My journey began in 2014. And although it’s not an easy story for me to tell, I believe that in sharing it, it will bring healing to me and hope to those who hear it.
In April of that year, my son, Gianluca, posted a picture of himself with the phrase “Love the Day” on social media. I thought it was a very philosophical thought for such a young man but I had no idea at the time how significant that phrase would become.
In June, six months later, I re-married. It was a beautiful day! We had our 5 children be a part of our wedding, my 2 and my husband’s 3. During the reception my son pulled me to the side and made me promise him over and over that no matter what I would always be happy. Of course I promised him that I would. How could I not. He was my son. I loved him! It was my wedding day. I had my children and my family around me and a promising future to look forward too. He then did the same with my husband, he told him that he had finally met someone who loved his mom as much as he did and made my husband promise him that he would always be there to take care of me, of course my husband promised him that he would. I believe God was preparing me that day for what was to come…
On Sept 7, 2014, I lost my 16 year old son in a fatal car accident. My life and entire world was forever changed that day! I lost my purpose, my desires and even at times my will to live. I existed by putting one foot in front of the other just to make it through the day. But my faith in God, my promise to my son, my beautiful daughter, Liliana, and my supportive husband are the only reasons I am here today to share this story.
Nothing will ever be the same for me. I feel my son’s absence with every breath I take. Some days are so hard but that promise I made to be happy no matter what and those words “Love the Day” make the journey a little bit easier.
My background is restaurant and retail management. I also co-owned 2 restaurants. Before MOBE, I was a General Manager for a restaurant that was a 1 and a half hour daily commute, 5 – 6 days a week, 10 – 12 hours a day. Burn out doesn’t even begin to describe where I was physically and now on top of that I was dealing with grief, depression, emotional stress, you name it. I ended up having a break down that led to severe depression and me becoming very despondent.
It was then that my husband, George, showed me an advertisement that he had been saving on his phone for several months. He had been hesitant to show it to me because I didn’t know anything about internet marketing and I’d had no formal computer training. He just knew that I was going to tell him he was crazy! And you know what, a year earlier I would have.
But I was ready. Ready for the change. So I prayed, quit my job and didn’t just take a leap of faith…I jumped, with both feet, eyes wide open, off a cliff. And what a journey it has been! It has changed my life. I have less stress, more time to spend with my family, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to beautiful exotic places, experience financial freedom and just do the things I enjoy doing, but most importantly, it has given me the opportunity to keep that promise…to find my happy place! To start each day with the attitude of Love the Day! Even though my journey is far from over, MOBE has helped me to find that purpose again. I now have the opportunity to help others make the same changes that I did.
If you are not living the life you truly desire? If you are not spending quality time with your family? If you are worried about losing your job or not being able to pay for your children’s college education? I encourage you to make that change today. There is a way to change your life…to make every day count and Love the Day!
I would love to tell you about it…