* Kindergarten Teacher ( formerly preschool )
* Event Planner
* Tantra Massage Specialist
* Writer: LoveForGrace.org
* Adoption ReformAdvocate
English – fluent
Sign Language – Beginner
Spanish – 3/4 Fluent
Current Focus: To self-publish my book which is non-fiction and details the Unjust Adoption that devastated our family. I’m adamant about not looking back at the past, and enjoying the gift that’s the present, looking forward to what the future brings. I am so passionate about raising my kids and nurturing my students by hand. I’m focused on happiness, spending quality time, finding the beauty in all things, photographing sunsets around the globe ….
Some of My Talents: Teaching, parenting, cooking & food design, party planning, interior/exterior design, vacation and road trip planning, coordinating and cooking massive amounts of food for the weekend BBQ’s, reading aloud to others, photography, painting with puffy paint, showing my love, writing; and my revolving door of house guests tell me I’m a gracious and hospitable hostess.
Favorite KJV Bible Verses:
* Ephesians 6:12 ‘ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places ‘
* John 3:16 ‘ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life ‘ * On July 14, 2015 I got John 3:16 tattooed across my knuckles and I absolutely love that it represents who I am now and what I believe…. ( with blessings, I covered the tattoos I got when I was 12 .)
My Favorite Writers: Pat Conroy, Elie Wiesel, Joyce Meyer, Edgar Allen Poe, Donald Goines, Walt Whitman, Anne Frank, Sun Tzu, E L James, Dante Alighieri, Stephen King, Shel Silverstein, Ransom Riggs
Things I’m Looking Forward To: Having a relationship with my niece, visiting the places on my ‘wish list’, getting my house boat, decorating my new classroom, watching the kids grow up, getting more grounded in my faith, the printing of my books, being fluent in Spanish and Sign Language. learning more of the Bible every day.
Things I’m Thankful For: My family and loving protectors, my relationship with God that continues to get stronger, that God gave me many talents, that I learned from mistakes I made, the food, shelter, and clothing we have. I’m so thankful that my eyes have been ‘opened’ and now I see things differently, people who have loved me and stuck by me through all this pain. I’m thankful for feeling safe, secure, loved, appreciated, and valued. And reminded that I’m beautiful inside and out, I’m grateful to serve my beloved students with noticeable passion for their education, care, and well-being. I feel blessed and patient. I just feel so good and nothing and no one will take my happiness.
Hurts I Will Never Get Over, Regardless: ( Very personal and very candid )
❤ Losing my grandmother. She and I were so close and her passing was so unexpected. I’m still trying to find my way without her….
❤ Losing my first love to a motorcycle accident. He was so strong, loving, and protective that I thought he was invincible. I dream about him and I am still very much grieving the loss of him. I loved him and he loved me back and from the moment I met him when I was twelve, he was a part of me. I’ll miss him for all time, and every time I even hear a motorcycle, my stomach turns. My heart aches for the presence of him ….
❤ Not knowing whatever became of my friend who tried to commit suicide. She stabbed herself in the stomach and had more than 55 staples from her sternum to below her belly button. I still cannot get that image out of my mind. I went to visit her the first two days she was there, and the third day I went to visit, the staff informed me that she had left in the middle of the night, her life was in grave danger and if I found her, to get her back to the hospital immediately. I nor any of my friends ever saw her or heard what happened to her. This has weighed my heart down since I was a sophomore in high school and will haunt me until my dying day ….
My favorite books: I absolutely love to read and still go to the library that I’ve been going to since the second grade on a regular basis. I could spend all day in a bookstore. Some of my favorites are: The Bible, The Diary of Anne Frank, Night by Elie Wiesel, All Rivers Run to the Sea by Elie Wiesel, The Help, Fifty Shades Trilogy, The Art of Seduction, The 48 Laws of Power, The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, The Inferno by Dante Alighieri, The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe, Hind’s Feet on High Places, Battlefield of the Mind, American Sniper – Chris Kyle Autobiography, Rutka’s Notebook, all Holocaust survivor books, God: Please Help Me ( a collection of prayers), Sybil, When Rabbit Howls by Trudy Chase, Diana: In Her Own Words, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, A Child Called ‘It’ trilogy, Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust, My Bloody Life: The Making of A Latin King.
I hardly ever read anything that is fiction and never anything science fiction.
My Favorite Movies & What I Can Tolerate To Watch: Sybil, Imitation of Life, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane, Not Without My Daughter, Beaches, Funny Farm, all 4 National Lampoon’s Vacation movies, The Water is Wide, Somewhere in Time, The Color Purple, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING by Stanley Kubrick (especially Eyes Wide Shut, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange ) and Quentin Tarantino ( especially Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Vol. 2, Four Rooms, and Pulp Fiction ) Alfred Hitchcock films, She-Devil, My Chauffeur, Valley of the Dolls, Legend, Beautiful, God Bless the Child, Clueless, The Secret Garden, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dolores Claiborne,Eye For An Eye, Memoirs of a Geisha, My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding, The Blind Side, War of the Roses, Scarface, Goodfellas, The Godfather, Dutch, Uncle Buck, The Great Outdoors, Remember the Titans, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Money Pit, American Sniper, Left Behind Trilogy, Tombstone, Years of the Beast. I love black & white movies and I hardly ever watch regular television but if I do it’s anything with Gordon Ramsay or Joyce Meyer Ministry, and I admit I do love ‘ Teen Mom 2.’ I love the History channel, Discovery and the Military channel. I love documentaries.can’t get enough of ‘Mob Wives’ it’s my guilty pleasure!
Things I Enjoy: Writing, reading, cooking, cleaning & organizing while listening to loud music, traveling, painting, photography, pool, darts, Dominoes, playing Spades, Chess, having weekend BBQ’s, boxing and UFC fights, the beach, the sky at night. I love horses and horseback riding, going to the library or bookstores, taking the kids to the park, teaching preschool and a kids’ cooking class, tea parties with the kids, hosting a kids’ book club, reading to children and elders, interior/exterior design, event planning, getting tattoos ( I have 17), performing arts, being out on the water, sunsets, room service, road trips, taking care of everyone I love, making costumes, baking and decorating cakes and cupcakes, going to the gun range ( shoot like a sniper ), driving fast cars, learning anything I can, candlelit bubble baths, dancing, deep tissue massage and acupressure, rainy days, playing board games with the kids, the finale of fireworks shows. I love the sound of crickets, I love sitting by the fire with a good book surrounded by candles. The “rush” that only TRUE LOVE can give you …. I enjoy that I get what I want, when I want it, and how I want it, I make things happen ….
I Love Music: Sade, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Davina, Andre Nickatina, E-40, Amy Winehouse, Mac Dre, The Jacka, Tupac Shakur, Tears For Fears, Big Tone, Woodie. RBL, Bone Thugs & Harmony, E-40, Messy Marv, Phil Collins, Al Greene, Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye, M.I.A
I Love My Fighters : Miesha Tate, Tecia Torres, Nate and Nick Diaz, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao, and the Master, Bruce Lee, Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino
Favorite Songs: Big Tone – Last Of A Dying Breed .. Thug For Life – Tupac .. Choices – E-40 .. Back in the Day – Erykah Badu .. Steppin Out – Joe Jackson .. Paper Planes – M.I.A .. All Over Me – The Jacka .. Apparently – J Cole .. Hood – J-Diggs .. Fade Away – Mary J. Blige .. I Get It – Davina .. Take Me As I Am – Mary J. Blige .. No Ordinary Love – Sade .. By Your Side – Sade .. I’d Die Without You – P.M. Dawn .. Give Me the Night – George Benson .. Cruel Summer – Bananarama – Uninvited – Alanis Morissette .. Erotica – Madonna .. Mobster’s Anthem – Twista .. Lisa Marie – Lil Wayne .. November Rain – Guns N’ Roses .. Back To The Hotel – N2Deep – Can You Feel Me – Dru Down .. Like Whaaat – Problem .. Represent – Davina .. San Francisco – Goldtoes .. Respect My Conglomerate – Busta Rhymes .. From The Hood – Traxamillion .. Conversation With A Devil – Andre Nickatina .. Eternal – Bone Thugs & Harmony .. You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse .. There’s No Reason To Be Shy – Nventa .. No Surrender – Bone Thugs & Harmony .. Try Again – Aaliyah .. From The Streetz of California – Big Tone .. OK – Messy Marv .. Into The Mystic – Van Morrison .. Back Up – Dej Loaf .. Destiny – Zero 7 – Touch Me, Tease Me – Case
Places I’ve Been:
* Miami and Fort. Lauderdale, Florida ( separate trips )
* Lake Tahoe, Reno, Genoa, Virginia City & Las Vegas, NV
* The Secret Garden – Oakland, CA
* Bodie, Ca – Ghost Town
* Seattle & Oak Harbor, Washington
* Quito, Ecuador – The Equator
* Puerto Rico
* Nassau, Bahamas (Atlantis)
* St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (Butterfly Garden)
* Turks & Caicos
* Acapulco & Mazatlan, Mexico (House of Masks, Botanicals, La Quebrada)
* Inca Ruins
* Galapagos Islands
* The Amazon Rainforest
* Monterey Bay, CA
* Napa, CA
* Bodega Bay, CA
* San Francisco and the entire Bay Area, CA
* Santa Cruz & Carmel, CA (Boardwalk, Mystery Spot, Winchester Mystery House)
* Yosemite, CA
My ‘Wish List’ of Places to Visit:
* Maui, Hawaii
* Paris, France – Normandy, France
* Anne Frank Museum
* Niagara Falls, NY ( & Pizza in Central Park )
* Queen Anne Hotel, San Francisco
* A Joyce Meyer Conference
* Grand Hotel, Michigan ( Where the movie ‘Somewhere in Time’ was filmed )
Some Odds & Ends: Sneezing always makes me laugh, I can do the cherry drop from the monkey bars, I believe in Angels, I stood on both sides of the equator in Ecuador, I was first published when I was ten years old for writing a story about a math book that the school bully destroys. I changed an entire company with an anonymous letter I wrote about discrimination, I’m a night owl, I’m always in sunglasses, I’m a writer, I love balloons, I love Chinese, Japanese, and Greek culture, I cook from scratch, I’ve never been stung by a bee, I’m so proud of my Puerto Rican heritage, I was a cheerleader, I love music, I love Bonsai & bamboo plants, I’m a great speller, I make brunch every Sunday, I love learning sign language, love thigh-highs and platform heels, I love thrift stores & vintage, I’m a poetess and love poetry, I love ‘midnight milkshakes’, I love the San Jose flea market and their famous flavored pistachios. I love Santa Cruz, miniature golf, ‘glamping’ ( glamorous camping on the beach ). I love Marilyn Monroe, drive-in movies, I’m a Pisces, I’ve always been a 4.0 student. I never drink alcohol or smoke, other than French fries, I don’t eat fast food. I love puffy paint, I never take a bite of food without praying first. I’m always the designated driver, I love eucalyptus, love Synchronized Swimmers, I’m the neighborhood mom, things that I cherish have no monetary value, I’ve been baptized twice. Becoming a teacher was my wish since I was in second grade, so I love and appreciate my dream job. I sleep with a sound machine that simulates the sound of the rain because I can’t sleep without it, the quiet makes my mind too loud. I am proud of the person I am and have become and I thank God that He has given me the strength to move straight up the middle of any crisis because I trust Him every step of the way ….
I love hard and deep, I put passion into everything I do ….
I’m ‘ride-or-die’ and I believe the energy of one’s love stays with you for a lifetime ….