Joy Ruiz

He Saw Her

When I started watching the first few seasons of Downton Abbey in the early 2010s, I remember being struck by Lady Mary’s composure and her reserve.  I, by contrast, have always tended to wear my heart on my sleeve. As a consequence, this often made me the target of...

Into the Unknown

Ever since I was young, I have felt pressure to be successful and work in a practical and lucrative industry.  I am an immigrant - and the daughter of an immigrant - so the expectation for me  to succeed and honor the sacrifices that my parents made to come to the...

Goodness in the Pandemic

A mere five months ago, the streets of DC were bustling with busy Washingtonians rushing from work to networking events to happy hours, squeezing in workout sessions at Orange Theory, and strictly 45 minute coffee meet ups.  Conversations with passersby whom you...
He Saw Her

He Saw Her

When I started watching the first few seasons of Downton Abbey in the early 2010s, I remember...

Into the Unknown

Into the Unknown

Ever since I was young, I have felt pressure to be successful and work in a practical and...

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