RECHELLE BALANZAT

Artist, Thinker, Entrepreneur

Hello There...

Thanks for stopping by. 

I'm starting this blog with the hope of sharing my adventures - both personal and professional with you.  I guess you can say my whole life has been an adventure.  From the minute I was born, it seems the odds were already against me.  I was born in the Philippines to teenage parents.  My father was only 16 when he found out my mom was pregnant.  You could imagine how scary that is.  After my birth, neither of my parents ever had the chance to pursue a college degree.    

My father's mother is a real firecracker though.  She found a way to bring my dad to the United States, and a few years later, my mom and I were able to join him.  That was a very courageous move for my mom.  She left everything she knew in the Philippines, her family and friends, and came to the US alone at the age of 20 with a 3 year old baby girl.  But my mom is a force not to be reckoned with.

As the years passed, my father developed a few bad habits and my parents' relationship quickly began to deteriorate. So when I was 9, my mom decided to leave my father and raise me on her own.  Another brave move considering she was in a foreign country all alone with a little girl to provide for.  But my mom worked 3 jobs to pay the rent, put food on the table, and send me to private school.  Because she worked so much and couldn't afford to hire someone to help look after me, I started taking care of myself at the age of 9.  There were some days when I used to go to school hungry, but I never told my mom because I didn't want her to worry about me.  I wanted to show her that all of her sacrifices weren't being made in vain.  So I worked extra hard to get scholarships for high school and college.  

It was sometimes stressful growing up with a single mom.  My mom was very strict and seldom let me leave the house.  Each time I would rebel, she would always remind me of the bigger picture.

She used to say, ‘I can’t give you much. I can only give you an education. But your education is the one thing that no one can take from you.”

I guess that's why I'm so eager to learn everything.  It's also where I attribute my "can-do" attitude.  Anyway, needless to say my mom is a source of inspiration for me.  I know it sounds cliche, but after everything she's done for me, how could I not approach my life with everything that I've got?  To have an education, to live in New York City, to have a supporting family - these are treasures so few people in the world have.  I'm humbled by the opportunities I've been given in life.  Having said all that, I'm not one that gives up so easily.  I'm determined and focused on accomplishing my goals because I know how lucky I am to be where I am.  

I hope this introductory post gives you a little bit more insight into who I am.  Please feel free to reach out anytime and/or share your comments below on what inspires you.

 

Thanks for reading,

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