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Every neighborhood in LA has it’s own vibe, style, culture, and history,” and in East LA, VoyageLA says Wana Founder Erin Beck is one of its “most inspiring stories.”

Erin says, “I didn’t think I would fall in love with LA. I’m a Midwest girl turned city dweller that still thinks it isn’t barbecue without the sauce. So I filled up a backpack and did 15 months around 5 continents with my husband and my camera, with odd homes and odd jobs. We taught English in a rice paddy village in Indonesia, worked as scuba divers in the Med researching climate change and learned Aussie football from a punk rocker in the Outback (where they also leave the sauce off the barbie).

And when it was time to come home and to start a family, there wasn’t any home that fit us better than right back here in LA. We’re a city of transplants, of crazy dreamers, of world-seekers, and there isn’t anywhere else like it…

And then I launched a startup, bound for the transplants and dreamers just like me…I believe being the best parent I can be means being great for my family, my community, and myself.  It doesn’t take rocket science to have everything; it just takes each other.”

What does Erin say is the secret to success?  Read the rest on VoyageLA.

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