It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted an update on my progress in a domestic abuse shelter for women.
This is a very difficult place for any woman/child to be in. And after being here 2 months, I have met many women who have endured much worse case scenarios than I. It breaks my heart, and I am saddened about the extreme violence towards women.
The ladies who are living here were asked to pick a WORD that would be their focus for the 2018 year. I thought long and hard, and decided that my word for the year is RESILIENCE.
RESILIENCE is defined as:
1. The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
2. The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
I chose that word because it reminds me of my hero. My father. Jose Guadalupe Montalvo. The most resilient man that I was ever priveleged to know. He endured 16 years of heart and kidney failure, two of the most vital organs he needed. I lament his loss for he is no longer with me.
My father passed on 7/12/2016. He is the reason why; I started writing again, created my blogs, and am seeking a redirection into a more fulfilling career. One where I can best put to use my God given talents. My dream is to influence others with my craft.
Losing my father was what caused me to reevaluate my life. I knew that I needed to make a change. And slowly but surely I have been taking small steps into creating a more fulfilling life. A life where I am making a living doing something I love.
I finally feel like I’m gaining some momentum and am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am excited about my future once again.
I am in the end of a training at The Women’s Center located here in Fort Worth. They are helping me in my redirection towards a career change. They are also helping me with resources, tools, and mentors.
One activity we had to do, was to select 3 images. One that represents our current situation. One that represents the future situation we would like to be in. And finally, one that represents how we will get to that future situation.
My first picture is a beat up, old hippie van. It is stranded in the middle of nowhere. It’s not going anywhere. It’s just stuck. I picked it because that is how my life feels at the moment. That represents my current situation.
My second picture is a young girl in a pair of pink boots. I like this picture for my future situation because it looks like she’s found the “right fit”. This is me after I’ve found the “right career”. I just want to be doing what I love, and be getting paid for it.🤑
The third picture is a music sheet with a pencil. This represents my how I will get to my future. Its symbolic to me, for creating art. For doing my craft. I don’t literally write and compose music, but I do create my own art/content. And that is my ticket towards my future career.
This week, they helped me with creating a commercial for job interviews, editing and revising my resume, and practiced my response to questions at a mock interview.
I am wanting to expedite my move out of the shelter home due to the fact that this is not a permanent housing facility. I am finding it difficult, due to many roadblocks in my way.
I have started a gofund me account to raise my goal of $1,000. With this money I can get myself an apartment and start over again.
I hope that if you are inspired by me or my story that you might be moved into giving a donation to my fundraiser.