As a young girl, she had dreams of becoming a teacher and owning a lowrider. Now, she’s accomplished both but has plans for bigger goals.
Elizabeth, aka East Los Lizzy from California, owns a 1965 Chevy Impala and it was her dream to one day own a lowrider and now she has. Much of the car’s work was done by Lizzy and she’s put in a great deal of work, elbow grease, love, and TLC. For those who are unsure of what a lowrider is with regards to automotive, it’s a vehicle that’s customized with gnarly paint jobs, designs, phenomenal interior work, and more. The vehicle’s suspension can also be modified so it lowers the ride’s height or, can also be manually lowered through the use of either air ride suspension or hydraulics. Giving these “firme” rides a new meaning to “Low and Slow.” Lizzy states that when it comes to the suspension on the car, she says that she prefers “hydraulics to air ride suspension, even though you run a higher risk of causing more damage to the frame of the vehicle with hydraulics.” Tattoos are also on the list of likes, as she has a set of roses on her arm that represent each of her children, but for Lizzy, working on her car is one way to enjoy the hard work and dedication she’s put into the restoration of the vehicle itself.
While building up these creative masterpieces, which they are a form of art and self-expression, the long hours, hard work, and sweat can build up an appetite when working on a vehicle; everyone needs fuel. So, we asked Lizzy what her favorite go-to food was and it’s a dish called Bionico. A Mexican sweet dish with ingredients such as melon, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, bananas, raisins, and oats covered in sweet milk or crema. While go-to foods are great, she also enjoys big food dishes with her family at home. But what dishes are they? Well, you have to follow her journey of living life on social media to find out more. Lizzy plans on pursuing her goals of completing the build for the Impala, taking care of her health for the next few years, and helping her children to succeed for the future.
We won’t go into detail about her children but you can see some of the photos and the expressions on their faces that indicate mom and dad are doing a great job. She’s been a pillar, a stronghold for her family, and a very strong woman. This well-rounded jack-of-all-trades mother has a great support system at home which includes her husband who also supports her goals and dreams. Most of her drive comes from teaching her children that women can do anything and that “all is possible regardless of age, status, or beliefs. Don’t limit yourself to your dreams or goals and don’t give up. When I feel down, I take some time to myself and reflect.”
More importantly, she says she greatly misses her other daughter who is in Lebanon and married, “one wish, is to have my daughter back in the states and to see my grandson as well.” Lizzy has been married for over 30 years and we asked if she had any advice for new expecting mothers, her response, was “to practice patience, endure, and forgive. It’s a learning process and we learn as we go, and many times we don’t have all the answers, and it’s ok. For teens, find a support group, family, friends, or educators. If you want to change, it begins with yourself.” Lizzy believes in being honest, doing your best, and working hard.
“Treat others with fairness and respect and take every opportunity to learn to be a better self. I can’t speak for others, but I can speak for myself.” There are but a few things in life that we can say for certain simply because we know what we like, or don’t, but living life to the best of our abilities, having fun, and making memories with the ones you love…is just priceless.
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