Our readers want to get to know you first, tell us about YOU what is your story.
Hello! My name is Areli I was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chih., Mexico. When I was almost 3 years old my parents separated, my mother then made the decision to immigrate to the United States. We joined my grandparents, aunts and uncles in Fort Lupton, Colorado. We all lived on a farm; I look back at those times with great fondness. I know there were tough times, I saw them, I felt them, I remember them, yet I was still happy. I was able to be a kid, to get messy, to play with animals, and to explore my little heart out. I love the country life and hope to return to it one day. It was when we moved into town that I found myself growing up fast to help my mother with my younger siblings. I was raised by a strong single mother with 5 kids. My mother did the best she could to provide but there were times when necessities were low or nowhere in sight. I learned to live on less and learned the value of a dollar at a young age. As I grew, I used those tough times as fuel to help me and others take on anything in our paths.
While in college I had my beautiful daughter with my high school sweetheart- was it easy? NO, but our daughter gave us more reason to keep going. We knew we wanted a better life for her. In 2009 I became the first in my family to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree, I am proud to say I was the first but not the last.
After I graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) finding a job was a challenge. I reached out to my network and thankfully landed a job as a tutor that eventually led to my position as a GED Instructor/Recruiter with BUENO-HEP at Aims Community College. During this time, we welcomed my son into our family. We went from a family of 3 to a family of 4. As a family we were busy. After two years of working at Aims an opportunity presented itself with TRIO. I became an Educational Talent Search Advisor at CSU where I supported middle school and high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the steps to get to college. Towards the end of my 3rd year as an Advisor I was experiencing difficult times at work, and my son was struggling with social anxiety at daycare, and anywhere that wasn’t home. I made the tough decision to leave my students (so hard) and focus on my mental health, and the mental health of my family.
I became a stay-at-home mom in Frederick, CO for a year and a half. Being at home was not easy for me, I quickly learned that I needed to do something outside of my home to help others in order to be the best version of myself. That’s when I decided to jump into real estate. In 2015 I worked on my real estate education, and in 2016, with the blessing and understanding of my family I became a licensed Realtor.
Now let's talk business, what do you do? Have you always wanted to have your own business- what inspired you to go down this journey?
I’m going on my 4th year as a Realtor and it has been more than I expected- in a good way. I never thought I would be in the business world. Becoming a Realtor gave me the balance I needed to be the best mom I could be while still feeding my passion to help others. Real estate gave me something outside of my home yet provided the flexibility to be available for my kids. For the most part I have been able to schedule everything around my kids. My amazing husband and family step in when I can’t be there, but that is very minimal now. I have been able to be there for my kids like I wanted to be. I look back now and realize everything I have experienced has prepared me for the woman I am today…and the woman I am still becoming.
What advice do you have for moms who want to start a business?
Life is full of lessons, what has motherhood taught you?
Motherhood has taught me that every mother’s “hood” is different. Every mother’s situation is different- every mother has different abilities, difficulties and different kids. Life will always be a journey- handle it the best way you can with the tools you have.