We had the good fortune of connecting with Ana Gomez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ana, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
At first I tried to keep my fashion blog separate from my personal life and my professional life. But then I realized that it took a lot of my time trying to have everything separate. My blog actually represents me, and not only my fashion preferences, but it represents my personality and my style, so it cannot be separated from my professional life or of my personal life. Then little by little I began to unite my worlds that I had separated, and everything began to flow easier. I realized that everything is about balancing and not separating. My advice is to always follow your gut and find that balance.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a journalist/influencer. I pursued the career of journalism because of my love for fashion magazines when I was a teenager. And when I was in college, I started working for my college newspaper and I fell in love with the newsroom so I set aside my love for magazines and I started working for a local newspaper. But my love for magazines kept going so that was when I decided to create www.ireallyreallylove.com, although is not an online magazine, it still has all the vibe and fashion which made me fell in love with my career and passion. What sets my blog apart from others, is that because I live at the border in both Tijuana and San Diego, my blog is in English and Spanish, since day one, because I know that we live in a beautiful vibrant binational community where everything even my blog and work is correlated.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have favorite spots for both San Diego and Tijuana, which I consider one big community. So first we can start the day eating chilaquiles in my favorite eatery in Tijuana called “Tortas El Charro”, then cross the border and go to my favorite place in San Diego which is Mission Beach for a walk on the beach and then some time to play on the amusement park at Belmont Park, then end the night with a little stroll at Little Italy and dinner at Filippi’s Pizza Grotto
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely feel my brand wouldn’t exist if it were not for my husband. When he was my boyfriend back in 2015, he pushed me to follow my passion and create my fashion blog. And not only that, but he also helped me find a name for my now branded blog. And since he is a graphic designer and photographer, he helped me create my logo and take all the photos. For more than five years I have received his unconditional support and I am very grateful, because without him www.ireallyreallylove.com would not exist.