I would definitely have to say that I have more than one shero. In fact, I believe that every single woman around me is my shero. Not to sound overly dramatic or anything, but I think the world is pretty unfair to women. We earn less money for the same work men do, we get sexualized for every single little thing, and the amount of violence against women is appalling. Despite all the hardships women have to face, we all wake up and face the world. I think that's pretty inspiring.
Added by Cynthia Amaya on March 23, 2015 at 10:57pm — No Comments
Being a Latina means being resilient. It means working hard and not letting bumps in the road, no matter how big or small, stop us from reaching our goals. It means putting our utmost effort to everything we do because people are expecting us to fail and we're going to prove them wrong. It means working twice as hard to make ourselves, our parents, and our families proud. It means ignoring stereotypes that claim we are lazy and being the hard workers that generations of Latinos have proven…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 27, 2014 at 8:48pm — No Comments
My first language was Spanish. Neither of my parents spoke English and basically no one in my life spoke English, so I grew up around Spanish and Spanish only. I didn't start learning English until I was in headstart, a school aimed at children of lower incomes so we won't be behind when 'actual' school starts, and then continued learning when I was enrolled in pre-kinder. By the time I was in kindergarten, I was fluent in both English and Spanish, but I stayed in bilingual classes until…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 26, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
I feel like this is a cliche answer, but when I was younger, I was influenced by Selena.
I remember being a little girl and begging and pleading for the Selena cassette so I could play it on my Walkman. It was black and it was my favorite thing in the world. I think before my Selena cassette, the only other cassette I had was one on which I had recorded songs from the radio. Once I got the Selena cassette, I played it over and over and over. Unlike the me of today who needs hundreds…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on September 25, 2014 at 10:38pm — No Comments
I think, overall, I've always had the same mindset about Latinas. I knew that although we are ridiculously passionate about everything, we're not the stereotypes portrayed in the media. Unlike the stereotypes that paint us as sensual beings who are only good for one thing, Latinas are incredibly strong, intelligent, and multi-talented women. This idea has only grown in my mind over time. The older I get, the more I see just how strong and amazing Latinas really are. It makes me proud to have…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on March 8, 2014 at 10:39pm — No Comments
A vast majority of my life is influenced by my mother's side of the family. Most of my dad's family lives in a different city than the one in which I live, so I hardly see them. Instead, I spent most of my time with my mom's many sisters. Each of her six sisters taught me something about myself that has shaped me into who I am today. I learned to think outside the box and find creative ways of fixing my problems. My aunts taught me that laughter is the best medicine and they gave me daily…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on March 6, 2014 at 10:56pm — No Comments
Being a Latina has influenced basically my entire being. I am who I am because I strongly identify with my culture.
The Mexican culture has given me an outlook on life that I wish everyone shared. Mexican ideals point toward a humble view of life and stress the importance of hard work. That is exactly in what I strongly believe. I think everyone should be humble and modest. Don't get me wrong, I applaud confidence and I know and believe that everyone should be confident and secure…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on March 5, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Feminism has influenced my every day life and has changed the way I view everything. I'm more critical of the shows and movies I watch, the music I listen to, and the literature I read. Identifying as a feminist has given me a new outlook on life and I have to admit that it's really a much happier one.
Knowing that I'm a feminist and that I believe in equality for women has made me feel empowered. I really feel that I can do anything I set my mind to it and isn't that just what…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on March 4, 2014 at 8:32pm — No Comments
I was trying to think of a particular moment where being a Latina has been a struggle and I really can't think of one particular occasion. I think, for me, the prejudice I've felt against me hasn't been more of a time when someone has said something to me, but more of a feeling that I get when I'm the only woman of a color in a group. That has never happened in El Paso for obvious reasons, but I attended a university with a vast majority of a white population. That was the most unsettling…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on March 3, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Ellen Ochoa is a Latina who has impressed the world with her intelligence and ambition. A California native, she studied physics at San Diego State University and graduated in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree. A short year later, she graduated from Stanford University with a masters of science degree in electrical engineering. If that wasn't impressive enough, in 1985 she earned her doctorate degree in electrical engineering. Personally, I think anyone who studies physics and…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on March 2, 2014 at 11:31pm — No Comments
Things are looking pretty grim in Venezuela right now. People have taken to the streets to protest the government and things have gotten pretty violent. Two people have been killed and the probability of more dying is high. What was supposed to be a peaceful, student-led protest has gotten out of hand and the armed forces and police…
I decided to rename my blog posts to "finds" because some of the things I find aren't necessarily really my favorite things, but they're interesting things I have found that I'd like to share with everyone. Anyway, without further ado, here are the things I found this week!
The Biggest Loser is a show in which participants…
I apologize that this is coming a day late! I was watching the world's most boring Super Bowl game last night.
Okay, this article wasn't a favorite, but it sure incited my…
Before watching the Grammy's, I was going to choose Amy Poehler as my favorite person of the week, but since I decided to change my mind last minute, here is a way of sneaking Amy Poehler's greatness into my post!…
Added by Cynthia Amaya on January 27, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments
I usually come across pretty awesome things on the internet (and in life) and I decided to start sharing those with you gals! I'm going to try posting one of these every week with a roundup of what I enjoyed during the week.
Okay, so this article wasn't posted this week (it was posted on the 12th), but I've kept…
2013 is almost over and I can honestly say that it was probably the best year of my life. I don't think I have ever enjoyed a year as much as I have this one. Although it sounds depressing and pessimistic, I often end my years thinking, "Well, next year will be much better!" This year, though, I'm ending it with a smile on my face and feeling fully satisfied with the way the year went.
This year, I did experienced so many new things and tried really hard not to let myself get in the…Continue
Since creating my tumblr account, I have come across so many pictures, videos, stories, songs, and quotes that have truly inspired me. I think I can safely say that the Humans of New York tumblr page has touched me the most. Created by Brandon, Humans of New York (HONY) features photographs of random humans in New York whom Brandon might come across. If he thinks they look even remotely interesting, and he usually believes everyone looks interesting, he'll approach them and ask for a…Continue
I think my favorite Mexican folktale is El Cucuy. Ironically, I have absolutely no idea how this folktale goes or if my parents ever told me what this was all about. All I know is that since I was little El Cucuy was the threat that made me do what I was supposed to do. I didn't know who the Cucuy was or where he came from, much less what he wanted to do to me, but I knew that he wasn't someone I wanted to meet. Somehow, every Mexican child knows about El Cucuy and knows that he is to be…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on October 12, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments
I love the person who I have become, and I know that the reason I am as strong, independent, and confident as I am today is because I am of Mexican descent. My Mexican heritage has taught me to be as strong as I can possibly be and to not let anyone stand in my way. I am proud to be Latina because we are women of free-thinking minds who can accomplish anything we set our minds to doing. We are proud of who we are and are not afraid of letting others know just how proud we are. Latinas are…Continue
Added by Cynthia Amaya on October 11, 2013 at 11:51pm — No Comments
I've always wondered which label is correct, and lately I've decided that I truly don't identify with any of those. I have taken several classes about race that have led me to believe that I simply don't see myself under any of those categories. The word "Hispanic" derives from a Spanish-speaking country and thus identifies a person as a Spanish-speaker. It also has ties back to Spain. To me, this label has an oppressive connotation to it. Historically, the Spanish oppressed the indigenous…Continue