The Sunrise as it wakes up to another glorious day
I went to watch the sunrise and sunset on my birthday last month. Watching sunrises are like moments of celebration. You bask in the beauty of greeting the day. The sun does this every day consistently just like we do upon waking up and opening our eyes. It doesn’t do this out of habit just to do something insignificant. The sun does it by peaking out of the horizon and provides an important element necessary for our lives- sunlight. We also have our own inner sunlight- our spirits or souls, which impulse us to create and do things that move us for different purposes like work, hobbies or simply for inspiration.
Good morning sunshine. It’s another beautiful day today! pic.twitter.com/LHPmE6efcd
— Blanca Stella Mejia (@micaminar) June 26, 2016
One of the biggest milestones in my life was December, 2015 when my son graduated from college with a degree in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing and International Business. The day of his graduation, I was flooded with all kinds of emotions that I still haven’t been able to process.
It was a mixed bag of emotions because just a few months before, I experienced a huge career milestone by getting a job with IBM as a Social Business Manager. I had worked with Microsoft for two and a half years before that as a Community Manager for one of their projects at Microsoft Research. It was creative and fun, but it was a contract through an agency and it ended the beginning of 2015. Right after that, I wondered if I should continue working with the digital agency I had co-founded with a web developer, VizRED in 2009 or go for the corporate job. read more…
I took some quiet time to meditate in my patio today as part of doing different things to get in the habit of meditating more. It was a beautiful sunny day and since I didn’t have time to go all the way to the beach, my little patio which doesn’t get much use, was a great alternative. The wind was rustling in the leaves of the trees nearby and it felt very peaceful. I also bought a butterfly plant and plan on buying some more so I can spend more time outside writing in nature and observing the process of the caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. U used to do that alot!
Artículo en Español: Limpie El Desorden Mental Y Encuentre La Voz Interior
To be able to get in a good flow of words, writing requires silence especially, in my case, where I want to share more thoughts from the heart. It’s that nudging inner voice that calls me. Since I was lucky to be able to dedicate alot of time in the past to quiet meditation and silence, I crave it more than chocolate and my favorite sushi meal. It gave me an experience of love as close to loving my own child.
Last week, I was recovering from Hispanicize. Yes recovering, because this was a packed five day event that included alot of entertainment, learning and connections. I totally immersed myself in the Hispanicize experience this year and boy was it FUN! I have in the past years events, but for some reason, I went full throttle this year.
I have so many pictures and video to share from Don Francisco, William Levy, Luis Fonsi, Gente de Zona, actor Luis Guzman, Chino y Nacho, Maria Elena Salinas and many more. But it will require several blog posts.
Selfie time with the selfie stick!
— Blanca Stella Mejia (@micaminar) March 18, 2015
In this post, I just want to share a super fun night at the #SinTraduccion opening reception party sponsored by Target. You know Latino’s like to dance and party so here is a little video from that night. When everything was closing up, Katherine Johnson invited everyone who was there at the end to Suite 3308. That is what happens when you let loose and party the night away… Moet gets popped and the fun continues. So if you heard any rumors about 3308 at Hispanicize here is a sneak peek. The rest…well it stays there in 3308 ;) read more…
I took the most delicious nap earlier this evening around 6PM for about an hour. It was more like a waking relaxing meditation. For the past 25 years, I have been meditating consistently at least 1 time per week. It is usually easy for me to get in that groove after being in an active left brain tech mode throughout the day and more so if I meditate several times a week.
My work involves Digital Marketing covering not only Social Media, but also SEO, website technical work and content marketing. That means I am on the computer all day! I also have a confession to make. I am a bit of an infomaniac. I am a voracious reader online about everything digital. I subscribe to many of my favorite websites and am always clicking on those links that come in my email inbox which then floods my computer with a ton of open tabs to read throughout the day.
Artículo en Español: Distracciones Para Evitar Ser Vulnerable
It gets so crazy, that I use several apps to save links like Pocket, or sharing via Buffer. I sometimes add it on Todoist app in a folder called “to read.” I won’t even mention my Google Drive folders with lots of goodies I have researched on all kinds of geeky topics. I won’t say it’s an obsession, because I have heard that being curious and learning is a sign of intelligence. So I won’t bash myself that it is a bad thing…yet ;) read more…
Today is Sunday morning 7:53 AM, March 1st, which happens to be my son’s birthday. 22 years ago, I had the most blessed moment in my life, giving birth to a son that has given me joy, laughter, love and the experience of being a loving mother. My life as a mother is fulfilled because, knock on wood, we have a very harmonious relationship.
I am sitting in the bathroom of the Line Hotel in Los Angeles so I don’t wake up my roommate and want to capture the feeling now before I get busy next week. I am headed home today after a three day We All Grow Summit by Latina Bloggers Connect. This conference has given me those same feelings I have as a mom- joy, laughter, love and the experience of being in a loving community of powerful women with true heart to heart moments. My professional life in the digital media space is fulfilled because I am luckily connected with this group that has real soul that gives me inspiration to wake up every day and do my work.
Articulo en Español: Corazón a Corazón en We All Grow
Priceless moments like this, Claudya Martinez & Jeannette Kaplun hugging after the storytelling session is what it is all about!
Life has purpose when you have experiences that stir your heart. At the end of the day, when we leave this world, that is what we will hold close to us – those meaningful experiences. For those of you that have know me personally, I started this blog in 2009 and with luck, I connected with a group of Latina women online that were starting out just like me in digital media. It was a new exciting frontier. read more…
I am taking the plunge in doing this video to give you a little motivation and oomph to start some home workouts with hand weights. I was a little nervous to get on camera in this way. In the past, I have done other kinds of videos interviewing people, but this was a little different. I don’t know why, since I am in a lot of pictures from being a somewhat social media butterfly. I guess it’s because this video was focused on just me. All the pictures I have out there on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are mainly with people and am not one of those solo selfie picture takers.
Artículo en Español: Una Chispa para Motivarte a Hacer Ejercicio
Also, I am 54 years old and not a fitness expert, but I have been actively exercising all my life. I thought, “Who the heck am I to give tips on exercise when there are so many other people doing the same thing and much, much younger?” But hey, it’s my blog and it’s something I have been wanting to share because eating healthy and exercising are a very big part of my life and I have been doing it for over 30 years!
And I hope that at middle age, if you are there or not, you can strive to stay healthy for a lifetime besides keeping a clear positive mind and incorporating meditation to experience peace. Those three aspects body, mind and spirit need to be balanced for a happy and fulfilled life.
I want to show every day fitness because my body is not perfect as it ages. When I was doubting whether to post this after doing the video, I saw this tweet:
— Wellbelove (@wellbelove) January 24, 2015
So, I went with my heart and my goal in this video is to mainly show you that if I can do it at my age, then anyone can if you are in decent health. Knock on wood, I am in good health. I can imagine it is difficult for some people to exercise and lose weight because of health reasons. I have alot of compassion for anyone that is struggling with any health issue. read more…
As this year draws to a close, I look back at all the things that I accomplished this year and at the same time look ahead to what is on the horizon for 2015. Usually it is a perfect time to set goals, but the thoughts that I have been getting are to let go of everything that I want to do, and start with a clean slate, like an blank canvas.
Artículo en Español: Metas para el 2015 – Un Borrón y Cuenta Nueva
The end of 2014 is a culmination of seven years of monumental effort to recreate my life in a new way. 2007 was the turning point year in my life where I put to action many ideas and thoughts of what I wanted out of my life. The in between process has been exhilarating, heart wrenching, fun, happy, sad, joyful and so many myriad of emotions that I can truly say now looking back, that they were the best years of my life and the hardest.
I extended my trip while in Las Vegas last week for a few days to catch some Cirque de Soleil and enjoy some time off. I had been there maybe about 10 years ago and remember being awed by the Bellagio Fountains. So it was on the top of my list of things to see. I captured a little video here with the water show playing the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
What lasts in our memories are experiences, even if for a short time, to dazzle our senses. Watching the water dance to the melody of the song kind of made me go want to go to a ballroom and dance with a handsome man right after! I can close my eyes and keep seeing the rhythmic flow of the combination of lights, water, splash and music create it’s magic.
Here is one with Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. This one makes me want to cry! But isn’t it better to cry and feel an experience than not have one at all? That my friend is living life at its best- feeling emotion that moves us ;)
Artículo en Español: Amor y Ka En Las Vegas
I love Latin Music! So when I got an invitation by Verizon to attend the Latin Grammy’s in Las Vegas, I was thrilled! Being of Colombian heritage, I wanted to see Juanes and Carlos Vives. Of course, hearing Miguel Bose with Pepe Aguilar, Pit Bull, Ricky Martin, Santana and so many others perform was really dazzling.
Carlos Vives performed first with Choqibtown, also Colombian, and then Marc Anthony. I was able to capture this video from my Verizon Motox X, so hopefully you can get an idea of the energy of them combined.
Here are some highlight tweets close up from the official Latin Grammy Account:
Here Carlos Vives with Choquibtown:
— Latin GRAMMYs (@LatinGRAMMYs) November 21, 2014
Carlos Vives with Marc Anthony: