Gina Moreno


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The 7 Trailblazer Tolls: Navigating the First-Gen Experience

Embarking on the path as a first-generation individual often means charting unknown territories, carrying the weight of ancestral hopes, and bridging cultures. Inspired by Alejandra Campoverdi’s enlightening book, “First Gen,” I delve into the seven trailblazer tolls that many of us face. These aren’t just obstacles; they’re badges of our resilience and complexity. 1. Invisible Inheritances: We carry emotional and

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The Unexpected ADHD: Unraveling the Everyday Symptoms I Mistook as Normal

For years, I brushed off certain habits and reactions as just part of who I am—a bit quirky, somewhat forgetful, and often running on a different wavelength than everyone else. It wasn’t until my journey into understanding ADHD that I realized these weren’t mere quirks; they were symptoms of living with undiagnosed ADHD. Let me share with you the everyday

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Part 2: Embracing My Truth: Navigating ADHD Diagnosis as a Latina Woman

The Virtual Confessional The day of my ADHD diagnosis was a collision of fear and hope. As a Latina, I grappled with the cultural stigmas around mental health, fearing judgment and misunderstanding. Yet, the virtual space became my confessional, a place where my experiences and fears were met with validation and understanding. My doctor’s assurance felt like a beacon of

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Part 1: The Unseen Struggle: My Journey to Uncover ADHD Beyond Achievements

Beneath the Surface of Success On the outside, my life read like a series of achievements: graduating with honors from high school, obtained various leadership roles in university, and a promising start in the tech industry. As a Latina, the pride in these accomplishments was not just mine but my family’s—a testament to our resilience and hard work. Yet, beneath

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Understanding Intergenerational Trauma Among Latino Immigrants: Understanding and Healing

Intergenerational trauma is a silent thread woven into the fabric of many families, particularly pronounced among Latino immigrants. This community faces unique challenges that span across generations, from the first wave of immigrants to their descendants today. Understanding and addressing these deep-rooted issues is crucial for healing and forging a resilient future. The Legacy of Trauma in Latino Families Below

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Bridging the Gap: Latino Mental Health at the 7th Biannual Latino Health Summit

Last week, I had the privilege of being invited to the 7th Biannual Latino Health Summit by the Hispanic Health Coalition and Harris County Public Health and discuss a very needed topic – the mental health challenges within the Latino community. As I navigated the summit in Houston, I found myself enveloped in a wave of inspiration, surrounded by individuals

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Why Creating Multiple Sources of Income is Important Even when you Feel You are not Ready

As a first-generation Latina from a low-income background, securing my financial future after higher education became a top priority for me. I’m passionate about sharing this journey with college students and young professionals aiming for financial freedom before retirement. Here’s why considering ventures outside your primary job can be a game-changer: 1. Financial Security and Risk Reduction: In today’s job

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9 Mistakes I’ve done as a Solo Female Traveler

Recently I  went on my first solo trip abroad, and last year I lived in Mexico City alone for a few months (also I’ve done countless business trips on my own.)  Here are mistakes I would not commit again: I hope these helped. If you are interested in having a girls group trip, I’m hosting a trip next April. Sign up

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How I became a Carry-on Girly as Latina who is Extra

Trust me, if I can pack efficiently for a 4-week trip to Europe, you can learn how to stop overpacking too. First of all, why should we consider taking only a carry-on and a personal item when we can always check in a bag at the airport? It’s simple: it makes carrying your items a breeze, saves you from check-in

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How I became a Public Speaker Full-Time

After leaving Microsoft, I was overwhelmed by the support and happiness from many of my friends and peers, however many of them might not have known that I was venturing into a whole new realm beyond the world of Tech and Engineering (it felt a bit like my own Hannah Montana moment). I got a lot of questions as to

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Creating Multiple Streams of Income as a First Generation Latina from a Low-Income Background

As a first-generation Latina from a low-income background, securing my financial future after higher education became a top priority. I was raised in a traditional household, and I’m passionate about sharing this journey with college students and young professionals as a latina speaker and educator to those aiming for financial freedom before retirement. I went from living in government- assisted

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Why I Left My Job at Microsoft

I worked at Microsoft for 4 years, and I was a big advocate for people to join the Tech industry (I still am), and maybe you were thinking, “Wow, she’s really living the dream,” and in some ways, I was. Working remotely from wherever I wanted, making 6-figures, having a stable paycheck, and frankly, not working too hard. All of

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5 Reasons Why you Should and Shouldn’t Consider a Masters Degree

Hello, welcome back friends! In this blog I will be sharing my popular and unpopular opinions of why you should or should not enroll in graduate school. I’ll start by saying I’m a huge advocate for higher education, but the last thing I want to see is people close to me get in debt to reach goals they could have

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9 Things I learned from Long-Term Travel

I spent the last 3 weeks traveling on my third long term vacation trip, and I strongly believe that I have become a better person thanks to my explorer nature. I did not travel much as a child, as I grew up in a low income, strict household, but started traveling a lot more in school funded activities in college.

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My Raw Self-Healing Journey Thus Far

My self healing journey has been a journey to step into being the woman I’ve always wanted to be and more about unbecoming & unlearning everything that I’m not. It has been exhausting, wonderful and everything in between. Here is a list of things I was able to compile. My purpose is to 1) tell you: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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A Memo to my Fellow First Gens

Happy National first Gen Day my loves! Being first Generation means that you are the first in your bloodline to navigate unknown spaces; and most likely the only one with your background and that looks like you in these new spaces. You can be the first one to be in this country, first one to obtain higher education, first one

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Gina is a Latinas and First Gen guidebook to Self-advocacy, professional success and becoming an unapologetic trailblazer.

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