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From cradle to Twitter to World Pulse

My grandmother Francisca and my mom Anita

If a timeline will be created to depict who I am, it will probably be synonymous to a seismic quake with a 7.5 reading on a Richter scale. It will show the life of a 41 year old Filipino woman in her highest of highs and the low blows of her life.

I was born in the summer of 1969, the eldest of six children and the most stubborn of all. At a very young age I just have the ability to do what my vision is telling me. If everyone is painting the sun yellow on their drawing paper, I would paint mine purple. It only proves the beginning of my being different. Who I am right this moment is a cornucopia of very important people in my life. They are all women.

Anita Santos Camarillo (my mother). She is forgiving but fierce at the same time. Whatever endeavor she would do it will always be not for herself but for her children. I learned what unconditional love is all about.
Francisca Melandres Santos(my maternal grandmother). She is a woman beyond her time. She worked so hard and never depended on a man to meet her needs, in any aspect of her life.
Aimee and Elaine Camarillo (my sisters). They fought in court for me, to prove that I did not abandon my children when I decided to work overseas. They were ridiculed by my ex- husband’s family and friends but stood their ground to be heard by the judge and my children who were also in court at that time.
Sr. Deborah Lopez (my mentor). She did not believe that I was a good teacher; she testified that I am an excellent teacher.
Jeng M. Villanueva (friend). She once said, “Things that we think are wrong today, will turn out right in the future. Your children will know one day why you had to leave…follow your heart.”
Joy Briones (friend). She took me in when I was homeless.
Jessica Minutaglio (best friend). There are no boundaries between sisters of different races.
Theresa Sula (best friend). She lives for others and fights for their right. Always humble despite having an IQ and EQ beyond genius.
Marissa Asperilla (lifetime partner). She just knew I had foresight and supports me all the way and despite all my flaws and my weaknesses, she still wanted to grow old with me.

And a special mention to Ms. Lisa Ling (following her twitter account). Without her “tweet” (Hey aspiring female leaders and aspiring journalists, check this out:http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/2178012:02 PM Sep 8th via web) I would have never met more than 500 hundred other women in World Pulse, whose stories and voices are now shaping the woman I have always wanted to be. I am Everly Rose, a woman who is confident, resilient, compassionate, nurturing and with a voice. I finally found my true calling in World Pulse and I have so much to share.

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Claudia's picture

Everly Rose, I find your

Everly Rose,

I find your piece very moving and inspiring.

I am in the process of applying to graduate Ph.D. programs in Women and Gender studies and my statement echoes yours insofar as I discuss how amazing it was to be raised by a community of strong women who encouraged me to be the same way.

Heart,

Claudia

everlyrose's picture

hello claudia

thank you for your comment, i admire you for choosing a field that really embraces who we are
when will you graduate? what is your dissertation about?

take care,

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

noreens's picture

we met your family and friends!

Hi Everly,

You shared your family and friends with us in a nice way. I think you have a lot of people in your life who can inspire you. You are lucky!

Noreen

everlyrose's picture

hi noreen

and they are all women

take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

Eliana's picture

Dear Everly, I found it

Dear Everly,
I found it amazing, interesting and touching at the same time how you exposed your story. Thank you for the courage to letting us all enter a bit into your life. Keep on holding to your visions.
I share your ideals and I know what it means being surrounded by strong women. You are lucky to have them around you either as family or as friends
Blessings and peace to you
Eliana

Eliana

everlyrose's picture

thank you Eliana

We are luckier that worldpulse made us all voice out our weaknesses and strength without prejudice
i am so lucky to know so many women in this site who are so brave and filled with fortitude
take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

vivian's picture

Please teach me

Congratulations my dear friend, i have long for this..........your story. It's takes courage to mention sure a heart touching story. Your mentor was right, i have really learnt allot from you, the short time we have known each other here on pulse wire seems like i have known you for long. There is this gentle and soft tone i feel each time i read your post. the tone are touching. Please teach me those wonderful lesson of yours, i want to learn

Your children will find you, they will come back to you when they find out the truth. Am happy you have find your joy back.

Cheers

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

everlyrose's picture

now you are making me cry

it so hard viv, when you know your heart is not complete until all your children are with you
i hope they find me and when they do i just hope i still am strong and able to do things i could not share with them while they were growing up
i hope it is not too late
take care and i cant wait to read your other posts

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

everlyrose's picture

teach me too

Viv, we are here for each other, the lessons i have learned were also from people who guided me, dont worry we will go through our travels together even if distance is a big factor( thank God for the internet)
how are you and the kids and your hubby? how is everything with your writing
keep on writing and dont ever stop
youll never know, it will turn into something really great
i just know that

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

vivian's picture

you are strong

Dearest Everly,

Each time I receive a mail from pulsewire, the first thing I check is the name of sender. My heart always leap for joy each time I see your name. I quickly open to see what have come out of your soft tone yet deep.

My love, please do not fear of not seeing your children again and don't think about your age. Age is only a number, you can do whatever you tell your self you can. I know how you feel and the pains you have. I felt them when my baby died 8 days after birth. I have been praying and hoping for another till now. And haven gone through surgery twice, sometime I tell myself that am weak but yet another voice in me say am not. I may think I am physically weak but there are more things I can do. The voice will say do what your mind tells you to do, only be careful. That I obey my friend.

Tell yourself some encouraging words you know, they are more powerful than what the world will say to you.

I was just thinking of you and wanted to send a personal mail when I receive your post. You have not comment on my new post the photo. I will write a conclusion of everyone comment next week. Please view the photo and comment.

Take much care of yourself.

Love you,

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

everlyrose's picture

so sorry about your son

did you have a name for your baby? you must really miss him so much and i can imagine the pain you have to go through after knowing that he passed, you carried him in your womb for so many months and yet he could not stay with your for a long time,
there is a writer, his name is Gary Zukav and he wrote about children who die after birth or days after birth and his words were comforting his book is The seat of the Soul

i did comment on the photo and it is so moving

take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

vivian's picture

Nice to have your email

Nice to have your email address. I will address to my contact list. Thank you

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

olutosin's picture

CANT STOP

Hi darling, you know that I wont stop loving you.....I love your strength!

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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everlyrose's picture

my olutosin

how is the book coming, do send me a piece of the manuscript
i love reading so much
let me know when you have sent a copy in my email
take lots of care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

Everly,
The honor for your mother and grandmother and your courage in moving forward and sharing is special and courageous,
Joanna

everlyrose's picture

thank you joanna

my mom turned 57 today october 2nd , my grandmother died in Dec 27, 2006, she was only 84 years old
i could not go back home because of my immigration status at that time, my grandmothers last words were "Everly, pls come home and visit while I am still alive", i said yes but unfortunately i could not fulfill this promise
when i went home in 2007 it was her first year death anniversary, i miss her so much
she was the very first woman i saw who wore pants with pride and with so much sex appeal and she never married my grandfather because she had a first husband that she married before and died during world war 2, she vowed never to marry in church again, so even though my grandfather kept on insisting that they get married, she just said no, she was really strong, she did not need a man to feed her or take care of her, she was truly an empowered woman
i miss her so much, through WP, i could honor these ordinary extraordinary women of my life
take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

Kathleen Abood's picture

Follow your heart

Your unconditional love for your family is so evident in your world view. Strong women raise strong daughters with stronger voices. This is our blessing.
Your story describes a struggle we all must face in our lives, how to survive and keep our families together against all the obstacles that keep us from our heart's desire. Believe in your dreams.

Kathleen Abood

everlyrose's picture

hello kathleen

thank you so much for your encouraging words, they are priceless
this is how i live my life, simple, with faith and yes believing that dreams could really come true

take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

harinees's picture

So personal

Thank you for sharing your story. You have described it in a very personal way - very interestingly written. I hope you get to spend time with all your children soon. I would have loved to see how you hope to share on worldpulse. How you expect this platform to help you and other women.

everlyrose's picture

that too is in my mind

i really would like to know within our group how many of us are away from their children? or if anyone had any issues with immigration or a separation wherein their children were involved
but i guess it is too personal and not everyone is willing to share because of legal reasons too
i am sharing my mine little by little because by doing so i am trying to heal pieces of my wounded soul

take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

NyamburaFoley's picture

Dear Everly..

It must be hard to be away from your children. Like you said, sacrifices have to be made for the good of others. It's only a matter of time when your children will realise the hardships you went through for them. They have an awesome Mum I think!

Just like you, I am slowly sharing my life experiences with others. It is healing in more ways than one.

Good day Everly Rose ( I love your name - a rose that will never wither, an eternal rose!) :)

Nyambura

everlyrose's picture

Thank you so much

hello Nyambura,

thank you so much for encouraging me and letting me know that my sacrifices will not go to waste, i am hoping, no matter how many years i must wait, that i will have all my children with me one day, together in one roof and we will be much happier and we could all heal together

thank you too about your comment regarding my name, i never really liked it while growing up, but now I am so glad my parents named me everly rose,

what about you? what does your name mean?
i hope to hear from you soon

take care
everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

NyamburaFoley's picture

Hi Everly

Time will fly and soon you'll have them.

My name is from the Kikuyu Tribe in Kenya. The first part 'NYA' means: Born of. The second half 'MBURA' means: Rain. I was born of the rain.

Have a lovely day.

Nyambura.

everlyrose's picture

such a beautiful name

i read a book once and it is about the life of this brave woman during the Rwandan Genocide, between the Hutus and the Tutsis, and in the first chapter of her book, she wrote that their names were based from their position in the family, if they are the first child or second or third
i hope i am remembering it right
Nyambura is such a beautiful name

take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

NyamburaFoley's picture

On Names...

It could be similar to the Kenyan one where the first girl is automatically named after the father's mother. Second girl is named after the mother's mother. Third girl is named after the father's first sister and so on and so forth. So my name Nyambura also belongs to my grandmother and her grandmother and her grandmother's grandmother :)

The same goes for boys.

I'll stop there before i confuse you anymore.

Regards,

Nyambura

everlyrose's picture

i love the story

it is not confusing me, i think your name is not only beautiful but it is a symbol of your heritage and all coming from women of your family, that is so amazing

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

carolepng's picture

Prayer..

My prayer for you is you being reunited with your children... things happen for a reason and there is always a rainbow after the storm. I hope and pray that all works out for you.
Thank you for sharing.

-We all have a special purpose in life. It is up to us to pause for a while, identify it, grab on to it and follow through -

everlyrose's picture

thank you so much

i do believe in that too, there will always be a rainbow after a heavy gray rain
take care

everly

Solvitur ambulando
(it is solved by walking)

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