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I know how hard the road has been to where I am and I know how far I have come. For the first time in all of my working years, I am in a place where I am happy and where I have more control over my life and work. This is the first time that I am not at anyone's mercy and the first time that I don't have to miss out on my kids life because I am tied down to a job that allows no personal time. I also get to do something that makes me happy, and am involved in projects that make a difference, like this one.
My journey to where I am not began a little over 8 years ago. I had a professional job for a dietary supplement manufacturer as a purchasing manager and I loved my office job, but it wasn't perfect. I was paid well and had what looked like a good lifestyle with my girls. But what I did not have where those first days of school, lunch at school with them or anything that was between the hours of 7-6. My girls practically raised themselves those 8 years that I worked for that company because mom was always at work.
One day I found out I was pregnant with Sammy and soon after the company closed and I was left without a job. I had a mortgage to pay, a car payment and food to put on the table, plus I was expecting my baby. I thought it was the worse thing that could ever happen to me. How would I take care of my family without this job that payed me so well, how could I find another at a time that I was sick and was expecting a child? All things happen for a reason and what I didn't see is that at that time life was taking something away from me that was not good for me and that it was getting ready to send me where I was supposed to go.
The road to here wasn't fast, but with a lot of hard work and dedication I now work for myself. I no longer get into rush hour traffic to drive two hours to a job that takes me away from my family for the entire day, I no longer miss out on my kids lives because I am not available. My mom always taught us that you don't get to stay home and feel sorry for yourself. When life hands you a lemon you need to take that lemon and make a lemon tree out of it. And you can! It just takes a lot of dedication and hard work, and you can do in life something that really makes you happy.
Honey Bunches of Oats supports Latinos and believes that by sharing our stories, we can make an impact. There is a place for us in the United States, and truly there is no one that works harder than we do. Let's share our stories of dedication with others: let's share how we can get ahead even in the face of defeat and maybe we can inspire others to do the same.
Honey Bunches of Oats is dedicated to serving the Latino community and those that need a hand by providing meals to those in need. For every person that shares the hashtag #LatinosConDedicacion from November 16, 2015 to January 3, 2016, Honey Bunches of Oats® will donate 11 meals ($1) to Feeding America®’s network with a goal of donating 110,000 meals.
This initiative invites us to share our stories of dedication using the hashtag #LatinosConDedicacion to showcase the drive of Latinos in America. Let's share those stories and by doing so help our fellow Latinos who need a hand. More than one in six Latinos in the U.S. are served by the Feeding America network each year, totaling nine million Latino adults, seniors, and children.
Find out more about this initiative here and don't forget to share your story is dedication today using the #LatinosConDedicacion tag on social media.