While it’s not in my nature to talk about myself, (I was taught as a child not to ask for anything and internalized that to mean not to be a bother) I have come to learn that one of the best ways I can serve others is in sharing how far I have come and therefore what is possible.
Here are 10 things you don’t know about me and how I became the Woman I am today:
1. When I was 5 years old, my family moved from Florida to South America. I lived in a small town called Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela where the jungle was behind my house!
2. I had a pet monkey, Two Toucan’s, and a Great Dane we brought from the U.S.
The locals had never seen an animal like that and thought he was a rare breed of a horse! Ha! They attempted to steal him 3 times and each time he escaped and came back to us! The last time he was stolen, he escaped and came back only to show us what he had become, a leader of a pack of wild dogs! No joke, he came to our house, stared at my Mother for a moment, and ran off with the pack of dogs behind him. Whoever said animals don’t communicate?
3. Our TV was in black and white, and we rarely had reception. The power went off every day, never at the same time and never for a set predictable time. Being flexible was a must!
4. My parents put my sisters and me in an all Spanish speaking school (We only spoke English at the time) where the locals had never seen white girls before. Some of them kept touching my skin, and my hair, while others were afraid to look in my eyes for fear my eyes could capture their souls! Most thought I was a rare breed, an albino of some sort! Regardless of my endless attempts to show them I did not have red eyes!
5. My parents divorced when I was 13, and we moved back to the U.S. where in middle school, I was put back two years because I spoke better Spanish than English. I never really learned all the rules of English grammar. (My apologies for all of you that catch this!! I do run my writings through an app called Grammarly, and it still misses things!)
6. It is at this time in my life where I experienced what it was like to be poor. My mother had 4 daughters on a beginner’s teachers salary. We didn’t have a lot of food, and when we did, I often had to sift out the bugs in it! I was heartbroken when our dog died of flea bites and promised myself right then and there I would never have a dog or child I could not afford to take care of, and so at 14, I started working full time so I could buy food and clothes!
7. When I was 18, I decided I was no longer going to be poor! I knew I was meant for greatness yet; I had NO idea how I would make my way in the world.
8. It was around this time I began to feel lost and suicidal. I just didn’t know how to get the results I wanted. I decided I had to achieve success or I would die trying. I tried a telemarketing job, I tried modeling and had a couple hit commercials that ran in Canada and the US for a while. I also played a hooker on the set of Miami Vice! I wasn’t making much money and what was worse was one of the stars of that show treated me like if I was one, so I quit! I tried selling pots and pans door to door only to find a few people who bought them because they felt sorry for me.
9. A short time later, I met and married a wonderful man and we co-owned an Insurance Company for 24 years. During that time I learned a lot and failed many times. I always thought that all I had to do is make it and then I would arrive; then I would be good enough, and yet the more I Achieved more empty I would feel! I used to think it must be the NEXT milestone that will make me happy! The Next Million! It wasn’t, and it took me a long time to figure out why. The truth is that money will not make you something more. Money just magnifies whoever you are being. Meaning if you are a nice person and you become wealthy, you are just a wealthy nice person, if you are an angry person and you become wealthy you are just an angry wealthy person. I did not feel good enough which means I was just a wealthy person who felt she was not good enough.
10. My turning point came when I decided to Own and Master My Life. To me, that is true wealth. It is in the mastering of your ability to create what you want when you want it, and it has been my greatest Success and is my continual accomplishment since Mastery is a lifelong pursuit. After years of struggle, I realize my definite purpose is to support people in remembering who they really are, mastering their ability to create what they want to live a powerful life. It is who I am. It’s actually who I always was–I just had to find it again.
What about you? What is within you that when you set it free, you will live the life you’ve always imagined?
There is nothing more delicious then experiencing the joy and satisfaction in knowing you did it!
With Love and Respect,