We had the good fortune of connecting with Moses and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moses, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is necessary. If there is a reward at the end of it, risk taking is worth it. The last thing I want to do is look back on my life when I am old and regret not making moves. Lucille Ball was quoted saying: “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” That quote completely sums up where I am in life right now.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career?
In September of this year I launched an Instagram page called Historia (@officialhistoria__). Historia is the result of a dive into my own ancestry and family history. In June I signed up for Ancestry.com and began searching my family tree and was blown away by the information I discovered about my ancestors. Along the way I would Google search the people and places I found which led me down a rabbit hole of Spain, Mexico and California’s history and the people who shaped it. For instance, one of my ancestors was a soldier that led the original settlers (Pobladores) from Mexico to Los Angeles in the 1700s. Like, what??? When I tell you I spent hours reading up on this, I am not lying. That’s all I was talking about all summer but I wanted a funner way to share this info so of course I went to the platform I am most familiar with to start it up. I believe it is important for people to know their family history. Especially Chicanos, we’re in this gray area. We are Mexican but we’re also American and if there is one thing the Selena movie taught me it is how exhausting it can be trying to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans. It really did not dawn on me what a huge role Spain and Mexico played in California’s history and my own until I started studying. It’s not a necessity to know your ancestry, but it’s important. Really gives you context on your place in the world and with that being said I hope it inspires other people to discover their own history. At first I was unsure about making the page. I was like “I don’t know, this might be dumb” but remember I am taking risks right now so I did it anyway. Although it has not blown up (yet!), it has been well received so far. There is so much to learn about history that can help us understand why things are the way they are today. You can’t change the past but you can change the future. I would say my only challenge, so far, was starting. That first step was a little rough but now that I created the page I am obligated to keep it going or else it will always be a reminder of another failed endeavor. (laughs nervously) And then of course time management!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I actually took off to San Diego recently with my friend Justin and the first thing we did when we arrived was eat at Tacos El Gordo. So that would be the first stop on my itinerary. Secondly, I would go to Old Town San Diego and visit the old shops, houses etc. As you can already tell, I love history. Then of course after eating an affogato somewhere cool, we would head to Mission San Diego. Not only are they enriching places to visit but also very aesthetic for the gram. Win-win, if you ask me. But let’s say we are talking about the Whittier / Los Angeles area that I am from I would definitely go somewhere with a view (Local Fixture’s coffee in hand of course.) Turnbull Canyon, although terrifying to drive through at night, has an amazing view of L.A. and L.A. county and if you want to escape all the noise it’s a go-to spot. It’s peaceful, quiet and the contrast of nature in the hills along with the city below is mesmerizing. But let’s say we actually want to go somewhere in Los Angeles with a good view, it would be Griffith Observatory for me. A good view is very important. When you’re high up and looking down on the city lights it really makes all your problems seem so small. And of course, when open, The Observatory is one of the coolest places to go inside and look around. Then of course, top off the experience with Puerto Rican food at Mofongos in North Hollywood. You’ll thank me later. But anyway, the most fun, interesting and exciting places are definitely the big cities. You’ll meet some real crazy characters but I like that. Especially in Los Angeles. So many people migrate from around the world in hopes of fulfilling their purpose and I love that. There is a real electricity in the atmosphere. I feel like I am home when I am there. Aside from that, anything that is educational and enriching is great. Museums, places with plaques that you can read and information to absorb…stuff like that gets me excited and it generates an interactive experience with you and your environment. There are so many places like that in California alone and you can definitely spend an entire week checking them out and going with the right person makes it all the more better.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shout out the man who has mentored me for about six years now. Tamo Soto took me under his wing at Freedom Christian Center and is the reason I am capable of operating at the capacity I am today. Everything I know about marketing came directly from him and not to mention the immense life skills he has passed on to me.
Instagram: @officialhistoria__ / @mosesmorales_