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    Advice to my teenage self

    Advice to my teenage self

    I was only 16 when I met my birth family and didn’t yet understand the long lasting impact that event would have on my life. So, as I look back at the past 20 years or so, I think about what advise I might give my younger self.

    Preface

    Utterly drained, frustrated, and still fuming, I dump my sports bag by the door and sit down at the kitchen table. I had just returned from my weekly Sunday pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee, where the yellow team had lost 13 to 15. Despite pouring every last bit of energy I had into the game, I

    You are not a failure

    You are not a failure

    Throughout my life I have failed. I have failed so many times, in so many different ways. Often, it seemed like the things that I struggled with came so easily to others. There can be immense pressure to succeed. To live up to the expectations of others and ourselves. Whenever

    The Colorful Misfits

    The Colorful Misfits

    These photos first appeared in print as part of the 2015 issue of The Misfit Anythogly. For the magazine I wrote: My favorite type of pictures are ones that reflect the human spirit. I'm always trying to capture a moment in time that speaks to who we are as people.

    The Paradox of Not, Not Working

    The Paradox of Not, Not Working

    I have been thinking a lot about the way we work and what counts as work. You see I've often felt bad or beat myself up about not working hard enough. Not too long ago I realized that there are plenty of times when I'm not actively working, but I'm

    Libertad: A song for my birth mother

    Libertad: A song for my birth mother

    A song written by my biological father in memory of his wife, and my mother, who died during El Salvador’s civil war. Spanish LrycisCaminastes junto a mi en busca de un mejor destino para ti y lo que viniera de ti Tu pueblo, tu pueblo no conocio tu entrega

    15 Years of Anna’s Taqueria

    15 Years of Anna’s Taqueria

    In 2011, one of my favorite restaurants, Anna's Taqueria, held a contest to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The winner received a party catered by Anna's for 50 people. For the contest, I filmed this video, which included many of my friends who I introduced to the restaurant. I promised that

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