We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Yee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lisa, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
My grandparents came to America – opened up a laundry mat, owned an apartment building and raised eight children in Los Angeles, CA. I lived with my grandparents for a year and never witnessed my grandmother sleeping. I recall falling asleep to the sounds of a sewing machine and waking up to the smell of food cooking. Her energy to get things done effectively and efficiently has stuck with me. My father owned an automotive mechanic shop pretty much through my entire childhood. He had always been passionate about cars and innately talented when it came to diagnostics. I would help him out with bank runs, errands and simple tasks. I saw the immense work and the amount of pride he took in being a small business owner. I am not only a third generation Chinese American but I am also the third generation business owner. I often think of my grandparents and their struggle to make it in America. Their story gives me strength to continue especially during these uncertain times, worldly pandemic and our countries politics. My grandmother’s spirit to keep going is always with me. My father’s passion to do what he loved motivates me to do the same and keeps me focusing on my craft. I think when you grow up seeing and experiencing small family. owned. businesses – it is just in your blood.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I offer coaching and training in each session. I am a Certified Life Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. I have learned that in order for people to make long lasting healthy physical changes they need support in understanding their beliefs and thoughts behind their actions. There is no quick fix to altering a person’s lifestyle. It is not a six week challenge or a 30 day cleanse. It is a life long conscious effort, wanting to invest in your self health, self worth and self love. A person is much more incline to invest in something they love versus something they hate.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Paddle board on the bay at Liberty Station and grab lunch at the Liberty Public Market. Rent a cabana at The Edge adult pool at Omni La Costa Resort. Grab a pedicab to tour Gaslamp then drinks at Lumi. Walk around La Jolla Shores then watch a movie at The Lot in La Jolla. Walk around the cliffs in Ocean Beach and eat the best tacos at Blue Water. Morning ride starting at Fletcher’s Cove in Solana through Cardiff, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad and back to end at Naked Cafe for lunch. Dim Sum at Jasmine in Kearny Mesa then enjoy a craft cocktail at 52 Remedies inside Common Theory.
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 thank all the clients who have supported my business and keep referring my services to their friends and family. During the past seven months my small business has had to endure so many different regulations and changes. There is no way my studio, LisaFit would. still be here without people continuing to see value in what I do.