This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Pine-Sol®and Latina Bloggers Connect but all ideas and stories are my own.
When I learn of organizations such as Women Empowerment that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, and inspires them to give back to their communities through mentorship, networking, and volunteerism, I’m relieved to know that many lives are being transformed and they are helping create a society of strong, good hearted and confident woman.
At 17 I was a shy self-conscience girl that was afraid of the world. I thought I was ugly, useless and would never amount to anything, although in my heart I wanted to conquer the world.
Thankfully I came across many people that, without them knowing, helped me build my self-confidence, be strong, take life by the horns and made me believe I could achieve anything. Many of these people were actually very cruel to me but even then they are the reason why I’m strong today.
When I migrated to los estados unidos, I didn’t have friends and didn’t have a close relationship with my extended family. My only refuge was God and sought Him at church. I would faithfully attend church on Sundays and every weekday service because it was the one place that felt like home.
It was unfortunate that many people at church did not recognize that I attended church on my own; no parents to push me, no friends to invite me, it was all on my own will. I could have chosen a path that lead to no-good-things but that was not attracting to me.
Church was the place where I experienced great pain and sorrow.
Because I was a mystery girl with no parents to defend me and no one to vouch for me I was treated poorly and emotionally tortured by all the judgment, criticism and bad intentions of people. There was always something bad said about me. If a liked a boy people would always jump to conclusions and say I was fornicating with him, if I gave an opinion of what I thought a passage in the Bible meant I was a heathen, if I questioned my leaders on the treatment and compassion of others I was wrong and sided with sin and if I wanted to have a leadership position I was scrutinized because I was a girl.
I knew why I was there though, it was for no man or no woman, it was because I loved my God and knew their treatment was NOT a reflection of his love for me. I refused to leave that church because I wanted to leave when I was in good standing and treated as an esteem member of the church. I experienced much pain and happiness for 9 years until the day came when I finally realized that the battle was never ending.
There would always be someone that disliked and I would never be good enough for them.
One day church people and its leaders were too much to endure emotionally and physically. The stress I was experiencing was so much that I started experiencing weekly migraines and had gained so much too much weight.
I finally made a decision that I never thought I would make. It was time to leave church.
I prayed and asked God to guide me to the path where I could serve Him better, reach more people and really make a difference. That’s when I went full force with college and taking care of my health. I got my degree and lost 40 lbs. and this time around I was not afraid to face the world alone… but I was never really alone, my God was always there protecting me.
Today I proudly stand tall with my scars adorning my beauty and soul, living a life I had never dreamt of and helping children that fulfill my life and tattooed a phoenix to remind me of all the pain and the beauty that came from it.
To recognize and celebrate the remarkable women among us, Pine-Sol®® has teamed up with actress and activist Rosie Perez to launch the ‘When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It’ campaign – “Las Mujeres No Se Rinden.” As part of the campaign, Pine-Sol®® awarded a $25,000 donation to Women Empowered, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that connects, educates and supports women of all ages and backgrounds, inspiring them to give back to their communities.
How about you? How did you rise above life’s challenges? You can share your own story of triumph by entering the Pine-Sol®® sweepstakes on www.WomenRiseAboveIt.com or www.LasMujeresNoSeRinden.com and enter for a chance to win!
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