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My Peruvian Heritage

My Peruvian Heritage

I was born in Lima, Peru and, while I’ve lived in the United States for more than half of my life, the traditions I grew up with are still very much with me every day. My family and I try to continue them as much as we can and where we can. When I say family, I don’t mean just parents and brothers, but also my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and first and second cousins; the traditions are just one of the things that keep us all together even when we are apart. My Peruvian history is a combination of the …

Juneteenth for Me

Juneteenth for Me

On June 19, 1865 two and a half years after the official Emancipation Proclamation was read, the enslaved population of Galveston, Texas was finally free. This is known as Juneteenth. For me, Juneteenth signifies Freedom, the day of Jubilee! It is a day to reflect on our nation’s history, and a day to remember and acknowledge the lag in justice for Black lives. As a woman of West African and Jamaican descent, born and raised in Queens, New York, I admittedly did not grow up celebrating Juneteenth. I learned about Juneteenth after attending a festival held at our local cultural …

What Juneteenth Signifies to Me

What Juneteenth Signifies to Me

For me, Juneteenth signifies African American freedom. This day commemorates the abolishment of slavery for my ancestors and recognizes the end to the brutality of being enslaved. I celebrate this day just as the Fourth of July is celebrated. As part of the celebration, I educate my children and family on the importance of the holiday. Celebrating diversity is important at the TMX Finance® Family of Companies because it can help eliminate unconscious biases. In general, a diverse workplace is more likely to understand an employee’s needs and come up with ideas to fulfill them. It also increases morale and instills a …

Juneteenth For Me

Juneteenth For Me

Growing up in school, I remember I had a pretty good knowledge of, and fascination with, history. I remember learning about the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the Civil War from 1861-1865, the Roaring 20s followed by The Great Depression in 1929, trench warfare during World War I, and so many other events throughout history. I also remember as a child always celebrating the 4th of July at my aunt’s house in Monroe, GA. It was my favorite holiday at the time because my aunt would always buy the kids a blow-up pool to swim in. Growing up, I learned …

Women in Leadership: Why I Choose to Empower

Women in Leadership: Why I Choose to Empower

I was raised in a Lebanese and Mexican household with three brothers. Growing up, I felt suppressed and was told how women should act and what we can and cannot do. But since I am stubborn, outspoken, and strong-willed, I proved, not only to myself but to others, that the expectations the world has for women are not always right. By sharing a few of my accomplishments while working at the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, maybe I can inspire other women, girls, and -most importantly -my daughter to take action, work hard for what they want, keep their heads …

Black History Month 2022: What Does Black History Means to Me

Black History Month 2022: What Does Black History Means to Me

Black History Month is a time of reflection, appreciation, education, and celebration! The TMX Finance® Family of Companies is proud to honor and share the contributions of African Americans throughout history, including our own Black Team Members who’ve made history in our communities and throughout our business. We invite you to learn about what Black History Month has meant to our Team Members throughout the years in our annual blog series. Atlanta resident and General Manager Lisa Nicole White has a message for the next generation of Black leaders seeking to make an impact: “Learn your history and continue to …

Celebrating el Día de los Reyes Magos

Celebrating el Día de los Reyes Magos

I love El Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings’ Day) because it is the last tamalada, the word we use for big parties that consist of making tamales, of the year. This has been a tradition in my family as far back as I remember. Growing up, my family celebrated el Día de los Reyes Magos by gathering at the house of one of the tías. As we got older, my sister and I hosted the Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings’ Bread) celebration. On this day, we buy a huge loaf of bread, in the shape of an oval …

Diwali – Festival of Lights

Diwali – Festival of Lights

Diwali is a time of grand celebration and great excitement as it is the largest festival celebrated across India. This auspicious festival celebrates “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” We feel Diwali is our Indian New Year. The festival date is determined by the Hindu calendar, so it changes every year and ranges anywhere from mid-October to November. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 4th. Based on Hindu mythology, Diwali commemorates the return of Rama, Sita, and Lakshman, three exiled deities from the city of Ayodhya, after their triumph over evil. To …

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican History

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican History

Celebrating culture at the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, and in general, is important because it gives us the opportunity to learn from other people, other countries, and other cultures. For me, Mexican culture is rich, colorful, and vibrant. My Mexican history includes influences from ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs and Mayans. My history is even influenced by European colonization; my great-grandfather was from Spain and my grandma used to tell me stories about how he came to Mexico. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I plan to talk about my culture with my co-workers and bring a dish to …

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican Favorites

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican Favorites

In the Hispanic culture there are many traditions that we uphold that are passed down from generation to generation. My family and I celebrate our Mexican culture by spending time together and sharing stories about their time in Mexico, the good and the bad. They tell us about our family that stayed behind, or have passed away, so we never forget them. I’m in love with our traditions as much as I’m in love with the food! Our food is a delicacy and there are many dishes that add a lot of variety to our meals. My favorite dish is …