Blurring the Lines and Bridging the Gap
It’s been said that when the soul is ready, the universe delivers to us manifestations in the form of insights, coincidence, or moments. If we listen and be still in the moment, we make a decision that often time leads us to opportunities, growth, and most importantly, new friendships.
Today, 200 influencers are taking part in an unprecedented campaign that unites the Millennial and Midlife demographics. This Bridging the Gap campaign exist to dispel societal boundaries that exist between women and form authentic relationships. Influencers from each demographic are paired up to learn from each other through sharing life experiences, stories, and wisdom. This form of Reciprocal Mentorship, is at the heart of the campaign, all in the spirit of support and unity.
Meet My Bridging the Gap Partner, Terri Cordova-Hewitt
Terri and I met while preparing for a marketing event where I was the event organizer and Terri’s company was the presenter. Our conversations quickly went from event logistics to the delicate balance between motherhood and business owners. She’s a seasoned entrepreneur and I was in the infant stages of my social media marketing business. Similarly, Terri had just created, My Lovely Life and More while, I had been blogging for a couple of years. Together, we instantly gained knowledge and encouragement from each other’s journey.
Entrepreneur and blogger are just two title’s Terri strongly wears. She’s also a Wife, to her husband Scott and a Mother to three children, ages 7, 11 and 23. This entrepreneur Mom and Wife is a first generation American. Her parents are immigrants from Peru and Cuba. Terri is an avid runner, loves finding serenity while boating with her family and has an extremely close relationship with her 5 siblings.
She describes her style as monochromatic and classic fringed with edgy vibes. She loves fashion but it also has to work with her busy lifestyle. “Getting dressed should never feel like a chore”, she says. She’ll rock some heels and a trendy jump suit one day, then throw her hair up in a bun while wearing her Adidas Superstars the next. Terri loves to find the latest fashion trends while shopping at boutique stores around Tampa. You’ll find this love for fashion and boutique finds on her blog, My lovely Life and More.
However, her blog wasn’t always about fashion and lifestyle. It started as a way for her to document her journey after having a baby in her early 40’s. For years she heard the gasps and surprised looks from others when they found out she had a baby in her early 40’s while her oldest was 23 years old. She felt a need to encourage and let other women know – IT IS OK. Her youngest, Mila is now 7 and Terri, now 50 still smirks and silently chuckles when a comment is made about her and Scott’s choice to have a child in her 40’s.
What many of them don’t know is that before her youngest Mila was born, Terri and Scott lost a baby. Ava Rose was delivered on December 2 2008. Terri’s third baby lost her life while still in Terri’s womb. The family dedicated a memorial plaque for little Ava and her siblings often talk about their guardian angel, Ava Rose, in heaven.
The Stories and Experiences That Bond
Terri and I quickly learned that aside from our hispanic heritage and entrepreneurial spirit, we are similar in more ways than we are different. Not only that but our paths crossed years ago prior to us meeting. While I was interning at Moffitt Cancer Center, Terri was working there as the Marketing Communications Specialist. Fate would have it that years later, we both found ourselves back at Moffitt for despairing reasons that were out of our control.
Four years ago, I received a life-changing diagnosis. A month after my 31st birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy, a double-mastectomy and radiation. As I shared this with my Bridging the Gap partner, I learned that her Mother was diagnosed with lung cancer a few years before my diagnosis and received care at the same hospital under some of the same oncologists I did.
You see, this is what this campaign is all about. Terri and I aren’t bound by our age, rather we are united by our experiences. In many ways I feel Terri is a kindred spirit. At the time that our paths crossed, we both were in the midst of a new beginning. I guess the universe was listening to the quiet call inside us both. I can honestly say that Terri is a role model, mentor and friend. She exudes strength, perseverance, beauty and a gracious heart. I promise you fall in love with your genuine personality and amazing fashion and style. One story that I love is how she describes, Starting Over in my 40’s.
I feel incredibly blessed to be part of this unprecedented campaign and movement to blur boundaries and put an end to stereotypes. With influencers from 20 to 88, including women with Downs Syndrome to top Sports Illustrated Supermodels, this campaign is designed to be inclusive as we believe #WeareStrongerTogether. I would like to thank and commend all the women participating in The Bridging the Gap Campaign! I especially thank Catherine McCormick, the visionary behind it all.
I encourage you to go vist The Bridging the Gap Campaign and read the stories of other inspiring influecers!