Im a girl who cares about her health, exploration and living an extraordinary lifestyle

I wont do anything unless Im passionate about it. Period.

About Laila

Growing up near the Johnson Space Center, I was exposed to space exploration from an early age. However, I first decided that I wanted to be a NASA astronaut in the third grade, after watching the movie Apollo 13. The film showed me how challenging, demanding and satisfying it is to complete a space mission. The skills and experience I needed to accomplish my goal of becoming an astronaut have motivated me ever since.

I needed a great deal of determination to graduate from Purdue University with a BS in Civil Engineering (Boiler Up!), and then continue on to Portland State University (Go Vikings!) for my MS in Mechanical Engineering. All the while, I was co-oping for the Kennedy Space Center.

Nearing my graduation, I came to realize that NASA positions were few and far between, and I would have to pursue a different career trajectory. Contemplating similar job opportunities, I thought of two things: extreme engineering from my freshman engineering class and personal fitness. I decided to pursue extreme engineering and secured a job in corporate America.

In corporate America, I became extremely adaptable. And though I adapted to the nice salary and the fast pace of my new job, something just wasn’t right. I was still in a long-distance relationship that had started five years ago, and I wasn’t enjoying my work. I often found myself escaping the office to go work out. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do my job, but that I didn’t enjoy my new career. I didn’t find the job challenging, demanding or satisfying—and yet I felt all of these things when I looked in the mirror after a hard workout.

So, I decided to leave corporate America for a new dream—a dream to be a fitness astronaut! I wanted to become someone who explores fitness and helps others explore it as well. I wanted to explore what would make people fit and healthy. The challenges are as tough as you make them in your mind, and the demands can be a bit much, but the satisfaction of your smile when you see yourself in the mirror is worth it.

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Is this true!! I swear I remember being told this when I was at NASA! Astronauts need to have their space and me time!
Happy Hump Day Everyone! If you climb and reach the hump and realize the view wasn't what you expected then just need to go over it. There is no point in hiking backwards downhilll. What plans have you set that didn't go as planned? #pleaseshare #thoughtyoushouldknow 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀
Just did an insta live. Enjoy. I want to ask your honest opinion. (Swipe over to see all my videos) How do you do both? I want to chose one and stick with it but it's too hard? #imstuck #overanalyzing
Safety Safety Safety! I ran for a good 25 min but still I always always prepare for an emergency. Even while running you should always carry some form of id with you plus, insurance card. Not to mention wear brights and reflectors too... I like to thank the Disney Half Marathon for having such cool gadgets for us to buy before the race. Wearing a running belt buckle is a huge hand changer for me. 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️What things do you wear for running? #justkeeprunning #neonshirt #engineersofinstagram