Hi everyone! I hope your Sunday was great! Here is the question and answer interview I promised you all recently. Readers, bloggers and friends asked me some questions about my perspective on life, music, etc. I’m going to include them here. Here is a little bit of background information on myself below:
My name is Lisa Amaya a.k.a Life of an El Paso Woman. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I’m 34 years old and a mom to my 10-year-old son, Jacob. My hometown is a border town that’s 45 minutes away from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Lately, my blog features lots of music. I also include posts about my hometown, interviews, movie and book reviews, etc. My blog represents my life as a Chicana (Hispanic or Latina) woman. I started Life of an El Paso Woman (I’ll tell you more in the Q&A session) on Feb. 25, 2015. I’ve had SO much fun interacting with my readers from around the world and blogging in general! I’ve been writing stories and poetry since I was 6 years old. I can definitely say writing is in my blood and my true passion in life. I’m a 2004 New Mexico State University graduate. Go Aggies! My bachelor of arts degree is in journalism with a minor in history. I currently work in media sales at the daily newspaper in town. Here are the questions I was asked…
What is the meaning of life to you? Oy30 from Oy30 Blog
This question seems so simple but it has a lot of different meanings and answers for me. Over the years, I’ve learned the meaning of life for me is to truly be happy. It may sound like a cliche but it’s really up to you to find out what makes you happy. I find that writing, music, nice sunny weather and the people (my family, true friends and my readers) who truly want the same for me are my blessings and meaning for living life.
Is the glass half empty or half full? Ritu from But I Smile Anyway
No matter what’s going on in life, I always see the glass as half full. Things could always be a lot worse than they are. I’m not always happy but if it’s possible, I try to be. Someone somewhere is worse off. Everyday above ground is always a blessing.
I would love to know about your happiest moment, Lisa! Erika Kind from Erika Kind
I have more than one so I’ll tell you about a few. I was happy when I became a mother for the first time on December 13, 2005. I was happy to be one of the first women in my family to graduate from college. I was happy when Andre took me and my son to The Grand Canyon and Disney World for the very first time in our lives. The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. I wanted to go since I read a book about it when I was 8. I was happy when my first story was published in my college newspaper. I was happy when I became the news editor at my college newspaper.
Say you got an offer for a really cool job in another state, but you’ve been living with Bradley Cooper for two years, you’re deeply in love, and he refuses to leave the state because he wants to be close to his family. Do you give up your dreams for the man you love? Johnna from All Things Chronic
Lol this one makes me laugh! I don’t have Bradley Cooper but I’ve been in a relationship with Andre for three years. We broke up for a couple of months but we are working on our relationship. I honestly believe he is my twin flame in this life and afterwards. For those who are married or in a relationship, you know there are always going to be ups and downs. We’ve both agreed to stay in El Paso for now. A man who really wants to be with me has to understand and realize my dreams, taking care of my son and vice versa on my part. Even though we are very different people with different goals in life, we continue support each other. No, our relationship isn’t perfect at all but it’s improved since we took a two-month break. We realized we missed each other a lot and the love was still there.
I know you are a big Michael Jackson fan, so I have a couple questions for you: What is your favorite Michael Jackson song? (I think I know one that you have great memories about, but not sure if it’s your favorite). Also, your favorite Michael Jackson album? Tracy from A Joyful Process
Ooh it’s so hard to only pick ONE song! My all-time favorite Michael Jackson song and album has and will always be Thriller without a doubt. Some of my favorite MJ songs include: “Human Nature”, “P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing)”, “The Girl is Mine” and “Rock with You.”
Why did you decide to start a blog and where do you hope to go with it? I know you studied journalism and have written a lot in the past. Is there one particular story or interview that will always stick with you (for either good or bad reasons)? Bun Karyudo from Bun Karyudo’s
I was helping my childhood friend, Ryan Loera write in his blog/e-zine for a couple of months last year. Before helping Ryan with his blog, I took a five-year break from writing. I worked at call centers and sales positions because I needed a break from writing. After Ryan’s blog, I decided to start writing again in this blog. I hope to find a full-time writing job and/or more freelance writing gigs. Luckily, I’ve been paid for a few of my blog posts in recent months. I’ve submitted interviews and longer blog pieces for job considerations. I’ve enjoyed interviewing several bands for newspapers and magazines. A couple of my favorite interviews that come to mind were with Larry the Cable Guy, The Goo Goo Dolls, Queensryche, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and underground rappers from El Paso. In college, I was heavily involved with investigative reporting. My favorite story I uncovered in college was when hundreds of students who were living on campus eventually realized their water was contaminated with lead. The university failed to do anything about it until I went and spoke to them and students kept complaining. Another story that caused quite a controversy throughout Las Cruces, New Mexico was when I interviewed an Iraqi woman during the Iraqi war. Several advertisers no longer wanted to pay for ads in the weekly newspaper. The publisher was furious with me and my editor. Several readers complained about the story by writing letters to the editor.