Monday, February 2, 2009

Inauguration Blog

Bienvenidos! Welcome! My name is Monica Martinez (I'll edit out my middle name, mother's madien name and dad's first last name for an easier read). I am a sophomore Journalism student at California Baptist University. I love writing and I love my culture con pasion. So writing about my culture gives me the best of both mundos.

I am Chicana. Both of my parents were born in Mexico (dad: Guanajuato, mom: Jalisco) and my sister and I were born in Riverside, Calif. I call myself a Chicana because I feel a part of me identifying with the activist nature the term holds. My strongest belief is that all of God's children get the same opportunity to succeed in life. And sometimes they do not. That is why I want to dedicate my life to help other Latino teens in need. My career goal is to establish a magazine that will be a motivation to Latinos to advance through cultural awareness and education.

As you might have already noticed, I tend to write (not to mention speak and think) in two languages. I speak Spanglish. I grew up with a Spanish language foundation, learned English with my mother's help and by watching Sesame Street. During middle school I started to speak to my friends in both Spanish and English. It was something innate and I still do it to this day. But now I must switch the hats I wear in the different places that I go to but I don't mind it at all.

I have decided to take the endeavor of writing about mi cultura to any and all audiences. Every week I will write about different aspects of living Chicana in Southern California with my commentary and opinion. That's why the blog is called Chicana Confessions, con safos.

So please feel at home. Mi casa es su casa. (I've never ever said..err..typed..this before in my life. And now that I think about it, no one in my family ever has either). Any topic suggestions are welcomed. Leave a comment or email me at

Thanks! And I'll write again soon.


nikol said...

monica, you are so wonderful.

this is a fantastic blog and i look forward to reading it often! =)

i'm taking mexican american cultural images this quarter at cal poly and we recently watched Zoot Suit. i don't know if you've seen it or not, but i am absolutely in love with it. whether you've watched it or not, you should totally see it and it may get your creative juices flowing about writing topics. =)

Courtney said...

You are a talented writer, what an amazing dream and inspiration to fellow Chicanas! I wish I was life would be more interesting, and the food my family cooked would be better ;)

I'm excited for you and to watch where this blog takes you! Props to you, girl! Rock it!

Cassandra said...

monica! me encanta tu estilo de escribiendo, tiene simplicidad, esfuerza, y claridad. buena suerte con todo de esto, y voy a visitar otra vez!

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