This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Pine-Sol and Latina Bloggers Connect. However all opinions are my own.
Today's post is about fighting adversity and fighting through those rough patches that life sure loves to throw our way. I was just talking to a friend about this a few days ago. We were talking about those moments in life, when you just want to give up. A year ago I was in a completely different boat. I wasn't earning enough to be able to call this a job and there were no jobs in my area. What happened was I got so unmotivated, that I didn't log in everyday like I do now. I just slowly let it go. But when you work for yourself, you need to be a salesman, a cheerleader and an assistant, all in one. If you don't show up to look for work, there ain't gonna be no work.
After a crummy-ish holiday season where I wasn't able to spend as much as I am used to spending on my kids, I really began to give up. By February I hadn't posted on my blog for almost a month and had actually started applying for jobs. Ironically things didn't turn around until I was actually hired by someone. When I heard my future boss tell me that I would be earning minimum wage, a measly 8 dollars an hour and that I would only be working about 20 hours per week, I finally snapped into consciousness. I haven't earned minimum wage since my first job at Taco Bell when I was a teenager. Don't get wrong, I am not dissing minimum wage, especially in this economy. But for me it would never work. I have plans for my life, plans to get my kids out of this city and to a better place. I have plans to get back to the lifestyle I always had before I got sick. I knew 8 dollars an hour would not be enough to achieve anything, much less all those plans for the future.
I still remember the day that I was sitting in the car with Adrian, telling him that from that minute on I would not rest until I was earning as much as I used to at my previous job. I told him I would log in every single day and work my fingers to the bone, that I would hustle and that I would not give up. I would also change the way I was working. No more reviews of a bunch of crap I didn't need. No more letting businesses send me items worth $5 for 2 or 3 hours of my time. No more little jobs that paid me less than what I deserved. From that day on my worth would be going up, the value of this great online space that I built and worked on for over 4 years now was also going up and it would be treated as so.
I'm not saying that it has been easy, it's taken a hell of a lot of work. But it's also taken something that a lot of times we forget, positivity. And I am not where I need to be yet, but I am so close to it that I can actually see it. All the years and hard work that have been invested into my social media accounts and my blog are paying off. I can now call this a career, because it's not a hobby or a simple job. This is the groundwork for what one day will be.
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These findings are definitely true. I know my role models have always been women that I know, who I see work hard for what they have and what they believe in. I would also like to hope that I can be one of my daughter's role models. I hope that I have shown them that in this wonderful game of life, there is no giving up. Las Mujeres No Se Rinden!
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