dando la gracias

Ana Lydia Monaco—Latina Lifestyle Bloggers

AMAZING Latinas!!!



I met Ana Lydia online through FB comments. I had just started blogging and I was doing some Lifestyle blogging, but not on clothes and make-up and beauty and health, but more on self-help and reflections, and journaling, and pampering your muse—and we connected.

She invited me to be a part of the group and she added me to the FB page and thus we became friends. I had not met her before, but she also attended the Mujer Adelante Conference and after that, she and I connected through the Count Me In Meet Up group online. I was trying to start something with the AMAZING Latinas in the área, and she already had this group going, and so we decided to have a phone conversation.

And, it was enlightening and very helpful to me. I had jsut moved to Long Beach adn was just getting started with networking and meeting Latinas in teh área and Ana was a wealth of inforamtion. I also found her motivated, inspiring, and ready to lead her organization to greatness.

She is the founder of Latina Lifestyle Bloggers and I have followed them since the beginning of time, well my time as a blogger. I am very impressed with her group and with what they have accomplished. Ana has a visión for professsionalizing blogging and bloggers and her advice is spot on. Her tips are invaluable and many people take them to heart. She is the ultimat profesional and has the wherewithall to share with others what she has learned about how to conduct yourself online.


She is now planning her 4th Lifestyle Conference in Los Angeles for March 2014. It has become a go to event for Lifestyle bloggers all over the country and many make the trek to Los Angeles for this very special event. I have not had the pleasure of attending yet, but it is on my Bucket List.

Ana Lydia, gracias, mi amiga por tu energía y visión, you have been an inspiration to me.


Con un pan y cafecito

Seguimos Adelante,

Zulmara Maria


Latinas Think BIG: LA–Gratitude DAY–October 15, 2013

Latinas Think BIG Los Angeles:

International Day of Latina Gratitude


Launching the International Day of Latina Gratitude on October 15, 2013 as an official clausura to Latino Heritage Month as an annual event is MY BIG IDEA.  I want to bring Latinas everywhere together to raise our collective voices of GRACIAS y BENDICIONES and to help us connect as a talented group of women who are changing the world, one gratitude, one thank you, one appreciation at a time.

I want to attend the ELLA Leadership Institute because I have been impressed with the Latina Leadership Network and the ELLA Leadership Institute and the work that Angelica Perez has done in pulling together an AWESOME, POWERFUL group of Latinas and I want to connect and align my cause with their causes. Many of them are online friends or cyber amigas or social media acquaintances or comadres en el internet- that have the same drive, ambition, and motivation that I have. I love that many of them have a social justice calling that is deep and profound. We are all fighting the same fight, we are all speaking on the same issues, we are all concerned about our children, other people’s children and the plight of mother earth.

This AMAZING group of women resonates with my very core and my projects, International Latina Gratitude Day, Reclaiming Your Divinity: las posibilidades son infinitas, the Latina Millionaire, and Pitching Your Passion and Marketing Your Spirit. I launched my business, Roots y Wings, on September 1, 2013 as a way of celebrating my life, giving back to the community that has supported me for so many years and through so many trials, paying it forward to those who are following their dreams, and supporting our communities in any way I can. My projects are focused on personal and professional development for Latinas and I welcome the opportunity to work with such talented and soulful Latinas who tend to resonate with ELLA and have made it the organization it has become.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to getting to know the many AWESOME Latinas in the organization and further its vision and mission, as Latinas every where raise their collective voices and become the change we wish to see in the world.

To find out more about the First Annual International Day of Latina Gratitude and to participate, please click HERE and stay tuned for more information.


Con un pan y cafecito,Thank You

Seguimos adelante,

Zulmara Maria

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