Our series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic…

Hi Ramel, what is your favorite virtue?

I have grown accustomed to following the Four Agreements: be impeccable with your words, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.

What is your favorite vice?

Ambition is my favorite vice and teacher.  Learning not to use ambition as a coping mechanism is a practice that comes with mindfulness for me.

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?

My mom always says, “A mouth will say anything”, and I walk with those words.

Biggest pet peeve?  

I hate having pet peeves, they are so annoying!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Stressed is desserts backwards, perspective is everything.

Who or what inspires you?

Curiosity is the mother of most of my inspirations. Ideology wise I’m moved by Audre Lorde, Cornel West, James Baldwin and Hip Hop.

Favorite place in San Diego?

Home is where the heart is so everywhere I go in San Diego is my favorite place, but I have a special place in my heart for Barrio Logan.

What’s a secret talent of yours?

I can juggle.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure song?

Gimme some Pizza by Nathy Pelusa is a soul love song to Pizza.

What does community mean to you?

Community is a mirror that allows you to see yourself clearer and tune into a purpose bigger than the self.