The Motivational Friend
Hello, my name is Claudia, I am 37 years old, married to my loving husband Al, and have a beautiful baby girl named Marsha. I started this blog to share my points of survival the United States of America.
I was not born in the USA, but I lived here more than half of my life. I worked hard to have tangible assets and a beautiful family. I was born in El Salvador. I am not your typical american woman, I have a different background. I will describe my upbringing so I can motivate you to not feel sorry for yourself and for you to make better choices living in this country. In El Salvador our household was poor. Our house was made of mud and a metal roof. For a while, our meals consisted of beans, rice and tortillas. At the age of 7, I started selling fruit. The money was used for my school uniform and books-because mom believed that my education was more important than eating better. My mom would sow my uniform and I would add the buttons. I can assure you, they were not straight. At that young age, she taught me to cook, washed my own clothes and helped around the house. To wash my clothes, I had to travel 2 miles to the local river and the potable water we use around the house was at the local water dispensary a mile away from our home.
We were fortunate to migrate to the USA when I was 14, I struggle with living arraignments and money. I lived with my oldest sister, she gave me the living room couch and fed me. At the age of 16, I started my first job as a cook for Pizza Hut. I worked part time and went to school full time. I graduated from high school at age 19 with a 3.8 GPA, enrolled in Cal State, Los Angeles and graduated at the age of 23 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. My mother passed away when I was 22, she did not get to see me graduate from college. At one point, I felt like giving up. I abused drugs and drank a lot. I was fortunate enough to have lots of friends that helped me stay on the right path. Plus, in back of my mind I could always hear my mom saying “nothing is handed to you, you have to fend for yourself” .
I have always worked hard, some of my early jobs were, working at the local flea market, cashier at a gas station and later manager of the gas station, , career coach, tax preparer, office manager. Now I can finally rest and take care of my daughter and run my stay at home virtual assistant business- MAC VA SERVICES. I am blessed to have a husband that provides the primary income for the family. We have a big house, 3 cars -2 of which are paid off. We are striving for financial freedom.
I want you to think about your future. There is no problem or obstacle that can not be overcome. You have to stay motivated and focused to pursue and maintain the lifestyle you desire.
“Cogito ergo sum” ( I think, therefore I am) René Descartes. This should be your first step.