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

"Let things work themselves out in their own time.

A friend of mine has been trying to teach me that for the past three years. I’m still learning it."

If your life was a story, what would be its title? The traveler. I’ve lived in fifteen different states and spent a year in South Korea. What took you to all of those places? A lot of it was when I was living with my mom. She didn’t like being in one place for too long. And then I went to South Korea to teach English. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Let things work themselves out in their own time. A friend of mine has been trying to teach me that for the past three years. […]

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What was the happiest moment of your life?

It would be two. My wedding day and the day we adopted my son, the day he came home to be ours.

What was the saddest moment?

Probably my brother’s death because it was unexpected. And because I felt afterwards like I hadn’t been the best sister, the nicest most understanding. He was sort of a pain in the neck sometimes.

What would be the title of your life if it was a story? Changes. Because I’ve had lots of changes in my life. Lots of things have happened to me. So would those changes be the chapters? Yeah they would be: Young and Stupid. Young and Curious. Self Discipline. Learning. What was the happiest moment of your life? It would be two. My wedding day and the day we adopted my son, the day he came home to be ours. What was the saddest moment? Probably my brother’s death because it was unexpected. And because I felt afterwards like I […]

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What was the happiest moment of your life?

"I can’t think of one. I’m happy all the time."

What makes you happy? Everything. What was the happiest moment of your life? I can’t think of one. I’m happy all the time. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Never date. Why is that the best advice? I don’t know. It seems reasonable. If you could give advice to a whole bunch of people what would you say? Do whatever you want.  

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Which stories are not told here?

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"...people were very patient and tolerant with us. They showed us what to do and we followed directions."

This interview happened on July 15, 2013 in Lidya’s home off of CR 38. A translator facilitated our communication, so this story is an approximate translation and at times combines the speaker’s words with an explanation the translator gave.  When did you come to the U.S.? I came to the United States in 2000 when I was 46. My sisters and mother had come here 10 years before [me]. My sister’s husband and family had been living in New York, but it was hard to find a job in New York. Then the other side of the family came to […]

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If your life was a story what would be its title?

"When will it end?"

Why is that?

"I just want to know. I’ve got a lot of pain inside."

If your life was a story what would be its title? When will it end? Why is that? I just want to know. I’ve got a lot of pain inside. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Go to happy places. When I get really sad and depressed I just need to go to a happy place. What does your happy place look like? Being with friends. I have this really best guy friend who always makes me happy.  

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"When I came to Goshen I saw a big huge difference. I want a better life for my kids and I find that here."

How long have you lived here? Since 1994. I moved from Los Angeles. I was born in Guatemala but I was raised in California. My parents brought me from Guatemala when I was seven. We lived in California until I was sixteen or seventeen. But I love Goshen. I’m not going nowhere. If your life was a story what would be its title? A Better Life for My Kids I was married young. I was sixteen when I got married. They killed my brother over there for drugs, the gangsters. So, I saw where I was living was really bad. […]

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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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If your life was a story what would its title be?

"Strength

Throughout my life I have become stronger because of the situations I’ve come through."

If your life was a story what would its title be? Strength Throughout my life I have become stronger because of the situations I’ve come through. Is there a particular situation that has made you stronger? I think coming here from Mexico five years ago. What else has made you stronger? Tolerance. Needing to talk to people, reach out to people. Here there are lots of people from different cultures and backgrounds.  Sometimes they don’t understand me, or I don’t understand them. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Never give up your dreams.”  

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