Making It In High Heels

Inspiring Stories by Women for Women of All Ages

Too fat? Too thin? Too tall?  Too short?  These are all common worries of the adolescent mind.  Maria Panopalis knows all too well of “social afflictions”.  Maria shares her struggle with severe acne from the ages of 14-25.  She writes as a survivor of a paranoid teenage mind.

Making It In High Heels gave Maria the forum to speak of a personal battle with acne, but more importantly to share with others what she learned from it, how she battled it, and how it helped her to become a successful and inspiring young woman today.

~ While the battles raged, in my heart and on my face, I made a decision. I would be noticed for things beyond my appearance. I concentrated on school and became a better student. i got involved in sports and became a better athlete. I focused on being a good friend and making people laugh. Soon, I got better at being comfortable in my own skin.  It may be harsh, but I was convinced that people weren’t going to like me for my looks,; I didn’t even like the way I looked.  It sounds grim, but it may have been a blessing in disguise.~

Pre-order Making It In High Heels today to read more on Maria Panopalis and her struggle with acne.  You too can learn how to become comfortable in your own skin!

The pain of feeling neglected as a child drove Belinda Brady to want the rest of the world to love her!  Being the youngest child of many, and having divorced parents, made Belinda’s journey into the entertainment world a tough dream to chase.

Although Belinda admits to having lost herself many times along the way, she reflects to the guidance she sought in a higher power.  She had been on the brink of self-destructive behavior, financial and emotional hardships, and she faced personal demons such as anger and disappointment along the way.

~ When I reflect on the past, I feel more secure about the personal and professional choices I’ve made. I’m not perfect though; everyday continues to be a struggle. I realize that wanting to be a superstar was not so much the desire to become a Janet Jackson, Britney or Madonna. Instead, I believe I wanted to be loved and accepted by everyone.  Subconsciously, it made sense to me that if the world loved me, the pain of my neglected childhood would vanish.~

Find out what Belinda learned from her struggles, and what love and acceptance from yourself will do for you! Pre-order Making It In High Heels today!  Feel free to post your own story, or leave a comment or question for Belinda, or any of the girls featured in Making It In High Heels!

“Go big or go home”… a stage motto which Andrea Lewis picked up on and took quite literally.  Andrea Lewis, as many of you may know from the hit tv series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, has blessed the pages of Making It In High Heels with a unique story which illustrates a successful young woman in the entertainment industry.  Through written word, Andrea oozes of confidence, determination, dedication, and success.

As a young girl, Andrea describes how important family support was to her, and retells her emergence into the entertainment industry as a toddler. Her younger years were always surrounded by her fathers love of music, and her mothers passion for fashion and glamor.  She was in her element when in front of the cameras, and found her lifelong dream at a very young age.

As Andrea hit the teen years, she realized just how tough the entertainment industry was, and knew it was not going to be easy, and chose then to continue the path with even more dedication and determination.

~ The entertainment industry is tough and requires very thick skin, particularly for a black girl. Nothing that I have accomplished has come to me easily.  I still have to prove myself constantly and fight for parts more challenging the neighbor, the best friend or the stereotypical “black girl”. This is the card I’ve been dealt however, and God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle.~

Andrea has dealt with her share of hard times including the divorce of her parents, and struggling to make ends meet, but says that these issues have only provided more determination for success!  Now that is inspiration!!!!!

Read all of Andrea’s story by pre-ordering a copy of Making It In High Heels.  If you or someone you know has made their way in the entertainment industry and has a story to share of how they got there, please feel free to leave a post to share with others.

Setting goals is something that Susan Persaud has been doing since childhood.  Although each goal may not have been attained; it provided her with direction, ambition and success nonetheless.  Susan shares her story in Making It In High Heels, to illustrate how issues such as self doubt, low self esteem, and inadequacy can be battled with positivity, goal setting, maturity and determination.

Susan’s positivity and maturity did not come naturally at all times.  She had to search within herself to find the passion which set the pace for the future.  Susan did not accept debt, a dead end job, and a paycheck to paycheck existence.  She was always aware of success, successful people, and realized the value of education.

Susan places focus on the importance of goal setting, the mistake of comparing yourself to others, the art of forgiveness, and remaining realistic and true to yourself.

~At 30 years old, I am still in various transitional states of maturity and idealism and once in a while that feeling creeps up behind me.  The missteps I have made in my lifetime stem from comparing myself to those around me or measuring myself up to what others thought I ought to be… ~

Susan’s story reminds us that positivity is in us all, determination and drive is what allows us all to shine and to develop our true potential.  To read the full success story of Susan Persaud, please feel free to pre-order your copy of Making It In High Heels today simply by clicking the link.  Subscribe to make a comment, or feel free to share your own personal success story with us.