A Michigan girl born to a conservative family, I grew up knowing there’s no substitution for hard work. My mother always told me the service you give to your community is the rent you pay to God for your time on earth. So, after studying hard and graduating from Northwestern, I went to Quito, Ecuador at the age of 21 to pursue a Master’s in Spanish Literature.
But by 2009, with the world’s economy teetering on the edge, Ecuador’s President amended the constitution, took control of the Supreme Court and plunged Ecuador into a socialist regime and economic collapse. For the first time, I feared for the safety of my family. Like many generations before us, my husband and I found refuge in Miami. At age 36, I started my life over.
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