Since this is my first blog post why not just introduce myself. First I am a proud Boricua raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn (before it was gentrified). Yes, the good old school Bushwick, although don’t get me wrong, I do like the idea of a Starbucks and bookstore in the old neighborhood. I honestly have had many dreams as a kid of how Bushwick would change and it’s pretty much how my dreams said it would be. Although, I never dreamed of the rent prices being absolutely ridiculous. But I digress.
Though I was raised in the BK, I have lived in Southern NJ for 20 years now. My family decided to move when I was still in high school. As much as I hate to admit it and while I am still Maria from BK, I am very much a Jersey girl. DO NOT ask me to pump my own gas LOL. Being that I have lived so close to Philadelphia and how much I travel over the bridge I kind of claim the city as another home as well.
I’ve been a nurse for some time now, specializing in public health. I have enjoyed very much serving my community and I truly feel that chapter for me is now officially closed. Although I will never let my license expire. I have worked too hard and been through too much just to get it.
I am also an ordained minister who absolutely finds so much joy in officiating weddings. There is nothing like bringing two people and families together in the name of love and representing the great Creator. Oh yea, I am a recovering Catholic. I went to Catholic school, St. Francis Cabrini in Bushwick, and St. Joseph’s High School in Fulton. Both schools currently are shut down. I will share more about my spiritual journey later.
Oh yea, I love me some cafecito! I’m not human without it
Like many, at the peak of the pandemic of 2020 I found myself at a crossroads in my life. I lost my job, and my home that I worked so hard for; but I knew there was no way I wanted to go back to the field as a nurse anymore. So what did I do? I started a podcast like everyone else LOL. Which brings me to Season 1 Episode 1. I will tell you how this beautiful project came to be.
If you haven’t listened to the first episode I suggest you go and listen to it then come back and read the next blog post.