All posts tagged: Friendly Inspiration

Irma & Me out on the town

When life hands you lemmons, start a blog!

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anais Nin  My two years with Being Latino afforded me too many amazing opportunities to name here—proof that if you work hard, you’re rewarded in kind. Beyond being a part of creating an online magazine and attending an awards show in Miami are the connections I made to people who continue to inspire me every day. One of those people is my friend, Irma Sanchez. A BL fan in Chicago, she volunteered to help spread the word in the city. You know how sometimes you meet or talk to a person and immediately know you want to be friends? That was how I felt about Irma. She was just so sweet, something I can’t always manage to be, and so willing to do whatever was needed to help. Fast forward almost two years, and she’s become one of my closest friends; a constant source of support and encouragement. …

Ana Maria Soto

From traveling the world to ensuring its access to education

One of the greatest things about life is that it’s sometimes surprising. A great example of that are the people who come in and out of your life. One minute you’re meeting someone new, and a year and a dozen cups of coffee later, you have a dear friend. Such is the case for my friendship with the great Ana Maria Soto. We started and ended a job at the same company on the same days and became great friends in the process, bonding over our common views of the world, backgrounds in higher education, and our penchant for ensuring that life wasn’t all work and no play. But it’s not just our commonalities that made us friends, for me–a girl with wanderlust–there’s an admiration for someone who has an incredible story. She knows the world, not only because she’s read about it, but because she’s lived it with years in countries such as Ecuador, El Salvador, and Spain just to name. She’s a networker, a connector, and an education expert. She’s “La College Guru” …

425246_2946186694689_1261923479_32555148_275132126_n

The woman who CAN and DOES do it all

I live on what my building terms the 3rd floor but I swear is more like a fourth floor. It’s embarrassing to say that recovering from the climb always takes me a few minutes. That’s why this, my first Friendly Inspiration post, is featuring my dear friend Cynthia Torres Sanchez, who today finished the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb in 41:05, climbing a total of 2,340 steps. OUCH! But her perseverance and success as she set on a path to fitness last year is only one reason Cynthia inspires me. How she’s even found time to focus on her health and fitness is a wonder to me since she’s a mother of two, who works a full-time job, AND is currently working on a Master’s degree. Cynthia is also one of the dearest friends a person can have. Kind, empathetic, loyal and generous to a fault, she makes me want to be a little better for being around her. She’s patient and understanding where I am not, and has accepted me and my quirks without judgement. …