We had the good fortune of connecting with Anissa Ybarra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anissa, what do you want people to remember about you?
What I am most passionate about and something that really lights a fire inside me is the word of God. I feel most fulfilled when I am in his presence. Whether that be taking notes from online sermons, sharing that word on my platforms, or giving back and helping people or his creations. I fully believe the reason God has blessed me with such unique opportunities and experiences is so I could turn around and glorify him. To shine a light on how good he is when you put your trust in him. One of my favorite preachers once said, there are only so many books in the Bible. Your lifestyle may be the closest book some people get to read, live accordingly. That really makes you think. Additionally, one of my favorite quotes is “The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” Those two sayings really sum up life for me. As a Christian I believe it’s our duty to bring a little bit of the kingdom down to Earth to make it a better place. To plant mustard seeds that will grow in due time. So in totality, what I would like to be remembered by is how my ultimate life’s purpose was to serve God and lead people to Jesus. After all, in the big picture that’s the only reason we are here on Earth.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently a 3rd year law student at South Texas College of Law. I will be graduating this year and hopefully finishing out the road it takes to become an Attorney. I got to where I am today because of heart. I believe mentality and heart will get you further than mere talent ever could. You have to have that will and fire to get to where you want to be. Nothing in life worth having comes easy. One of my favorite quotes regarding this topic is by Will Smith. “If we get on a treadmill together there’s two things that’ll happen. You are going to get off first or I’m going to die.” I believe that sums up in a nutshell the mindset it takes to get what you want. By no means is it an easy road out here but with consistency and dedication you will always end up where you need to be. Everything I ever earned was because I never took “no” for an answer, I don’t give up. I encourage others to trust themselves enough to sustain the long journey it will take to reach their goals. When you have trust and confidence in yourself, you are already halfway there. Mindset is half the battle!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Number one on the list, a Rockets game! Depending on what season it is the Houston Livestock Rodeo is my favorite annual event. The Houston Art museums and Discovery Green are always a fascinating time to check out, depending on what piece of art they are showing at the given time. University of Houston sporting events are also some of my favorite events to attend. For the most part I go with the flow. I have my few annual events that are a must but other than that I am open to trying new places and seeing what else the city has to offer.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout would be dedicated the Rockets organization and my cheer coaches, Natalie Alvarado, Beau Barton, and Morgan Dewitt. I am thankful to them for taking a chance on me. Appreciative they trusted I would represent the organization well and be an adequate ambassador. Grateful they opened the door to the professional sports world for me and helped me achieve a lifelong goal of becoming a professional cheerleader. I will forever cherish the memories made within this family.
Rockets Photos taken by: Quy Ngo & Angel Rick Leal