Meet our member: Ana Mantica

We’re continuing our series on the people who make what we do possible — our supporting members. ❤️ Today we’re featuring Coral Gables’ Ana Mantica.

Where in town might people run into you? Running around the Coral Gables Golf Course (my bright gear and signature braid are well-known), a free community yoga class (Athleta, Bayfront Park, Maven Moves), or a ventanita (I’m useless without my morning cafecito, no sugar).

What local business do you think deserves a shoutout? Dragonfly Thrift Boutique, which 100 percent benefits one of my favorite local nonprofits, Ladies Empowerment Action Program. The shop serves as a retail training ground for women who’ve completed LEAP’s program and coming out of prison. The treasures for the home are beautiful, but even more powerful is their treasure trove of stories. Go, tell them Ana from The Miami Foundation sent you, and ask one of the women to share her story with you. You’ll thank me.

What’s a local event you went to recently that you loved? Maven Moves at Inhale. I love this monthly event by Maven Leadership Collective. I went for the yoga and to support Corey and Danny as a fan and ally. The live music, the vibe, the people make for a magical experience. Plus, I got to “fly” doing acroyoga.

What made you decide to become a member of The New Tropic? I’m a journalist by trade, storyteller by craft. I respect The New Tropic’s space in our local media and we need more of its authentic storytelling here. Local journalism holds our leaders accountable, it makes our community stronger, but it’s struggling. Becoming a member of TNT is my way of saying thank you and I’m with you. More, please.

What’s something you’re working on that you could use help with? Operation #makeabuelaswishcometrue. My Abuela Titi loves to read. Alzheimer’s has made it tedious for her to read long books. So I got her children’s classics from the library. Her favorite is Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s ‘Pasando Páginas.’ They share a last name, now Titi wants to call her ‘pariente.’ Who do you know that can make that call happen?

What’s a recent story you’ve read about Miami that you wish more people cared about? I read a beautifully written article by Fabiola Santiago in the Miami Herald for Mother’s Day about Alzheimer’s. My abuela has Alzheimer’s and it hit close to home. If you’re reading this, pick up your phone, call your abuela, tell her you love her. Even if she doesn’t remember your name, she will feel the love. I promise.

What’s your perfect day in our city? Morning cafecito. Run. Soaking in sunshine (with SPF) by the water, beach or bay, with the Miami skyline and a good book. Art museum or live music after. Nightcap on my front porch. Bonus if it’s a full moon and with good company.

What does it mean to you to #livelikeyoulivehere? To show up. Shop local. Be local. Support local. Embrace your inner Miami. You can take the girl out of Miami, but not the Miami out of the girl. I left Miami after graduating high school in 1999 (eep) and boomeranged back six years ago. I fell in love with the city again. But it took me showing up, plugging myself in, actively seeking people to meet, new places to check out, exploring neighborhoods to re-spark my die-hard passion for this place.

What are you celebrating in your life right now? 10 years of healthy living. I hit a bad spot in my life, developed an eating disorder, came close to walking to the other side, and got a second chance. Forever grateful for that. I celebrate by being an open book about it, sharing my story. It holds me accountable and it may just help someone else knowing that they’re not alone. That’s all.

Supporting members like Ana make our work possible — and they get special perks like event discounts, ticket giveaways, and bonus content in the newsletter. Become a New Tropic member today to join the crew.