We had the good fortune of connecting with Chesa Mendez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chesa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started my business to save my life. I had been in pain for years. In hindsight, I would say from the age of 4 to 35-ish I was a miserable person, with a miserable spirit. I hated the world; I was detached from self and others, and I suffered tremendously. I am grateful that I had an ah-ha moment. I realized that I had achieved many goals, but I was still miserable. I realized that I no longer wanted to live, and I needed to make internal changes. Something inside of me wanted to try life one more time. I was ready to do the “worth-it-work.” The worth-it-work includes healing through introspection, physical movement, and spiritual practices.

I looked to those that I had admired. In some cases, I asked them questions or if they were a celebrity figure, I listened to various interviews. Through questioning and studying those that I admired, I discovered a theme. I discovered that each of these people had a healthy dose of self-worth, a desire to work towards the life they wanted, and healthier habits. This was the birth of Habits & Lifestyles, LLC.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am excited about the practicality of Habits & Lifestyles, LLC. Habits & Lifestyles. LLC has been successful because habits are things, we do each day. Habits & Lifestyles is effective because we focus on creating one small healthier habit that is curated for the individual and their unique lifestyle. Habits and Lifestyles teaches you the importance of consistency, patience, belief in self, and doing the worth-it-work!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Monday, Day 1: Hike Camelback Mountain for those excellent city views and then grab brunch at Hash Kitchen in Arcadia. I love their oatmeal and the music is an added bonus.

Tuesday, Day 2: I love to unplug so, we would stay at the Inn at Eagle Mountain – Boutique Resort. Then, enjoy a hearty lunch of lamb skewers and french fries at Alexander’s Greek Kitchen.

Wednesday, Day 3: Hike Piestewa Peak because it is challenging, yet fun. After a challenging hike, we would savor pancakes and coffee at Original Pancake House.

Thursday, Day 4: Adult skating at Great Skate in Glendale. The atmosphere is great: music, people, and physical activity.

Friday, Day 5: BASE Food Truck Friday in Chandler has a warm and family friendly environment. There are many food choices, including a vegan option.

Saturday, Day 6: Nothing better than starting your weekend off right. I would leave Phoenix bright and early at 4 am to set out on a road trip. First, kayaking at Woods Canyon Lake because the scenery is great, and the water is cool and crisp. Next, we would travel to Sedona and stay overnight at Lo Lo Mai Springs, to enjoy the red rocks and fresh air.

Sunday, Day 7: Lastly, I would return home to rest. My home is my favorite place. I have created a place of peace, warmth, and serenity. 
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are many people who have helped me in my journey.  Some friends have helped me brainstorm new ideas as needed. Other friends pray with me and for me.  Then, some friends lend a listening ear. My children help host and set up events when needed. Most importantly, my faith and relationship with God gives me the courage needed to do the worth-it-work.

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