#LifeReimagined at Any Age and Situation

by Migdalia Rivera

Years ago, I was divorced, overworked, stressed and exhausted. My career in the legal field was not what I imagined. I was no Erin Brockovich, traipsing around the city investigating a case that would impact thousands of lives. Nor was I working to  right the wrongs committed against countless citizens across the United States. No, the lives I was impacting were white collar, those who worked within the corporate realm, and the lives of my children who rarely saw their mother.

Something had to give and I refused to let it be my, or my sons, lives.

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The Power of Thoughts

I recall the day the phone rang. I was so  engrossed in my work, I almost let it go to voice mail. But, a still, small voice told me to pick it up. Thankfully, I did. It was the doorman telling me my son had not arrived home. A short while later a neighbor called to tell me my son was in the park with a bunch of kids. He skipped afterschool.  He also failed to tell me where he was.

I raced to the park, thinking, “My son needs a parent. I can’t let him down. I’m it.”

That thought changed my life.

I found my son. He was with his best friend. They had skipped afterschool to spend time with a girl my son liked – a hottie. Although they were not doing anything they shouldn’t, there were much older kids in the park, drinking and smoking. This was not the life I wanted for him. It was not the life I had imagined. That day,  I reimagined my life, my children’s lives, and it did not look like the one we were surrounded with.

The Power of Words

Do you want this life for yourself? Or, would you rather travel, meet inspiring people and be happy? Because this is not happy. This is desperation. These were the questions I asked my son that afternoon. They were also the questions I asked myself.

Our responses were similar – No. We did not want this life.

The Power of Actions

I started a blog. And, I made my son start a blog too.

It was a small step, that led to more steps, that eventually led to here.

I now work from home. I own my own Blogger Network. I’m surrounded with amazing, powerful women who work on a daily basis to create change for Moms, children and families everywhere. I’m also happy and single.

As for my son, he earned a full scholarship to Wheaton College, he started an initiative called LIFE (Leadership & Innovation Fuel Empowerment) House, and he will be traveling to Argentina, India and Africa this year.

We reimagined our lives that day. It didn’t matter how old we were. It didn’t matter that we didn’t we have it all planned out. What did matter is our belief that life could be better.

And, it was.

Let’s talk! What does your #LifeReimagined look like? Let us know in a comment and then head over to www.lifereimagined.org for inspiration and tips to make your reimagined life a reality!

Disclosure: Latina On a Mission is a sponsored Life Reimagined Ambassador. All opinions expressed herein belong solely to the Author.


About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 Robin (Masshole Mommy) June 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

A lot of people don’t realize the power of their words! That is definitely a good point you brought up!
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2 Kay Adeola June 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Well done to you are your son.I always tell my kids life is what you make it so you want a good life you have to put the effort in to make it good.I am happy with the way my life is right now :-).
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3 Jenn June 9, 2014 at 1:47 pm

What an inspiring story! I need to guard my thoughts more carefully.
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4 Liz Mays June 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Yep, this is the Mig I know! You’re an incredible person and so smart and driven. I’m so glad you turned things around that day!
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5 Terry June 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Words can cut like a knife and be harder to heal than any cut made with a knife. We all need to watch what we put into words.
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6 Virginia @thatbaldchick June 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm

A full scholarship to Wheaton? That’s impressive. What is more impressive, though, is that as his Mom, you had the forethought to help him reimagine his future. Good for you!
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7 Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog June 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm

It is crazy when you think back on events that happened in your life and realize how much that effected what happened to you/for you years down the road. Sometimes it takes just one situation and you are walking down a different path. We have experienced that more than once being in the military.

8 Debbie Denny June 9, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Great job to you both. Sometimes change works wonderfully.
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9 Janel June 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm

That so awesome, way to go mom! It’s crazy to think what path his life could have changed to that day.
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10 K June 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Great post! I could not have put it any better .Thanks. for giving people somethinf to think about.

11 Shell June 9, 2014 at 7:28 pm

What a powerful story! So amazing what you and your son accomplished!
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12 Emily June 9, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Thank you for sharing your story! It is truly inspirational. I bet your son looks up to you as the major influence in his life
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13 Jaime June 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Having my Timehop app has been eye-opening for me. I thought I was content before, but then I was laid off. Four months later, I landed an amazing job and I’m in awe every day of how happy I am. (And I look at my Timehop app and realize just how not happy I was before.)
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14 Susanna @Zealous Mom June 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm

This is such a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing; it’s truly inspiring.

15 Christie June 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Your words were definitely powerful. What a great story!
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16 April June 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm

That is powerful! My husband and I were just talking yesterday about how we need to make even more changes to get to where we want to be. We have made quite a few already but there are more to come. We want financial freedom but do not want to have to work our lives away at something we don’t enjoy just to pay for the stuff we do. The biggest change we plan to make is to downsize in a major way and purge stuff that isn’t important to us.
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17 Jenn @ The Rebel Chick June 9, 2014 at 10:49 pm

Hw wonderful that you both reimagined and turned a corner to your new lives. Much continued success!
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18 Danielle @ We Have It All June 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Wow, what a great story! So glad all turned out ok w/your son (way back when) and congrats to you both becoming so successful!

19 Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama June 10, 2014 at 7:25 am

I like playing what if… What IF i did X? What would it be like afterwards? It helps me make decisions.
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20 Melinda June 10, 2014 at 7:41 am

i’m so proud of your son. he’s such an amazing kid. you did good!
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21 Amy Desrosiers June 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

I’m so glad you found your calling,. Your aha moment was pretty clear.
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22 Rosey June 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

It’s wonderful that you made the changes you needed to, to get the lives you wanted for you and your son. This is an awesome testimony to being true to yourself!

23 Tracey June 10, 2014 at 9:31 am

This is a really powerful story and post. Thank you for sharing it. It’s amazing to see how your changes have impacted you and your son.
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24 Krystal June 10, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thanks for sharing this! Sounds like you have accomplished great things.
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25 Emily June 10, 2014 at 11:46 am

Wow. I love how you took charge and made something happen. Now look at you two!

26 Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com June 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm

how wonderful, you’ve done well mama!

27 Theresa June 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Good for you for you and your son. You have both thought hard about the lives you wanted and made it happen. Best of luck on all your future endeavors!
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28 Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven} June 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

What a great post and you and your son are both such inspirations. It looks like you’re both doing BIG things!

29 Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty June 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

The best part is that as long as you have the drive and determination, it never is really too late to start over for that reimagined life.
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30 StacieinAtlanta June 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm

What a great post. I the power of action is huge….if you take that leap…but before you can do that you have to believe….in yourself.
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31 Carly Bellard June 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Well- I took action and just joined the Stiletto Blogger Network! I am a newbie blogger- but I believe in my abilities to grow my brand!
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32 Family Travel Blogger June 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

I have a very strong awareness of the amount of time I have in life and what I want to be moving toward during that time. I think it’s both a blessing and acurse.

33 April Smith Decheine June 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

I am a huge believer of positive thinking and believing in what you want and thinking about it over and over. You become what you believe.
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34 Rosie June 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

This is so wonderful, Migdalia! I’ve started re-imagining my life. I’ve gone back to school for my Master degree and I’m currently looking into getting a substitute teacher job for the fall. I’ll be student teaching soon, and I couldn’t be happier. I see the change in Sophia as well. Yes, right now things are hard since I’m not working, but I’m more present in her life and mine.

Big hugs!

35 Melanie S. June 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm

My life could use some reimagining. I just wish I knew what to imagine!
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36 Debbie L. June 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Such a great story…very inspirational.

37 Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest June 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm

At twenty-eight I’m actually about to change what I’m doing with my life. I’m planning on going back to school in the fall.
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38 Tonia @TheChattyMomma June 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm

You’re such a thinking person. That makes you a wonderful advisor and mom. It is amazing to see what we can do when we make good choices.
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39 veronica June 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm

This is such a thought provoking post. We often don’t realize the power we have in thoughts and words
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40 Chrysa June 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Your story is inspiring. We can have good intentions, but it really takes some action to get things going!
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41 Toni June 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

I definitely think all three of those have very much power. I think people tend to forget that words and actions really speak volumes
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42 Grown and Flown June 11, 2014 at 5:30 am

Migdalia, I love this story and am so impressed with how you motivated your son to achieve such success. Using social media has clearly been empowering for both of you. So happy to have gotten to know you that way, too! Thanks for sharing your path with your readers. Mary Dell
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43 Jennifer B June 11, 2014 at 5:58 am

Wow, love this post. You’ve accomplished so much and now so has your son. That’s awesome!
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44 Amanda June 11, 2014 at 7:55 am

Awesome post! For me, my life re-imagined is making my blog a full time job. So that is where I am headed!
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45 Marina June 11, 2014 at 9:31 am

What an inspiring story. I love that you both have dome some amazing things not just for yourselves but for those around you.
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46 Cam | Bibs and Baubles June 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Yes!!!!!!!!!!! I just finished writing about the power of our thoughts and words for a book I’m working on. We don’t always remember how much our words and thoughts shape our lives and what we become. Great post!
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47 Hanna Saltzman June 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

This is so inspiring, Migdalia! Thank you for sharing!

48 Nina June 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Wow I’m so impressed about the full scholarship! And all that travel, plus he created his own initiative. You must be a proud mama!

I’m pretty good about staying in tune with the needs of my kids and balancing work with it. I can’t imagine feeling stressed at work when my kids need me. Just not my thing. So glad you made a decision to improve your daily life.
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