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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My Solar Eclipse Vlog is finally up on my YouTube channel. Checkout how my this little girl was such a handy helper Link in Bio 👆!! #thegreatamericansolareclpise #solareclipse2017 
I realized waking up and reflecting over last months the excitement from the solar eclipse and the very much anticipated excitement from everyone, I wanted to share a low moment. I really believe we need to push to go back to the moon again. Yes I support those who want to explore Mars but don't you think we need to aim for a closer satellite "the spacey round object circling Earth"? I remember the shuttle program was a program that had such great achievements and a lot of us enjoyed the long drives to come see it. Similar to those moments where we all gathered together, glued to the TV to watch the landing on the moon during the Apollo years. My parents who lived in the Middle East told me they will never forget that day. Talking about a whole world connected. "We landed on the Moon" Driving long hours to watch the Saturn V rocket and Shuttle launches from Cape Canaveral, FL. A movement. This is history and science we have witnessed. Why can we not relive it as much as we did back then with all this amazing technology we have today? 
However, I must say.. how proud I am beyond proud of the education schools/teams from all over the country to help inspire our next generation of Space Explorers and STEM enthusiasts. Thank you NASA and the marketing team for sharing with everyone how amazing science, space can be. We predicted this solar eclipse 38 years ago to the second!!!
F R I Y A Y 🚀👩‍🚀 Today is one of my most favorite days of the week. With negativity a constant around us I wanted to start off this weekend positive and strong with a question for you all fitness astronauts. 🚀What are you most grateful for? 🚀 #friyayfeels #whatareyougratefulfor
This girl is 🚀 it!! Who here is studying for the SAT and taking it within the month or two? #satprep #dontgiveup #testinganxiety #collegeboard
With so much that is going on with natural disasters (Harvey & now Irma) one thing I've seen is a lot of pure love hustling. People doing more than they could possibly have imagined: Volunteering, giving, praying and just flat out doing. Stop dreaming and wish for things to get better. Start doing more than you think was ever possible.
 #garyvaynerchuk #makeithappen #bringitharvey #bringitirma