Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandra Salinas.
Sandra, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story begins with adversity from birth. Born to teenage parents who divorced when I was three, I spend most of my childhood with my grandparents. My grandma, Pauletta became closer to me than my own mother. She was a strong, intelligent woman from humble beginnings who always encouraged and believed in me.
As a teenager, rebellion and poor choices led to the ” apple not falling far from the tree” as they say and I like my mother had a child at 17, married at 18. The emotional void caused by a broken home was something I knew too well and never wanted my daughter, Jasmine to experience, so her father and I began a life together. We were doing well, my father became close to us and life felt as if it finally was falling into place. Fast forward five years, I worked as a secretary for Texas Health before becoming pregnant with my second daughter, Jamie.
Before her 1st birthday, tragedy struck. My father, who had become a big part of my life was murdered. I fell into despair, the grief overwhelmed me, my husband and I separated, my grandmother felt it was best that she care for my children and I became lost. All that I had become and identified myself as, (a mother, a wife, a daughter), was gone. I fell into substance abuse and it seemed as though my story would end there. ….BUT God had a different plan for my life! I prayed for the reunion of my family and strength, I don’t know exactly when, but looking back my mentality transformed and the grief I harbored seemed lifted. I began rebuild myself a day at a time, staying with my children at my grandmother’s home helped me to regain sight of what is most important and develop a routine. My husband (after two years of separation) began to join me and we were able to reconnect. We came back together as a family and shortly after a new addition, Lily was born.
My lesson learned: Never underestimate the uphill journey of starting over, it is not easy!
I was blessed to have my grandmother ‘s help. We moved in with her, put our home for lease. My husband worked and I began volunteering with PTA. Throughout the following seven years, I became very involved in advocacy for public schools and city politics. My three daughters are a true example of how parental involvement makes a difference. I learned so much from all the women, teachers, principals I met during that time. The impression they made upon me changed my life. I am forever grateful to each and every one of them.
As my children grew and all were in school, I felt it was time to embark on something new. A good friend of mine is a real estate broker, he encouraged me to give the profession a try. I have aunts and uncle who are in real estate and had learned about it subconsciously my whole life through my grandmother who bought and sold properties for years. Figuring it was worth a shot, I took all my courses and state exam. After becoming licensed, I founded my LLC, obtained a business entity broker’s license from the state and my company was off the ground. Operating as a single agent brokerage for the first two years and now have another agent on board. My primary focus is investment real estate. My oldest daughter graduated HS and now attends TCU for Real Estate Finance. Both her and my husband have completed the RE courses for licensing and now just need to take the state exam.
Everyday I am blessed and thankful for my second chance at life. I hope to pay it forward by giving hope to those feeling lost and who are where I use to be. I want to say, “God’s not done with you”. You have a purpose, a value, just have to find your way back on track. The rest of my story is yet to be written but I believe God did not bring me this far for mediocrity.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My road was bumpy, with many potholes to say the least. The hardest struggle was losing my father and the breakup of my family.
North Fort Properties – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
North Fort Properties is a real estate brokerage with focus in investment real estate. Helping investors manage their portfolios, carryout large tract acquisitions for developers.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My description of success is the combination of 3 things: Purpose, fulfillment, & happiness.
We often time experience 1 or 2 of these feelings from time to time, but to truly achieve all three at once is success. Some maintain it and for others it is fleeting, but anything once achieved can be attained once again.
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Black and White photo credit Beatriz Terrazas from “The Mujeres Ponderosa Exhibit” (2016)