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Madeline Pena

@madelinejpena

CITIES: Born in Guatemala, Raised in Lafayette, Louisiana & Currently in Houston

ETHNICITY/RACE: Hispanic - Guatemalteca

FAVORITE IG ACCOUNT: @Usher LOL

FAVORITE SONG: Love with Your Life” by Hollyn


WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

"I was born in Guatemala and moved to the United States when I was 6 years-old. I’ve been in the Communications and Marketing world for 8 years and have worked in TV, Print, Marine & Offshore, and now in Non-Profit. I also blog at The Loop Lyfe – a blog for women with City Girl Attitudes and City Girl Dreams!"

WHAT'S YOUR PURPOSE?

"I’m still working on finding my ultimate purpose in life but I’d say I’m on the path to discovering EXACTLY what that is. I love to be involved with ministry at my Hope City Church, I enjoy staying active and living a healthy lifestyle, and I keep a great circle of friends around who are constantly there for me to chat with, dance with and laugh with (we do A LOT of laughing)."

WHAT'S THE BIGGEST HARDSHIP YOU'VE FACED?

"I’d say choosing myself over my 7-year long relationship has been my biggest hardship, for so many reasons. At the time, I felt like I had lost so much but looking back at it now, I realized how much I gained! Letting go of that toxic environment where I felt insecure, unworthy of love, and had been lied to in the worst possible way imaginable, was the BEST decision I’ve ever made for myself. During the past two years, I’ve shown myself what I’m capable of achieving on my own. I re-discovered who I was and came in tune with what I really wanted out of life."

WHAT'S YOUR CONSTANT MOTIVATION & WHERE DOES IT ROOT FROM?

"My motivation is my mother! Being an immigrant from Guatemala did not stop her from pursuing her American Dream! I remember her 12+ hour work days and her strength to push through the most difficult situations. Despite how tired she was, she always made time to make me feel like the most important thing in her life. She’s my best friend, I talk to her every day and we even FaceTime on the weekends!  I recognize that everything that I have now is because of HER and it’s the reason why I works so hard today. My beautiful mother taught me what hard work, consistency, and authenticity looks like and I hope that one day I can be half of the woman she is, because ELLA ES LA MEJOR!"

WHAT'S SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE WOULDN'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m Usher’s BIGGEST fan! 

IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE DEAD OR ALIVE WHO WOULD IT BE?

USHER RAYMOND!