We had the good fortune of connecting with Alessandra Laura and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alessandra, do you still remember your first job? What was it?
My first position was working in a grocery store. Like many others first job, it was something that truly taught me work ethic. I was working in a grocery store where a lot of the workers there were first to migrate here to the U.S. in their family. I was always so impressed at how hard they worked and strived to always learn from them and their stories of life. I did everything from bagging, cashier, pushing carts, selling tortillas, and packing food. I never said no to any opportunity given to me because I saw everything as an opportunity to learn. Eventually, I moved my way up to an assistant service manager but titles didn’t really mean anything to me. I was more focused on ensuring I was able to lead and impact others positively. Overall, these were things I continue to carry in life and my current position.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently a recruiter in the staffing industry. It’s fun because no one-day is ever the same. It keeps things interesting and my team is like no other. I attended Texas A&M University and was the first women in my entire family to graduate with a bachelors degree. It’s something so cool to say but it makes me happy to know that I am not the last. So proud of my family for continuing to break barriers. I knew I always wanted to land a career where I could help others but I also knows I enjoyed being in front of the camera. Right now, I am able to do both. I do still work full time and blog when I’m not at the office. I’m thankful to be able to do both.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have truly enjoyed the outdoors lately : Buffalo Bayou Park- perfect for a fun family day or an outdoor picnic with a great view of the city of Houston Coffee Shop: Catalina coffee, Agora, and Boomtown

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?
Wow! None of this would be possible without the person behind all the photos. I have so many people to thank for that. Cecily, Karen, mom, and sisters, mil gracias!!! I like to also state that I try to keep myself motivated by staying around positive people and reading books. My last book was “Girl, wash your face” by Rachel Hollis. It’s a must read!

Website: Alessandralaura.com
Instagram: @alessandralaura