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Monique G.
Hometown: The Bronx, New York

"I am a mother of two beautiful gifts from God! I am a wife, a sister and a lover of people and animals. I live my life in a way that I hope is pleasing to God. I love blessing people and encouraging others."

What are your three favorite things?
Sowing seeds of encouragement into the lives of people, singing and interior decorating.

What would your superpower be?
My superpower would be to instantly take the negative response that a person might speak out of their mouth, and turn it into a positive response. I believe that we should always speak life out of our very souls.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do in the morning upon rising is thank the Lord for allowing me another day to be with my family and to fulfill the purpose that he has for me.

What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
The last thing I do before I go to bed is thank the Lord for shielding me from any hurt, harm or danger that day, and for allowing me to come home to my family.

What is your favorite OWN show?
My favorite OWN show is Oprah's Lifeclass. That show is so informative, touching and life-changing. Oprah's Lifeclass is amazing.

What is the one item you can't live without, and why?
I cannot live without my paper towels. I am a neat freak and need them at my disposal at all times.

Who is your hero?
I would have to say that my mom is my hero. She would always put others before herself. She had the heart and the love of God, and she always treated people with love and respect. She taught me never to give up, and for that, she is my hero.

What do you like that most people dislike?
Cleaning. I have a serious problem with germs!!!! I must clean, clean, clean...sometimes that can be annoying to others.

What are you proudest of?
I am most proud of kicking cancer in the butt! I am a five-year survivor who made a conscious choice to live and not die, and remain positive through my cancer journey. Although the journey was rough and tough at times, I know that I had to fight for my kids and for others that I will help through their journey. God will not give us more than we are able to handle, and for that reason alone, I am proud of the fight that was inside of me.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is someone not covering their mouth when they cough, and blowing their nose at the table where people are eating—go to the bathroom!

What would you like to learn to do?
I would love to learn how to ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about?
I am bad at learning how to navigate through all the features on my cell phone, and using a computer. I know the basics, but everything else? #FORGETABOUTIT in my Italian voice!
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