I’m a modern day millennial mutha hustler.

I don’t really know what better way to describe myself in one swift sentence, so I think that will do.

I’m a mother to two wonderful young ladies, a health and wellness coach, photographer (Encarnacion Photography), and blogger at GOFITJO.

Becoming a mother at 21 was hard for me.

In some ways, I felt “robbed” of my childhood and my “youth”. Not because I couldn’t enjoy living like a 21-year-old’s life, but because my body had changed dramatically after being pregnant and since that happened I slowly began to hate my self-image.

Instagram: @gofitjo

I’ve always struggled to get into shape and focus a life around my health.

I began having low opinions of myself, which I believed for the longest time was modesty until it became a form of self-hate that quickly turned into a form of self-destruction and depression.

In July 2013 I started a fitness/health journey, making large changes in my lifestyle with how I viewed food and exercise.

This journey hasn’t been all sunshine. There have been moments that I was ready to give in. If it wasn’t for the support of my husband, friends, and family I would’ve walked away. Throughout the process, I remember feeling more energized, happier, and a fighting spirit within me started to burn brighter. I began to see the progress in my own eyes and I was amazed to see what I accomplished in a short period of time.

I decided to become a yoga teacher merely for myself. I wanted to understand and gain a deeper practice with yoga.

One of the best changes for my routine has been sleeping at least 7-8 hours a night. This has helped me function so much better throughout the day.

Credits: GOFITJO.com

I mainly work with brands creating content and marketing it on my social channels.

I try to keep an 80/20 mix of content. 80% my content and 20% brand. All the brands I work with are only products I enjoy and love.

Build a relationship, don’t just seek the ‘instafame’ or the free products or promotions.

You’re there to better one another to foster a relationship that is sustainable.

The biggest struggle I experience happens to be with pricing.

A lot of brands don’t understand that along with marketing their product on our channels, we’re also the copywriter, photographer, art director, and so much more. On top of all that it takes time to build and grow an engaged audience who wants to continue to grow with you throughout your journey.

I think my favorite so far is an ongoing partnership with Saje Wellness.

Our brands are just on the same wavelength and I love how supportive they are with my wellness projects and my own well-being.