What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?
I am the owner of Wasi Investments, LLC, a fully diversified real estate investment company. I live in Orange County, CA, and I have mastered long-distance investing. My main territories are Las Vegas and Indianapolis, among others. I flip houses and own a portfolio of rental properties of single and multi-family units. I also own short term rentals, commonly known as Airbnbs. After the 2008 recession, I was motivated to change careers. I had just graduated with a focus in international business with a minor in Chinese. However, I wanted to be more in control of my future. My current career has allowed me to achieve that and more. It is also a testament that a young, female immigrant can lead and provide jobs in a male-dominated industry. It comes with its challenges, but I have learned to enjoy them.
I immigrated to America at the age of 17. Contrary to many immigrant stories, I had opportunities in my hometown of Lima, Peru. My father was a Senator in the ’90s. However, it was my choice to find a greater future by myself. The best gift my parents gave me as a teenager was to travel overseas. Being exposed to other countries at an early age helped me realize that the world has unlimited opportunities and it is up to me to pursue them. After I graduated from high school, and despite my fears of the unknown and the sadness of leaving my family, I decided to study in the U.S. I used my homesickness as motivation to keep myself focused on my goals.
Being in a new country alone, learning a new language, and creating a new life for myself, helped me face my real enemies; my fears and low self-esteem. My parents had gotten separated when I was 8 and as much I thought their separation turned me into a strong and matured person at an early age, there were indeed areas of insecurities that I struggled with since then. I did not let them stop me through the pursuit of my dreams. However, I acknowledged that I missed some opportunities. Sometimes I let these fears scream louder than my own desires. It was not until I enrolled in personal development that I discovered much more about myself, my potential, and my purpose in life. Personal development could be acquired in many forms and this amazing Lead Up For Women community is one of them. That is why I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story.
What message do you promote?
A quote from Cesar Chavez has motivated my desires since college, “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” It summarizes my desire to contribute to the success of others in the same manner as my own achievements. I believe many people are missing out on opportunities due to a variety of reasons, and all they need is some assistance, like this group, to awaken their giant within. If we truly want others to succeed, it is everyone’s responsibility to share, give, and inspire.
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
In addition to my passion for real estate, I am a promoter of education that aims at achieving financial freedom. Whether you are an independent business owner or a career-oriented professional, we all need practical education to manage our finances. I have had the honor to share my story publicly at different institutions. I have also taught financial classes and seminars free of charge to spread this important message. It is important to remember that we might not be trusted with more blessings if we do not properly manage the little we have.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to
I chose to reinvent myself after my divorce. It was the most painful event of my life because it came unexpectedly. I had two choices: accept a victim role or make the best out of the situation. God put people in my path who advised me wisely. We always need good advisers/mentors before we make important decisions. My spiritual leader challenged me to pray for my ex-husband and his new girlfriend. The decision to do so was not easy. However, it allowed me to heal and see my situation with a grateful and hopeful heart. I did not keep any resentment. Rather, I used my energy to create a better version of myself both personally and professionally.
Nine years later, I see how my choices created the life I enjoy now. I have traveled the world. I am a much more spiritual woman who has attracted great people and opportunities. Last year, I married an amazing man; we held our dream wedding overseas and moved to beautiful Southern California. This year, we are expecting our first baby. Good things come to those who wait.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
The freedom of time and money and the joy I have when I am able to give it to others. To me, time is even more important than money, because it is a commodity that cannot be purchased. Today, I have the privilege to enjoy these blessings with my family. With this freedom, I have the option to restructure my business and time in preparation for my baby’s arrival. I enjoy helping other women find ways to achieve the same freedom.
How do you SHOW UP?
I show up by being authentic and volunteering my experience, talents, and time. I truly love helping others who are ready to grow and take action.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
I believe every woman has a version of Wonder Woman inside of her. Sometimes, our circumstances have not allowed us to discover her and utilize her the best way possible. Other times, life circumstances propel us to discover we are capable of much more and created with a specific purpose. My advice is to give yourself the opportunity to discover your purpose by chasing your dreams in spite of your fears and insecurities. God will provide the resources to overcome them. Have a clear goal in mind, remain consistent in your actions, and persevere in the face of obstacles are the main keys to success. Be mindful of the enemy(ies), trying to keep you away from your purpose and avoid unnecessary distractions.
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