Danielle Gerestan – Stronger With Her

Moving to the United States was emotionally difficult for me. Being bullied all my teenage years, I dreaded starting over here in the U.S. Then I met Danielle just a couple of days after moving here. She’s my very first friend and one of the best blessings that I received. I have yet to find someone who can match up to her kindheartedness. Her love and selflessness have proven that friends can become family.

It’s story time – 10 years ago I had a bedbug infestation in my home. I had nowhere to go at the time. I was petrified of these tiny but yet giants (in my perspective) that were going to eat me alive. I called her. She had just come back from her honeymoon with her husband Rudy. She offered me to come and stay with them until an exterminator has completely destroyed these parasitic insects. Home with her is home away from home. When it was safe for me to return home, I found out that these tiny creatures have managed to travel with me into their home. Good grief Charlie Brown! Now, they too had to get an exterminator to come to their home. Sure wasn’t what I wanted to do, adding an unexpected expense to the newlyweds. It broke me inside. But, they were very understanding and never get angry towards me. I will always remember this experience.

Here is my virtual interview with Danielle:

1. What do you do?
Dental Hygienist

2. What is one thing you would you like the audience to know about you? |Throughout my life I struggle to find what my purpose was in this world, having my son help me realize that I was here to make a difference in people’s lives, even if it’s a small one. Being a dental hygienist was never satisfying until I started working with children in the underserved communities and finally I feel like I am making a small change in their lives

3. How do you deal with failures, hardships, judgmental and pessimistic people?  
As a young adult I find that I use to fail because I didn’t put enough time and dedication into what I do but with time come experience and from experience come wisdom. The key to succeeding in life for me is to surround myself with positive people, people that brings me up not down.

4. What is the one thing that you would say contributed most to your success?
Becoming a mother has made a huge impact on how I view life. Life to me now is about the simple things, love and family. I’ve become less materialistic and also more forgiving. I’ve been given a challenging job and that’s the one thing that I pray I don’t fail at.

5. What advice would you offer women wanting to be like you and make a difference?
Go into things with an open mind and a caring attitude. I find that I get the best response from people when they feel that I care.

I’m stronger with her as I’m learning to always do good towards people. Always keep an open heart and mind to help those in need. Being good to people is the best deposit that someone can make. Its investment is better than storing money in the bank. Kindness and goodness are seeds that will harvest a hundredfold.

Here is to reaping the good seeds you’ve been sowing Danielle
Cheers!

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