Today we’d like to introduce you to Evelyn Barrios.
Hi Evelyn, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
It all started in Panama City, Panama 1989. I was born into a military family which meant lots of relocating. First place after Panama I lived was California and then finally settling in MIAMI at seven years old. Being raised in Miami meant a lot of things. A change in culture, language and vibe. I was always an athlete throughout my scholar years, which I am grateful for. Playing sports meant a healthy lifestyle, upbringing and played a huge role in my leadership skills and discipline. Like most people, going into college I had no idea what I wanted to be “when I grow up”. So, I took on business management for the hell of it which opened up a whole can of worms, lol. After a couple of courses and unhappy job experiences, I knew I wanted to be a BOSS. I wanted to have my own empire, I wanted to create generational wealth, and work on my own terms and most importantly time! I dabbled in modeling for a bit but ultimately fell in love with fashion & creating. Social media becomes a huge part of my life because I explore and dive into monetizing my creations constantly.
First up, starting a swimwear line @noonswimwear with my sister Katherine Barrios @katdiablo. It’s always been a dream of ours to create together. Building a business from the ground is tough, but in Miami there is so much inspiration and space to create. We’ve networked, meeting amazing individuals in the creative space & build a brand that is constantly evolving. Taking full advantage of that, I started a family YouTube channel “The GFAM” to entertain our community & it’s reached so many others. YouTube is an amazing platform to be yourself and relate to so many people. I use it to influence a healthy balance between fun, family & real life vlogs which is most important to us. This year, covid has put a strain on so many people and businesses, but I used it as an uncomfortable moment to grow. I started an online business where I now help others monetize and make money off of social media which is my main source of income! I want to continue being an influence of positivity and help as many people as I can. There are so many opportunities out there and we must take full advantage. Time freedom is something we should all yearn for. It’s all we got and don’t. Be fearless. Be consistent. Be eager to fail, but fail forward and fast !! Follow your dreams and don’t ever give up.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Has it been a smooth road? No. Of course not. Success is never a straight line & the sooner you understand that the sooner you realize how successful you really are. Celebrating small wins is something I had to learn to do through lots of mentorships & personal development. One of the biggest struggles for me was having impostor syndrome. Basically, I never thought I deserved success, I never thought I was good at what I was doing, I always second-guessed myself and was afraid. Overcoming fears is on my to do list now. DAILY. Everyday you should do something that scares you, that’s how you grow.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
If I had to choose one, I think people would say they know me from my Instagram reel content. I think most people follow me and come to my page for entertainment, although when they stick around, they realize I offer more than just funny content. I’m most proud of Being a mom to 3 amazing kids while I run my own businesses. A lot of women want help figuring out how to do what I do, and I’m here to do just that. I think what sets me apart from others is the will you win. I’m very competitive & really hard on myself. I’m passionate about the things I do and I love what I do.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Sooooo many people have contributed in different parts and aspects of my success story and even tho I am not even close to where I want to be, I wouldn’t be close to where I am now without the support of my family! They literally are my biggest fans and clients even lol. Aside from them, I have followers and subscribers that I adore and I’m super grateful for. If you have ever supported me in any way just know I love you so much and forever grateful.
My sister Katherine is literally my rock and the person who started business with me when we had no idea what we were doing. Going through that fear, hoping that hurdle was definitely easier because I was doing it with you and it ultimately gave me the courage to start everything else. I love you.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @evelyngonz_
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/THEGFAM5
- Other: https://linktr.ee/Evelyngonz