Laura’s Stick With It Story

This post is in partnership with BAND-AID® Brand. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that encourage my creativity.

If success is a journey, my journey began twenty-five years ago when I came to the United States with my mom, for a year, to learn English. Little did I know that the adventure we both embarked, would shape my character and the person that I am today.

I’m excited to have partnered with @BandAidBrand today to share a video of my journey. Did you know that when I first came to the United States I didn’t speak any English? I hope to inspire others to #StickWithIt and persevere through the difficult times in their life.

I’ve been sharing a lot of my stories on this website for more than seven years, and for the first time, I share a glimpse of my journey in this video.

I bet you didn’t know that I spoke no English when I first came, right? I know, it’s surprising to me too! I distinctively remember what it was like to want to communicate with others, to make friends, and to “fit in” with the kids at school.

There were many low moments where I felt inadequate, different, and not good enough. In high school, I was very social, eager to please the kids around me, and worked hard to make friends. It’s not easy to make friends when you have a hard time finding words to share a simple story –can you imagine my embarrassment when I had to pull out a pocket dictionary in the middle of hanging out with my friends? Awkward, yes; and yet, I kept on.

Every day after school, I’d come home and watch typical American 90s television shows to tune my ear to the language and learn the current slang kids used at school. This, of course, is before on-demand television and we only had basic cable of ten channels at most. At night, I’d watch game shows, not understanding much of it most of the time.

I’m excited to have partnered with @BandAidBrand today to share a video of my journey. Did you know that when I first came to the United States I didn’t speak any English? I hope to inspire others to #StickWithIt and persevere through the difficult times in their life.

Have you ever watched that particular cartoon on television and heard the teacher’s voice sound? “muah muah, muah” that’s what everything sounded to me on television and in real life for months. Until one day, the sound “clicked” and everything changed. My brain was no longer translating words, and I could understand everything!

There I was, my twelve-year-old self, sitting in front of the television one afternoon and realizing that I could understand every word! After months of watching television with a pen and paper next to me (to write down words to look up later) and bringing a large dictionary to school that not only weighed my backpack down but was a constant reminder that I was different as it was clearly displayed on my desk… I did it!

That day, I realized that if I could learn a language (without technology mind you) on my own, I could pretty much teach myself anything if I stuck with it long enough to see myself succeed.

I’m excited to have partnered with @BandAidBrand today to share a video of my journey. Did you know that when I first came to the United States I didn’t speak any English? I hope to inspire others to #StickWithIt and persevere through the difficult times in their life.
Keeping it together while using new BAND-AID® SKIN-FLEX™ Bandages.

And I have, and I will. With each accomplishment, I’m able to set new goals for myself, goals that, years ago would have never occurred to me to even dream about! Competing (and winning!) on Food Network, writing cookbooks, and my appearing live on a TV show I used to watch to learn English so many years ago? Yes!

I’m excited to have partnered with @BandAidBrand today to share a video of my journey. Did you know that when I first came to the United States I didn’t speak any English? I hope to inspire others to #StickWithIt and persevere through the difficult times in their life.

With each milestone and goal achieved, I’ve gained self-confidence and determination to do better, learn more, and expand what I know. In many ways, I’m not the shy 12-year-old that struggled to make friends and felt awkward; but in other ways, she’s still there pushing herself to stick with it and succeed –she’s just older, wiser, and still as adventurous as ever.

I’m excited to have partnered with @BandAidBrand today to share a video of my journey. Did you know that when I first came to the United States I didn’t speak any English? I hope to inspire others to #StickWithIt and persevere through the difficult times in their life.

Is there something you’ve stuck with long enough to see the success in your life?

With my partner BAND-AID Brand, I’m sharing my personal #StickWithIt story of coming to the US without speaking English and found the motivation to succeed!

June 26, 2017

14 thoughts on “Laura’s Stick With It Story”

  1. Elena says:

    You are such an inspiring family! What a great message in your story. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sandra says:

    Wow. I had no idea that English was your second language. Such determination!

  3. Kelly Lester says:

    Your stories and accomplishments are truly exceptional Laura! I always love seeing you with your beautiful family and watching you shine!!!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Thank you so much Kelly <3

  4. Luis Castelero says:

    I admire you and your mother to be by you side .Congratulations .

  5. Matt says:

    Love the video. what an inspiring story

  6. Samantha Stewart says:

    This is so inspiring. My husband came from Equador in his 20s and has an accent. Although he is an electrical engeneer, he often feels like people talk down to him because he has an accent and his English is perfect -event though he is fully qualified and do the job and understands English 100%. The “not fitting-in” is a big problem even for adults, so thank you for sharing your encouraging journey.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Thank you so much Samantha!

  7. Jyl Pattee says:

    Ahhhh! I love this story. Learning a new language is tough. But look how you’ve mastered it and now can use both of your languages to benefit others. So amazing!

    PS: I love these pics. Your family is adorable. 😀

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      thank you so much Jyl! <3

  8. Jennifer says:

    What a beautiful story Laura! I’m so proud of you. Love everything about this. The message to stick with it, the photos of your beautiful family, your inspiring video message. And we love Bandaid over here too! Even more so now!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Thank you so much Jennifer!

  9. Jessica says:

    SO INSPIRING!

  10. Rebecca says:

    I randomly came across your video on youtube and I was inspired by your story. Thank you for the encouraging message.

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