My parents both have PTSD from the Vietnam-American War. And used silence as a coping mechanism. And it was in the kitchen that I’ve been able to connect with parents. It’s in these moments where I’ve found my fondest family memories. It is my goal to help all people experience fond memories through food.
Self made is bullshit. It’s my community that ‘lit my flame.’
My parents (amazing as they are) were only able to give me so much support. Mainly because they worked so much and so hard. It was their efforts, combined with key figures (employers that became mentors, teachers, and sports coaches) that embolden me to dream and pursue them.
I’ve considered (many times) giving up. But started to understand that dreams become goals the moment you plan them out. It’s thanks to Authors like Paul Cohelo & Malcolm Gladwell that helped rewired my brain. And it was artists like Tupac Shakur that made me feel like the achievable was possible for a kid from Oakland. (Tupac spent a lot of time in Oakland).
See their quotes below:
“They were poor and living in the farthest corners of the Bronx. How did they afford tickets? “Mary got a quarter,” Friedman says. “There was a Mary who was a ticket taker, and if you gave Mary a quarter, she would let you stand in the second balcony, without a ticket.” … and what you learn in that world is that through your own powers of persuasion and initiative, you can take your kids to Carnegie Hall. There is no better lesson for a budding lawyer than that. The garment industry was boot camp for the professionals.”
-Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
“I will study any man (black or white) until he is great to me no more.”
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