30 Days of Gorgeous: Melanie

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What does beauty mean to you?

Beauty means being authentic from the inside out. Being kind, generous & loving to myself & others. Natural beauty is what makes a person most beautiful.


When do you feel most beautiful?

I feel most beautiful when I am living on purpose as a Servant of God, Amazing Mom & great Mentor to others. I feel most beautiful when I inspire others to also live the greatness within them.


What does being a woman mean to you?

Being a woman means being a daughter, a mother, a friend in my truest essence. A woman plays many roles & my most important role is shining my greatness from within so that other women can do the same. Being a woman doesn’t always mean being strong, but having the strength to create my own life to fulfill my heart’s desires.


What do you love about yourself?

What I love about myself is my heart that is after God’s own heart. Everyday, I strive to make God smile. I also love being a mom. Being a mom is the most important gift that has been given to me.


Tell me your story.

I grew up in a middle class family with parents who made so many sacrifices, including sending me to the Philippines to be raised by a nanny so that they can make a living in the US. I returned to the US at 7 years old & became a nurse like my mom. I have always had a passion for kids & entrepreneurship. I have 4 kids, Jardeleza Mae (means God’s garden) who wrote a book at 7 years old, My winner Self: How To Be a winner From The Inside Out, Dylan Matthew who can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than a minute, Jayden Micaela who was born 7-7-07 & Dean Michael who was born 8-8-08. 🙂 The challenge with becoming an entrepreneur was that I was never brought up to have the success mindset.

I became a nurse like my mom & watched my parents go through the financial roller coaster ride throughout their lives & that nearly killed my dad with a heart attack. That’s when I sought out experts & mentors to teach me the rules of the money game. And because I love kids so much, I founded Kids Wealth International Club, where we help kids get rich in a fun way. I also founded the #1 organization that governs this work, APPEAR, Association of Proud Parents Educating About Riches. We partner with parents throughout the nation to help families around Faith, Family, Fitness, Finance, Fun. My life calling is to impact as many lives as I can & manifest in this beautiful world we live in.



Chicago Glamour Photographer Melanie


What do you think was the biggest turning point in your life?

The biggest turning point in my life is having my first child, Jardeleza Mae. She was born 2 months premature at 3lbs. During her stay in the NICU, I realized the strength I had as a woman and that no matter what I am going through, God gives us circumstances that build us to who we truly are.


Please finish the statement- I am a person who…

lives with passion, loves unconditionally & makes a difference.


Tell me about a goal you are working on.

My biggest goal is putting together a Life and Entrepreneurial School for Kids & Families around the values of Faith, Family, Fitness, Finance & Fun.


Chicago Glamour Photographer

“I want to be a woman who overcomes obstacles by tackling them in faith instead of tiptoeing around them in fear.” – Renee Swope


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