck
29:59
but trying to survive in this aspect.
30:02
Does that make sense?
30:03
You know what I mean?
30:04
It's kind of the same idea how like people like in Mexico, you
30:08
know, a lot of the times they don't have the opportunity to
30:11
have like um a self identification journey because bro, they're
30:16
working in the fields, they're busting their asses working
30:19
in the fields and their main concern is surviving.
30:22
Like, how am I going to feed my kids today?
30:24
You know what I mean?
30:26
And um I feel like that's like I said, it's not stagnation.
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It's more like survival mode because you don't really have
30:34
the time to think of other things.
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You really don't.
30:37
OK.
30:37
So one more question that I wanted to ask you is how you feel
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being Latina has benefit you and your profession as a nurse
30:45
It has allowed me to really be in a much more intimate place
30:50
in my community literally, I kid you not the last shift that
30:53
I just worked, there was two patients who didn't speak English
30:56
It was two little old men that only spoke Spanish and they gave
30:59
them to me.
30:59
And I loved that.
31:01
I loved that they were able to have a nurse that, that he was
31:04
so, they were so grateful, you know.
31:06
Um, I mean, the second one was a little confused and a little
31:09
aggressive but he was confused.
31:09
That's ok.
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I understand.
31:11
It's part of the job, you know, sometimes you get hit and scream
31:13
that that's just part of, unfortunately part of nursing and
31:15
working with sick people.
31:16
But the first little old man was like he said, bla bla bla and
31:28
um, he told me that he was grateful that he was and he vented
31:31
to me like a lot of things that he had gone through in life.
31:34
He wasn't able to do that with other nurses that couldn't speak
31:36
Spanish.
31:37
You know what I mean?
31:37
So, because I spoke Spanish, he was able to really, we were
31:39
really able to connect in a way that was part of my nursing job
31:42
We just taking care of people emotionally too.
31:44
So I thought that was very beautiful.
31:46
And, you know, and I was also able to, the other little old man
31:50
I was confused.
31:51
I was like, you know, because they use me a lot to translate
31:56
I, you know, like that's one thing that I loved about being
32:00
a la in the industry.
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And I think another, you know, my final note of loving being
32:05
a Latina in the industry is getting the messages from other
32:07
Latinas being like, dude, you're a nurse and you're Latina
32:10
like, thank you.
32:11
I look to you, I look up to you like I want to be a Latina nurse
32:15
too and I'm just like, it's so beautiful and I love it and it
32:19
warms my heart so much and you know, like representation matters
32:24
I think everybody knows that representation matters.
32:26
But what happens when you have to be that representation?
32:28
What happens when you've never seen it?
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You know, I have to be that representation in my life.
32:33
You know, I don't even know on earth to begin with.
32:35
You know what I mean?
32:36
So like I, I, I'm really happy that I, I'm really honored that
32:40
I can be in that position where someone could potentially
32:42
see in me like a role model.
32:44
And I, and I find that very beautiful.
32:46
That's awesome.
32:46
I really appreciate you coming on on the podcast.
32:49
I'm so grateful that you're able to come and talk to me about
32:52
all of your experiences and I absolutely adore you and thank
32:57
you so much for coming.
32:58
Oh Thank you for having me.
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No, seriously, I'm like, I'm super honored and I like sometimes
33:03
I forget like people know who I am because I post a video and
33:06
I'm like, oh, yeah, people watch my videos.
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So like, yeah, thank you.
33:08
I really appreciate it.
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I really, really do and you know, hopefully it's not the last
33:12
time we see you think up later, you know what I mean?