My go-to book: “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.”

by Aixa G. López

Go for it!

I love reading. I have always loved the ability to learn about other people’s ideas, experiences, successes, and challenges. I love reading non-fiction books because they seem more real to me.

Over the years, I have read plenty of books, but for some reason, there is one book I always go back to, especially when I feel unbalanced in my life. No, it’s not the Bible. I wish it were, but even when I like reading the Bible, it’s a little bit complicated sometimes. When I feel unbalanced, I like straight forward and simple things to learn.

I bought this book in 1997 just before moving from Puerto Rico to Upstate NY. I was in a pharmacy store and saw this thin, small, and cheap book that caught my attention. I bought it and started reading it. I liked the introduction and told my husband about it. At that time, he was not an avid reader, so I asked him if he minded listening to me reading the book out loud so I could share the information with him. It seems odd, but he agreed. Night after night we sat down, and I read it out loud.

This book’s name is the “Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra. What this book states challenged my life and personality in so many ways. I am a very driven person, and I grew up believing that I could control my present and my future. I wanted the world to think the way I thought, and I believed that because something was the “right thing to do,” it was evident to everyone.

These seven laws sometimes don’t make sense to us (at least they didn’t make sense to me) because they are based on ideas and concepts that are not popular in our society. Concepts such as “Least Effort”, “Giving”, “Detachment”, and “Purpose”. I have to admit that these laws were tough for me to swallow and still are.

Let’s start with the First Law: The Law of Pure Potentiality.

The First Law is about our existence. It says that each of our actions is based on our ego and our ego is our self-image. That means that if we think we are shy, we will behave that way. If we believe we are confident, that’s the way we will act. If you feel you are better than others, your actions will be based on that. That’s pretty obvious. However, we are so much more than what we think we are.

Our true-self (not our self-image) is our spirit, our soul and it is completely free of our ego (like when we are children). It is immune to criticism, it is fearless of any challenge, and it feels beneath no one. Moreover, it is also humble and feels superior to no one, because it recognizes that everyone else is the same “Self,” the same spirit in different disguises.

When we feel better than someone else because we are smarter or have more power or more money, that feeling is based on something external. The book describes this as “object-based” power.

That is very interesting because as soon as you lose that object, then who are you? If you lose the money or you meet someone smarter, how do you feel? Light Bulb Moment, isn’t it?

Silence is one of the best ways to get in touch with your true self. Being in silence and not reacting to everything has helped me meditate on what my ego “wants to do” versus what my true-self “should do.” Of course, I forget about this sometimes, especially when someone does something I don’t like.

I read this book when I was in the process of moving the first time to Upstate NY in 1997. At that moment I was not working, and I was spending much time at home; time to think and meditate. I can say those years were the happiest years of my life. We had NOTHING!

We didn’t own a house, we only had one car, we didn’t have any money in the bank, I wore clothes and shoes from bargain stores, our dining-out was pizza, and I used coupons to buy everything. Well, we had our true-selves, and we were delighted. I have videos and videos of those times, and I can see the pure potentiality in all of us.

I encourage you to read this book. Cheers to your “True-Self”!

Aixa G. López, P. E. is a Consultant, Leadership Development, Digital Marketing, Organizational Process Improvement living in the Elmira, New York Area. She is a strategically minded, analytical Industrial Engineer with 27+ years of experience providing operations management, organizational process improvement, leadership & team development, and digital marketing. She has been recognized for improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency through leadership, aligning business processes to realize cost savings and revenue growth. She’s an industrial engineer who entered the field because of her passion for fixing things. As a columnist for CNY Latino, Aixa shares with the readers this passion and the lessons she has learnt along the way.

Unpaid Debts

A Moment of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

When Juanita completed her career, she did what for years had in her mind, obtain an important job. It was like that as she entered the Group of analysis and management of plans and projects of the Department of architecture, the House of Government. The good salary she received, allowed her to save to start the purchase of the apartment of her dream. She requested a loan from the Bank and gave her property a mortgage, paying the monthly installments.

But as a human being, we are never happy with what we have, but always want more and more, she took her credit card and bought the car of the year. Debts increased, as well as responsibilities. She had to comply with the commitments she had acquired, but quickly forgot it and followed monopolizing her credit cards, before complying with timely payment.

The time went without mercy, while she was at a crossroads unsettled. She forgot the lessons learned at home and the recommendations of her mother: “daughter, always remember to properly act in life, to allow the passage of the years ahead with pride and walk with dignity”.

Simply, those kinds of morals and basic principles went to the background. Debt to banks increased, to the point of negotiating to pay big interest. Finally, she put her feet on the ground and slowly pay off until the last amount.

Felipe had a project he wanted to crystallize. To open a restaurant in a privileged site because he was sure that it would grow financially. Since he had a long history of good credit, he went to the Bank and they gave him a loan, which enabled him to carry out his desire. In three years, he decided to open a branch site near there and so did. Since he could not personally attend the two businesses at the same time, he relied on the employees, the quality of the service offered to the customers was reflected. Ambition breaks the sack! Says the proverb.

Felipe had to pay the salary to the employees. Comply with different payments for the two restaurants to continue running, too, but because he did not see progress on sales and little by little everything was falling. He had to close the second business. He thought well and dedicated himself completely to cancel the obligations without having to jeopardize his health and his peace of mind.

Looking at the above, we can understand that material debts can be paid and sooner or later, with responsibility everyone is well.

Carlos is a military, retired pilot. He has a daughter who means everything in his life, she was the light of his eyes. He gave it was all for her. She completed her university studies in one of the most prestigious universities in the country, receiving her law degree. When the working life for Carlos ended, he devoted himself to rest, enjoying the days in the beautiful house he shared with his daughter. Carlos was suffering some losses of health, his daughter, secretly watched the situation and preparing the arsenal that she had kept in her head, she made the terrible decision to admit him in a home for elderly people.

Among Carlos’ friends, there were two who were faithful and loyal to him, Jose and Jaime, were former coworkers. Jose called to Carlos several times, without getting a response. Jaime did the same and wondered, what would have happened? He did not think more and called Jose. He also was not able to communicate with his friend Carlos. The two met and decided to investigate the fate of his friend.

They found him! They could not believe he was in a nursing home for elderly people, abandoned to his fate. He was as always, aware of his acts, lucid and with his five senses, with some health issues that could well cope with them at home. Before that, Jaime and Jose talked with Carlos, and managed to get him out of there. They took him back to his house. Arriving at his home, the surprise and disappointment could not be higher for Carlos. His house was destroyed, was vacant and completely changed.

The three friends began the proceedings before the authorities and Charlie recovered his house and continued his life. He copes with his life and attends his medical appointments. The betrayal made him reflect, and so he put aside the girl of his eyes.

Rectify and think before getting a spiritual debt to someone. Remember that there is no money in the world that can pay that kind of debt. These debts, also known as wounds remain forever in the soul, never heal!

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book at for sale in Amazon and if you want to connect with her send her an email to lilianim2003@yahoo.com.

Behind a great man (Part 2)…

A Moment of Reflection

by Lilia M. Fiallo

This article is a continuation of the previous edition…

It is important to think, to decide what you desire, before embarking on a change of life, since if things are not what you dreamed possible, it is impossible to turn back and regain the time spend. And what is worse, the aftermath of a defeat cannot be deleted.

It is matter of dignity and self-respect.

Respect is a sense of great value among human beings. This sentiment follows a host of factors as fundamental in coexistence, that together with the intelligence, understanding, peace, harmony, are constant in everyday life.

Prepare yourself to stand out and be a wonderful spouse! The father said to his daughter Alein, when he surprised her, talking animatedly with a youngster. How far was he from reality in those words?

Perhaps, what he wanted to say was:

Study, progress and project yourself towards a bright future. Love yourself so you can appreciate what you currently have. Do not throw away your youth in the trash, because at such a young age, she could not take care of a home and have family.

With maturity, responsibility and aplomb, placing the feet on the ground, everyone can decide to project his/her life with someone who deserves his or her company.

He longs for his future, a woman with morals and values, intelligent and outstanding accompanying it forever.

The standards of urbanity by common sense enhances self-esteem, to apply in public, worth prudence, certain rules of etiquette, glamour and protocol, get to know them. How prepared are you to ride beside your husband, before thousands of looks? You never know the future and the turns that life takes. What if tomorrow, time surprises you as a spouse of an outstanding public figure?

Nobody is born knowledgeable. An advisor of image and take note of the rules that you must follow for certain events, for example, if he does not take you by the hand, do not intend to take him by the arm. If he walks with his arms down, calm and serene, and does not seek your hand do not attempt to crab him by the arm. Walk quietly, as if you were at home.

It is noticeable positive or negative change that a man who committed his life suffers. In the eyes of known and unknown, not indifferent passes, that scruffy character, without visiting a hairdresser, with dirty shoes, detached trouser hem, dirty suit and his tanned shirt.

And how is she now? Nothing to do! it seems that she was disappointed of her new life. Always in slippers, with unkempt hair, wears clothes that looks good, leaves much what to think, with a face that produces compassion and many questions.
How important is it what we decide to look forward to in life? Don´t need to be rich or poor, with a beautiful childhood or otherwise, don’t´ need anything like that. You need love yourselves, to value and respect yourself, and to give your best to the people surrounding us.

That your partner is regarded and admired by how well he or she looks. That your hearts beat of love, understanding and peace. To let God see, that there is a great man behind a great woman: You!
That is the meaning of life, giving the best of ourselves. If you are still thinking about it, it is better that to continue contemplating a fantastic bachelorhood.

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book at for sale in Amazon and if you want to connect with her send her an email to lilianim2003@yahoo.com.

The Muscles of the Mosquitoes

A Moment of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

When kay goes shopping, cup one or two credit cards with the acquisition of clothes that flaunt an exorbitant price; she enters store A, in search of a skirt whose price is $ 99; she turns and goes for the department store B; there, she sees a similar skirt approaching $120. She does not think twice and purchases it. Next, she remembers that she needs to change the black, red, blue and brown shoes she bought last year. Ah!, but she remembers that the training sneakers she has, although it does not look worn out, it is worthwhile replacing them with the new style that she saw days ago, and in this trip she will buy them.

She gets the most famous footwear store, and after three hours, she comes loaded with packages, to place them in her car. She returns to keep walking in search of more cravings. Shoes, three blouses and four brand name purses, with all of the items from before, she fills the trunk of her car. She carefully leaves the tickets from her purchase to show them to her friends and to make them think that she has money; like Brye does, he does not measure his cravings either.

She likes to brag, she has pretensions of grandeur!, her husband does not deny it, she is like that. With roof, food and clothing, she still does not feel realized, something is missing… She continues year after year, inside a capsule, pretending to the outside world a buoyant life.

How many Kay’s and how many Brye’s, walk around, absent of themselves, without entering their own being? Perhaps, when they come home and unload all packages, they feel a void so great inside that thousands of packages loaded with material goods does not fill.

And it is that in a latent reality; man, day by day worries in the search for insatiable power and money away from the essential: his own spiritual state, his own divine greatness so forgotten and faded, his great treasures of the soul, which have been left in a dusty old basement. His or her weakness for being authentic is as strong as the muscle of a mosquitos…

We go thru life unaware of reality: ourselves. And is that we do not live individually the truth that is our own, sometimes incline for the emptiness, for the negative, for that which is bad, for what does not work. We should tune in the mind to the positive; from the moment we wake up until we lay down to sleep, starting the day with God´s presence, and at nightfall, giving Him thanks for everything that happened up to that time.

How easy we continue being misled, living in a sub-realism of goods and appearances before the outside world, and perhaps, the outside world, has not even noticed our presence. If we enter inside our being, ignoring what does not work, what harms us, there would be another horizon in life.

The body that God has given us, by respect and dignity every human being has the moral duty to care for and not attack it in any way or form. To lead transformations and unusual changes in the body because we do not accept ourselves as we are, can bring dire consequences. To lose our health, consciously we lose an immensely difficult to recover treasure is lost.

Instead of worrying about to many banalities, appearances and material things, it is worth to enter ourselves to know and recognize, what we´re also doing the task.


Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book at for sale in Amazon and if you want to connect with her send her an email to lilianim2003@yahoo.com.

From Today for Tomorrow?

A Moment of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

Samantha remained in a state of lethargy, every day more, it seemed an immovable rock, eating without control everything she wanted and her anxiety, exacerbated in the days in which she worked at night. Since her work did not require exercise, she remained in an almost absolute still so her weight increased and her uniform at times seemed to have been shrunken.

Christmas time was going by as if it were one month more than oblivion, succumbing in the deepest of solitude, which colluded with her low self-esteem that gradually transform her in what it seemed to be a robot walking.

In another point of the planet was Janeth with the same problem. Rising early in the morning to arrive on time to the office, site where she remained sitting for 8 hours, taking short steps around until lunch time, time to continue resting, because in the workplace she did not moved, continuing until her workday was over.

Like an executioner the years go by and reflect the inexorable passage of time in human beings, becoming notorious the abandonment in humans with their long and decomposed hair, with a completely unattractive figure.

Usually when a person goes beyond his/her ideal weight he or she seems to have shrunk due to being overweight, in retrospect looking smaller. Not only that, their health deteriorates as well.

A very strong phrase I heard and that impressed me a lot was: “fat calls for more fat”.

Then, as the person eats, he or she is getting fatter and that fat is a mass that is growing, attracting more fat.

And it is that the ban causes more appetite, they say; and it is real because in the eyes of the vast majority of people, the cakes, the chocolate, the candies, the ice cream, the desserts and everything in a bakery and confectionery draws much attention.

It is like medicines; the vast majority of people don’t like medicines because they taste bad, but if they like liquor that also taste bad and at times burns their throat, but that does not matter.

It is the lack of understanding of human beings. We eat everything that harms us and we ask ourselves, why we are sick. Irrational beings on the other hand teach us to eat a well-balanced meal; for example, cows eat grass and always drink water. But someone said: “Anyways we will die!” Yes, it is true, but with life being so short, why not live it, healthy, calm and peaceful?

Not too long ago, in a TV program they talked about this subject which is very alarming and made reference, that if parents were overweight, they were not stopping to think about their children. They allowed the children without the slightest objection to ate any non-healthy food and presented a couple with their daughter of approximately seven years of age. Together the three of them weights amounted to 457 pounds, so the presenter said: “One does not get fat today for tomorrow”.

Incredibly, after so many years, on her 37th birthday, Samantha made the decision to stop eating junk food and by December of last year, she looked slim and healthy.

Janeth instead, after one and several diets, December surprised her eating all the delicacies of the season, promising that from January this year, she will put an end to that nothing healthy game.

Drinking water? I don´t like it! It is an antidote to hunger. A hot mug in the morning, with a little lemon juice is of great benefit to the body.

Some time ago I heard; two or three cups of hot water with lemon before each meal doesn’t allow us to be overweight, so hands to work and stay healthy!

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book for sale in Amazon.

What purposes do you have for this New Year?

A Moment Of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

Based on the principle that no one is eternal, that we are in this world for a reason and that we have a mission that we must fulfill fully, have you asked yourself, How well am I doing this mission?

This new year can not be the continuation of a routine as if it were about living because it time, without setting goals, without setting a date to reach an objective, without thinking of you and how important you are, as a human being and as a person.

When I take my breakfast on a rush to go to the office, if I have not enough time to eat it complete, I am thinking I leave thinking of the half cup of coffee and the piece of bread that was left on the table; the mind wraps me all morning.

Be guided by the power of the mind for all that is good, can lead us to the success and progress in life, but if we use it negatively, we achieve nothing good.

Based on this logic, stop to think about a change of mind in your life from now so that at the end of the year, you can reap the fruits of your dreams.

Remove from your mind the mediocre thoughts and the routine in your daily living. Today you must set goals, set up dates to achieve a project. Save a sum of money weekly or monthly in a private and safe place, to reach that day which set and crystallize your idea, always thinking about a better tomorrow. The unexpected situations, difficult times, the mishaps and health, never waiting to save; if you don’t already have the money, it will not solve chaos in a minute. No one will lend X amount of money, because that X amount of money will not be easy to collect overnight to return it.

Forever there have been people who once began with small savings for some purpose; set up a company, renting a room to sell food, buy a bike to deliver mail, purchasing a motorcycle to offer messaging service or as many more ideas, and today are big business full of satisfactions and dreams accomplished.

Make dreams reality it is not achieved in a day. There will be sweat, difficulty, effort, dedication, willpower and responsibility, but the goals in life are achieved. There may be beings who achieved everything on a day, because they inherited, by illicit business, turbid media or any used cunning, but since everything easy dubious and risky has no essence, what comes easy, easy goes. The achievements obtained with effort, sweat and tears, in the end, gives great satisfaction, peace and tranquility in the soul.

Stained hands that propelled success, the restful mind and clear road that has traveled in life to crystallize projects that once were far away, are key witnesses needed for a person to breathe with joy every moment of his life.

By natural law, you are born alone and alone you have to die, and right or wrong decisions taken, are their own responsibility, so that no one answers on the other. To achieve the objectives that we want to, it is satisfying, shine with their own light, move forward without elbowing and without reclining on anyone. ¡That’s life!

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and everyday, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”.
You can find her book at for sale in Amazon.

Healing the Soul- My experience in a Temazcal

by David Alfredo Paulino

Mentors have an uncanny ability to sense our state of being. Perhaps we project it more openly than we care to admit. In my case my mentor, Armando, left a post on my Facebook wall checking up on me and telling me that I would always be welcome in his home. Once I saw that, I remembered our countless conversations about how beautiful Mexico was. Those memories spurred me to reach out and ask him when I could visit. Plus, I felt I needed to get out of New York City for a while. Physically I needed a breather but much more importantly my soul needed to rest. With Armando’s track record, I knew that I would need to get out of my comfort zone; boy was I right.

I was nervous boarding the plane, mainly because Armando had sent a list of expectations that he had for himself, one of those expectations was that he wanted to create a space where I would have intense dreams for the duration of my stay. The night before my flight I had a dream with my cousin whom had passed away three years ago. It made me think twice about going through with the trip, but I could not let that hold me back as I try to be a man of my word.

As soon as I arrived in Mexico City, I bought a ticket to his town called Tepoztlan, it is known as the birthplace of the serpent god Quetzalcoatl. He picked me up at the bus stop. He was as happy as I remembered, with a warm smile and an even warmer heart. Armando’s spirit never ceases to amaze me. I got into his car and he began to show me Tepoztlan and it was marvelous to say the least. The town is situated at the heart of the Tepoztlan valley with the shrine of Tepozteco, dedicated to the god of pulque Tepoztecatl. I was in awe as soon as I saw the town and the mountains served as a backdrop to an already magical place. We arrived to his two story home and as soon as he opened his door he went directly to the wine rack and started pouring a cup for me and for himself. After three hours of drinking and catching up we decided to call it a night, he showed me to my room and told me, “we have a long day tomorrow, we have a ritual to go to…do you wish to partake?” I immediately said “of course!”.

It was around 9:00 am that I woke up to a knock on my door, “David, there’s coffee downstairs, get ready so we can head out”. I got up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, drank coffee and then we got in his car and headed for a village called San Andreas where the ritual would take place. I was told minimal things about the ritual, that I would sweat profusely and that it would be hard on my body and my ability to endure an extreme environment. We arrived to the home of our spiritual guide, we spoke and ate one of the most delicious pastry I have ever eaten, a tamale made of pineapple. I fell in love with it!. After we ate, the guide told us to take bits and pieces of the outer shell of the tamale which is like hay, and make knots. The knots would represent any negative things that people that we love have ever said and did to us. Although they might not have done it out of malice; it still had an impact on us. After that, we followed her to a nearby fire that was heating a pile of volcanic rock. We had reached the Temazcal. A Temazcal is a type of sweat lodge used by many pre-Hispanic indigenous tribes of Mesoamerica. It was used as a place to heal the sick and for women to give birth as well. Now it is mainly used as a place to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit. In order to enter the Temazcal we needed to throw our straws into the fire and walk around the fire. Following that, she blew incense all over our bodies before entering the Temazcal. Little did I know that a Temazcal would be just what my body needed.

As we entered we were directed to a tarp on the floor so that we may sit. We were creating a circle around a little hole in the ground where the volcanic rock would be placed on. Once we were all seated the guide began by introducing herself and instructed us to introduce ourselves and say why we were there. It was a good thing that I was not first, as I needed time to prepare my Spanish. Once it was my turn I stated who I was and that I was here in order to heal my traumas and to discover them at the same time. The ritual had 4 phases each dedicated to one of the directions of the Earth, north, south, east, and west. I began to reflect with the north phase, I could already feel the space beginning to pick up steam. We were all concentrated on our breaths, our chants, and singing. With each new phase, we continued to focus on our breaths, our chants, and our singing with the heat becoming more intense and thus pushing our bodies more and more. When we got to the last phase I was a mess, at this point laying down because of how uncomfortable I was, and I started to lose feeling in my hands. After our last session I asked the guide about it and she told me, “You have no goal to fully grasp on, you are aimlessly scrambling never fully dedicating yourself to one thing. Once you have a goal and direction then you will be where you want to be.” I listened silently trying to absorb everything she said. When we ended the ritual, we headed outside to douse ourselves with cold water.

The cold water felt really good, my body was still affected by the experience, I felt light and lethargic. There was food prepared so we began to eat and getting to know the others that participated in the ritual. After we left and returned home we decided to rest because of the effect of the Temazcal. I slept profoundly and my body felt great. Armando and I spoke about our experiences and what the guide told me. I told him I left with a clearer mind of what I have to do. He asked me what it was and I told him I’d rather not say it just yet.

My trip to Mexico was a magical one that I will always remember. Mexico’s beauty and rich history was simply enchanting and it left me desiring to see much more. I will return to Mexico and would love to experience more of it, it taught me many things, above all I learned about patience and endurance. The anxiety I felt was lifted due to what I learned during my trip. I encourage others to visit a new place by yourself, you never know what you might learn about yourself.

My name is David Alfredo Paulino. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a international studies major with a concentration in Global Political Systems and my minors are Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Asia and the Middle East. I was born in Manhattan, NYC, but I currently live in the Bronx with my Mother, little sister, and Stepfather. Although I was born here, most of my fondest memories come from my frequent visits to the Dominican Republic, and always being there. I even stayed there for a year. Due to my constant going back and forth, I grew to love the atmosphere there and sometimes I yearn for it more than the actual city.