My childhood was hard.
It was a miracle if I had lunch money growing up.
I was born in East Los Angeles and raised in downtown L.A. in a 60-unit apartment building filled with cockroaches, rats, and gang members.
My family was broken. Drugs, crime, and jail time was normal for us.
I became a workers' compensation legal secretary, eventually earning $15 dollars per hour. In my family, no one had ever made as much as $15 per hour. To me and my family, I had made it. The American dream was accomplished.
But I knew I was destined for more, I wanted to help people in a bigger way.
I am now entering my 10th year at the head of Ortega Counseling Center, and our non-profit organization, Angels for Injured Workers is still going strong as well. When I became an injured worker myself, I had a lot of strikes against me. I hadn't completed my education, I was a single mother raising three small children, and I had no idea where to turn. This is what fuels my commitment to helping injured workers change their lives and have a shot at their dreams.
I have multiple successful businesses that help improve the quality of peoples' lives and have been featured in the United Nations, the LA Times, the BBC, CNN, and NBC.
In 2020, I was honored to receive the "Latina of Influence" award from Hispanic Lifestyle. Due to the pandemic, my celebration of this honor was subdued last year. In 2021 I’m celebrating everything and really feeling it all!
Miracles happen every day.
But we must be prepared to:
✔️ Get the right mindset for success
✔️ Overcome the "lies" holding us back
✔️ Master our miracles
This is why I wrote my book: "From Bounced Checks to Private Jets: The Mastery of Miracles."
Thank you all for all the support over the years.
And to many more miracles in the future!