Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers
other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming
the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing
to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation
to where you finish in a race or whether you break world
records. But it does have everything to do with having the
vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity
and the determination never to be shifted from your goals...
They say America is the land of opportunity, and in
the case of this young lady, it sure is. When Arvid and I lived
in our first condo on Las Olas, The las Olas Grand.
we met her mother and step-father.
The step dad who is more dad to her was in construction.
Still is. The mom cleaned apartments in the building
we lived. She still does. At the time the young daughter
Irina helped out while attending night school.
I remember cleaning up my closet and giving to Judy,
the mom tons of clothes. Many of which went
to Irina. I was just happy that they fit.
Fast forward. Irina graduated college. Started
working and the next thing I know her life "exploded"
into one amazing adventure to another.
She travelled the world, still does. She became a
spokesperson for Ocean Conservation, mainly saving sharks.
She's Peruvian, and has also become the spokesperson
in Miami for many of the Peruvian businesses.
She inaugurates their stores and attends all
these gala functions. She is also the face of
Miami Motorcycle rentals. Busy girl
Point is from being the daughter of an cleaning
woman, today she is a force all on her own. Just shows
that if you want to make it in this country you can.
It takes hard work and perseverance.
She is currently in Las Vegas competing for the title
of Miss World Peru. Suddenly life became a fairytale.
When not attending charities, doing volunteer work,
she's a wife, daughter, friend and a fur baby mom.
Add to that, she's a natural beauty. She's kind and
compassionate. Down to earth and very real. Not one to
be presumptuous, very humble. She's also married to a
very handsome man who just happens to be super rich and
who adores her. She's living her dream, one that did not
drop on her lap, but one she worked hard to achieve.
Wishing you the best in Las Vegas. Bring home
that title you've worked so hard for. Girl POWER!
The bottom line is don't let anyone tell you it can't be done.
All that means is that it can be done, even if it takes some
time. Living proof is Irina. A true "rags to riches"
Winners are ordinary people with extraordinary
determination. Never consider the possibility of failure;
as long as you persist, you will be successful...