Happy Thursday, millennials!
The newest Millennial On A Mission is not only a superior athlete, but she is making it her mission to empower people to find their dopeness. Through her growing community of followers on Snapchat and Instagram, she inspires those who are at beginning of their fitness journeys to get out of their comfort zones and evolve mentally, physically and spiritually on their own terms.
Meet Christina Ruiz.
Hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Christina attended the University of Colorado Denver where she received her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with minor in communications and sociology. After working in marketing and communications for the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she transitioned into pursuing her passion in fitness and launched her brand Find Your Dopeness. Currently, she is a fitness coach and is in the process of getting her personal training certification.
MOAM: What inspired you to pursue a career in health and wellness?
CR: I was inspired to start Find Your Dopeness after realizing that I had created a platform for myself from sharing my fitness journey via social media. In the beginning, I shared it as a way of holding myself accountable to remain consistent with my workouts, but it turns out that I had unintentionally inspired many to start their own journey or helped motivated others to not give up. It has been a very humbling experience to be someone who people turn to when looking to change their lives.
MOAM: Who are some individuals you admire in and out of your field of work?
CR: In my life I have been blessed with some incredible individuals that have shared so much knowledge with me and have taught me how to be a better woman, entrepreneur and leader.
The people that stick out to be the most would be my mentor Jimmy Ortiz, who took me under his wing as soon as I arrived in Washington D.C. He truly has helped me grow as a young professional, and has helped me overcome many mental barriers as a fellow Latino. Within the world of fitness, I adopted one of the Master Trainers from my gym as a mentor, Ed Theophile. He is a very knowledgeable man when it comes to health and fitness, as well as life. He has helped guide me on my own fitness journey as well as encouraged me to pursue my passion within the industry.
MOAM: What challenges have you faced in building your brand, and what have you learned from them?
CR: While building Find Your Dopeness, I think the hardest thing has been believing in myself. Fear and doubt is the number one killer of opportunities and I was holding myself back because I didn’t think what I wanted to create and build had the ability to be something great. But it did, and it is.
My brand has only technically been around for a few months, but it has quickly grown into something that has helped inspire over 50 people to make the transition to a healthier lifestyle. These last six months have taught me so much about the brand that I have already created for myself, the people that believe in me, and the power that comes from believing in yourself. I’m also learning that when building something I can’t do it all on my own and I can’t do it all overnight. There’s many pieces that need to be put together to have it be successful but if I rush it, it won’t be done well and it’ll only fall apart.
To Christina, a Millennial On A Mission is a young entrepreneur chasing their dreams and working to make an impact within their community and beyond. “It’s someone who refuses to leave this Earth without touching as many lives as possible and conquering their fears,” Christina said. Her advice for her fellow millennials? Just do it. “Decide what you want to do, why you want to do it and make it happen.”