Getting out of the way with patience

I’m starting a 60 day challenge by waking up earlier to go watch the sunrise. I just moved temporarily to a place on the beach.

If it wasn’t for the beach, I probably wouldn’t have started this blog or my whole new career for that matter, since it was because of blogging in 2008 that my whole digital marketing and social media career evolved. My beach was my haven during difficult times when I was a realtor and all my deals fell apart. Luckily, I already had started a blog before the financial crisis so this platform prevented me from depression. I gave myself that gift to go to the beach instead of brooding inside the house wondering what I was going to do. So I looked for work during the day with stress, and at night, I blogged to relieve the stress. That way, every morning I had anticipation to do something positive.

This is my second day waking up at 6AM to see the glorious sunrise. Yesterday, it was clear and bright with no clouds to inhibit its beautiful display.

 

Good morning..let’s start the week refreshed and inspired. 🌅🌄 #blancasunrise #sunrise

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This morning the clouds, covered the full view my eyes so eagerly wanted.

 

I welcome each day with the many surprises and daily familiarity at the same time. #sunrise #blancasunrise

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Watching parts of the rays outstretched within the clouds, I saw it as a metaphor of having patience when you want a certain outcome for a situation. Things happen in the right timing while behind the scenes, your visions and ideas are taking shape.

 

Our minds get in the way and want it now. But what if now is not the right time? What if with your patience and love, you allow nature, the heavens, God, guardian angels or whoever to help you to put together all the elements and conspire outcomes for a better result than you imagined.

Sometimes we get fixated on having what we think is right or best. But our minds are not necessarily always correct. The mind actually gets in the way with so much convoluted thoughts that it is wiser to get out of the way a bit and wait. That is why patience is a virtue….a big one!

Basking in the elemental energies

I am sitting at a park with my chihuahuas, Maya and Zorro. There’s a little lake with a fountain in the middle which provides a soothing sound of the water. There are two butterflies roaming around and I wait to grab a picture when it settles on one of the plants. But they move too fast. It is so opposite of when they are in the cocoon stage. Back in 2007, in my former home, I spent many hours observing these magnificent creatures in a butterfly garden I created from scratch. A bird comes to the water edge to grab its food. A dragonfly perches itself on a long thin leaf at the edge of the lake and a little duck glides effortlessly in the water.

In the distance, I see the butterfly flitter about and when it comes near, I try to get a video knowing a picture is more difficult, but alas it swept by the camera lens in a split second and I missed it. So, instead, I opt to sit and enjoy watching it doing its dance from the distance. The nature elements are a welcome relief from big changes in the past week.

I put everything in storage and moved in temporarily to my parents condo. I needed a temporary place to go since this was a sudden move due to my landlord selling the townhouse I was living in. And at the same time, I have plans to go to Austin since my IBM job relocated me. On top of this, my son went off to his own place. Its his time to spread his wings. He is a recent college graduate and ready to take on the world on his own.

There is so much swirling in my head, but being in nature gives me the serenity to be able to immerse myself in any upcoming change with grace, courage and peace.  Change brings uncertainty, but by taking a positive perspective combined with surrounding myself with these moments of nature’s beauty, I can move through all this with less anxiety. The move to Texas for work sounds exciting. Austin is a great city, but familiy is huge for me and my home has always been Miami. So we shall see how it all unfolds.

The Sun’s Rays are like a Butterfly’s Wings

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                                            The Sunrise as it wakes up to another glorious day

 

 

Celebrating my birthday weekend. It’s Tomor row but why not celebrate for 2 days ☺

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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.

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Blessed with love in new milestones

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…

Tips To Clear the Clutter Of The Mind And Find The Inner Voice

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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.

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#SinTraduccion Was The Culprit For 3308 At Hispanicize

Sin-Tradduccion00034Last 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.

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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!

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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…

My Distractions To Avoid Being Vulnerable

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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…

Heart to Heart at We All Grow Summit

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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!

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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…

Home Workouts: A Spark To Get You Motivated To Exercise

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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:

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…

My New Goal Setting for 2015 – A Blank Slate and Some Imagination

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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.

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