What is some advice your mother gave you?
"I can remember I was having a pity party and I mean I was having a pity party. I was just at a time in my life when things were not good and I was asking all the 'hows' and 'whys' and I can remember my momma looking at me and she said to me, 'Baby girl,…
What is the hardest thing about life?
"Making the right decisions in life. Because you don't have a handbook."
What's the hardest thing you've gone through?
"We just lost a good friend of ours last month; that's been pretty tough on us."
What's your motto?
"You never know until you try."
What's your favorite tattoo and why?
"The morning glories on my leg. Flowers are about growth; you can learn from small things. They give life and oxygen. I just like flowers, they are colorful."
Photo and interview by Marlen Lizeth Luna for The Daily Reflector…
"Fitness is important to me because it serves a standard. Anyone can choose to not take care of themselves and that’s actually very easy to do. When you decide you want to be fit you have decided to be an anomaly in a society that has made it OK to be everything but fit. I’m not just…
What is your favorite life lesson or piece of advice your mother has given you?
"Don't worry about what other people think about me, just be me."
What have you learned from making candles?
"From making candles, I've learned all different types of wax, from gel, paraffin, soy, palm, glass (a type of…
How is life?
"I'm so happy."
What makes you happy?
"Yellow. I like yellow. This is difícil."
(Difícil means difficult in Spanish. This tiny human is bilingual.)
What is difícil?
"Playing with blocks."
What would you like to tell your parents?
"I love you. I like yellow. All…
What are some of the things your parents instilled in you?
"These days so many kids want to be best friends with their parents, but my parents really taught me how to respect other people. They taught me to always be on time, always be thankful just some of those things that are missing from…
What fascinates you about psychology?
"Psychology for me opens up a door to how humanity and our society functions. Why are individuals the way they are? I am fascinated by the way people think and make decisions and how their environment affects those decisions. Sometimes we allow our environment…
When did you start playing your instrument, and what or who were your early passions or influences?
"I started playing keyboards at age 14. Some early influences were Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, B.B. King, and many more."
How has music changed your life?
"It has given me a career that I absolutely…
How would you describe yourself as a child/childhood?
"I had a tough childhood in Guatemala. I grew up with many challenges; it was just my mother and I. I lived with different family members until my mother took a job in an orphanage and they allowed us to live there. We moved into the orphanage…