The List: All About Me

Last week I read a blog post on my Google feed and the author created a post focused about "The List". This list offered 24 writing prompts that allowed her reader to get to know her better. I decided to copy and the list and do it myself, so here goes. 


1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

3. What are 5 passions you have?
4. Describe your most embarrassing moment.

5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. Describe your relationship with your spouse.

7. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
8. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.

9. Describe a typical day in your current life.
10. Describe 5 weaknesses you have. Describe 5 strengths you have

11. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one.
12. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

13. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
14. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?

15. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

16. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.

17. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
18. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
19. Describe your relationship with your parents.

20.  What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
21. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?

22. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
23. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
24. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

What are 5 passions you have?

Very much like my Scorpio husband, I am passionate about things that bring social change to this world, hence the reason I'm an educator. I wouldn't call myself a zealous supporter of any one cause, I am too much of a loner for that, but there are things I will get uptight and augmentative about.  These things are my five passions (a) My Husband + Marriage, (b)My Children, (c) My Family, (d) Education for Black and Brown Students, and (e) Multicultural Awareness.

In an ideal world my family and I (immediate and extended) would live on a compound of 1,000 acres in the hills of Georgia Maryland, together as a strong unit. I was raised to have an unwavering faith in the strength of my immediate family. I believe when the world has forsaken you, your family will always be there to help you pick up the pieces. This may attribute to the small number of friends I have, because my family is enough. 


Thirteen years ago my husband and I made a commitment to one another. We committed to be each other's biggest supporters, honest, and faithful to each other. Throw into the mix a four year marriage and 2 children, we are still going strong. Many attribute their successful relationships to God and having faith in the Lord. Well I can't do that because my husband is a non-believer and I don't rely to heavily on the power of supreme beings. The key to our success has been an unwavering dedication to each other and in the words of many . . . "keepin' it real!" with one another. We are definitely hyper-critical of each other and never hold our tongues when there is something that worries us. Our motto is plastered in the foyer of our home. It reads: "In this house we do real, we do mistakes, we do I'm sorry, we do second chances, we do fun, we do hugs, we do forgiveness, we do really loud, we do family, we do love."  The foundation of our relationship has always and will be LOVE.

My greatest accomplishment and motivation has been my children. I've always been a self-motivated, over-achiever but I've definitely taken it up a notch since becoming a mother. Being a planner, planning my life 5 years at a time (yeah I know a bit much but that's Onida). Now it's a 20 year plan broken into three year increments. I'm a beast when it comes to this, but I feel without a plan failure is too easily on the horizon. 


I've been a New York City math teacher for close to ten years. Its been my way of giving back to a disenfranchised community. For me education should be purposeful and insightful. Education should be personal.  Education should be interdependent and fun. Education should be progressive. Education should be empowering. I feel I have a commitment to help improve and be the voice for under-privilege students that would otherwise have no voice. I am in the business to improve the life of the next generation so when my kids grow up a more positive environment will surround them. It’s all about creating a continuous cycle of positivity and instilling in students that education is the foundation for their future and that there is strength in education. I am trying to improve the quality of existence for minorities in this country, one student at a time. This has been my mission.


My husband says I talk about race tOo much and that I am hyper sensitive to issues of racism and prejudice. Well I can't help it, its how my parents raised me. I don't think I am super sensitive, just that most people are in denial about issues of race. D and I have arousing discussions about raising children that are of mixed ethnicities. To yank his chain I always say to him, "Latino is not a race". I want to raise our girls to be aware of their racial identities and be conscious of race matters. D feels we shouldn't emphasize race and just let them be. We've agreed to disagree for the moment. To not be overt in my efforts to educate our girls, we agreed on making them world travelers and avid readers to ensure they have multicultural awareness.