Author Archives: Samantha Bangayan

The Permeating Rastafari Spirit: An Interview with Alan Espinoza

Alan Espinoza

“No hay nada mejor que el talento, la carrera y el trabajo vayan de la mano.” — Alan Espinoza [There’s nothing better than having talent, career, and work go hand in hand.] Alan Espinoza, 26, is affectionately known as “El Jahmin” for his Rasta-inspired store, Jahmin House, and has also penned the artistic name, “Leon […]

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Symbols to Live By: An Interview with Thomas “Thom” Brown


“The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life.” — William James Thomas “Thom” Brown is a man of symbols and through them, he expresses life lessons. One symbol that has been especially important to him is the tree. There is one that sits near his office window and he […]

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How to Live Your Truth: An Interview with Joy Page Manuel

Joy Page Manuel

“What I know for sure is that you feel real joy in direct proportion to how connected you are to living your truth.” — Oprah Winfrey Joy Page Manuel’s story begins with love and loss: a love discovered overseas and the loss of all she knew she had to leave behind. The next stage of […]

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Career Wisdom from Our Elders: Part 3

Old Books Wisdom

“No man was ever wise by chance.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Philosopher and Politician Wisdom doesn’t just fall into your lap. You need to be open to receiving it and applying it because wisdom is about knowing how to act on knowledge. It turns out, there’s a wealth of wisdom within the people around […]

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When Work Isn’t Just About Productivity: An Interview with Cesar Aliaga

Cesar Aliaga Amaro

“La gente debe formarse con libertad.” — César Aliaga Amaro [People should have the freedom to develop.] They say that everything comes together when you truly dream. And César’s dream needs all the support from the universe that it can get because it’s hard for people to believe in something that isn’t based on the […]

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Fifteen-Hour Days to the Most Popular Tourist Agency in Huancayo: An Interview with Katty Mosquera

Katty Mosquera

Katty Mosquera Cuadros is the founder and director of Adrenalina Tours, currently one of the most famous tourist agencies in Huancayo in the Central Andes of Peru. From humble beginnings, Katty began in the field of tourism working 15-hour days, often seven days a week. With the help of key family members, she was able […]

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Discovering Your Passion: Part 2


“Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.” — Donald Trump How many of you can say that you’re excited to get up in the morning? Passion is what gives you the energy and enthusiasm to fly ecstatically through your day. It’s what makes the good moments even brighter and what allows […]

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3 Communities to Join to Increase Traffic to Your Blog

Blogging Communities

When I started to take blogging seriously earlier this year, I quickly realized that blogging is more about the community than about me or about the blog itself. What’s enriching about blogging are the relationships you build with the people who are interested in your content, and the basis of increasing traffic is building that […]

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4 Life Lessons from an Improv Expert Who Goes Against the Grain: Insights from Stuart “Stu” Nager

Stu the Storyteller

“Improv is life. People just don’t realize it.” — Stuart Nager Stuart “Stu” Nager is an improvisation actor who was one of the first proponents of family-friendly improv, owned his own theatre company and is also well known as a professional storyteller. Throughout our interview last month, it became clear that the principles he applied […]

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“Giving Up Is Not an Option”: An Interview with Penelope James

Penelope James

When Penelope James lost her job as a high profile vice president of an international advertising agency, she eventually found herself among the working poor of the United States. Believe it or not, a humble phone survey job would be a turning point in her life and career. There she found the inspiration for a […]

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