Posts tagged growth
10 Years Sober with Manuel Leguizamo

Manny celebrates his tenth year of being sober this year. Manny grew up in California and was in and out of jail for most of his teenage and early adult life. He was deported to Mexico more than once and was heavily addicted to drugs. One night, after a few days of binging on drugs, he came across a 24 hour rehab home. He knocked the door at two in the morning and they allowed him in. He has been sober ever since. Today, Manny lives in Cancun, is self-employed, travels, and gives most of his time back to the rehab home that changed his life.

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Episode 41 - Los Caminos de la Vida

It has been a tough week but I came through with a brand NEW SOLO episode!! I share some behind the scenes experiences from my book My Sweet Vida, my podcast 30 Minutes With Neddy, my college experience, and about my funk this week... enjoy!

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Episode 40 - Hendel Leiva

Joining me today is Hendel Leiva, the producer of the documentary film 'From One Mistake.' In his film, Hendel shares his one mistake he made as a teenager of targeting day laborers, despite having immigrant parents, to his transformation from being an offender to an immigrant activist. 'From One Mistake' is a film about the journey to self-awareness, empowerment, and action, in today’s hostile political atmosphere. Hendel is also the host of 'Immigration MIC; Moving Immigration Conversations.' 

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Episode 34 - Germain Castellanos

Joining me today is Germain Castellanos, the director of SHINE educational leadership program at Waukegan High School. Germain grew up in the south side of Waukegan and shares how he was able to break the cycle and develop a program to service his community. Through his story, we speak on persistence, hard work, not giving up, and servicing of others.

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Episode 31 - Goals, Goals, Goals I Do Adore

Joining me today is....me, myself and I. We look back to the beginning of the year, reflect back to all the guests we've met so far, and have exciting news about our first year anniversary coming soon.  I go over the process of creating goals and accomplishing them, analyze '30 Minutes With Neddy' and share how I connected more dots in my life through my recent trip to Mexico. 

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Episode 28 - Alfredo Isaac Zires

To kick off Pride Month, I invited Alfredo Isaac Zires (aka Freddy) for today's episode. Freddy is an open gay christian man who shares a little bit of his life with us. Freddy is an entertainer at heart; Lola Madison is his drag queen stage name and Isaac Zire is his singer stage name. We talk about his childhood, family, his artist journey, le gays, religion,  stereotypes and lots more.... you do not want to miss this episode!

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Episode 22 - Raising Noé

To continue celebrating International Women's Month, I would like to bring light and introduce you to Stephanie Gómez. Stephanie is a writer, a program manager, the founder of the organization Latinas In Power, and the mother of Noé.  She joins me to share how she is resisting society's heteronormative and male standards. We talk about gender binaries, over-sexualizing a child, breaking heteronormative ideas and the fears and joys of raising Noé. 

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Episode 20 - Mariposa's Book Club

To kick off the first tuesday of Women's History Month, I invited a few members of Las Mariposa's, a latina book club that started in 2008. I met this group 2 years ago and  fell in love with the book club and the members. Thank you to Carolina, Marianyelli, Catalina, and Angelica for sharing how the book club started and their journey with us. 

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