Personal Project

Don't Ignore Your Passions

Driving back from Chicago a couple weeks ago I made up my mind to think deeply about my future and how that would be directed. As I thought about it I came to the conclusion that my life right now has several specific passions. The first is obvious thanks to my Instagram, but I love photography. It has been a big part of my life now for close to ten years and I want to see that side of me grow. Another passion is culture and cultures. I firmly believe that I grew up in Mexico, moved to the States, and lived in Japan, for a good reason. Spreading and sharing culture means a lot to me especially in the Midwest where we tend to be mono-cultural.  The other passion I have is for the Latino community, specifically in the United States. I taught English to adults most of the time I was at Grace and got to hear their struggles and victories as outsiders in the United States. Their stories impacted me as they are an unheard voice and I want to be an advocate for them.

During my job hunt the past few weeks I kept those passions, photography, culture, and the Latino community, in mind. They were clarifying for me as I discerned between jobs that would work toward those passions or not. I was offered a position as EL (English Learners) Paraprofessional at an elementary school nearby, mostly working with Mexican kids. With my handy-dandy list of passions I figured two out of three was a good ratio. So while this may not be the long term plan I feel confident that I am not wasting my time.

I encourage you to delve into your own thoughts and bring out what really motivates you, aside from what people have told you. I had to come to terms with the fact that I do not care for graphic design that much, even though that is what most people thought I wanted to do.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, your passions, and maybe even how your mindset has changed after working through this! Share in the comments! 

Warsaw City Hall Show: "Mexico"

I graduated college two weeks ago. This is fact rather than pride because it means that I have to get busy on "real life." During my senior show a couple months back, the mother of one of my friends approached me about coming to the show. The only thing she told me at that point was that she wrote for the Warsaw Times-Union and wondered if she could do an interview with me. Of course I said yes!

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Mexican Immigrants: Ruth

Mexican Immigrants: Ruth

There is too much to say about Ruth*. She is one of the two most faithful ladies who have come to our ESL classes. Even before I started teaching in the fall of 2012 the class was already meeting in her home. She has always been extremely generous with her house, her time, and her energy. 

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An Intro to "Mexican Immigrants in the US"

An Intro to "Mexican Immigrants in the US"

Everyone knows that immigration is a hot topic in the United States right now. Personally I have not yet made up my mind where I stand on the issue but there are several things I do know. Since the fall of 2012 every Wednesday I have been going to a trailer park in Warsaw, IN to teach English.

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Thanksgiving Experiment: Light painting Product Photography

Thanksgiving Experiment: Light painting Product Photography

Over Thanksgiving I told myself I needed to shoot something, I did not care what. I was looking through petapixel.com (great website for inspiration though I spend altogether too much time there) when I came across an interesting tutorial. Basically the idea was to create beautiful product photography, which often require extensive lighting set up, with just the screen of a tablet or phone.

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