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What do you Appreciate about your Life?
How have you been Blessed?
MY BIG Idea is to launch the International Latina Day of Gratitude on October 15, 2013 as an official clausura to Latino Heritage Month as an annual event. 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.
It is often said, “Gratitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.” I truly believe that gratitude is the key in changing our personal and professional lives, changing our relationship with Mother Earth, and claiming our legacy, whatever we choose it to be. I want to harness the power of Latinas to raise our collective consciousness in one voice for all we have to be thankful for, on one day, to remind of where we have been and where we are going.
My BIG idea is to help our community by starting with position of gratitude for all we have been blessed with, so we can move forward and become a force to be contended with. I want Latinas everyone to understand the power of GRATITUDE to transform lives, change relationships, and make a difference in what they are doing.
My Gratitude campaign is nested in the firm belief that the changes predicted by the Mayans for a more feminine world order with the rising of the 5th sun will be spearheaded and led by Latinas who are making a difference, starting their own difference, and leaving their mark in the world by marching to the beat of a different drummer.
We come from STRONG ancestral roots that allow us to soar among the eagle, especially when we recognize and appreciate all we have been gifted. I do believe that we can and should be grateful all the time, every day and that having one day, to come together in gratitude is a nice reminder of that.
For the first International Latina Day of Gratitude, I will be hosting a number of events and having many opportunities for Latinas to participate. Those interested in participating can join my FB group, Latina Gratitude, where they will find resources, quotes, and research on how and why gratitude works. On my website, zulmaramaria.com, Latinas can find a Gratitude Journal filled with quotes from AWESOME Latin@s who are entrepreneurial, forward thinkers who make gratitude work for them everyday. On October 15, 2013 I will be hosting a twitter chat #latinagratitude and a google hangout to discuss the importance of gratitude in our lives. And, last by not least, my beautifully illustrated, “My Life is My Message Poetry Book” will be available as a free download that day.
Mi sueno is that we, we as Latinas, raise our voices in collective gratitude and show the world, just how powerful we are and how positive energy, can make a BIG Difference!!!
So tell me, what are you grateful for, what do you appreciate about your life, how have you been blessed?
Con un pan y cafecito,
A few months ago, Daniel Gutierrez posted that a friend of his was giving away a hundred decks of Gratitude and Soulshine cards for the simple cost of shipping and handling. I signed up and got one of the give-aways. The cards were created by Dana Tremblay and they are amazing. I have been keeping a gratitude journal for years and I give thanks regularly for all of the blessings in my life and I meditate in gratitude as well, so I was interested in the cards, but not sure what I would get out of them.
However, when I got the cards, I realized they were AMAZING and I love them. The gratitude saying invite you to think and reflect on what you appreciate, what you are grateful for, and what you are thankful for, and how you will show gratitude throughout the day, for yourself, and for others. The deck also comes with a few blank cards so you can create your own.
The sayings are perfect to put you in a place of peace and serenity, they help you to reflect, and achieve inner peace. I use them just before journaling to get centered, I use them to help inspire me for blogging, and I use them for meditating and quieting my mind.
Dana’s website is wonderful and shows examples of the cards…they are truly worth having if you are interested in brings inner peace and serenity into your life. They are a perfect match for my Free Gratitude Journal, when you don’t know what to say, just pull a card and give thanks.
Los pequeños cambios que puedes hacer hoy, provocaran enormes cambios en el mañana.
The small changes that you can make today, will yield enormous changes in the morning.
*Updated Repost from last year
“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” –Deepak Chopra, M.D.
September 11, 2001. I will never forget watching the planes fly into the towers. I had put on the TV to watch the news, sat down by 6:00 to watch the morning news and saw the planes hit. It was an incredible feeling that day of life being out of sorts, of something was not right with the world, that our humanity had been shaken to the core.
And, I will admit, I was glued to the TV for the next two or three days, wanting to find out what we knew, what had happened, what our response would be. And what I remember most, is a feeling that life would never be the same again. Things had decidedly shifted. There would always be the time before the 9/11 and the time after 9/11.
And to get through the conflicting feelings, I went to my base, and I gave thanks for all that I had, all I had not lost, and all the love and opportunity surrounding me, in spite of the crisis. I stayed focused on the positives in my life and I dwelled in family love and unity.
Barbara Kingsolver sums it up beautifully,
“When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children’s safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids’ hopes and good intentions we began with in this country. Freedom of speech, the protection of diversity — these are the most important ingredients of American civil life and my own survival. If I ever took them for granted, I don’t know.” -Barbara Kingsolver, novelist
What did you do on that fateful day?
How did you handle the outpouring of emotions?
Gracias mis amigos!!!
I’d like to give a GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT to these AWESOME Latin@s who are STEPPING OUT AND RISING UP …they are all SoCal friends, colleagues, compadres, y commadres featured in my Free Gratitude Journal. Get your copy today and start giving thanks for all you have been graced with and see the transformations start manifesting!!
|Aaron Sanchez Aaron is an NBC Radio Personality who hosts LIVE with Aaron and Kelly” NBC News Radio KCAA 1050 AM and MiCasa Broadcasting, TV Show Host and Producer. He is also an Entertainment Reporter for NBC Radio KCAA 1050 AM, TV Show Host Producer.|
|Alain Romero Alain is the founder of SOL-Professionals, Society of Latino Professionals, based in Los Angeles, California. SOL was inspired by the realization that our spirit is what keeps us going despite any challenge that life may offer. As we delve into the spirit, we realize that it is eternal and it lacks ethnic origin. SOL-Professionals is an inclusive organization. The purpose is to propel the success of Latino Professionals. Therefore the membership resembles, not a color of skin, but a collective spirit that is in line with our purpose.|
|Alexandra Jimenez Alexandra is Travel Fashion Girl. She offers girls advice about how to pack travel clothing, beauty products, and travel gear that combines form, function, and fashion. Unparalleled packing lists, informative reviews, expert advice, and insightful interviews make Travel Fashion Girl a girl’s best pre-travel resource. It features on the road fashion and beauty advice from seasoned travelers and backpackers.|
|Alma E. Catalan Alma is the creative director of Con Corazon Media. Con Corazon is a multi-media arts production company that serves the needs of the diverse latin@ storytelling and cultural communities in the United states and internationally. Con Corazón is committed to the arts and civic enrichment and has taken on a significant social goal of transforming the image and understanding of American Latin@s in our society and the world.rms of media.|
|Ana Flores Ana is a Latina mom, who with her best friends since college, co-foundes SpanglishBaby. They are extremely passionate about ensuring their children not only speak both of their languages, English and Español, but that they also grow up proud of both their cultures, Latino and American. Over three years ago they realized there’s was a lack of information available for parents raising bilingual + bicultural children, so using their background in media, they launched SpanglishBaby.|
|Ana Lydia MonacoAna is a PR & Social Media entrepreneur that specializes in ambition, goal attaining, and bringing together communities. She is the founder and CEO of both padma media and marketing, Inc. and the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective.|
|Ana M. PooreAnna is a founding partner at FILMLOOK Inc., an award winning post production company. Mr. Faber’s electronic engineering expertise and intense interest in filmmaking coupled with Ms. Cordova’s managerial experience made FILMLOOK Inc. a reality. Several television shows have used FILMLOOK, including SportsCentury (ESPN Classic), Making the Band (ABC), Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (SciFi), Undressed (MTV), and It’a a Miracle (PAX).|
|Ana NogalesA native of Argentina, Dr. Nogales is one of the most well-known and respected Latinas in the United States. Through her private practice, media presence, books, and organizational leadership, she has dedicated herself to ensuring the mental health and success of women, Latinos, and anyone else who struggles with cultural and personal issues, victimization, and inequality.|
|Chef KikiFlantastic by Chef Kiki was created with the vision of sharing her family’s recipe as a tribute to her father. Once Flantastic by Chef Kiki was started, it took on a life of its own. Chef Kiki started infusing different flavors and fresh ingredients that not only enhanced the recipe but made specialty desserts. Each gourmet Flan is prepared when it is ordered, using only the freshest ingredients making for a one-of-a-kind experience.|
|Connie CostaConnie Costa is a Writer, Transformational Leader & International Speaker. She has a monthly column in TVC magazine called Tips for Extraordinary Living. She hosts events and transformational retreats in Beverly Hills, Ojai & Italy.|
|Daniel Gutierrez Daniel is an International Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Radio Personality and Author of Stepping Into Greatness: Success Is Up To You. Leveraging his experience, his infectious humor, and his deep belief that there is greatness in each of us, he has transformed businesses and individuals all over the world. His appeal breaks the boundaries of profession, culture, and age.|
|Deborah Deras Deborah is a Brand Ambassador for the Hispanic Market, Inspirational Speaker, Author and Life Coach. She is known as a Productivity and Leadership expert facilitating webinars, corporate leadership trainings and keynote speaking engagements for Fortune 500 companies such as: JP Morgan, Kaiser, Macy’s, State Farm Insurance and the University of Phoenix. She served as a brand ambassador for Verizon Wireless campaign to outreach to Hispanic and Latino Entrepreneurs.|
|Dita QuiñonesDita is a multi-media journalist (writer, photographer, and video-maker) who’s worked in advertising, television; magazine and online publications. She studied film at the Art Center College of Design and broadcast journalism at UCLA. Dita specializes in entertainment, politrix, and health.|
|Gina Linn Espinoza Gina is the founder of both UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas. She gathers coaches, consultants, speakers, trainers and artists to inspire personal development among Latinas. Get Wise Latinas seeks to engage women in educational events and workshops run by Latinas, for Latinas. Both UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas are as organizations that aim to strengthen the Latino presence within American culture.|
|Jacqueline DiazJaqueline founded Latina Entrepreneurs to help Latinas market themselves better online, and so much more. She hopes to influence and inspire through her podcasts, which will feature Latina Entrepreneurs.|
|Jes Sofia ValleBloggers of Health is a community for people who write about health in their blogs. We brainstorm, support, build friendships, educate, encourage, empower, create and share ideas, engage online and make connections with one another. We all come together with one major focus: Health. BOH Magazine is a fusion Health major component, Physical, Mental and Community Health. The Bloggers of BOH and Professionals help create this magazine.|
|Joanna Ilizaliturri Diaz Joanna is a writer, playwright, project strategist coach and a leader within the healthcare industry. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and business management. Her creative works have been featured in Ride to the East Side CASA 0101 theater productions and she was the co-producer of the 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life theatrical production. Her business career includes partnering with organizations to develop small to medium businesses and help them strategize their business plans. She has held officer roles within nonprofit organizations, including Toastmasters International.|
|Jorge Raziel Ortiz Jorge is the founder and CEO of, Zealous Vision, an organization dedicated to help its clients achieve their maximum potential. Individuals and organizations are coached, educated and empowered to move confidently in the direction of their dreams or goals respectively. While individuals experience fulfillment, passion, and a sense of purpose; organizations build a powerful culture, strategically making changes to increase employee engagement and driving profits upward.|
|Julia Amante Women’s fiction author, Julia, lives in California in a home filled with bits and pieces of her Argentine heritage. Paintings of Argentine towns. A beautiful leather map with the outline of Argentina. Pictures and trinkets. However, the real details of her beautiful culture unfolded gradually as she grew up the daughter of Argentine immigrants. Today, a product of the American Dream, Julia writes emotionally rich stories about family love, and the passion of chasing and achieving life’s goals.|
|Laura Filipowicz Laura is the founder of Bag Lady Productions (BLP), LLC., one of the first influential networking circles geared towards connecting Women in Business, Brands, Mompreneurs and Influencers. BLP provides resources, events and connections for women entrepreneurs and brands. She is the creator of the BLP ConnectHER Conference & Influential Event and is the editor for BLP’s sister site HerReview.com.|
|Leticia C. LaraLara launched Lara Consulting Group, Inc., whose mission is to link mental health and early human development knowledge and resources to achieve emotional wellness and healthy relationships across the life span. The Lara Group consultancy services include mental health (e.g., infant and early childhood), professional development planning and training, program development and Implementation, and effective group facilitation to achieve successful partnership and collaboration.|
|Liz Garcia Liz is a life changing coach. As a Coach, she will guide you, challenge you, love you, celebrate you, help you grow, help you achieve what you are capable and deserving of, and help you reach that place of Happy as you live, love and lead. Get on this journey with me. It will change your life.|
|Maria Sanchez Maria is the creator of Art by Latina Artists or ABLA as it has come to be known by the artist community. It is an online network of Latina artists. It originated as a “guest page” on her personal website Sandiafria.com back in 2004 with just one artist highlighted. One became two, two became four and it has since evolved into its own website. Over the years it has grown organically to become a network of nearly 500 Latina artists from all over the world, not just the United States..|
|Marian Lopez Marian is the CEO and founder of Parenting on your Own, an online membership community designed to assist and support single parent families. Resources are tele-classes and interviews with experts, articles on a vast amount of topics on the blog and connections with organizations and businesses in various areas. The website is in the process of being completely revamped it will be amazing!|
|Marcela BaileyMarcela is the Chief Information and Marketing Officer for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. The fund is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF provides American families with the financial and educational resources they need to achieve a college education and help America be more competitive.|
|Nora Lizbeth Delgado Nora is a visionary intuitive Holistic Healer & Teacher, Inspirational Mentor & Speaker and a Cosmic Channel. She is the founder of Cosmic Healing, Energy Medicine, AbunDANCE Events, and Living from the Heart TV.|
Founder and President of Financially Fit Foundation, Inc., Oly has created this organization out of her desire to educate people about managing their finances. It is based on the knowledge she acquired through college, in managing her own finances, reading financial material, talking to experts in the field, successfully managing her own business and from what she learned from an amazing and incredible woman on money management, her mother.
|Pamela PajueloSeñorita Vino, founded by Pamela C. Pajuelo, offers wine education in a fun and casual format with the goal of reinforcing the fact that wine can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge or experience. Señorita Vino is dedicated to wine lovers of all stripes, palates, tastes and socioeconomic levels. In particular, she seeks to create a forum for Latinas who like wine, but may feel somewhat intimidated by the notion of selecting, tasting and talking about it.|
|Reyna GrandeReyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006), received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards. The Distance Between Us, Reyna’s third book is about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.|
|Ruby RoseRuby is the founder of Hermosa Yoga. Yoga has had such a positive and powerful impact on her life, she had the need to give back. She has a mission to guide/offer yoga classes in communities where Yoga typically would not be practiced or afforded. She chooses to service these area’s, so that everyone has an equal opportunity to practice Yoga and enrich their lives as she have.|
|Sandra Kimberly Marie Eberhardt Sandra is the founder and CEO of Healing Skeem Teletherapy an independent online therapy practice specializing in healing trauma and helping individuals get the life they want. Sandra’s mission is to provide a therapeutic relationship for healing. She also introduces her clients to The Healing SKEEM, which is the Sandra Kimberly Eberhardt Enrichment Method, developed through her doctoral research.|
|Susana Hernandez Susana is the founder and co-owner of Latin Inspired Designs with her mom. They have authentically designed and culturally sensitive handmade Latin Inspired Nutcrackers in folklorico costumes, Mariachi costumes, Day of the Dead Style Nutcrackers, Frida and Virgen de Guadalupe. These most awesome and original Latino Style Nutcrackers can be displayed in your home all year long.|
|Zulmara Maria Teixeira de LimaZulmara Maria is a Latina inspirational writer, speaker, and workshop leader. She leads workshops on Achieving Balance, Journaling, Business, Storytelling, just o name a few. Her workshops are guided by spirit and follow a path for increasing love and success in your life as you embrace who you are, where you have been, and where you are going.|
Tomorrow Gina Linn Espinoza and I will be hosting a Launch Party for my new website using Google on Air. As the founder of Roots and Wings, I am so honored and pleased to be collaborating with the founder of Get Wise Latinas and UpLatino.
We will be discussing all things Latino and our projects and upcoming events. Specifically, we will be discussing my vision for my business and new website, LATISM 2013, and what is in the works for Get Wise Latinas and UpLatino. So join us by going to HERE to sign up, you will get an email with the login information. If you cannot make it, please stay tuned for the post once we have completed our chat.
Con un pan y cafecito,
Enjoy Each Day
A lot has been written about gratitude journals and having an attitude of gratitude, almost too much for me to have anything new to say, except that it works and it works better than anyone who has not tried it can imagine. Once you try it you will see how it will transform your life. And it only takes a few weeks to undergo this transformation.
This gratitude journal is filled with inspiring quotes from some of the most notable Latin@s that have crossed my path in so many different ways. I give thanks for each and every one of them for having graced my journey with their presence. They all currently reside in the Southern California area and are an integral part of my journey. You will find them to be wonderfully inspiring Rising Up Latin@s who are making a difference in the Latin@ community.
Gratitude is the cornerstone and foundation of a complete life changing transformation. I am not talking about small transformations; I am talking about completely changing how you view your life and your circumstances. You just give thanks…give thanks for all of the little things in your life and all the big things in your life. You can give thanks for opportunities, physical health, relationships, mental well being, material goods, and anything else that comes to you. It is just finding that place in your life that needs some positive energy and go for it.
For example, if you want to lose weight, give thanks daily for you the way your body moves, the health you do have, the things you like about your body, the foods you love to eat, the success you are having (real or imagined), and the physical health you will experience once you have lost the excess weight that you want to lose.
And do it for a few weeks and watch how you can transform your life just with giving thanks. I suggest you choose one area in your life that needs some positive energy and go with the flow. It can be your job, your body, your relationship, your spiritual health, your schooling or your opportunities. Just choose one and start jotting down what you are grateful for and choose at least 5 things to write every day. They do not have to be unique, they do not have to be different, they do not have to be the same. There are no rules para dar la gracias, except for the rules that you set for yourself. Choose a theme and go for it. You can jot the list down on your Smart Phone Notes page, you can download an app for notes and use that for writing your gratitudes or you can use the following pages. It will transform your life and how you feel about yourself, your life, and whatever circumstance you are trying to change.
You may not lose that extra 30 pounds in 30 days, (that would not be healthy), but you will lose the angst that you have around food.
The same is true of your job. You may not have the best job in the world in the next 30 days, but you will either garner a new appreciation for the job that you do have or you will see a way or a path to a new vocation.
It is all about changing what you feel to feel what you want and it works. Try it and join me on this attitude of gratitude journey. I know you will be pleasantly surprised by all that you learn and all that feel as you continue moving toward the life that you want, the life of your dreams.
So pick up a pen, pencil, smart phone, ipad, or turn on your computer and give thanks for all the good in your life. And once you start, you may never stop.
Our lives are made up of so many beautiful moments, so many wonderful joys, and so many awesome experiences, that at times we behooves us to reflect on those moments, joys, and experiences. When I was pulling together my Gratitude Journal, I dedicated it to my three wonderful children, who all bring me much pleasure and delight. Here is my dedication to these three AWESOME adults…disfrutan.
This gratitude journal es dedicado mis tres hijos, who are not kids anymore, but grace my days and give me a reason to start each day with gratitude, for I have been blessed.
Thank you, Jesse, my first born son who taught me that life turns out just as it should, even if I don’t control it all of the time.
Thank you, Nikki, my middle child and only daughter, who showed me the joys of having a mini-me.
Thank you, Tony, my baby and second born son who taught me to live in the moment and enjoy each day for what it has to offer.
Con un pay y cafecito,
Every new venture deserves to be celebrated, so when a Get Wise Latina asked if I was having a Launch Party, I thought, GREAT IDEA!!! and enlisted the help of the “madrina” of the Get Wise Latinas and UpLatino to “PARTAY” with me.
Please join me and the MARVELOUS, Gina Linn Espinosa, as she parties with me to launch my website, http://zulmaramaria.com. We will be discussing upcoming events for both Roots and Wings Get Wise Latinas and Up Latino. We will share our vision for Latinas, why we do what we do, and how all of you have enriched our lives.
As many of you know, Gina Linn is passionate about all things Latino and she has made a significant difference in our community. She is our “madrina” and I am so honored and blessed to have her by my side as I embark on this journey.
Con un pan y cafecito