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by Nilda Oquendo

Winter of 2017 has given me a run for my money! I personally don’t care for Winter, I have never liked the cold, in fact I detest it, I feared it all my life! Besides the cold I am not a fan of dark and gloomy days. It is quite difficult for me to pull my covers off in the mornings when I wake up to feel the the winter chill that creeps in at night; I dislike pressing my feet on an ice cold bathroom floor after the extremely hot showers I take on a winter day. I love sunshine and a hot summer breeze against my skin, I love to see leaves on the trees and flowers blooming and birds chirping. I love to wake up to the natural light of the day hitting my face in the early mornings. I’ve never been interested in Winter outdoor activities like snowmobiling or skiing; even ice skating. I often dreamt about moving to the Golden State or the Sunshine State but I could never find myself into doing so mainly because my family resides in New Jersey and I want to be close to them and also because I absolutely love the Tri-State area. I was always the person who complained about the cold, snow, ice and I also allowed the weather to dictate my attitude. I thought that was how life was going to always be for me; a few months of extreme happiness parts of the Spring, all of Summer and a few weeks in the Fall; then full misery the longest season of the year. Oh Winter, what a pain you have been throughout life. But then something shifted; Summer of 2014 I entered the Direct Marketing Business and grew a passion for it; initially when I came into this industry my goal was to be out of the field sales role by winter of 2014 because I honestly didn’t believe I could survive a winter in this business. But things didn’t go that way, I was five months into my Management Training Program when December of 2014 came around and I was nowhere close to becoming a Manager. I was not excited about the winter, and if any of you guys remember what Winter of 2014 was like, you will remember that it was brutal! There was much snow and many record breaking temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit; but I was super excited about my career, personal growth as well as professional growth my program had everything to do with that. I had to make a decision as to whether I wanted to continue or simply find another job. As scared as I was to go through my program in the winter, I was more scared of being average, so I made a conscious decision to at least give it a shot. Since I have entered the industry of Direct Marketing I have learned how to embrace Winter. My Management Training Program taught me how to deal with the Winter much better than I ever could before. I learned how to prepare better for it; mentally, physically and emotionally. I got promoted into a Management position August 2015, right before Winter started and I was super excited about that, but I continued to conduct field sales winter of 2015 because I had a team to lead, and I wanted to work alongside of them not dictate their actions. I thought I had conquered the fear of Winter until this winter came around. I won’t complain, this wasn’t the worst winter I have experienced but it started off really harsh and I was reminded by the fact that winter still isn’t my favorite season and I still fear the cold and it still sometimes gets me in a grumpy mood but I’ve conditioned myself to tolerate it, to carry on with my life and not allow it to take full control of my emotions. And you know why? Because I was bold enough to face it!

Nilda
About Nilda
I am a mother of two teenagers, I was born in Puerto Rico, raised in the United States; Jersey City, NJ is my hometown. I have a corporate business background. In January of 2014 I resigned from my Compliance Officer position at a Home Health Aide company that I held for 6years to pursue my dreams of becoming an Entrepreneur. In April of 2016 I opened my own Direct Marketing Firm with a small team of 6representatives. We are now a team of 25representatives and this year we are focused on expanding our firm to market for our client(s) on a larger scale. What I enjoy doing most is spending quality time with my children and family; reading; writing; outdoor activities and impacting others in a positive way.

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