“Look for the random stranger who says hi and say hi back. Wave to an officer when you drive by. Hug your people often. The little moments that promote love are everywhere. Be ready for them!”
1. Where are you from and where do you live now?
Born and raised in Los Angeles and living in Connecticut
2. Tell me a little bit about what you spend most of your days doing.
Journalist during the week, adventurer during the weekend. Both involve exploring and finding stories!
3. Give us a little insight into your backstory/upbringing…
I’ve always been very curious, which is mostly a good thing, except when you’re two years old and your curiosity gets you stuck– literally– in your toy dollhouse. But channeling your curiosity and putting it to work can reap some major rewards! In some ways, I was born into a home that facilitated that. Between my parents and step-parents, I was raised under Spanish, Filipino, Korean and Colombian influences. Still, sharing a roof with the United Nations and living in the melting pot that is Los Angeles, I knew there was more out there and I wanted to explore it. So after 18 years of unwavering support, I thanked my family by moving 3,000 miles away from home. Oops.
I played soccer, got my degree, and met my future wife in a small town in North Carolina. I fell in love with journalism in Atlanta. Soon after, I packed my bags and chased a career up to New England. It’s been four crazy years in Connecticut, and I’m just now realizing the life we created here. This is where I took every scary step, asked every impossible question, failed on answers and eventually, came out to my family. Home will always be home, but even though I was born and raised in LA, I’ll always know I grew up in New England.
4. What is your religious background?
5. On a scale of 1 – 5 how supportive was your family when you came out?
6. Why do you feel that the simple message of the Promote Love Movement is important?
Promoting Love means not taking it for granted. The world gives you a lot of reasons why you should be jaded, but taking them is way too easy. Look for the random stranger who says hi and say hi back. Wave to an officer when you drive by. Hug your people often. The little moments that promote love are everywhere. Be ready for them!
7. What is one piece of advice you would give to someone if you knew that today was going to be your last day to live?
There is a place for you in this world, and if you can’t find it, create it.
8. How do you feel like growing up in church played a part in shaping who you are?
Churches, emphasis on the plural. One of my parents was very much Catholic and sent me to a Catholic school, while the other went through a religious identity crisis of sorts, testing out different denominations and eventually getting comfortable with the idea of not knowing. I had a front row seat to that whole experience, which was super important! It eventually forced me to question why I do what I do– in every part of life.
11. Do you still attend church/religious gatherings?
12. Top 3 books/documentaries/podcasts that have helped in life?
Let’s do one of each, shall we? East of Eden, any documentary series by Bourdain, and Radiolab podcasts. They each remind us we are this tiny– but fascinating– blip on the radar.