I’ve discovered a community within my family. I’ve grown closer to them since the death of my Tia and cherish them so much more. Now, I make time for them and nurture my kinship, especially with my immediate family. I’ve learned that though having a community of friends, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow artists is special, there is nothing like family.
As for 2011, I hope to continue strengthening my family ties. I also want to expand my network of creative innovators, but only those who are doing something, not harping about their dreams. I feel that ambition rubs off on me. Call it competition or envy, but when I’m in a room filled with energized, intelligent, accomplished, and connected go-getters, I want to do just as much if not more. Like Jay-Z, I’m going to start bonding with rich folk! Starving artists who are literally starving, unmotivated, and in need of a push need not apply. And I don’t say that to be mean, pepitas! I just refuse to investing my energy on stagnant projects and individuals. I’ve done so for far too long, especially when building Latinas Unite to Write. It was so disappointing to work with talented women who did not give their all. Something as simple as attending a monthly meeting or emailing their creative works of art for critique for said meetings was too much for some of the members. It saddened me and the group ultimately became a burden. I mean, who wants to hold a grown ass woman’s hand every step of the creative way? Not I!
So that’s where I am and where I will be. Like my momma always says, “Dime con quien andas y te dire que eres.” And I, pepitas, am going to ride with creative, successful superstars because that’s who I am.