My motto: Live life with love, love for myself and love for others.
I love: I love people, getting to know them, sharing experiences with them and learning from them. I love dancing, Halloween and travel. I love dancing because when I’m in the zone, I’m completely inhabiting my body and the present moment. I love Halloween because it’s eccentric and fosters creativity. I love travel because it pushes me outside of my comfort zone, allows me to experience other cultures and gives me an avenue to meet and connect with people that I normally wouldn’t have the chance to experience life with. I love supporting people and their passions, connecting people and building communities. I love writing, art and creation.
Creativity: Outside of writing, editing, social media and online community building, I paint, write fiction, have written, directed and produced a play/variety show, made a rough cut of a 40-minute documentary and dabble in other creative forms.
Love Warrior Community: I co-founded the Love Warrior Community (LWC) with my mom, Michelle Minero, a therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. The LWC is an online community that fosters self-love and acceptance. LWC Links: Self-Love Warrior blog, Facebook, Twitter, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works.
Emelina Minero Writes: This is my personal blog where I write about my thoughts in relation to queer media, my self-love journey, goal setting and managing my bipolar disorder. If you want to read more about my self-love journey, check out Self-Love Warrior. It’s a group blog solely dedicated to self-love writing.
What Is My Human Experience?
This was my human experience up through August 15, 2012. When I write a new human experience piece, my human experience will have changed. Here is more info about T.H.E. Writing Campaign and the mission behind having people share their human experience.
- I went to a woman’s college, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. It transitioned into a coed college while I was there. I’m inspired to create an online community that promotes woman’s colleges to prospective students by connecting them to current students, alumnae, scholarships, mentorships and potential job opportunities post-college.
- I was the most spirited student from elementary school up until college, literally. If there was an award, I won it. In high school, people would come and find me and then frown disappointedly when they realized that they would never outdo me. In college, I was chosen as the most spirited person in my class and was awarded with The Hatchet. I was also chosen as a spirit leader, an Eta (spirit leaders of graduating classes in even years).
- I have a HUGE family. Our family reunions, for my dad’s side of the family, can run up to around 500 people.
- I played on a Rugby team in my first year of college.
- I Love Halloween. My birthday is in August. My 15th birthday party was Halloween themed. My friends came in costumes, I was a dead person, and my house was decorated to a T. I had black trash bags covering the walls, halloween decorations all over the place, a graveyard scene by the fire place, a ransom scene with some baby dolls by the organ (like a piano) – I went all out. In high school, I planned a week of Halloween event. The administration turned down my idea of Halloween events all week, so instead I put on a one-day Halloween Carnival with the help of my friends. For my 16th birthday I went to a Buffy Convention (Halloween like). My first year in college, I had Buffy directions cover an entire wall of my room. My senior year in college, I had legit year-round Halloween decorations. After I graduated, I happily visited Salem, Massachusetts (Halloween town). Post-graduation, I have had two Halloween-themed birthday parties, one was Zombie Oscar themed.
- My favorite color was blue when I was growing up, now my favorite colors are yellow and green.
- Verbally, I sometimes confuse the colors yellow and pink. I’ll see pink and say yellow, and I’ll see yellow and say pink.
- I like Harry Potter.
- In my senior year of college, I wish I had majored in Communications, instead of Spanish. I loved studying Spanish, but I was impassioned by Communications. I read my friend’s Comm books, partook in their Comm conversations and wrote my Spanish thesis paper on a Comm subject. I was the Editor-in-Chief of my college newspaper, and that spurred my passion for media.
- I went to my first Pride, Roanoke Pride (Virginia) during my first year of college.
- I love running. It’s like my meditation. I started running in fourth grade, was on my first running team in 7th grade, ran track and cross country in high school, ran cross country in college and ran my first half marathon post-college.
- I didn’t drink alcohol until I was 21. In the 8th grade, I made a bet with one of my sister’s, Kristina. She thought I wouldn’t wait and would drink before 21. I told her I could wait, and it would be easy. It was easy. I won the bet. The bet was only for $21. So why did I follow through? I wanted to prove to myself that I didn’t need alcohol to have fun, and I didn’t. Do I drink now? I enjoy drinking occasionally, but alcohol gives me bad bouts of heartburn.
- For my senior project in high school, I wrote, directed and produced a play/variety show, LQ (Ladies Quarterly). GQ, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, was a huge event that the Leadership class put on every year. There was never a female equivalent, so that’s what I created, but I put a twist on it. I took all of my money from my savings to produce the show, $1,000, and I donated the $500 profits to Una Vida, an organization I went with to the Dominican Republic.
- I love to dance.