What is your story? Or, in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?
I grew up in Simi Valley, California. I had big dreams of growing up. Dancing was my passion, and I wanted to become a professional dancer. At the age of seventeen, my dreams slipped away when I became a teenage mom. Fortunately, I was blessed with great parents who were very caring and believed in me. They encouraged me to go to college and get good grades. I graduate college yet still found myself struggling financially.
After two failed marriages and a broken relationship, I walked away from it all. I started my life over three different times; ,I found myself in abusive relationships and disempowered each time. Then the third time, at 43 years old, I flew back home to my parents’ home, with my 3-year-old on my lap. I had no job, no money, no home, and no car. I felt like a complete failure, hurt, and defeated. I knew if I wanted things to change that I must change.
This was when my journey of self-mastery began. I was determined to turn my life around. I focused on self-awareness, along with personal and spiritual empowerment. As a single parent, I had to overcome many obstacles and challenges to raise my three children.
I believe I am an example for women; it’s never too late to pursue your dreams while raising a family!
What message do you promote?
Feeling burnt out? Remember to love yourself first. You are worthy, brilliant, and talented.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
I have been volunteering at Avanti America International Academy since 2014. We help expose international students to American business and entrepreneurship. Brazilians have traveled 3,700 miles to work with American students to learn English and presentation skills. Then they competed in our Commercial Business Challenge Competition each year. We also have representatives from Albania, Iran, and Mexico participating in our business competition.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to
I’m part of the sandwich generation, which means I have been responsible for raising my own children while caring for my aging parents.
For the past 10 years, I have been a full-time caregiver to my dynamic son, fighting a life-threatening illness called Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction. During this time, I took care of my mom, fighting lung cancer before she went home to be with the Lord in 2014. I still take care of my aging dad during his retirement years.
As a single mom with three kids, two dogs, and a household of distractions, I've been able to figure out how to run a business productively while working from home. I want to share my thoughts, insights, tips, and productivity hacks with you on how I do it.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
I have the best of two worlds.
I’m a proud single mom. My oldest son is talented and creative. My daughter is an area director for a non-profit and serves the homeless community in our area. And with my youngest son, Jovaan, I get to be part of his journey. He teaches me the value of life, faith, courage, and a positive mental attitude as he battles life and death challenges.
Plus, I get to serve, I get to support, and I get women to shape their destiny. Then at the same time, my son, Jovaan has full access to his mom.
How do you SHOW UP?
I am an Optimistic Visionary. I get to inspire hope, perseverance, and love.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
Focus on being more self-aware, connect with your core values, and define what success means to you when starting a business or entering a business.
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