Smart Latinas Get Up When They're Down

Last November, I walked out of a sub-optimal relationship. I had only my clothes, a car, and approximately $250 to my name.

To say I was scared would be putting it lightly - I had no idea what I was doing, where I was going, or how I would make my next dollar. My self-confidence was shot, I had no job, and I couldn’t see past the end of the week.

Fortunately, my parents welcomed me with open arms, with a room and food for as long as I might need it. Saying I’m grateful can’t possibly do justice (especially since I know I’m one of the lucky ones), so I hope they will accept my eternal thanks.

I took a week to recoup - I slept, I read, I ate - all those things you tell yourself to do on vacation but you never do because you’re too busy looking at fancy monuments or entertaining relatives :-)

And after that week, I was done. Sure, I could have easily continued on my path to couch potato Queen-dom, but that’s not me. We can mope and whine and feel sorry for ourselves, but as Oprah said, we are responsible for our own lives.

So I picked myself up and moved on. I became engrossed with Escúchame. At first, I was only going to work on the site until I found a “real” job (read: a traditional 9-5), but as I made contacts and networked my way into some of the best groups in Charlotte, I got my self-confidence back. I started making friends. I even started to learn - a lot. And I loved it!

To think: if I were still on the couch right now (7 months later), I would most definitely NOT be where I am today.

Everyone has their up moments and their down moments. It’s easy to fall, but getting up is what takes you to where you want to be, even if you didn’t know where you were going in the first place!

How do you get up when you’re down?