Bold Living 2012 – Interview #33

Each Friday, a person who is making bold moves, living well, nurturing their creativity, following their passions, and making magic will be featured on Bold Living Today.

Today’s interview is with Tracy López from Latinaish. I was happy to find out about Tracy and her work, online, some years ago. I think she provides an honest, fresh, and “yup, that’s how it can go” lens to a bicultural and bilingual family. She also had a live-in mother-in-law for a while, which is something that generated some curiosity for me through my multigenerational lens.

What I love most about this interview with Tracy is her clear voice and authentic perspective on how she combined her love for the life she created with educating and supporting others through her work as a writer. She is a clear example how we all can do what love.

question 1:

Your blog, Latinaish, makes me laugh from my gut and also reflects  my own love affair with Latino culture. How do you select your daily blog topics?

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{Tracy}

I don’t have any sort of organized method at all! The things I blog about can come from almost anywhere – a news story, a book, a song, a TV show – even a commercial might spark an idea or remind me of something. Sometimes it’s a story Carlos, (my husband) tells me about his childhood, a funny interaction, or something my kids say. I always have my eye out, my camera ready, and a pen in my bag because I never know when an idea will come to me.

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{Kanesha}

I am the same way about blog topics, especially when writing about multigenerational adventures.

question 2:

You and I both have experiences living with our suegras (mother-in-laws). What 5 things did you learn about yourself while she lived with your family?

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{Tracy}

I learned that I’m more patient than most, that being nice doesn’t mean being a doormat, that I’m capable of setting boundaries and sticking up for myself, that I love my husband enough to make big sacrifices, and that I’m able to forgive those that hurt me much more easily than I can forgive those that hurt people I love.

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{Kanesha}

That is some serious truth speaking there, Tracy. I’m not very patient in general, but multigenerational living has stretched me in that area and really helped me to appreciate how we are raised and how to make your own powerful decisions when you are out on your own.  I’m sure you and I could have a very juicy conversation on this topic – offline.

question 3:

I check in with your Spanish Friday every week, and you don’t know this – but I have all these posts I’ve written in Spanish and never submitted (gasp). What inspired you to create this and how has the response been?

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{Tracy}

You have secret Spanish Friday posts?! That’s hilarious. I hope you’ll play with us one day. Doing Spanish Friday has been tremendous. It started on accident actually. I wrote a post in Spanish, I can’t remember why, and some of my readers said I should make it a regular thing. I decided it would be a great way to practice and thought others would have fun if I made it a group thing. It’s been awesome. I’ve had people tell me that I inspired them to dust off their Spanish and that it’s been life changing. I love it. I never would have imagined.

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{Kanesha}

Yes, I need to make yet another bold leap and get in on the Spanish Friday fun. It’s on the top of my list now.

question 4:

Your July 4th, 2012 blog post really spoke to me – especially since I’m living a multigenerational and multicultural family. Things can sometimes get intense around here. How do keep this type of dialogue open, honest, and safe in your family?

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{Tracy}

That’s a heavy question! Discussion about race, culture, color, ethnicity, religion, and all kinds of “identity issues” are frequent topics of conversation at our house. We don’t shy away from any topic, even when talking to our kids, and the kids know they can talk to us about anything. We discuss current events or things that have happened to us during the day, the good and the bad, at the dinner table each night. I think that doing that is vital for any family.

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{Kanesha}

Agreed.

question 5:

What six words describe bold living for you?

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{Tracy}

Having the courage to be yourself.

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More about Tracy:

Tracy López is a bilingual freelance writer and novelist living outside the DC Metro area. Her curiosity and passion for language and culture led her to meet and marry a Salvadoran. Together they raise two sons in a fully bicultural, bilingual household. It is in this space that Tracy finds inspiration for stories – many of which she shares on her blog, Latinaish.com. Tracy can also be found on Twitter: Twitter.com/Latinaish and Facebook.

 

 

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