We had the good fortune of connecting with Ralda Robles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ralda, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
I have recently begun investing more time into manifesting and using affirmations. A few years back, I was the kind of person who would laugh at the idea of saying a few sentences to make myself feel better. One that I repeat often is, “I am where I need to be right now.” This affirmation is small but powerful to me. It signifies that although I am striving to one day stand in higher places, where I am now is right where I need to be. It’s my daily reminder to acknowledge how I’m feeling in the present moment and to relish in this face of my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The idea of blogging has always seemed out of reach for me. I had never been one to throw myself out in front of the public or share personal details of my life. When I first started my Instagram page, I felt like I could post a picture of my meal and walk away. Soon after, my followers began asking why I ate the way I did, where to buy similar products, and how I discovered healthier alternatives. I suddenly felt the need to connect with others and help women find solutions for their nutritional journeys. Soon after I found my way around social media, I started helping another company do the same. Keeping up hasn’t been easy scheduling wise, but I have gained supporters who send reaffirming messages every day, and communicating with them is what keeps me going.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food-wise the answer would be easy. I’m usually a regular at the same few spots because I trust the ingredients, care, and creativity behind each dish I discover. For breakfast, we’d stop by restaurants like Pondicheri, Vibrant, New York Bagel’s, and Pressed Juicery. Then, a few of my go-to lunch spots would be Flower Child, Brown Bag Deli, Sweetgreen, Local Foods, True Food + Kitchen, The 401. Craft Pita Pondi Bake Lab + Shop, and Fadis. We won’t stop there because dinner in Houston is always a hit. It’d be places like Uchi, Nobies, Latin Bites, and Kata Robata. Some places I’d have to show them to are the Saturday Urban Harvest Market, Sunday Heights Mercantile, the Japanese Garden, Memorial Park, the Menil Collection, and bike riding in Downtown Houston.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family is small and a bit rough around the edges, but ultimately I think I’ve carried on a trait from each of them. They have all had an immense effect on where and who I am today. If I had to choose one person to recognize, it’d be my cousin Loretta Caddigan. She has been my role model since birth, and somewhere along the way, she taught me how empowering it would be to simply be myself. I value her qualities, and it’s not often that you see each side of a person and still believe they are honorable. From the moment I started my blog, she was my biggest fan, and we’ve only grown closer through experiencing life together.