Category: writing milestones

July 16th, 2012 — 1:36pm

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed about seeing my byline in a national publication. Thanks to serendipity and a longtime friend, that dream has come true – in the new issue of Latina Magazine.

Gloria Estefan graces the current issue of Latina…which features my byline on page 58!

Every issue of Latina features a personal essay column called My Story. During drinks earlier this year with Lifestyle Editor Grace Bastidas, I told her heard about my Great Dating Blitz across the U.S. and she thought it would be a great fit for the magazine. Grace and I first connected five years ago, when she interviewed me for a New York Post roundup of eligible Latinos.

I couldn’t be more proud or excited that this milestone is in a publication which celebrates Hispanic heritage. My maternal grandparents were from Ecuador and Puerto Rico, and I grew up experiencing the traditions of family, food and music that are so much a part of Latin culture. I like to think they’re smiling down with my beloved Mom on this milestone.

In the 600-word essay, I talk about what I learned during my travels – and what a profound impact my grandparents’ and parents’ respective marriages have had upon me:

“My abuelos were happily married for 50 years. My parents openly adored each other for almost 30 years, engaging in enough PDA to make me want to find a storybook love of my own.”

To read more, pick up the August issue of Latina Magazine on newsstands now!

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