Entrepreneur Showcase: Stephanie La Bue Robles

At RYZ we interview creative and motivated people who are actively pursuing their dreams. Today we interview Stephanie La Bue Robles:

Stephanie is an Ambassador of Fun who is passionate about helping to press pause on endless to-do lists and make time for joy. High Five Tribe was created to give people a safe place to have fun, reconnect to their inner kid and to uplift others.

She has a Masters in Special Education and certification in yoga for both adults (200 RYT) and children (RCYT).

What was your background before you became an entrepreneur?

I was a special education teacher working with kids and their families at an innovative charter school in Illinois called Chicago Quest. They are big on game-like learning and making learning academics fun.

For my fun background, I have always been curious about learning new things. I’ve learned how to roll sushi, throw knives and tight rope walk because of this curiosity. What is even better is when I get to share fun adventures with others.

Was there any defining moment that led you to pursue your current path?

After moving back to San Diego, I felt that special ed was no longer a good fit for me. I felt like I didn’t have time or was too tired to do the things I loved to do. I started to feel major burnout out and wanted to create a space for people who were feeling the same way. I wanted a space to create time for fun, which I have found to be the ultimate burnout eliminator. High Five Tribe was created to build a community based on uplifting others, spreading joy and giving ourselves permission to have good, clean fun. As I transitioned out of teaching at traditional schools and into teaching yoga, I felt like saying I was a yoga teacher felt constrictive, since I do more than teach yoga. I then appointed myself as Ambassador of Fun and I feel like it perfectly captured what my mission was; to spread joy.

Tell us a little about some of the projects/works that you have created?

One project I loved being a part of was working with You Are Beautiful (YAB) this past year. They are doing an art installation campaign where there is one YAB art piece in every state. I wrote a short essay why San Diego would be the perfect home for it, but didn’t hear back for months. In the end, we got to be ambassadors and the YAB art piece is now on the side of the Apple Tree on Newport. Whenever I see people taking photos with it, it fills my heart with joy. I am so glad that this positive message will be here for years to come.

I have a Meetup group I help run where we have game nights, bowling, karaoke and any fun adventure people suggest. It’s great meeting new people, catching up with regulars and making memories of the fun times we had together.

What projects are you working on now?

The first time I had Blissology yoga class in Oahu, I was like: this is my JAM! We were karate kicking, singing along to hits we knew and practicing yoga. Since then, I have become a certified yoga teacher for both kids and adults. I’m a huge nerd as well and I’m totally into Comic Con, cosplay and movies. I decided to create fun, beginner yoga classes and combined it with my love of all things nerdy; creating a space for beginners to feel welcome. I have taught Harry Potter, Star Wars, Back To The Future (my favorite!) and many more movie inspired yoga classes. I am working on offering these classes to others in a public setting.

I am also teaching kids yoga at the Japanese Friendship Garden on Saturday mornings. In these classes, I combine a theme with the yoga we do, throw in some art or yoga games and end with story time.

Who would you say are the people that have influenced you the most?

I know this person is not a real person, but Moana has influenced me heavily. She was an adventurer who learned how to follow her heart and by doing so, changed her life and the lives of others for the better. She inspires me to listen to the voice inside me and move forward even when it feels scary and unknown.

As for a real person, Rachel Maksy has been very inspiring. Her love of period fashion as well as cosplay has lead her to share this love with others via YouTube. She left her regular job to become self-employed and shows others that it is possible to do what you love and make a living off of it.

What are some of the challenges that you have faced and how do you face new challenges?

I think a big challenge is finding ways to spread the word about High Five Tribe. My background experience is in a different field than marketing and I am learning as I go on how to promote the group and yoga classes.

My goal is to have a High Five Tribe Headquarters where I can throw trivia nights, host themed yoga classes and other fun events. I also what it to be a place where other entrepreneurs can have a work space as well, similar to how The Riveter work space is.

What work are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my ability to keep my dream alive. It can be easy to bow out when it looks like no progress is being made despite all the effort you put in. But I can’t give up on that dream. My desire to help others and bring more joy and fun to the world is too strong for me to quit.

Do you have any advice for an aspiring entrepreneur?

Make time for fun. Schedule it in. Seriously. An entrepreneur’s job is never done, which is why it is so important to make time for restorative practices. Maybe it’s learning how to throw axes, maybe it’s joining a book club, but whatever it is, make time for it. You will be more productive if take time to yourself. Here is your permission slip: go do something fun today no matter how small that act is (blowing bubbles, dance break, etc.) do it now.

Where can people go to learn more about your work?

If you’d like to join in on the fun times, you can find different fun events at

www.HighFiveTribe.fun

For a dose of positivity, here’s High Five To That Podcast:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/408235

And you can connect to us on Instagram @High5Tribe

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