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.
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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.
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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 ;)
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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:
I’m super excited to announce that I am going to be at the Latin Grammy’s! Thank you Verizon Wireless for the invitation. It is my first time attending and have been wanting to go for a long time, so this is a dream come true! Follow my tweets with my fellow bloggers at #vzwbuzz and #mimusica
This video answers questions to three Trailblazers at the event of how they define God: Rob Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert and Iyanla Vanzant.
Rob Bell says that God is like a song and you hear it, but it is in a room where he has to get in. And the more closely you listen, you realize the song is playing in the whole house. And you want to turn up the volume in the whole house because it makes your soul soar. For him, it begins in the little every day moments and that spirituality is the awareness that there is more going on. He goes on to say that the moment you prove something, then it is wrong. You have to experience it to be real.
The Oprah Life You Want Tour in Miami was a moving weekend for me. I have seen Oprah for many years on TV. Seeing her live and share her personal stories, some which I had never heard of, made me see her in a different light than the super star Oprah on TV. I saw that her wealth is a result of her passion to give. Not only that, she is very clear that she is here to be of service God. She said when we made that her priority, her show grew exponentially. I saw a woman who really cares about uplifting and inspiring others.
I captured part of the opening video here. While she spoke, all these plastic wristbands we were given all lit up. With the lights down in the Miami arena, it was a special sight and vibe. So besides being an uplifting weekend, it was two days that filled my soul. I felt like my heart had burst open and something inside of me shifted. I was so sensitive the following week, that one day, I burst into tears at home. It was those happy tears moments. It was because I felt so blessed. I really felt it. It was raw and real.
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