End of Week Roundup: Let's Talk About Taking Up Space

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I've been thinking up different content pillars I want to create for the blog and this one has topped my list. There's so much of my life that exists outside of my own personal essay writing and I don't do a wonderful job of sharing it. I've spent the last few years trying to unlearn the notion that speaking about my achievements is the equivalent of bragging, because it isn't. 

It's taking pride on pieces of work that I invested time and resources into. It's celebrating the fact that I got to be on the opposite end in an interview and really reflect on who I am, where I am and how far I've come. 

Growing up Latina...a woman...in a big family...being naturally petite... all of these things combined made it harder for me to take up space. But, I'm 24 and I'm on a mission to take up as much space as I possibly can. 

Because taking up space doesn't have to be a bad thing. It doesn't have to make you feel like you're an imposition or that your existence is nagging someone else's. The ability to take up space is a process though (so be kind to yourself because I know I am) and it takes feeling momentarily uncomfortable at first. It's sitting in your vulnerability to share things that mean a lot to you and asking others for their eyes and ears. There's no moment when you'll completely and forever arrive, but there will come a moment when the voice that tells you that taking up space isn't a bad thing will be louder than the one that tells you it is. It's a moment to strive for. 

My small steps to taking up space start with sharing my week's highlights on here. 

Creating Espacios new episode! 

Photo credit: Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes

Photo credit: Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes

I host a podcast called Creating Espacios where I chat with amazing Latinas about their lives, careers and the moments that have defined them. In this week's episode — " Beginning Makes The Conditions Perfect (So, No More Excuses)" — I got to chat with Leticia Gonzalez-Reyes about the organization she co-founded, 109 World, and how it helps every single person use their social media for good. 

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here! Listen here: 

Women@Forbes new article! 

I have a column with (almost) weekly interviews and I have the honor of featuring amazing Latinas! In a little bonus interview, I got to feature Leticia and really dive into aspects of the onset of her career that we didn't get to during the podcast interview. 

Some awesome pull quotes from the piece

"Letting go of impostor syndrome would have meant giving myself the permission to delve into new experiences"

"The secret to living a life of positive impact is to start living the life of positive impact today"

 

PopSugar Latina essay on choosing my own path as a Latina! 

I wrote this essay about why (and, really, how) I'm choosing very different paths in life than the rest of my Latino family. It involves a lot of making people uncomfortable and (sadly) upset, but it also involves a lot of being proud of myself. I've grown much stronger in the last year and I credit this for most of it. 

"It's revolutionary and anxiety-inducing. It's knowing that I'm doing what's right and understanding that it may not be a popular opinion, sometimes with my family, sometimes with those around me. It's wanting my boyfriend to learn Spanish so he can appreciate songs that played as intros of novelas and it's also knowing that I'm going to live with him way before we get married."

Full essay here

JRecognize Interview! 

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I sat on the phone for an hour with Jocelyn Valencia (the creator of JRecognize) and talked about so many things I love — my work, vulnerability, my boyfriend! 

The interview turned out amazingly well and made me really explore some aspects of my life that I hadn't thought about in a while. 

You can read the full interview here