My mom has always been my rock and an inspiration to me growing up. She didn’t allow any obstacles to get in her way, and she went through a lot after we emigrated from Poland. We had nothing, but she never gave up. She was a fighter and that is where I get my strong personality from as well as the fight inside me to never give up. To me, family is everything and I would do anything for my mom. She has always been my best friend, not only a mother. I feel I can speak with her about anything.
I have helped raise Marta since I was very young, but I don’t feel it took away from my childhood in any way. It made me stronger and caused me grow up faster, but I wouldn’t change it if I had the opportunity. I always wanted to be mama’s helper and never let her down. To this day that’s what I try to do, because I don’t believe I would be where I am if it wasn’t for her. If I didn’t have my fight, drive, and the thick skin, I probably would have given up on my dreams a long time ago; I wouldn’t be able to handle the rejections and vicious people. But instead I am living my dream now and achieving more and more success every year of my life. Sharing it with someone special like Romain makes it all so much better.
When I met Romain almost 6 years ago, he had nothing and was in debt, but I fell in love with him for his heart, the kind person he was, and for the way he treated my family. He adopted them as part of his own. I was always independent and I never had to rely on a man for money, which is why I didn’t care that Romain wasn’t rich. To me, life was about more than just money. I knew we would be fine, and now we are both living the American dream, but that doesn’t make our life any easier. More success means more headaches – jealousy, lies, rumors, etc. My life is definitely far from perfect, and each day I learn from my mistakes (because I have made plenty). But I guess that’s a normal part of life as long as you don’t make the same mistake twice.