Thursday, February 6, 2020

Somos Arte

The island of Puerto Rico is still in dire need of our help. The Arts and Education committee of the Puerto Rican Festival of Chicago got together and decided to serve our homeland by bringing together a community of folks who appreciate art and service to Puerto Rico.

On Thursday February 27th, we’ll be at Granero in Logan Square hosting a silent auction of pieces donated by amazing Puerto Rican artist from the diaspora as well as allies from the Latinx community of Chicago. 100% of the proceeds will go to The Maria Fund a non profit organization that funds grassroots rebuilding efforts on the island due to Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquakes.

Im so grateful for all of the amazing, talented artist blessing the community with their skills so that we can support our people in their time of need.

Featured artist include
Reynaldo Guaracibo 
Carlos Jimenez Flores
Isa Rinna
Gloria Varela

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is real.

It hits when you’re in a space where you feel like you don’t belong. You may not feel smart enough, talented enough, capable enough.

But it’s a lie.

You’re enough.

In fact you’re more than enough.

Because it may not come down to academic accolades or accomplishments and it sure as hell ain’t in test scores.

I think it’s all about passion.

And I’ve realized there’s no way to measure passion outside of watching people’s actions. I see passion in the conversations my friends have. I see passion in the tireless work they do. I see passion in our support for one another. When you succeed, I succeed and vice versa.

It was passion that drove my every move. This idea that I wanted to do more...that I HAD to feed my soul with the work I do. There is no way to ever measure that passion....But I do hope people can see it.

Earlier this week someone really offended me by talking about my degree from Harvard. They tried to minimize it.

While I’m never one to get elitist on anyone....I had a very much “how dare you” moment. I didn’t go to Harvard for the name. I went because I wanted to be the best educator I could be so I wanted to go to a place that would train me to be the best. The Harvard Education School attracts some of the best. And you wanna know why? Because ALL of those people have passion.

Every conversation I had with my peers was FILLED with passion. The motto at Harvard was Learn to Change the World...and I believe it. That’s what the school attracts....people who want to change the world.

And when I remember all of imposter syndrome starts to go away.

My moves were not made in vain. They were made in search of purpose. They were made through passion.

And that alone tells me I am enough, because I am passionate about what I do.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

What's in my Job Description?

Today was a weird day in the classroom.

I feel like I got some good authentic teaching done but there were SO many strange things going on. When ish starts to hit the fan teachers often say “that’s not my job is to teach.” I’m totally guilty of this.

But today was one of those days where I really felt my job is not just to teach but to mentor...transform...EDUCATE... and provide opportunity.

One of my bright spots today was when my student from last year came by and read an email response from Lah Tere It was full of light and love. My student read it out loud and another student recorded it. I love the way kids are constantly capturing moments and making memories. It helps me take a look from the outside in.

What he captured was something special. My baby reading a letter from a person in the community who cares about her...without even knowing her yet. My girls group is getting the opportunity to learn from some amazing people in our neighborhood and it makes my heart so happy. It makes me proud to do my job and be a bridge for my students showing them the beauty in the world right around them....the beauty that is in OUR people. 
These are the moments I live for 💜

Friday, December 27, 2019

20/20 Vision

Join me, Es La Maestra, Ay Conchita & Las Lolitas for a night of creating your 2020 Vision.

With the help of Pun Dulce, Papelitos Lindos , Gente Fina , Jaqui Arte, Skylyte Candles, Sosa the Artist, Roy Silva & Dori from Healing Jodonas, we're creating a space where people can come and let their artistic senses flow as they cut, craft and build a vision for their lives in 2020 through community supported vision boards.

We’ll bring all the supplies! Ticket sales include cork board, visual manifestation cards, tools, and specially designed materials created by your favorite local Chicago artist. You just need to come prepared to manifest your best life!

When: Thursday, 1/2/20  6:30-9:30pm
Where: Imbibe 1143 N California Ave.  Chicago, IL
Ticket link: click HERE or in the @las_lolitas773  Bio ♥️