WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I’m a first-generation American born in Miami. My mama and papa are originally from Honduras with Italian heritage mixed in across the generations as well. I grew up attending bilingual schools and speaking Spanish at home. Non parlo Italiano.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
I graduated from Celebration High School (local to Orlando) and moved to New York City at twenty where I lived between the Upper West Side and Brooklyn for 5 years. Today, I’m back in the South where I live with my husband R and our beloved husky, Riyah.
WHY DID YOU LEAVE NEW YORK?
My first break in the media world was as an Assistant Managing Editor at a start-up. I loved my job because of the autonomy I had managing 15 teams remote teams and the brilliant people I worked alongside. After a year, I quit with $10,000 in savings because I sensed things were taking a turn. In the search for a cure to burn-out, I decided to schlepp my stuff into storage and live on my best friend’s couch in Orlando while applying to jobs in Colorado, L.A. and NYC. During this time, I was offered the role of Managing Editor at Relevant Magazine and decided to remain in Central Florida. What happened after that is another story.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR WORK NOW?
As a former editor, I’ve done everything from managing writers, sourcing content, reporting on news, and building strategic community partnerships. I’ve enjoyed my time developing other writers and traveling for work the most.
Currently, I freelance as a writer and consultant.
WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?
I began my undergraduate education at Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City. I left before completing my Bachelor’s degree in order to avoid taking on student loans and continued building my career without it.
WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING?
This blog is the culmination of a few abandoned websites before it and over a decade of oversharing online beginning with a little website called Livejournal.
HOW DID YOU MEET ROY?
Roy and I have tangentially known each other since high school. We had mutual friends and went to the same church but it wasn’t until we were both home for the holidays years later that we caught each other by surprise—I was working in media in NYC, he was finishing up his Master’s in Digital Media at Florida State University. We began a conversation in 2015 and have not stopped talking since.
WHAT RELIGION DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
This is always a hard question for me to answer. I don’t subscribe to a particular church or denomination but I regard Jesus as a friend, my north star, and indeed my savior. I suppose I qualify as a progressive Christian although I don’t really use the term.
If I’m speaking about my faith at its most reductive state: I read the Bible for its comfort and eternal wisdom, I don’t subscribe to biblical literalism, I’m working out how to live that truth without being weird about it.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I enjoy catching up with friends, writing snail mail, and running. I also follow a ton of groups that discuss pop-culture in a critically-educated fashion which I cherish. Naps, travel, and learning how to cook without hating the process also make the list.
HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
Send me an email using this contact form. Thank you!