1. What inspired Puzzle & Bloom? There are so many moments that inspired me to create Puzzle and Bloom. While in graduate school, I was a substitute teacher and I noticed the lack of black and brown characters for the children I looked after. And, the kids in my classes were mostly kids of color.
I also have a love for literature and I wrote a children’s book years ago. I wanted to do something different and more interactive this time around.
2. How have you managed during the pandemic? Have you found ways to pivot ? The pandemic was tough for me at first. I have known people who have lost their income, been sick and have passed away. So, that has been painful.
But, when it first hit, I was in acupuncture school and working at a university. Now, school and work are all online which gives me more time at home. For the first time in years, I was forced to stay home. I didn’t even realize I needed the rest. So, I just stayed home, created Puzzle and Bloom and did a bunch of self care.
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