I salute the women that were chosen to write about themselves on here. They are strong, independent and inspirational individuals. My name is Francine Carluen and I’m 29 years old. I have been surrounded by mostly women my entire life. I went to Assumption Antipolo, an all-girls school in the Philippines from kindergarten to fifth grade. In the US, I joined the girls tennis team at Orange High School. I have two amazing sisters and one caring brother. And to top it off we have two crazy but loving nieces, Skiye and Kenzie.

I was blessed enough to have parents who wanted a better future for their kids. We were all born and raised in the Philippines. The motherland will always have a special place in our hearts but better opportunities are placed in America. Our parents willingly sacrificed their entire savings to migrate here. It was a bitter sweet feeling to say our final good byes but eager to start our new lives.
I was this scrawny and timid 12 year old girl when we first moved to Utah. Several years later, we moved to Sunny California. As time flew by, many memories have been created and lessons learned were embraced to the fullest. I realized this journey, MY journey, would not be possible if my parents didn’t strive for a better life.

My mission is not only to make my parents proud but ultimately myself. Although, I know I’ve grown and matured, I learned to love myself entirely as well. There’s always room for growth and it’s never too late to start over. There’s more to life than meets the eye. Most importantly KNOW YOUR WORTH and everything else will fall into place.

Believe in yourself even if it may take longer than everyone else. This is your life. Your own story. You are the driver. You decide when to put the pedal to the medal or when to apply pressure on the brakes.

I’ve turned my life upside down from many years in retail and partying every weekend to going into a completely different profession and occasionally having a beer or two. Now, I’m in payroll/HR. I enjoy what I do everyday and I love the company I work for. I’m blessed to have a significant other who loves me for who I am—flaws and all. And I’m happy to have a small tight family. Literally our holidays only consists of less than 15 people... it’s great! 
To end this story about me, I’m going to quote Alicia freakin’ Keys. “Still when I’m a mess, still put on a vest, with an S on my chest, oh yes I’m a superwoman” Now unbutton that shirt, remove that wacky pair of glasses and release that S on your chest!