December 14, 2019
1. We're not always okay and that's okay.
2. The surest path to regret is assuming you know anything about anyone.
3. That I'm allergic to so many things I've been unknowingly exposing myself to for years.
4. Yes, we adapt, but too often we adapt to tolerate toxicity, no...
September 20, 2019
For the New York Times, I wrote about the bittersweet discovery that language, and the stories it carries, is not a straight path. Read the full essay here.
This essay was also turned into a story for the New York Times Opinions section on Instagram. View it here, with...
December 20, 2018
1. The healing power of the right stone, gifted to me by dear friends, at just the right times in my life.
2. To really listen to my body. Not just to what it can do in order to push it, but more importantly, to what it can't do. There is empowerment in saying this is a...
October 30, 2018
"I would not be alive if not for a series of small heroic acts."
For McSweeney's, I wrote about the everyday heroic acts of my immigrant mother and so many like her whose emotional labor and strength deserve to be seen.
"At a time when the pain and struggles of immigra...
May 9, 2018
Immigrant stories are not timely, they're timeless. For Bustle, I wrote about why it's time to listen to and center the voices that have known this all along.
"The idea that our struggles are relevant only now that our worst fears have come to fruition underscores the b...
May 7, 2018
For Catapult, I wrote about about experiencing life apart from loved ones, and death and grief from afar.
"In Spanish, to say I miss you we say “te extraño,” or sometimes more fittingly, “me haces falta,” which is to say “I lack you.” I lacked my grandfather and he lack...
December 27, 2017
You can't obsess your way out of a problem.
If we each do what we can, when we can, honestly and wholeheartedly, we are collectively always doing something.
There is no guilt in pleasure. Joy is necessary, always. Joy is worth fighting for.
How to da...
December 13, 2016
Some years teach, some years leave you with more questions than answers. (Zora Neale Hurston said this much better: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”)
How to surf (or at least, how to begin to surf…I stood up, which is what counts).
April 8, 2016
Funny story, really…
The summer between eighth and ninth grade, I spent much of my time hanging out with my sister and her friends. She’s two years older than me, and by the time I was 14, we’d begun closing the gap of our age difference.
Of course, this still meant I sa...
December 15, 2015
How to throw a punch.
That I’m stronger than I think.
Compassion for only those just like us is not compassion; it’s self-interest.
To teach is to learn without keeping all the good stuff to yourself.
The joy of hiking.
As a matter of fact,...
Mourning My Birthplace: On Immigration, Family, and the Distance in Between
The Beauty of Being Bilingual - The New York Times
19 Things I Learned in 2019
18 Things I Learned in 2018
Choices and Decisions - McSweeney's Publishing
When the Supernatural is a Natural Part of Your Culture
June 4, 2018
Why Saying My Book About Immigration Is So "Timely" Right Now Erases The Experience Of Millions Of People
17 Things I Learned in 2017
16 Things I Learned in 2016
That Time I Found a Boy in My Room Reading My Journal
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