FOX Logo-ReducedFor many, the holidays are a time to spend with family—for better or for worse. We dine together, we gift together, we shop together, and it’s likely we “drama” together. I spoke with Francesca Escoto, author, life coach,speaker, and radio host about how Latino families can learn to re-write their scripts, stop living out old patterns, and begin to enjoy being their best selves and best family members.

Escoto was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. The eldest of five siblings, her family moved to Massachusetts when she was a teenager. She went to college at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and studied technology and engineering—eventually landing work in corporate America with General Electric, in their prestigious Technical Leadership Program.

Moving on to a job as Assistant Director of Career Services at the University of Miami for two years, eventually moving back to Massachusetts to work as Public Affairs Liaison for the Superintendent of Public Schools and even a teaching stint for a year. She finally went solo for ten years in the non-profit sector doing strategic planning and small business consulting.

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At 30 years old, and the mother of three, Escoto says her life suddenly came to a halt. She began suffering from panic disorders. For a year, Escoto was paralyzed with fear. She says she knew it was time to take a real look at herself.

That was five years ago, and since then she’s became a certified life coach and solidified the changes she knew she needed to make in her life.

Today Escoto, who lives in Tampa, works in the tech world by day, and does her radio show and life coaching at night. She’s written a book about her life’s lessons, titled Divorce Your Own Drama, available in stores January 2013.

Primarily focusing on the issues of Latinas, Escoto explains that her book is about taking a look at your culture, religion, and traditions and celebrating them, while also challenging yourself to create a space to be the woman you’d like to be, despite the feelings of being trapped by who our families are. Read the full article on FOX NEWS Latino.