My favorite movie back then was Titanic. It was so romantic and I kept playing and singing the songs from the movie, to the point my grandparents bought me the sound track for me. True story on how my dream became reality in 1999.

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The song I loved the most was “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion” I knew this song word for word and would sing it daily.

One day there was an announcement at school about a school talent show, and I decided to audition. I was so nervous and I told my grandpa I was…


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It’s springtime, and the sun is shining, the nice crisp breeze is coming through your windows as soon as you open them.

I love the spring! It shifts my mood and gives me faith that brighter days are ahead. It was a freezing winter, and being quarantined and homeschooling my kids while working remotely did not help my mood much. There were days I felt trapped inside, so sometimes I would have my kids play in the snow. Now that Spring is here, I can’t help but think of all the clothing and items I need to get rid of…


Find the why in what you're passionate about…

What drives you to wake up in the morning? To find your why you must first have the drive to accomplish something each day. For some people, it may be as simple as a morning coffee or a jog down the street and for others, it may be getting up to write an article as I’m doing right now.

Sometimes we wonder how we can stay motivated each day. In order to stay motivated, we must first find what drives us to get up in the morning in the first place. …


Right now, we still need a mask to get into every establishment. So what happens after we decide to vaccinate and participate in activities and go to events without a mask? Do we even remember? Will ideas on what to do next just come to us?

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We just endured so many changes and were still trying to adjust to the new norm all while realizing that we might be going back to normalcy real soon. I would be lying if I said I been quarantined for over a year. …


What it means to be rich…

There is a difference between being rich and wealthy. Some rich people make money and see it as an opportunity to spend and live large. They have the money so why not spend it ? To some being rich would be a dream come true. People love to talk about everything they would have and do if they were rich. “ I would buy this or that.”

What some may not know is that rich people can have a lot of debt. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, if your expenses are…


There is a difference between using the terms Spanish, Hispanic and Latino.

Spanish is a language derived from Spain. “Spanish people” refers to people who are from Spain, just as English people are from England, and German people are from Germany. Hispanic refers to people who come from a Spanish-language background, while Latino is typically used to identify people who are from Latin America regardless of what language is spoken. …


True Story

Five years ago, I worked at a Mental Health outpatient facility. I remember being excited when I got the call that the position was offered to me. By then I was in college going for my B. A in psychology and raising my son, so my plate was full. I also lived in my studio apartment and was desperate to make more money for the rent.

On my first day at the job, I met my boss the director of the program. She asked me a series of questions and made presumptions of me that were offensive. She said oh…


Ten years ago I suffered from Postpartum Psychosis. Five years ago, I was an Advocate for mothers who needed education in raising their new baby, which included breastfeeding & maternal mental health services in Philadelphia. I am still in the public health field while also writing/blogging on Maternal Mental Health in Women. My degree is in psychology, and my goal is to break the mental illness stigma in the community by educating people on the negative effects on poor mental health.

I have learned so much after experiencing Postpartum Psychosis. One important lesson is self-care is very important. Some mothers…


My first pair of hoop earrings were put on me when I was 2 years old. Same experience for my two year old daughter. Big name earing’s was a big deal and the style back then, and is still the style for some. Just like other Latina’s, I had the name earrings too with the name chain and even a name bracelet. Yes, it may sound excessive, but it was and still is a trend.

To some people big hoop earrings are a stylish accessory to what your wearing, but to a Latina wearing hoop earrings is a form of…


Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think, behave and could lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. The key word there was physical, because you feel like you physically cannot do anything. Feelings of hopelessness and failure take over your mind, and your body shuts down on you because of stress. Depression makes you feel defeated, like you have no strength to get back up. A person who is depressed may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities. Depression is more than just sadness…

Ashley Carino 🌹🌞

Mental Health & Lifestyle writer, creator of Her_Chance_ On IG

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