I have wanted to write and tell stories my whole life. I am good at many things. Most human beings are capable and multi-talented. I make an incredible chocolate brownie, but I do not see myself wanting to make endless brownies for the rest of my life. When I write, I can see myself at an old age still with pen and journal in hand.
No one is going to give you permission.
To be a writer I have to write. Write through hardships, joy, manuscript rejections, and successes.
My stories and encouragements are my happy place. A place where my only boss is Jesus and he freely gives me authority to express myself in the way he has created me. I write and share pieces of my life because it is my creative outlet. This is the place that if I am wrong I can work it out on paper. My happy place is about the experience of writing and how my little bit of creativity can help to shape the world around me. My bit of thought can help to connect me with another human being.
Now on to the traditional bio information --- YES, I am an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. I am an Angelino (do people still say that?). I grew up in Southern California. My parents are immigrants from Panama raising us in a bilingual English and Spanish household. Books are my favorite (said in my Will Ferrell 'Elf' voice)! My other passions include writing, mentoring, leadership development, racial equality, women's equality, and intercultural studies. You can expect my stories to dialogue these issues.
I am an introvert. Prior to becoming a pastor I was a radio on-air personality for a short time....that was the fun! Going to work to sit alone in a studio and basically talk to myself was actually awesome. I attended Howard University and I am currently continuing my education.
I am a survivor of sexual assault. Happened during my first go-round at college. I am open about it. You will read stories about my experience. I have written a memoir about transformation. In my story I share about four life traumas, self-esteem issues as a consequence to racism in childhood, sexual assault as a college aged-adult, and finally a toxic young adult relationship that ended with an abortion. Described in a compelling and often comedic way I share my story weaved through my dreams of becoming a writer, being an on-air personality, and eventually finding joy in pastoring. The best part of life is overcoming something and then turning around to help the person behind you overcome too.
I serve on a board and have been humbled by the opportunity to speak in some INCREDIBLE spaces that I never could have dreamed for myself. I am beyond grateful. I am excited to see where life will take me. Thank you for taking the time to read these stories...they are from my heart. If these stories resonate with you I hope they bring you encouragement and a sense of comfort.
I love to write, travel, listen to music, read fiction, go to the beach, and connect with my family and friends.
My favorite quote, "At this point in my life I have had enough experiences that I have earned the right to speak my mind." - Halle Berry.