“A wise young lady learns from people’s mistakes, and a smart young lady will never repeat the same mistake she has done.” Since I was young, I have witnessed and heard stories of adversity and success from the women in my life. I attribute all my success and accomplishments to them. Because of them, I’ve learned about the woman I wanted to be. I too found myself in adverse situations. I had to find resiliency within myself and piece together parts of me that had been shattered. I want to thank all of these women that I have seen, heard, and gotten to know, even in passing. Because of you, I am me. Your light is more powerful than you think. Love, always.” ~ Angela Mejia, Mother, Educator with a Masters in Counselor Education with bilingual extension and Advisor of the International Culture Club and the Future Career and Community Leaders of America.
I met Angela in the summer of 2010 and we been friends ever since. Lula (how we called her) and I share a passion for art and how is imperative for the development of every human being to be exposed to art, any form of it. We have extensive conversations about painting, poetry, sculpture, documentaries, music and dance. I was very lucky to share with her an unbelievable trip to London and Paris and experience the culture exchange with her. Lula is also great dancer, she will tear up the dance floor at any party and anyone who knows her can attest to that!
As an educator and counselor, Lula is always concerned about how what it is said to children and our youth not only from parents but also from others affects their development, the things and situations they are exposed to and how all those things halt their ambitions and dreams. She is very passionate about her career and it is very involved with her students, she is determined to make a difference in their lives and I believe she has and will continue to do so.
Lula was the first person who introduced me to the poetry scene of NYC. Once she learned of my love for poetry, she invited me to an Open Mic in Queens and introduced me to Jenning Medina, Maria Rodriguez, Nancy Ruffin and Peggy Robles-Alvarado. I must say that the invitation came at the right moment and I’m eternally grateful to her because that day was the beginning of the life I am currently living.
She was one of the first person I shared with my vision of Canvas of Words and immediately pushed me to do it. I still remember her eyes lighten up as I was explaining to her what I wanted to do and her signature: “Alllright! You go girl!”; she was there at my first reading supporting me and one of the first persons to read my memoir manuscript; she’s also being there for those gray days to simply listen. We also share a spirituality understanding that make us aware of the energy around us and she constantly reminds me of this because I tend to forget sometimes, she is very protective of my aura.
One of the things I admire of Lula (besides our love for art and wine) is the importance she gives to ancestry and preservation of your culture; for her it is important to learn from those who came before us and to always be aware of where we come from; to enrich our language and our vision of the world around us; how everyone that comes into your life shares their gift with you as you share yours with them and that we must understand that we are a unit and together with are a force.
It has been a great journey with her, seeing her grow and achieved her goals just as she planned it: becoming a house owner and a mom while still having time to be a wonderful friend and amazing wife.