My name is Yvonne and I am a Boricua Latina, born and raised in Chicago. I am the middle child of three and have always valued relationships. As far back as I can remember, I always had a solid circle of friends, not always big, but always strong. I was never one of those girls who wanted a ton of friends because I prefer fewer, authentic relationships. Relationships have always played a strong role in my life; they have helped me become the woman I am today.
As I have dived into my 40’s, my friend circle has played such an integral role in my everyday being. I have been friends with Irma (who I call my best friend) for 21 years now. We met in college while joining a sorority and have been close ever since. We are very different and yet the same, but just fit together like a well-designed puzzle. She challenges me when I need it and provides all the support I could ever need.
I am a true Taurus inside and out. Upon first impressions, I am perceived to be tough, sassy and direct. This is a narrative I have had to battle my entire life, although some versions are true. This has been challenging since many people may not go beyond the “first impressions.” I give credit to those that have taken the time to crack my tough shell to see what lies within. Once you get to know me you will see that I am someone who is caring, loves hard and is actually a softy. I am guarded with my feelings, but will be very open with my circle of people that I trust.
Five years ago, Irma brought Cristina, Selena and myself together. We all knew each other, but we’re individually bonded through Irma. Little did we know it would blossom into what we call SLBL! This group of women has brought a sparkle to my life that I never knew was missing.
We’ve shared laughs, tears and full blown HONESTY. They are the first people I want to share any news with and are the real opinions that I can count on. I hope through sharing our stories on life, travel, and blossoming as women in our 40’s, that we open doors for others. The world is always a better place with a great circle of women to explore it with. I know that building solid friendships takes time. Everyone may not be at their place in life where they have found their life friendships and that’s okay. Embrace the path that life takes you on and be open to the possibilities.