Bestselling author Celila Martin went from luxury to losing it all to entrepreneurship

Experiencing highs and lows gave her perspective and patience to find success as a real estate agent. Now she’s giving back to her community as well.

As a little girl, Celila Martin’s playground was Marina Del Rey where her parents ran their yacht maintenance company. Having immigrated from Mexico, knowing no one, speaking no English, they built a thriving business and gave their kids everything. But when Celila was nine years old, they divorced. The business was dissolved, her mom was without an income, and they lost their home. “She had to go on food stamps, we had to take the bus everywhere,” she remembers. “I was lucky to be exposed to the value of being your own boss as well as the reality that you could lose it all overnight.”

Celila had entrepreneurial footsteps to follow. For those who don’t, she says, start by making a plan and putting it down on paper. Try to quiet your mind and let your intuition guide you. “Your inner self knows what your purpose is,” she says. Her current purpose is to create an organization to help people get a home even if they are short savings. “I’ve met so many people who could qualify for a mortgage. They have excellent credit, they have good work history, they just don’t have a certain amount of money saved up,” she explains. They might be short a few thousand dollars and that would make all the difference in what kind of mortgage terms they could get. Celila’s new organization will help to fill the gap, donating money to new homeowners so they can begin to build generational wealth. 

Read more about Celila’s story in the inspiring new book Latinas Who Boss Up. “These boss ladies are truly inspiring, sharing their breakthroughs and triumphs for all of us to experience,” says by author, educator, and podcaster Tam Luc. “Latinas Who Boss Up taught me more about a mix of cultures that I never stopped to examine. While there are many things shared between women of color, I also learned a few nuances that make me appreciate the Hispanic diaspora and their varied experiences. I interviewed women whose roots are in Mexico, San Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and more, from East Coast to West Coast. While our origin stories vary, we all experience life in full color and must navigate our circumstances. These beautiful women represent the world of Latina Super Mamas and I am so happy to introduce them to you.”

Find Celila on IG @celila_toliveandbuyinla, check out her website and for questions her email is You can also learn more about her at, where you will find a link to Latinas Who Boss Up. 

About Women with Vision International

Women with Vision International aims to inspire, uplift, and empower women everywhere to never give up their dream of living their life on purpose. We gather dynamic, entrepreneurial women who are making a difference and changing people’s lives to spark conversation around the topics that impact us all such as building their businesses, fundraising, and balancing their work and their families.  

About Tam Luc

Tam Luc is an international bestselling author and the founder of Women with Vision International who shares the triumphs, stress, and struggles of balancing her life to help women grow their businesses. After 20 years as an entrepreneur, she is able to help women leverage their messages and create the lifestyle they want through her unique book messaging strategies.

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