Life After SparksHeather Santiago
Apr 16, 2020
First and foremost, I would like to thank you for continuing to grow this amazing magazine. My heart is overflowing with pride over how much Sparks has grown. I am so incredibly proud of all your hard work that you have lovingly poured into these magazines. It takes a lot of courage to share your ideas and your stories with the world. Thank you to everyone for all that you do to give the APIA community a voice.
It’s been a few years since I was an active member in the Sparks. I was fortunate enough to be part of the first two magazines as a writer and photographer. And recently, I have the honor and privilege of being your Vice Chair. I joined your board of directors because once upon a time, I have been in your shoes and have since had the exciting experience of having to learn how to “adult.” I want to be there for you and our community the same way that Sparks was there for me when I was trying to figure out my place in this world.
As much as you try to plan out your future, life will continue to keep you on your toes with all of its plot twists. All you can really do is readjust your focus and continue to progress forward. Progress is still progress even if it’s a baby step. Your biggest victory of your day might not come with accolades. Sometimes, your only victory is defeating gravity and getting out of your bed. Either way, I encourage you to continue to fight to build the life of your dreams. Life is tough, but you are tougher.
You have it in you to change the world for the better. And I am excited to see what you will do with your gifts because you are an exceptional person.
I hope to eventually meet you and hear your stories.
PS – Stay hydrated. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Do a little dance. Make a little love. Stay six feet apart. Get down tonight. Woo!