aceecee: AnAdventure

Capturing the beauty of my city, my life, and the love.

Sometimes I wish kindness ran through me smoother than sadness and anxiety. Every day I am actively practicing compassion for others and myself. That will be the only way I will be able to begin to understand others and love every flaw that I have.

Self love is practice. Love is practice. Actively engage in thoughts, readings, discussions on how to practice love for others and yourself.

"Fuerza Urbana"
I would not be who I am today if my parents did not choose to leave Mexico, to settle in the south side of Chicago, to have four children, to take into consideration their children’s wants and needs. I would not be who I am today if I were not the second born, if I were not their first female, if I were not born rebellious, if I were not born curious, if I were not born kind. I would not be who I am today if I weren’t lucky enough to take advantage of my privilege. I would not be who I am today if my heart were never awoken, teased, or lied to.
I am Ana. I am strong. Yo soy fuerza. Yo soy urbana. 

"Fuerza Urbana"

I would not be who I am today if my parents did not choose to leave Mexico, to settle in the south side of Chicago, to have four children, to take into consideration their children’s wants and needs. I would not be who I am today if I were not the second born, if I were not their first female, if I were not born rebellious, if I were not born curious, if I were not born kind. I would not be who I am today if I weren’t lucky enough to take advantage of my privilege. I would not be who I am today if my heart were never awoken, teased, or lied to.

I am Ana. I am strong. Yo soy fuerza. Yo soy urbana. 

Back for a day.

Back for a day.

This “costume” means so much to me this year. Not only because it represents my heritage, but it also represents the environment I am in today. La Catrina was first created through satire, mocking the women of Mexico who desperately wanted to identify with the European traditions. As (what feels like) one of the few latinas at the University of Michigan, it sometimes feels very isolating. I wear this mask to distinguish myself from this cultural island. I am a latina, I have never been more proud.

This “costume” means so much to me this year. Not only because it represents my heritage, but it also represents the environment I am in today. La Catrina was first created through satire, mocking the women of Mexico who desperately wanted to identify with the European traditions. As (what feels like) one of the few latinas at the University of Michigan, it sometimes feels very isolating. I wear this mask to distinguish myself from this cultural island. I am a latina, I have never been more proud.

Along the Chicago Riverwalk, Downtown. Summer 2013.

Along the Chicago Riverwalk, Downtown. Summer 2013.

Lake Shore Drive, Summer 2013.

Lake Shore Drive, Summer 2013.