Women on a MISSION

Meet Zabby G a Woman on a Mission

Today’s Woman on a Mission interview is with Zabby G ,  Blogger @ How to Be a Pineapple Located in Johnstown, Colorado 

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do professionally.

What do you enjoy most about your profession and why did you choose it in the first place? What was the inspiration for your company/project?

I really enjoy hearing how women relate to my written words in my blog. There are women out there like me who just want better. They want to achieve a personal utopia within themselves and not let other people dictate how they fell about themselves. I have even had a few men read my blog and react positively to what I have to say. I started a fitness and dating journey. Dating November of 2016 and fitness in August of 2017 and decided to document my journey and tell women what I learned and how certain events changed my life for the better. I learned how to love myself, control my anxiety and I found that I deserved a lot more than I allowed. Respecting and loving yourself is a full time job but once you do, then your tolerance for poor treatment decreases. Eating right, working on self-love, being a better version of yourself, and knowing that you can achieve anything you put your mind to is powerful stuff. I want all women to feel this power we have. There are women in our past who have stood up and become icons for us to follow. Women have fought for decades to be equal and we are still fighting. I want to be part of that fight and show the world women are amazing and we hold a strong power that is beneficial to humanities existence.

 Tell us about any new projects you have coming up.

I would love for my blog to get more traffic so that I can continue writing and inspiring women. I want my journey to be inspiring even if I just reach a few women with my story. I think the story of a single mom working her way from a stay at home abused woman to opening her own business on her own would be an inspiring story to tell. Abused women think they can’t do things like this, and we can! I want them to know this and I want them to know they are beautiful and loved. They have support. If my blog takes off and makes money, I would like to use the money to help abused women get out of the situation they are in and help them heal to a healthy level that allows them to succeed on their own.

In addition to my blog that I mentioned above. I am also wanting to start my own business that will benefit Shelter pups in a HUGE way.  I am starting at the bottom and signed up to work for Rover.com to be a dog walker/visitor/sitter. The money I make with that job will help finance my ultimate goal.  My ultimate goal is to open a pet the puppy coffee shop that houses shelter pups for people to play with while they have coffee. This allows shelter pups and humans to get the attention they deserve and need. It is quite therapeutic for both parties. If a human and shelter pup connect then the human can adopt the pup at the shelter.  It will also be a vegan coffee and bakery shop.

 What is a typical day like for you?

I am a single mom of two girls, 15 & 12, 24-7-365. I work Full Time as a Deans Assistant at a Community College and travel an hour a half from home to work and back five days a week, so I get up at 6A to be to work by 7:45A. I work one ten hour day, three nine hour days, and one three hour day. I get home and cook dinner and care for my two daughters. I work out at home for one and a half hours six days a week with my girls. I work late hours at home promoting my blog and my second part time job, so I stay up until 1A or 2A every night. My weekends are spent promoting myself, but the girls and I do get out and have girl time on Saturdays.

Tell us about your community involvement – what you are passionate about outside of work and home and why/how you participate?

My girls and I have plans this summer to volunteer at the local shelters 2 Saturdays a month and we would also like to run a backpack and school supply drive for the local kids in the Johnstown area. For the winter months we would like to run a blanket and coat drive for the families in the Johnstown area. Hopefully if these things go well we can expand our efforts to help those in need.

What is the biggest risk you ever took professionally and/or the biggest obstacle you have overcome?

The biggest risk I took professionally was publishing my blog. People get to see my deepest and darkest secrets in that blog.  People read my blog and get to see the unfiltered and raw me. It was scary to let people in that far, especially people I didn’t know on a personal level. Most people did not know that I was abused by my girls dad, that is not something I openly talk about. He was a scary man and I lived in fear for many years, looking over my shoulder. This was a HUGE step for me to allow people to see inside me.

From where do you draw inspiration? Who have been your role models, mentors, etc?

There are so many women that I used to draw inspiration from. Rosa Parks, Irena Sendler, Hellen Keller, Amelia Earhart, Maya Angelou and all the women who fought for us to vote, , and of course I cannot forget the modern day divas like Ashley Graham, Megan Trainer, Beyoncé, Hailee Steinfeld, Tyra Banks, Tess Gerritsen and all the women who make their mark on the world without ever caring what other people think. One man that is a good mentor for me and my promotional skills is Gary vaynerchuk.

What do you do to keep yourself sharp? What one thing have you done in the past year that has made a significant difference in your life/your business?

Fitness and diet have been my main saviors through this whole journey. The food you eat does dictate your mood and how you feel. Changing to a plant based diet and working out has changed my life and is starting to change my daughters’ lives. It is truly a happy pill and I thank the Fit Girls fitness challenges for helping me achieve this goal. They are a wonderful community of empowerment for women and I could not have done this without them!

What one thing would you like to learn this year?

One thing I would like to learn this year is better promotional and marketing skills. It is easy to open a business, but marketing is the hard part. If you can market successfully then your business will be successful. Gary says if you want to know what to do educate yourself because no one is going to do that for you. You have to be the one to put in the work to build your business, so that is what I am doing. I am just interested in bettering myself so I can be more successful.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I want to have my pet the puppy coffee shop and my blog and be able to support helping others in need. It is important to me that people who struggle financially know that there is someone who cares they struggle.

What do you do for fun/relaxation/entertainment?

I am a very creative woman, so when I do get down time I make 3D polymer clay sculptures and decorate room in my home. We have a Jurassic World bathroom, a Stranger Things Game room, My girls room is Nightmare before Christmas and Minions, and my room is Paris. I also love Harry Potter, DC, Marvel, F&F, and Jurassic movies, so the girls and I see and own a lot of movies! I love to read Tess Gerritsen books, she is the best writer and I can’t put her books down. I own all of her books.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

It is the most amazing feeling to put on your Heck yeah, booty shakin’, good vibe pants and yell to the world “Today is my Jam!!!!” Let every day lead you to a new and better you.

What’s the best way for the readers of WE Magazine for Women to connect with you 

I do not have a ton of followers yet. I am in the beginning stages of promotion and have a possible influencer.  In the famous theory of Gary vaynerchuk, it does not matter how many followers a person has, they are still important and have something to say. Take the time to engage with those people, they can be amazing for your business.

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And be sure to follow Zabby G’s blog here: http://commentaetreuneananas.com/

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