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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Hope;

A life where I am Free Full of energy Humor Honesty Creativity and curiosity are in the air Kindness is everywhere A space where compassion, patience, forgiveness Will manifest Forever We are all so connected, and I just want to be reminded Everyday So I can help remind others too   I will give you…

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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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One Way Flight

I remember what it felt like to love you so completely. Every night I spent with you, I never imagined we would reach our last. This was the night that began with a hurricane warning, the coldness of your heart, and the letting go of what I held so dear to mine. It ended with…

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My Identity & Social Media

Before my 21 day social media cleanse (Jan/Feb 2017): Before the comments, likes, friend requests, follow-to-follower ratio, who was I? It has been so easy for me to be influenced by the opinions of others. Did I ever make the time to form my own identity? What was it like to just be…me? My identity…

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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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Speak What You Seek

Until you see what you said. In the year of 2017 and beyond, I am rediscovering maravilla. To trust my sense of wonder and know that… I don’t know. To spend less time planning and more time being Here. Right here. Living in the experience, feeling through all of my emotions, being present with this…

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I’m Just Happy to Be Here!

So, I’m just gonna write this blog post off the cuff… First draft, no edits, straight from my thoughts to this blog! Let’s goooooooo! Okay, what’s up? Just got back to the states from living abroad in PTY for casi 3 months. Making America Great Again with my presence! Reverse culture shock is already real…

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