Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy M Uribe.
Hi Wendy, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My story began after my mother death. I was around 7-8 years old when she passed away from Leukemia. At that age, I had no understanding what death meant. I remember the cemetery which is across the Mercadito in East LA. . I had a black and purple dress and since then I fell in love with fashion. I always would imagine my mother coming one day to pick me up since no one ever explained to me what death meant. My father just dropped me off at my grandparent’s the day of her funeral and only saw him twice in my entire life. He recently passed away from COVID. My grandparents did not have much money because they couldn’t work. My grandfather would go sale fruit to bring money for our basic needs. We were content with anything they gave us. At age 14, My grandmother passed away from Cancer. I knew then I had to figure something out for myself. My focus was to continue with my education and work.
During those years, I experienced hunger and slept on the living room floor for a couple of years. It was difficult and I suffered a lot. I continued to have faith and stayed focus on school. My first year in high school I met my Husband. I was 15 years old and since then we have been inseparable. My husband has been my biggest blessing. I moved in with my husband at age 17 and got married at age 20. We have two beautiful children ages 19 and 15 and this year is also our 20th year wedding anniversary. This year is a year of celebration. I am also turning 40, and I recently celebrated my daughter quinceañera. I love designing but I have no background experience. I design my ideas without a pattern and sew based on my imagination. Everything is done with love. I decided to create a special dress for my daughter quince. I started December 2021 and finish with the dress February 1st. It was challenging but rewarding at the same time. After looking at several quinceanera dresses and in shocked with the prices. I decided to make it on a budget of $500. I hope with my story I can encourage and inspire many people. The memories I created for my daughter are memories that will last her a lifetime. I love the fact the she was also involved in the making. I also have created other pieces that I sell on VIDAONCE Instagram account but due to the pandemic we had to shut down our website and only taking orders by DM. My plan is to continue to design unique pieces. You may follow us at aw_endy to learn more about me and my family. No matter how difficult things can get with God everything is possible.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I’ve had several struggles and challenges in life but the biggest one is not having family support. Growing up without my parents has been difficult and my road has not been smooth at all. But I know the plans god has for me are bigger than mine and that keeps me motivated.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I work with high-risk families in the LB community. And provide breastfeeding support, emotional support, and identity all risks by completing assessments at bedside.
So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
My family is all that matters. They are my world. Everything I do is for my children.
- Average quinceanera dresses cost was between $800-5000
- Instagram: aw_endy
Photo credit on some pictures are by: Robert Ramos