Copy of Copy of Celebrating Mother’s Day with Nicole Perez and Her Family
Nicole, tell us about your upbringing and education.
I was born and raised in Miami, FL, to the two most amazing parents anyone could ask for. My mother is brilliant and beautiful, and my father is strong and unbelievably selfless. I have two brothers who have been my protectors my whole life. As a family of five, we traveled the world. From South Africa to Australia, China, Canada, countless cities in the United States and Europe, and the list goes on, my parents never left us at home; we got to experience the world together. It truly shaped me to be the woman I am today. I was also very involved in sports. I played basketball and softball from elementary school to college. There isn’t a childhood memory that doesn’t involve a basketball court or a softball field with my dad as my coach and my mom as my #1 fan.
My education was essential. Without it, we could not play sports. We had to bring home good grades to be able to step out onto the field/ court. My parents always made it a point to instill in me that with an education, I could do anything my heart desires. I graduated from John A. Ferguson Sr. High and went on to study Journalism at Florida International University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree.
How did your passion for journalism start?
My passion for journalism started in elementary school when I was chosen to read the lunch menu on the P.A. system. I was so excited and loved every second of informing the whole school (Everglades K-8 Center) that we would have mac and cheese for lunch! Journalism has been the only thing I have ever wanted to do since I was a child, and I never doubted that I would find my way in this business. Telling stories that matter, that’s what matters. To be able to do it in my hometown, well, that’s just a dream come true. The opportunities to cover stories that impact our community… my community… my home…that I have had at Local 10 News have truly changed my life. To connect with people, hear their stories, and then work hard to help in any way that we can, well, that’s what it’s all about. We do everything we can to serve our community in the best way possible, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
How did you meet your husband, Roy?
I met my husband Roy in 2012 at another TV station we were both working for at the time. We dated for a little while in Miami until he moved to Orlando for almost five years. We then got engaged and married, all while still being long-distance! But when you know, you know, and nothing will get in the way of love. We both work in the TV business, which can be very challenging with very long days and crazy schedules, but at the end of the day, coming home to someone who understands everything that the job entails is such a blessing. Roy reminds me so much of my father; he is a man of faith, works so hard to give us the best life, always puts me first, and is indeed the love of my life.
What is your and Roy’s background?
I am Cuban American, and Roy is Mexican American, so we both have Hispanic backgrounds, and it’s something significant to us in the way we raise our son. We want him to get to know both cultures and grow up learning how to speak Spanish!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I love to work out! I grew up in the gym lifting weights and doing cardio and something I’ve kept up with to this day. I competed in a women’s figure competition and won first place in three categories: novice, open & overall! I also love running; I’ve run five half marathons in various U.S. cities and enjoy it very much! Anything that involves being active is what I’m doing in my spare time (when Reece is napping, of course ;))!
How do you feel being a new mom and now back at work? How do you manage your schedule?
Being a new mom has been life-changing. I honestly could not imagine my life without my son, Reece, and I honestly don’t know how I have lived this long without him. He is the most amazing little boy with such a personality! He melts my heart with his big brown eyes and his little smile that only comes out once in a while when he feels like it! I wake up with more purpose in life than ever before. He makes me want to be the best mommy in the world.
Coming back to work was challenging and emotional after spending so many weeks just the two of us. However, being a journalist is what I have wanted to do my entire life, and I work hard to be in the position I’m in, and I never take it for granted. I certainly miss Reece when I’m away but working for Local 10 news gives me purpose outside of life as a mom. It allows me to continue making a difference in my and my family’s life and the lives of those in our community. Serving my community gives me joy and also completes me in a way that’s hard to describe. I think motherhood is about balance, and while it is hard to find balance every day, I think it’s important to try. The first few weeks of Reece’s life, I’m not sure if I ever got around to washing my hair or changing out of pajamas all day, but it got better, and every day gets even better than that. Life is certainly crazy and always busy, but we figure out one day at a time, and as long as we are happy and healthy and put our faith in God, that’s all that matters.
Please, leave a message to all the new moms reading this article:
Trust yourself. Be open to advise, but know that you are making all of the right decisions and doing all the right things for your child. Even when life is going a million miles an hour, take a second, just one second, every single day, and make sure you kiss your baby and tell them you love them with all your heart.
Photography: Enrique Tubio
Location: THesis Hotel