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What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

"Do your best at all things you do. That should be enough."

What was one of the saddest moments of your life? The saddest thing was leaving for SST, leaving my friends. SST is Study Service term at Goshen College, where you go to another country to study for three months. I went to Nicaragua last summer. Leaving friends, church, my culture, being thrown into a new place, that was hard. If your life was a story what would be its title? Hymn Sings! Just because I love singing hymns, congregational song. I think its great for building community. It’s inspiring. I love them. I wouldn’t do anything else. If that could […]

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"I try to communicate with a lot of people. If we work together, if we help people, we can live better."

How long have you been living in Goshen? I came from Guatemala almost 13 years ago. I’ve been living here a long time. What brought you here? My brother was here and he asked if I want to come. So, I came. Do you have other family here besides your brother? I have two brothers here now. Is that your whole family or are there others still in Guatemala? Yeah, my whole family, my father, they are in Guatemala. Do you see them? I have not seen them in a long time, but I talk with them. Right now I’m […]

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"Life's too short to waste it. Go for that sec on helping of ice cream."

If your life was a story what would be its title? A journey. Life isn’t about a destination. And I feel like mine is just a journey along the way and discovering what’s up. What was the happiest moment of your life? I can’t pick a particular. Just being with friends. What is the best advice you’ve been given? Live radical. Life’s too short to waste it. Go for that second helping of ice cream.    

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"People tend to really look more at the negatives. They always see their flaws. They always judge people. I would have people focus more on the positives."

If you could give a crowd of people advice what would you say? People tend to really look more at the negatives. They always see their flaws. They always judge people. I would have people focus more on the positives.  What would be the title of your life if it was a story? Beyond the Beginning Why? My main story is from when I was little and I want to go beyond that.  

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"I was kind of one of those girls in school that didn’t have a lot of friends and sat by herself at the swing set. During my first year of middle school I met another girl and she walked me to the table and invited me over. Ever since then we’ve been friends. And it has been a blast."

If your life was a story what would be its title? Pretty generic. I would say, “A Girl From Goshen High School” What would be some of the chapters of the book? Meeting new friends. The friend that I came with today, she is one of the only reasons my life is as happy as it is right now. Could you say more? How does she help? I was kind of one of those girls in school that didn’t have a lot of friends and sat by herself at the swing set. During my first year of middle school I […]

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What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

"It just keeps gettin’ better."

If your life was a story what would be its title? I’ll Tell You A Story. Because I’m a storyteller. When do you tell stories, or in what context? Most of what I do right now is with preschool kids, but I’ve also done some for church organizations and retirement homes. It’s what I love to do the best. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? It just keeps gettin’ better. Who told you that? A coworker of mine said that when my daughter was really little and I was challenged by having this little baby to take […]

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"Sometimes I wish I could redo a couple things, some of the wrongs I have done or some of the priceless moments."

What was the happiest moments of your life? My son is sixteen and my daughter is nine and a half. When each of them was born, those were just priceless moments. If your life was a story, what would be its title? Once upon a time… Sometimes I wish I could redo a couple things, some of the wrongs I have done or some of the priceless moments. What moments would you redo? I would redo some of the things I went through in my marriage. We went through a troubled times, myself and my husband, and I would redo […]

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"If you fall down, keep going; if you’re tired, keep going."

What was the happiest moment of your life? Picking up a skateboard. How long have you been skating? Two months. What does it feel like to skate? Why does that make you happy? I think its the rush you get going down a hill when you don’t want to fall. Or doing some trick you’ve been trying for a few weeks and finally getting it. That’s probably the best thing ever. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? If you fall down, keep going; if you’re tired, keep going.  Did someone in particular give you that advice? Why was […]

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Which stories are not told here?

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What was your saddest moment?

"The death of my grandmother. I’ve never knew anybody close to me who has died before that. I was sort of naive to the situation. I didn’t really understand how serious it was. Then when it happened it was sort of shocking and hard for a while."

What was your saddest moment? The death of my grandmother. I’ve never knew anybody close to me who has died before that. I was sort of naive to the situation. I didn’t really understand how serious it was. Then when it happened it was sort of shocking and hard for a while. If your life was a story what would be its title? Hope and Courage. I like to do things that are a little more adventurous and sometimes out of my comfort zone. I think that takes courage and not being afraid to get out of your comfort zone. […]

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