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THIS RESILIENT LATINA WILL GIVE YOU THE MOTIVATION YOU NEED!

THIS RESILIENT LATINA WILL GIVE YOU THE MOTIVATION YOU NEED!

Honey German is an on air personality at one of the biggest urban radio stations in the country NYC’s Power 105.1 fm and often takes some “paying of dues” to get in a role such as the one Honey holds. This path has afforded Honey many trials and tribulations but this Latina is definitely someone we can all learn from so keep reading ;). 

Honey often speaks to women about body positivity and her weight loss journey. She dives into her roots as a Dominican woman in the media industry and is based in New York. She recently launched a popular podcast entitled, “Life in Spanglish” which is one of our favorites! If you haven’t checked it out make sure to do so I promise you, you won’t regret it! This podcast highlight the stigmas, stereotypes, misconceptions, and truths about the “Spanglish” life. 

INSTAGRAM: iamhoneygerman

http://www.honeygerman.com

 

LATINA APPROVED Q&A WITH HONEYGERMAN

 Q1. Where were you born? Tell us about your Dominican upbringing.

 A1. I was born in Harlem Hospital on a snowy New Year’s Eve. Both my parents are Dominican. While my father was more Americanized and from Brooklyn, my mom was an island girl. At home we spoke mostly all Spanish since Mami needed to understand anything being said at all times, LOL. My Dominican upbringing also extends to the years I would be shipped out to live in DR.  Not only did I do plenty of summers in DR, but I also attended school there. My mom was always stuck between living in NY and SD.

 Q2. What are some special Dominican traditions and how do you keep them alive? 

A2. All of it pretty much LOL.  I still use a stovetop coffee maker, make my rice in an old caldero and wrap my hair in a tubi at night. Being Dominican molded me to be woman I am today, so I fight hard to keep that part of my identity alive and well.

 Q3. What is the best piece of advice your mom and dad have ever shared with you? 

 A3.“Necesitas tu titulo universitario” and “no salgas embarazado today joven.” My mom was always a very big advocate of education; she always pushed me to graduate college.  My father always stressed not to become pregnant as a young girl, he   understood the struggles and hardships a teen faces when hit with an unplanned pregnancy.

 Q4. What have been your biggest challenges and how did you overcome them?  

 A4. Understanding that following your dreams is more important that following the money.  For a while I was stuck in the legal field because of the money I made and was miserable the entire time.

Q5. What did you major in college?  

A5. I first got a degree in Paralegal Studies and then followed it with a BA in Criminal Justice.  My life goal was to be an Attorney, before I found my love for Media.

Q6.What made you interested in a career in Media? 

A6. My love for pop culture and celebrity news. I need to blog, write, talk and weigh in on all things that were happening.  So I created my own blog which then led to radio, TV and live events.

Q7. Do you feel education helped you get to where you are? Alternatively, do you think you could have done it without an education

A7. While I couldn’t have gotten my entry level job without a four year degree, my occupation as an on-air personality requires no degree.

Q8.How did your podccast Life in Spanglish blossom?  

A8.Our Producer, Andrew, came to Carolina Bermudez and myself and pitched the idea. It’s one of the best “of course I will do it” I’ve ever given someone.

Q9. We understand that you work in radio and have a podcast, can you share with us what you love the most about your job? 

A9. I work at NYC’s Power 105.1 in the position of Music Coordinator, On-Air Talent and Digital Manager.  My job allows me to connect with people, shift the culture and help new artists be heard. It’s an entire win win situation for someone who is on a mission to give back.

Q10. What motivates you?

A10. I would be lying if I didn’t say being able to keep rising through the ranks is not the main thing that keeps me striving for more and working as if every day is my first day on the job.

Q11. Any advice you can provide for women pursuing a career in media or broadcast?

A11. Make sure that you are being unique and not trying to mimic anyone else’s journey.  While we can have people we look up to, one must walk our own journey.

Q12. How did you lose weight? What motivated you? 

A12. My career was my main reason for dropping the pounds, I needed to remove any worries I had about the way I looked in order to give the best version of my talent.  Portion control is how I manage to drop 50lbs, just cutting all my meals in half. Gone are the days of second servings. 

Q13.How do you maintain the weight off?

A13. I keep myself in check, no big portions.I don’t mind even throwing out half my salad if the serving size is for four people.

Q14.We understand that you are married, how do you balance your career, marriage, family and you time? 

A14.Everything has to have its own time, when I leave work I take my commute as me time.  Once I’m home I go into wife mode, visiting family then it’s all about them. Depending on what the setting is, I switch gears.

Q15. What is your life motto?

A15. “Life loves the liver of it” it’s a quote from the late-great Maya Angelou.  I live my life to the fullest.

Q16. What do you like to do in your free time?

A16. I run around and do errands, yep I do nails, hair, brows, shopping. I only have one free day a week, so I must squeeze it all in. Spending time with my girlfriends is also incorporated in there, we do hair dates, nail dates, shopping dates etc.

Q17. One word that describes Honey German?  

A17. Resilient.

Q18. Anything that you would like to share with us that is in the works for you that we should keep a lookout for? 

A18. I’m developing a series of self-help videos to help people in their career and health journeys.  Many adults still need guidance and I have been through plenty of life struggles to help them pull through safely from the other side.

 

 

 

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Latinas Can Conquer It All! Education, family & dinero

Latinas Can Conquer It All! Education, family & dinero

Growing up Latina many of us are raised to believe that education is the foundation to succeeding in life. Many of our immigrant parents didn’t have the privilege of going to school and earning a degree because their focus was to provide for their families. This is why earning a degree within the Latinx community is so important, because aside from it being an accomplishment for ourselves, a diploma is a symbolic reward of our parents’ efforts and sacrifices.

It has been amazing to see the rise in Latinas obtaining a higher education and thanks to social media the exposure of Latina graduates has increased as well. We’ve also come to learn that unfortunately, Latinas are among the groups that are affected by student loan debt the most. There are many factors as to why this is and having dealt with student loans first-hand, we understand the frustration and toll it can take on our lives. Even after achieving a well-paying job, the cost of living makes it difficult to start making those student loan payments we had been dreading.

My personal experience with student loans has not been a fun one. After graduating from college, I started off paying a really high amount because I didn’t know that there were other options available to me such as income-driven repayment plans. Since then I honestly haven’t really made much of a dent in what I owe because I have had to ask for forbearance due to life emergencies, unexpected bills, last minute travel plans with the besties, etc. I wish I would have educated myself more on my options and asked for help from experts instead of pausing my loans because all I have done is accrue interest and now I owe more. That summer trip to Italy isn’t looking so cute now that I still have a ways to go with my student loans.

I am first generation, my parents immigrated from Mexico and barely speak English so student loans is one of the many things I’ve had to figure out on my own. My younger sister is receiving her Bachelor’s Degree next year so I try to help her as much as I can. I don’t want her to make some of the same irresponsible financial decisions I made and I also encourage her to educate herself on the ways she can beat student loan debt.

Luckily there are resources available that can help guide us all through this process and help alleviate that debt stress. We are really happy to have crossed paths with Chipper, a LATINA APPROVED student loan automation company that offers help with income-driven repayment plans and forgiveness programs! Chipper is committed to empowering and supporting Latinas because they understand how student loans affect WOC the most and want to guide us on a path toward being student loan debt free. 

We encourage all of our educated Latinas who are dealing with student loans to click HERE to get started with Chipper for free.  

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Community Empowerment

Designer Michelle Muñoz Empowers the Latina Community through Art

Designer Michelle Muñoz Empowers the Latina Community through Art

We had the great pleasure of working with the talented Michelle Muñoz on our Latina Approved Loteria game and are so excited we had the chance to do a Q&A interview with her. She is an inspiring, hardworking, and exceptional Latina artist. Her work ranges from social media posts, prints, stickers, greeting cards, and so much more! Michelle’s designs showcase the beauty within the Latin culture and we can’t wait to see all of her future projects!

Q: Tell us about yourself and upbringing 

A: I’m a freelance illustrator/designer based in Southern California. I grew up in a very traditional Mexican household. Both my parents were born and raised in Mexico so growing up, I always embraced my culture.

Q: What is a tradition within your culture that is special to you?

A: Christmas is a big deal for my family, especially when it comes to food. My family and I spend the night before Christmas Eve making tamales. We play music, share our favorite memories, and just have fun. Ever since I was young, all I remember was seeing the Christmas lights lit up around the house and my family gathered in the kitchen making tamales and pozole. This tradition is centered around the importance of family and I will forever cherish these memories.

Q: How did you get started working as a designer? 

A: I’ve always loved creating art since I was young. I would say the pivotal point was when I decided to major in Studio Art in college. While in college, I was hired as a UI designer. This led me to discover new skills and I began to create my own, personal artwork. The rest is history!

Q: What are some of your favorite projects you’ve worked on?

A: I’ve had the opportunity to work on so many amazing projects and to collaborate with incredible creatives! I’ve loved collaborating with: She Se Puede, GRL Collective, The Mexican Beauty, Always, Joe Paleta, This is About Humanity, and of course, Latina Approved! There are so much more but this list would get really long really quick! I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to work with such wonderful people! 

Q: What are some challenges that you’ve faced as a designer and how have you overcome them?

A: Like many other artists, I struggle with Imposter Syndrome. The feeling that your work isn’t good enough and people will eventually disengage can be scary. However, I’m constantly reminding myself that I’ve come so far and that I shouldn’t be the one to tear myself down.

Q: What advice do you have for women wanting to take a leap of faith on themselves, but might be afraid to start? 

A: Go for it! I was terrified when I first started but I knew that if I wanted it, I had to take a leap of faith! Focus on your goals and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You got this! 

Q: Who is a woman you look up to and why? 

A: Definitely my mom. I’m incredibly blessed to have such a supportive mother who is always cheering me on. I admire her optimism and ambition to live life to the fullest. I strive to be more like her every day. 

Q: How have you stayed centered throughout this pandemic? (ex: working out, reading, etc.)

A: I’m a major homebody so staying home hasn’t been that difficult for me. I spend my days working out, listening to music, creating art, and watching Friends all day (I’ve re-watched all ten seasons multiple times during this pandemic). 

Q: What is your life motto?

A: I truly believe in the saying, “Dios aprieta pero no ahorca” (God only gives you what you can handle).

Q: What can we expect from you in the coming year? Any major goals/ plans?

A:  More art! I have a list of projects I want to create for the following year and can’t wait to share with you all!  

Keep up with Michelle on Instagram at @ittsmichellemunoz

Visit her shop on Etsy at IttsMichelleMunoz.