Have you ever felt that life is not treating you well?
Do you feel that your dreams are over?
If you ever had the burning desire to fulfil a dream, yet, felt that you’re stuck at a certain point in your life and need something or someone to steer you in the right direction…then this will be the most exciting letter you will ever read.
Hi, my name is Juliet “Jhet” Torcelino van Ruyven.
I was a petite girl born to a poor family in a tiny rural village in the Philippines.
We were so poor. Our entire family of 14 shared a tiny, one-room nipa hut.
At the tender age of seven, when most children are outside playing, I started my very first job. I was already immersed to the hardships of life.
We also had no running water and no electricity.
In that tiny village where I grew up, our only mode of transportation was by foot. Day in and day out, I had to walk kilometers under the scorching heat of the sun to and from school.
During summer, while most of my classmates were probably enjoying the vacation, I had to sell kakanin along Matabungkay Beach.
I was a maglalako (vendor) for most of my growing up years.
Just imagine a barefooted petite girl, carrying a huge bilao( winnowing basket )under her head walking for miles and miles in the heat of a near-equatorial sun or through fierce tropical rains, complete with thunder and lightning.
Yes, that was me, standing the heat of the sun selling fruits, vegetables and even candies- anything that would eke out my family income.
I was literally going out of my way just to help my family get out from poverty.
I would often imagine how it felt like to be living in big houses.
Looking at the airplanes, I once dreamt of travelling like a jet and travel the world.
I dreamt that one day, I would be able live my dreams.
That one day, I will go places I’ve never been to.
I used to be that lady, dreaming that one day, all my dreams will become a reality.
You may be going through trials right now. You feel like as if life’s not treating you well.
You think you’ve already squeezed every idea in your mind and yet you’re still stuck in your present situation.
It pains you to see your family not getting what they really want.
Seeing others already way ahead of you makes you feel sick.
You feel PRESSURE everywhere.
It’s easy to get discouraged and let negativity overcome you.
But you know what, it doesn’t have to be that way.
I’ve been in that situation before. It’s been ages now but seemed like it just happened yesterday. You will never ever want to stay under the heat of the scorching sun just to make ends meet.
I know how you feel.
I am a living testimony that if a once impoverished child made it to where she is right now, I know you can too.
It only takes just one dream to take you to where you want to be.
But the question really is, how much do you really want to succeed?How much are you willing to give just to reach that peak of success?
Nobody said life would be easy. But hey, it would really be worth it.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to reach your dreams?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be on the top and be able to live the life you’ve always dreamt of?
But here’s what…
Every difficulty is a blessing in disguise. What you’re going through right now is part of this journey called life.
Turn every situation into something valuable. Make it your emotional why.
I remember before when I used to stand the heat of the sun, barefooted, carrying a huge bilao (winnowing basket) under my head walking miles and miles just to sell fruits and vegetables.
Every step that I would take felt like I was getting closer to my dreams. I had to bear walking barefooted feeling the heat of the sun.
I had this deepest desire in my heart to succeed.
I was literally on fire!
That motivated me to act on my dreams.
And, you know it was all worth it.
And as they say, the rest is history.
I’m now reaping the harvest of what I’ve been working hard in the past.
I’m now enjoying life to the fullest.
I was nominated Business Woman of the Year in Surrey, B.C. Canada.
I became a Bestselling Author and an
Made it as one of the most fascinating people of
Became one of the 2013 Top 30 Visionaries in Diversity and Resilient Communicator- Diversity Magazine, Canada
In 2005, I became an International Best Selling Author through my book, “The Tale of Juliet”.
I get to travel around the world with my family.
Rubbed elbows with my mentors
Now that I’m already living my dreams, I want to make yours come true.
I have this advocacy of wanting to help people reach their highest potential.
I wrote this book, “The Tale of Juliet” to help people live their dreams.
Yes, your dreamy tale could become a reality, too.
Here’s what I got for you!
“A truly inspirational and enjoyable book!” ~ Newsbreak
“The Tale Of Juliet rides the ripple from that single act of kindness and seeks to duplicate in millions of people around the world!” ~ Metro News
“Compeling and captivating first-hand accounts of triumph in spite of insurmountable odds!” ~ Biznews Asia
“Profoundly magical life story from poverty to triumph in spite of adversity!” ~ The Manila – US Times
“A Woman with a mission and steely determination!” ~ Woman Today
“Amazing true to life story of triumph inspite of abject poverty!” ~ Philippine Asian Chronicle (Canada)
“Triumph of fortune over misfortune, hope over despair, prosperity over poverty. Compelling story!” ~ The Philippine Star
“Inspiration and hope to many and mostly the immigrants!” ~ The Canadian Immigrant Magazine
“First person account of climb from life of poverty to prosperity.” ~ The Peace Arch News
“It was pleasure on my part to welcome a “kababayan” whose vocation in life inspires and touches the live of FILIPINOS here in America . Your success in life is proof that through perspiration and motivation, one’s dream of making it big anywhere is possible. On behalf of the Officers and Staff of this Consulate General, I would like to thank you for sharing with us your precious time to launch your book – The Tale Of Juliet – You have the Power to Change Your life – at the Consulate General ” - Ambassador Willy C. Gaa (Ambassador , United States of America)
“Jhet Torcelino van Ruyven is a living testimony to the victory of dreams! A down to earth story. Truly an absolute inspiration to everyone.” - Ambassador Belen and June Anota, Jr. (Singapore)
“Dear Jhet, I would like to congratulate you for the wonderfully written book and for being such an inspiration. I can only say that I have become a great fan of yours. May your book continue to touch many lives and may your credo of “grateful living” be adopted by many more individuals.”
- Ambassador Minerva Jean A. Falcon (Former Ambassador, Switzerland)
“Every so often you meet somebody who touches your heart. Jhet is one of those people. Her story is compelling because Jhet is so sincere and humble in her mission to reach out to people and empower them to help make this world a better place”
- Lyn Kanuka, Mother of 4 children, Olympic Medalist, Entrepreneur, Canada