Fine Company;

If you were to have asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, whether it have been a week ago or even three years ago, I would have easily told you that I wanted nothing more than to be happy. But now, this concept has become almost foreign to my mystique. I…

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Love & Yearning

Ambition Caring Openness Understanding Kindness Compassion Courage Vulnerability Affection Patience Humor Sensuality Liberation I’m making the choice on how I want to view the world, on how I want to view myself. I’m making the choice to fall in love with myself. I’m making the choice to learn from my first graders, from all of…

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Be

The year of 2016, my time in Panamá in particular, feels like it was carving away all of the excess marble to bring me closer to my true self… Like Marianne Williamson once described about Michelangelo’s David. And now the year is 2017, and I remember the time when 17 was my lucky number. A…

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Throughout the Years

Connecting the Dots As I look back on my life, like many times before, I somehow… I feel… Different. This time, I see so much amazement and glorious potential because I see a young Black girl confused about her sexuality, religious views, body image, popularity, the cycle of childhood trauma, being the black sheep of…

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My Cultures & Identities

“My daddy North Carolina Mi mama es de Panamá You mix dat Negro Con Latino MAKE A KIARECKLESS” – Inspired to Beyoncé’s “Formation” I am African-American and Panameña. In my present, I am what the past envisioned of as a brighter future. I am a brighter future because they were the light. I am a…

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What Gives Me Joy

Naps in the rain, let’s call it a lazy day Running, walking, biking, swimming (or being near water) outside The refreshing feeling after I eat fruits and veggies Reading a good book, wondering why I ever stopped reading consistently, and wishing everyone felt this same pleasure Writing: imagining my future, reflecting on my past, and…

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If I Could Talk to My Teen-aged Self

The one thing I would say For each teenaged age Is at 13, Stand in your truth. 14, Live outside your comfort zone and explore! 15, Work hard, keep making it look easy, and don’t forget to enjoy life too. 16, Step into the unknown, and trust that it will be brilliant. 17, Everything happens…

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Youth Development Specialist

January 24, 2017 was my first day as a Youth Development Specialist at my current place of employment, and since then I have tutored 3rd-5th grades and group led for Pre-K through 2nd grades… And I am absolutely in love with it! I’ve learned so much in the past (almost) 2 months, and have found…

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How Are You Doing?

Check-in with yourself: Physically LOOKIN GOOD, FEELIN BETTER! Are you getting proper rest? Feeding yourself with nutritional yummies? Gaining endorphins through movement of that already beautiful body of yours? Are you pampering your skin, hair, nails, and body just because?   Mentally What are your most recurrent thoughts? Do you allow yourself to express your…

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