I carry my Spanish roots wherever I go, yet I am thankful I’ve been able to live, study and grow in Texas. I know that I was born to talk, to communicate, to shine… like we were all born to shine! As Marianne Williamson says:
“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
My husband P and I were married 11 years before becoming parents. The fertility treatments and three rounds of IUI were frustrating, exhausting, nerve-wracking and almost toxic. How could it be so hard to get pregnant? Doctors didn’t have a reason. There was no medical explanation. And there was nothing more I wanted than to be a mom. So we were willing to do whatever it took. The moment I found out I was pregnant with Y goes down as one of the happiest in my life. It all happened in God’s time, not my own.
I’ve been in and out of the television/broadcasting world for the past 20 years. I’ve worked in both the Spanish and English markets. I’ve dabbled in acting: done many commercials, plays, radio spots, and even a few small roles in movies. I’ve interviewed actors and singers, ranging from Brad Pitt to Luis Miguel. I’ve bungee jumped and sky-dived. I’ve traveled. I’ve been fortunate to try many things in my life. Yet what has brought me the most satisfaction and unbridled joy is an inquisitive girl, Y, an adventurous boy, F, and our spirited boy S. Being a mother is unlike any thrill I’ve experienced. It pushes me to my limits and challenges me to become the best version of myself.
I always felt that I wanted to be a full-time mom and wake up with my babies, know what they ate, when they pooped, when they laughed, and to be there for every discovery and question. I quit the morning show in Dallas, where I worked as a meteorologist and entertainment reporter. I had an extremely satisfying, showbiz-type of job. It was the number-one-rated morning show at the time. On one hand, I got to travel, go to openings of movies, museums, hotels. I met movie-stars and interesting people. On the other hand, I covered tornados and hail storms. I had the best of both worlds. Hard news, and softer entertainment news.
I’ve been married to my rock, my comedian, my coach, my sounding board, my anchor, my love, P, for 22 years and life is full! Being married and making it through the rough bumps on the road is one of my greatest accomplishments. I thank God daily for our love and for our three kids, ages 9,6, and 3. They have unequivocally changed us and made our life better in every way (except the sleepless nights).
I’ve often felt a need to communicate in ways other than in front of a camera. This is the best medium I’ve found to share my thoughts, experiences, and journey. I’m as transparent as possible because I believe in the power of sharing our paths to make discoveries and to feel connected with others. We are not alone!
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Blessings and big hugs!