1. I am originally from Panama but came to the DC area when I was around seven. I have been here ever since and consider myself a DC Native.
  2. Huge foodie and love to try all different kinds of restaurants ranging from a hole in the wall to fancy
  3. Traveling is something that I love to do and want to do more of in the future. I am afraid of flying, and it has gotten even worse the older I get. Still, it won’t stop me from traveling and learning more about other places, its people, culture, and food.
  4. I started a podcast on women who have killed called the Female Killers Podcast (http://femalekillers.com). I have always loved Deadly Women on the Investigation Channel, so I wanted to have a podcast that was similar to it. It’s always fascinated me because when you think of a murderer, especially a serial killer, you don’t ever think it’s a woman.
  5. Interior design is a secret passion of mine. I can spend hours on Houzz and Pinterest, scrolling through beautiful rooms. If I had a massive pot of money, I would decorate my house nonstop. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be an Interior Designer. I planned to go to a school in California to do it. However, my mom didn’t allow me to. This has taught me never to hinder my kids’ dreams.
  6. Since I was 22, I have always had a five-year plan. Before I had kids, I was all over the place. When I got pregnant with my son, I knew that it was time to get my sh*t together. The five-year plan helped then, and it still does even today.
  7. Being a mother is something that I take seriously. It’s probably like that with the majority of parents. I read tons of parenting books, have attended parenting classes, joined support groups, and even have us doing family therapy. In the end, they are now teenagers, so they have to make their own decisions and deal with the consequences. However, I am there to advise and guide them, and I want to make sure that I do it correctly, or try to.
  8. It’s been only a year of my 40 years that I have finally embraced my curly hair. I no longer straighten it, and I love it. I am still learning every day how to style and maintain it
  9. I love playing video games. I remember playing Atari games with my older sister, and then the Playstation with my younger one. I now talk about video games with my son, and it has helped us connect. The last game I played was Resident Evil 2, and it was nostalgic and brought back memories of my little sister. I play it over and over again.
  10. I still have the first book I ever cherished called “Under the Trees and Through the Grass.” I read and re-read that book as a kid. I even read it to my own. 
  11. My biggest phobias are bugs and heights. When I saw “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” the part that they are surrounded by insects terrified me. I think it scared me even more than “Nightmare on Elm Street.” The sounds effects alone…
  12. In my twenties and early thirties, I was a “Party Girl.” I loved buying outfits to go out and dance the night away. It was nice to dress up, be with friends, and just have fun. For some reason, when I hit 34-35, I wasn’t into it anymore. It got old, but I still have lovely memories of those times.
  13. I can’t keep a plant alive. 
  14. I love stationery, pens, and paper. 
  15. I prefer giving gifts than receiving them
  16. Brunch is my favorite meal. I think it has to do more with being with family and friends while enjoying breakfast dishes
  17. Singing is something that I do everywhere I go. I’m the crazy person at the grocery store singing softly to myself while I get groceries
  18. I hated my name so much that I decided to nickname myself “Nina” when I was in my twenties. I have finally learned to love my signature but will still turn around if someone calls out “Nina.”
  19. I miss being madly in love with someone. I no longer love the man I consider the love of my life, but I miss the love I had for him. I am not sure I will ever love another person like that again, but I am thankful that I did for the ten years that I knew him.
  20. Tulips are my ultimate favorite flowers. I remember the peace they would bring me when I was on campus cause George Mason University had them all over. It also signifies the end of Winter.

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