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The Newsletter | Edition 111
Progress Report is dedicated to providing inspiration for action. In this special takeover newsletter series, we highlight our team members and the ways in which they achieve progress in the day-to-day.



Senior Accountant


Queens, NY


Corona, NY (near Louis Armstrong’s long-time home)

Cris here! When I’m not crunching numbers like a head chef, you can find me listening to a lot of music, playing basketball like my life depends on it, and catching up on podcasts about culture, comedy, and politics.
What “progress” means to me:
Progress can be uncomfortable.
In many cases, we are battling with what we want to do versus what we need to do. Pushing through those critical moments ultimately leads to growth.
Podcast that expanded my worldview:
“My Stroke of Insight” TED Talk

Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist, shares her experience of having a stroke and the insights it provided into the workings of the human mind. Taylor describes the stroke’s effect on her brain, including the gradual loss of her cognitive functions and the shift to a state of deep peace and euphoria. Her message is so powerful and brilliant, reminding me of the importance of consciously living in the moment and encouraging kindness.
Quote I live by:
“Don’t give up on a dream just because of the time it’ll take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” - Earl Nightingale

We don’t chase time, time passes through us. By shifting our focus to the present moment, we can create space for our dreams to come true.
Fact I learned this past week:
There was a sign language used long before ASL was invented, called Hand Talk.
Officially called Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL), this universal language was developed centuries ago and used by many Native American tribes. “PISL is not just a set of hand signs, it is a powerful form of self-expression. It enables individuals to convey complex ideas and emotions without uttering a single word. It is a testament to the creativity and adaptability of human communication.”
Tactic I use when I need to make progress:
Focus on learning.

I break down complex ideas or topics into smaller, bite sized chunks. This allows me to deepen my understanding of a concept and stay on track.
Current favorite DJs:
GORDO, Eric Prydz
It's inspiring to see how GORDO represents for Latinos. You can sometimes feel how powerful his passion is. Eric Prydz's level of production innovation, track layering, and musical styling are truly one of a kind. His performances constantly leave me amazed.
One of my favorite albums ever:
The Divine Feminine by Mac Miller
This amazing album is filled with jazzy, funky grooves layered over lush hip-hop instrumentals, with elements of R&B soul. Mac Miller reflects on the divine nature of love and relationships, focusing on feminine energy. It's one of those albums that penetrates your soul, making it one of my favorites. Gem track? #10 “God is Fair, Sexy Nasty” (feat. Kendrick Lamar).

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