On Motherhood: I actually refer to myself as the “accidental mother and wife” because I never imagined myself married or running around with a bunch of kids. I was raised by a single mother who had an arranged marriage when she was 14-years-old. Unfortunately, she never had the opportunity to get an education or explore the world. Despite this, she overcame poverty and unimaginable hardships to start, and run, a successful business. Her motherhood mission became that her daughters get the highest form of education and live life on their own terms, and that is exactly what I focused on. I became the first in my family to get a college degree and hold a professional career. I got a few more degrees, traveled the world and climbed the corporate ladder. Never once did I think about getting married or having kids. But, that all changed when I met the most amazing man 9 years ago and I found myself wanting to do it all – marriage, kids, house, everything! I married that man almost 5 years ago, and now we have a little girl named Bella Fiori (beautiful flower in Italian) and we lead a quiet, but full life in Northern California.
On Career: I had a successful corporate career in my 20’s, but I eventually burned out because I wasn’t living an authentic, purposeful life. Luckily for me, my husband pushed me to find my true calling. After we got married and had our daughter, suddenly everything became clear. I wanted to be able to tell my daughter that she could do anything, like my own mother did, and to go after her dreams. I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur and started Bella Diva Lifestyle, a transformational coaching service to help women find their true passions.
Favorite Quote: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Norman Vincent Peale