Tree of Life
Apr 01, 2013 10:07AM ● Published by Style
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I honestly believe this business found me. Some members of my family have health issues, and when I saw all of the great things virgin coconut oil (VCO) was doing for them and how it was changing their quality of life, I started to research and break down what it would do for others and myself. That is when I decided to be a distributor of Santa Maria 100-percent Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines; it is the best of the best.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
I grew up in San Jose and at a very young age I took care of newborn babies. Our neighbors had a baby girl and the mom needed to go back to work part-time, so as soon as I came home from school, I would go to their house and take over. It always amazed me how wonderful it was to hold and nurture a baby. Now I sell a product that is good for the baby and helps the mother too.
What is your hidden talent?
Mentoring middle school-aged girls and teaching them to knit after school. I’ve been doing it for several years now and have taught some to knit, crochet, and even sew. We start with simple tasks and then move on to other items of interest. When I tell people what I do with my time in the community, I get all of the supplies donated. I usually go to garage sales and get sewing machines donated; I’ll clean them and then gift them to the students.
What is your favorite place to eat out locally?
Asian Bistro—I love their Combo Noodle Soup. They’re always friendly, and they always recognize my voice on the phone.
What is your favorite local event that you go to?
Concerts in the Park at the CSD in El Dorado Hills.
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