Welcome everyone! My name is Anna and I’d love for you to join me on my journey. ‘Eye Love Gains’ is a representation of all that I aspire to gain from life. It is a play on words combining the two important things I love.
I’ve built my life from the bottom up, and I simply want to help others, who have been in my shoes, do the same. I started my own business (Optical, hence “Eye”) and have been funding it by trading stocks, especially during the 2020 pandemic. Prior to that, I’ve primarily invested long term in stocks to fund other business ventures and investments.
I’m primarily running my business through my E-Commerce Optical Shop to support my brick and mortar location after the 2020 shutdown. I’m here to share my personal experiences, and help as many people as I can. To read my full story, check out this blog.
My passion for helping Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Traders, and those struggling to rebuild their lives is the key motivation behind eyelovegains.com. Everything on eyelovegains.com is created by me. I beta test various softwares and applications and conduct thorough research prior to publishing tutorials and articles.
I am passionate about Investing and Trading as a means to fund my business ventures. I am also a caretaker for my mom and brother. I have a passion for web design, creating content, writing, laws and regulations.
My Educational Journey
I had little motivation for anything growing up. As mentioned in the blog post, with my rough childhood, it made it difficult for me to want to stay motivated in school. My education was the last thing I cared about. I didn’t want to go to college because I had no motivation and no direction, and felt like it would be a waste of money. We were poor growing up; there was no way I’d be able to afford going to college, yet alone a University.
After working in a restaurant for 2 years, my coworkers and managers pushed me to reconsider because they all felt I had the potential to be something great. I had no confidence in myself; I could barely communicate. I was quite antisocial and I never smiled. I didn’t see what they saw in me. All I knew was that I was hard working, dependable, and had strong work ethic. I walked 2 miles to work and 2 miles back home every day at the age of 16. I was motivated by money because it was the only way to help my mom pay rent, bills, and put food on the table. Looking back now, I now see what everyone else saw in me.
I didn’t think I was smart enough to go to college. I wasn’t like everyone else with dreams and aspirations of becoming a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc. What changed was when my extended family told my mom that I would never get into college or graduate, making my mom cry because she felt like she failed as a mother because we were poor and she knew that was the real reason why I didn’t go to college. Seeing my mom cry fueled me to prove them wrong, so I toughed it out, and started attending college 1 1/2 years after graduating high school. I worked 3 jobs while attending community college, so that I can save to afford transferring to a University.
Not only did I graduate with multiple college degrees, but I earned scholarships and grants which allowed me to learn as much as I possibly could, taking advantage of all the resources and courses available to me while attending college. My mom didn’t know I was going to college until one month before graduation. I was afraid of worrying and disappointing her, so I kept my personal struggles to myself. She was so proud and shocked. She didn’t understand how I did it. I simply told her “don’t worry about it, I worked hard, and I got the degrees.” I still remember how happy she was to tell her siblings (the ones who said I’d never get into college) and my grandma how her daughter was the first to graduate college. The proudest moment of my life was seeing how happy she and my grandma was since they never had the opportunity. They both struggled to come over to America, and they wanted to see one of the kids get into college and graduate. The ironic part is that, the poorest of the kids was the one who did it.
- Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at a University of California (UC), majoring in Pre-Med: Psychobiology and minoring in Pre-Law: Political Science
- Physical Science with honors, Associates of Science (AS)
- Biological Science with honors, Associates of Science (AS)
- Business Finance with honors, Associates of Arts (AA)
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics with honors, Associates of Arts (AA)
- Social and Behavioral Science with honors, Associates of Arts (AA)
Current Professional Experience
I’m recognized in the Optometry and Optical Industry as paving educational pathways for the future workforce. I work with community colleges to write their academic curriculum for my industry. I am an ECP at my Optical, where I take care of patients. I am the CEO of my company, where I beta test and collect data for research and focusing on my flagship, setting up the framework to turn it into a future franchise. I am also the CMO for a Bay Area-Silicon Valley company, where I am responsible for overseeing the planning, development and execution of marketing and advertising initiatives.
Previous Work Experience
I served 4 years as a committee-board member with the Department of Consumer Affairs working on laws and legislations. I have previous experience working within the Legal, Financial, Insurance, and Banking Industry.
I also worked within Hospitals, Medical Facilities, Rehabilitation and Homeless Shelters, and as a Restaurant Manager. My experience allows me to think outside the box when identifying issues and solving everyday problems.
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