"Do things that make YOU proud and become someone that YOU would admire... and from there I promise you will change this world."
Silma Lamas is a 24-year-old girl with a passion for positivity and inspiration. She created the blog, powerpositivebrand.com, as a way to use her voice to make a difference in the lives of others. She also just became a certified nutritional and wellness consultant with hopes of becoming a personal trainer. She regularly volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a cause very close to her heart, in honor of her Grandmother. Silma is on a mission to change the world and we believe she WILL!
Every Ella: Tell us a little about yourself.
Silma Lamas: My name is Silma Lamas, but I go by Silma Airam via social media. Both my parents are from Puerto Rico. However, I was born in Long Island, NY, which is where I currently reside. I am 24-years-old and just recently became a certified NWC (nutrition and wellness consultant). I work full time and hope to soon become a certified personal trainer. I am obsessed with animals, a true animal lover.
You recently launched powerpostivebrand.com. Can you tell us about it?
I like to write and I have been told that I am pretty good at it (I think I could use some work) :). It took me a few months to get the site started. I used to be an art major so I am very picky when it comes to design. I am very proud of the site. It's not a well known site, however, if it can simply help just a few people then all the hard work put into it was worth it. Credit to the site name goes to my friends children! They’re extremely creative kids and so I asked for them to come up with a name. I used to have a site years ago but that was mostly for cancer awareness.
What motivated you to start the site?
I am all about positive vibes. I want to make this world a better a place, starting first with helping others. I want to inspire others to better themselves, become more confident and believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds to. With this said, I figured why not create a website where I can become more public about my life and dreams, perhaps write about real things, real thoughts, problems, solutions, ect.
What are you hoping to achieve with it?
I hope that my site can help others achieve their dreams. I hope that it can bring everyone together, so that we can all help make this world a better place. I also hope that young girls can relate to some of the issues that I plan to write about such as bullying, peer pressure, ect. I just want to change peoples lives, that is all.
You’ve been volunteering for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for 3 years. Why did you pick this cause?
My grandmother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma a few years ago. It was hard, but she was strong. I didn’t really understand much about it until her wonderful oncologist at the time sat down and explained a few things to me regarding her condition. Afterwards, I saw this commercial for the Light the Night walk which was handled by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). I decided to look further into this organization and liked what I found. A friend and I decided to go to one of their meetings and what I learned was amazing. I decided to join the movement and create my team called Team DreamLOUD. Everyone at the Long Island division has been nothing but helpful, sympathetic and loving. I am proud to be able to volunteer for them as well as advocate for them.
Tell us more about your grandmother and her fight.
In 2005 my grandmother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (as previously mentioned). I was 14 years old, she was 76. I was confused; I didn’t understand what this meant and how this would affect our lives. She received her first treatment of chemo and things started to look good. She went into remission, but shortly after she relapsed. I remember this day vividly, because it was the very first day I have ever seen my grandmother cry.
From that day on her life has been filled with chemo, radiation and more chemo. Chemo drains a person’s life. My grandmother though, she runs on faith. She truly believes that “this too shall pass” and that one day she will defeat this horrific disease. In 2012, we were given more bad news. She was diagnosed with colon cancer. She kept her faith, had surgery and things started looking up. One year ago she began to have an excessive amount of blockage in her intestines which led to ER visits every other week for practically the whole year. She needed surgery again, and they told us to prepare for the worst. Her doctors didn’t believe that she was going to make it through the operation. She was old, she was sick and she was weak. The surgery occurred this past March and she fought until this past December. I won’t lie and say that she was the same, because she was not. She may have physically been weak, but her will was strong. Day in and day out, she believed she could fight, she believed she would win.
She was the strongest person I knew. She’d been through so much pain and yet she still found a reason to smile, a reason to believe that everything was going to be okay. She’s my hero; she defeated the odds on multiple occasions. She was a fighter and she fought well.
Tell us about being a beachbody coach.
Becoming a Beachbody coach has been one of the greatest decisions. I am able to not only inspire myself to be better but I can also inspire others who need a little encouragement. Being a coach allows me to push myself harder, which of course motivates me to be better, do better. I have transformed myself with this opportunity. I have proven to myself that I am stronger than what I thought and most importantly, I have proven that I can count on myself to stick with something that may be hard but worth it.
What role has your mother played in your life?
My mother is another great inspiration to my life. She has been a single mother my whole life. Despite the many challenges, she showers me with unconditional love. She’s strong, courageous, beautiful, kind, caring, and most of all, selfless. My mother is the kind of person that will give you the world if you needed it when she had to give herself. She accepts me for who I am and always encourages me to be better. She’s a fighter, just like my grandmother. Nothing will stand in her way. I hope to be as strong as her, no matter what I’m fighting for.
What do you like to do for fun?
I am not the average 24-year-old. For fun, I like to read (a lot). I like to workout and be outdoors. I also like to spend time with my family, as I am very family-oriented (I think I have my grandmother to thank for that quality).
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
My hopes are to be able to make a difference in the lives of the people I meet on a daily basis. My dreams consist of helping to find a cure for cancer. They also consist of having a certification to be a personal trainer and a yoga instructor. I hope afterwards to be able to work from home, on my own terms, making my own hours, changing the lives of as many people as I can whether it be for a healthier lifestyle or for a better outlook on life.
What advice would you give girls today?
My advice to girls today would be to believe in yourself. It doesn’t matter what the world wants you do, look like, be like, it's all about what you want to do, who you want to become, ect. No one has to matter more than YOU. Life is hard, but you must enjoy it and the most important thing to remember is that things WILL get better. Remember to be kind and treat others with respect. It doesn’t matter if you're disliked because there will always be people you simply can't understand your hopes, dreams and motives. Do things that make YOU proud and become someone that YOU would admire... and from there I promise you will change this world.