Ways I Stick Out in Houston

People are products of their surroundings, upbringing and cultures. I am the prime example being a fusion of Puerto Rican, Portuguese, American and New York cultures. For me, they all blend together to give me my identity. Having said that, I tend to stick out while in Houston which is a very different dynamic when it comes to personality. 



1. I talk too fast! - I've been told for the past few weeks by multiple people to slow down because they can't keep up. It's annoying because everyone else can understand me! I talk too fast because you Houstonians talk too damn slow!


2. I don't have a southern drawl or accent. - My "accent" is speaking crystal clear due to where I'm from. At least four times since starting my job I've been told I don't sound like I'm from "here." 


3. I walk too fast. - I was told to slow down several times when zipping through the office and even while out to lunch. I get the job done, I can't help that you choose to saunter instead of move your body.


4. I'm direct and concise when speaking. - I've been called rude so many times for not talking too much or being too direct. I'm ensuring there's no miscommunication by being to the point. It's taking major adjustment on my part to not take offense.


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  1. Oh my goodness, I can totally relate! The first time I was ever made aware of my accent was when I moved to LA from New York. And don't get my started on people who think that walking at a normal speed is 'too fast!' ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. I kind of have the same problem.. My mum is british and my dad canadian and we live in france. I have had several "issues" and things pointed out when it comes to work (during internships mostly). Like you I zip around and get the job done in time, if I'm supposed to work 9 to 5 I'll get everything I need done, done. But some manager still managed to think that I needed to do extra hours just because other interns did extra hours because they hadn't finished in time. Not my fault mate if you're a slow ass.. haha It does get me mad though.. -K

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  3. I get told too that I talk too fast or actually that I talk too loud! I always talk too loud if there's something I'm passionate about but I can't help it haha!

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  4. Hi, I enjoyed reading this and How where we are and our family can help shape us. I walk too slow but speak too quickly, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com/

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  5. I always find it fascinating how different cultures and way of learning can clash, I always prefer when people are straight talking and enunciate well!

    Pandora xo
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  6. There's nothing wrong with walking too fast! Haha, I used to live in London so now I march round everywhere full speed! I think it's more annoying for me as I get frustrated when people I walk with are slow haha xx

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  7. Haha I love this! I've never been to Houston but in the little bit of Texas I've experienced I totally understand the walking too fast- I felt like I really stood out when walking at even normal speed aha

    Emily x

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  8. It's probably not as vast a difference in England as it is in the US, but my accent gets commented on all the time! If I go down South people make out like I'm so Northern it's practically a different language, but when I'm in the North people tell me I'm posh or sound Southern - when really my accent is still Northern I just don't use slang very much! Stephie xx

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  9. I completely understand how you feel. My dad, a full blown Jamaican, couldn’t handle me when I chatted sometimes because he said I spoke too fast. In his defence, he spoke Jamaican Patois and British English so I had to revert back and forth between Patois, British English, and American English.

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  10. This is funny haha, and I am glad you walk fast.. I hate slow walkers and being in a rush! haha. Your blog is gorgeous too, you should be proud of all your hard work, it really shows! x

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  11. I had to laugh at your post because Houston is such a melting pot of people from everywhere. Yes, I live in Houston. In fact, I've lived here long enough to realize that it's not common to meet someone who was born in Houston. Just about everyone here is from somewhere else. Everyone sticks out in Houston, but that's okay because that's what makes us interesting and memorable. Who wants to be the same as everyone else?

    It's not even that common to meet those born in Texas. My husband was, but he's in the minority. Most of our neighbors came from other places: Oklahoma, Louisiana, New York, India, Kentucky, Mexico, etc. Embrace what makes YOU unique and smile at those who comment on your differences. Maybe those comments are opportunities to start conversations so they can get to know you for the articulate and expressive woman you seem to be, and you can get to know them for the friendly people they probably are.

    Individually, we may be the sum of our differences, but we are also the sum of our similarities. That's where common ground lies.

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