Here We Go…

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

It’s a journey that we take when we choose a life partner, a choice we make when we choose to have a family. It’s not often an easy choice or one that one should take lightly but we have been fortunate to be able to have come together and created something that we all love.

Sometimes when we look at the world around us; the division, the worldwide political upheaval, or even the impending doom that our reckless ways have created in climate change, we can often forget to hold our loved ones close. Sometimes it’s difficult, raising a child in today’s climate and it can sometimes feel overwhelming. I mean why is everyone allergic to peanuts now? For real, what happened? 

S​o we do our best as parents, as people, trying to raise a generation that will do better than ours. Live consciously, be respectful of cultures, ours and everyone else’s and be themselves. It’s a lot of pressure, but we can only live one day at a time and hope for the best. 

From Us To You

We’re an international family, both with strong cultural ties (Dominicans aren’t a sleeping giant, but we do ok and Chinese are much more of a diaspora that we were lead to believe), raising a toddler in Montreal, Quebec where I forgot they speak french (joke, but not really). 

W​e speak 3 languages at home (4 if we include toddler-babble) and my bumbling french gets me by, but we also live in a pretty Anglo neighborhood so life is not that difficult. I love being greeted by “Bonjour/Hello” and being given the choice of language. I sometimes get away with an interaction in french and it makes my day (ah- small pleasures). 

T​here are things we’re looking forward to in 2020, including my phase of “vegetarianism” (it’s a little late, but now better than never), family goals, date nights, fitness endeavors, family trips and finding out if my husband can play ball, as he claims (in six years, I’ve never seen him play basketball). 

S​o 2020 has a lot of plans, both big and small, but it’ll hopefully be our best year yet. 

Published by JSantana

Obsessed with Intentional Inclusivity and Fierce Belonging. Delivering Culture-Driven Leaders.

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