According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM-related jobs will grow to more than 9 million by 2022. While women and minorities have been traditionally underrepresented in this field, there is a growing sense of urgency to increase their numbers in the STEM workforce. With Latinas completing college at almost twice the rate than their male counterparts, Hispanic women are poised to tap the jobs opportunity by considering STEM-related careers in a wide variety of sectors including the automotive industry.
In an interview with three outstanding Latina engineers at General Motors who have been recognized as Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers (YHCA) by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) for their passion in engineering, corporate leadership and community involvement share their experiences and advice.
There is no doubt that Latinas have what it takes to excel in STEM careers and pursue the many opportunities corporate America has to offer. Imelda, Nydia and Diana are serving as an inspiration for young Latinas that desire to join the corporate world and build promising careers in global companies, such as General Motors. They started with a goal and determination to succeed, and are now living examples that the dream is possible. Sí se puede!
I want to send a big thank you to the incredible Hispanicize team and the Tecla Award judges. I’m incredibly honored to receive this recognition for my work. It means a lot to be a part of an uplifting community of professionals.
Thank you family and friends for your eternal support. Thank you to the sponsors, boards of tourism, ad agencies and marketing communities and advertisers for your support. You have enabled me to maintain a career out of my passion for travel, photography and storytelling.
Bella Vida by Letty continues to be a place for me to share the beautiful things I come across and be a place of inspiration for others.
Before moving forward into the adventures 2015 will bring I wanted to look back at the things that brought me joy in 2014. I’m an avid reader and movie watcher making me a diehard lover of stories. So here I’ll share my favorites. If you want to see what I’m reading you can connect with me on Goodreads. It’s what I use to keep track of all the books I read.
One thing that has helped me read more is the Overdrive app which allows you to borrow books, audio and movies from your library. My favorite feature is that is syncs up with all of my devices so I can listen while I’m driving or read while I’m waiting anywhere. I actually try to arrive early so I can have some extra reading time. It’s a wonderful boredom reliever while traveling.
All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld Mystery
Interesting setting and character.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Suspense
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin Mystery
Not your regular fiction it’s written as a journalists report. Great story.
Bully by Penelope Douglas Romance
Perfect story pacing.
Instructions by Neil Gaiman Horror
I enjoy Gaiman’s story telling. As one of my favorite writers it’s a treat to read the specific words he choses to bring his tales to life.
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Pérez Memoir
An amazing true story.
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller Non Fiction
Great self help book. This is great for peeps like me who have trouble focusing.
Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business by Bruce Poon Tip Non Fiction / Business / Travel
Inspiring read about how this entrepreneur in the travel industry became successful.
Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole Non Fiction / Writing
One of the best books on writing I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this if you’re serious about becoming a great writer.
I watch the majority of films on Netflix so I watch many movies that may have been released in previous years but am just now getting around to watch. These are the movies I enjoyed the most this year and I highly recommend you add them to your must watch list if you haven’t seen them yet.
Littlerock 2010 Drama Interesting story and characters.
The Motel Life 2012 Drama Awesome story.
At Middleton 2013 Romantic Comedy Loved this romantic comedy very much.
Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious Comedy Cracks me up.
The One I Love 2014 Sci-Fi Great story!
Begin Again 2014 Romance Cute!
Sex Tape 2014 Comedy Lmao
6 Souls (Shelter) 2010 Horror I love being creeped out.
Después de Lucía 2012 Mexican Drama Heavy
Twice Born (Venuto al mondo) 2012 Drama / Romance Emotional
Cafe de Flore (Café de Flore) 2011 French Drama Emotional
In Secret 2013 Horror Very Edgar Allen Poe like
Zero Dark Thirty 2012 War Drama Great storytelling. Study this screenplay if you want to learn how to write a good story.
The Punk Singer 2013 Documentary Because punk girls rock forever!
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 2014 Horror My absolute favorite horror movie of the year. Originally creepy.
Disconnect 2012 Drama Because I love heavy drama.
Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest 2011 Documentary Because I grew up with Hip Hop that was good.
Mud 2012 Coming of Age Thriller Great story set in the swamps. Loved it.
“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” George Carlin
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Plato
One of my favorite things is to explore new places. This summer I had an amazing road trip exploring the state of Massachusetts. I hit up Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston, Springfield and Salem. I’ve written over a handful of posts detailing my adventures along with my best tips. There is still so much more to share with you. You will see more of the Massachusetts road trip posts in 2015.
I’m always roadtripping my home state of Florida. One of my most popular posts is a big round up with hundreds of ideas for your next trip to Florida.
Here are some recent places and tips full of information on what to do and see.
One of the blogs most popular posts feature my trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. You can expect a big fat round up post in 2015.
Now that you’ve read my recommendations share some of yours with me. What where your favorite places to visit, book to read and movies to watch?
This post is brought to you by a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Wells Fargo. All thoughts and content are my own. (Esta entrada es patrocinada por una campaña compensada en colaboración con Latina Bloggers Connect y Wells Fargo. Todo el contenido y los pensamientos son míos.)
How to Save for Your Next Vacation Tips from me and
Budget & Credit Tips From Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo is committed to making financial education and in-language resources available to Latino consumers. That includes providing customers with bilingual online tools, Spanish Text Banking, Spanish account statements, Spanish-language call centers, Spanish-speaking bankers in stores across the nation, and more.
As part of that commitment and in order to connect with the Hispanic community in a meaningful way, Wells Fargo recently collaborated with Telemundo for the “Conversemos de Tus Finanzas” campaign. The campaign is focused on empowering Hispanics to enhance their financial knowledge and help them to reach their financial goals. The campaign provides customized content, tools and resources around the important financial topics of money management and credit.
After working hard all year long everyone looks forward to having some fun on vacation whether it be an extravagant all inclusive affair or small road trip. We all deserve a break. The first step in creating financial goals such as saving for your vacation is to prepare a budget.
Prepare a budget
Gather your financial statements.
Create a list of monthly expenses.
Examine your expenses. (fixed, flexible & discretionary expenses)
Create a budget in five easy steps.
Target your savings strategy. Look for an online budgeting tool that helps you identify and track multiple goals at once.
Step 1: Organize.
At its core, a budget is a worksheet with two columns: one for income and one for expenses.
For one month, keep a detailed log of all your spending habits.
Step 3: Analyze.
At the end of the month, total your income and your expenses and then subtract your expenses from your income.
Step 4: React.
After looking at all of your expenses, separate them into categories and set a budget for each.
Step 5: Review:
Make a habit of reviewing your budget every month, particularly in the early stages.
Having good credit is very important since most hotels require a credit card for reservations. The financial experts at Wells Fargo have compiled a list of 28 tips to help you manage your credit.
Click here to read your free Credit Tip Sheet from the experts at Wells Fargo.
You can find many more tips like these on the easy to navigate Wells Fargo website.
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The beginning of the school year means back to school physicals. One week before school was set to start the school board sent a message to our district stating there were policy changes and this school year there are new vaccine requirements. If your children participate in athletic teams they also require sports physicals.
Did you know Walgreens offer physicals for all patients up to age 21 and under for only $49?
I don’t have to make an appointment, drive to the doctor’s office and wait for hours to be seen. There’s a Walgreens Clinic right down the street from me. There are approximately 400 Healthcare Clinic locations conveniently located at select Walgreens across the country. To find the one nearest you, simply enter your ZIP code in the Store Locator.
Licensed Healthcare professionals are available to answer your concerns and help with immunizations the kids might need for the school year. With immediate access to the Walgreens pharmacy you can get expert healthcare and pick up what you need on the spot. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are also available.
For a limited time, bring this printable coupon in to a participating Healthcare Clinic for a youth sports, camp or school physical, and save $10 off the already discounted price.
Every school year it seems a few teachers require items that weren’t on the original back to school supply list. While at Walgreens pick up any school essentials you might need. Walgreens offers a large selection of supplies from hand sanitizer to tissues, paper, pens and so much more.
Walgreens makes back to school easy, helping everyone check off their her back to school list without going back to the big department store when all you might need are just a few extra items.
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I’ve been blogging for many years and it doesn’t seem like I will get tired of writing anytime soon. This May will be the one year anniversary of Bella Vida by Letty .com. Thinking about that made me want to share some tips that sure could’ve helped me way back when I first began blogging.
If you plan on blogging seriously the main piece of advice I wish I would have taken was to begin with a self hosted WordPress site. I was on blogger for years cultivating a steadily growing following but when I moved from Blogger to WordPress I lost all of my followers and subscribers. I had to begin all over again.
When you decide on a name purchase the domain name. It shows professionalism and authority. Here’s a previous post where I list several more reasons why it’s important to own your own domain name.
Set up Google analytics right from the start. It is the most trusted and reliable. You can learn all sorts of helpful information like what keywords bring in the most visitors and who your audience is. That is exactly who you are writing for.
The quality of your content matters. Everything you post lives online forever. Take your time to write a proper thoroughly researched post with great photos. It will receive much more traffic than a hurried one and it will likely get shared because of its useful information. Don’t worry the more you write, the better you get. That has been my experience.
I’m happy to report the site has been steadily organically growing since day one. I don’t believe in paying for followers, hits, likes, etc. The main reason is a major factor to measure a blogs success is engagement. You might not have a lot of subscribers but if you are steadily growing a community who replies and shares your content you are well on your way. All it takes is time.
Build a Community
It’s easy to get caught up in wondering why another blog might have more traffic, ads or sponsors but you shouldn’t compare yourself to them. You are your own unique voice and it’s up to you to cultivate your brand. Connect with other bloggers you admire and build relationships with them. I belong to several different communities which you will find on my sidebar. Reach out, makes friends and build your community.
Your turn. What things have you learned from your years of blogging? If you had to pick your greatest lesson what would it be?
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” Anaïs Nin
“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” C. JoyBell C.
“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.” Heath L. Buckmaster
Wattpad is a social network where readers and writers can interact. Writers can post stories, chapters, working versions, entire novels or excerpts and share them with readers for free. As of December 2013 Wattpad has over 18 million users who can access stories posted via their phones and mobile devices. Of the many genres on Wattpad the most popular are Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy.
I signed up awhile ago but never took the time to explore and interact on the platform until recently. I’ve been working on a new adult dark horror novel and have decided to post chapters of the work in progress every Friday. If you enjoy being taken into a mag
Why am I posting my story for free on Wattpad?
It’s a way for me to test out all of my crazy ideas. It will allow me to receive feedback from the people who matter, my readers. I have to admit I’m scared out of my mind placing my writing out there for everyone to read. It’s way more terrifying to me than making up these scary stories. But I have to find a way to get past the fear and just do it. Violeta, the main character is demanding to be let out of the box.
You can find me on Wattpad here: If you have a minute I would truly appreciate your support with a read or follow. Thanks.
Here’s a description of the story:
The blood tingling adventure of reluctant supersensitive, Violeta, who has managed to keep her supernatural magical abilities secret until she gets bitten by a legendary power hungry Creole shape shifter, a Rougarou. She has 31 days to learn how to use her psychic abilities to break the curse or lose all her powers.
Are you using Wattpad?
Do you have any tips for me?
“Today is the day to move past your past, move closer to your dreams, rise above your detractors, feel the fear and do it anyway, stoop below your ego, get out of your own way, and allow your life to amaze you.” Elissa Gabrielle
“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” Marilyn Monroe
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Frank Herber
“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” Aristotle
I’m grateful for the invitation to visit the brand new headquarters of the Fusion Network. The brand-new Fusion network is a joint venture between Univision and Disney/ABC. Defining themselves as a news, pop culture and satire channel, this digital and TV network targets a young, diverse and inclusive audience. They were extremely welcoming and gave me the VIP treatment. I met some wonderful people I hope to see again soon.
I was given a behind the scenes tour of the studios and was very impressed to learn newscaster Jorge Ramos does an hour long show in English and does another show in Spanish right after. Now that’s talent. I was asked what he is like and in one word it would be kind.
I also met the talented Alicia Menedez who has her own nightly show on the new channel. It was pretty cool to watch her in action. Have you heard of the new network? Does your carrier have the channel? Sadly Comcast doesn’t yet but I am able to see the videos they post in social media and on their website.
You can read more about my visit here.
I just finished reading, “Looptail How One Company Changed the World” by Bruce Poon Tip. I picked it up because it was on one of those best business books of 2013 lists and more specifically because it was a travel company. I’ve been wanting to travel more and trying to find creative ways to do so.
The book is a great read for those interested in leadership and testing out different business models especially for company’s going through growth looking for new strategies.
I found the book inspiring because it’s an example of a company who has incredible growth and did so without comprising on their ideals. If you think success means you’ll have to sell out one day here’s a real example of that not being true. This company was able to thrive while paying it forward and helping local communities to grow and prosper. Because of the prejudice he encountered as a child he celebrated the uniqueness of people who collectively could achieve the extraordinary.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“It’s about paying it forward, finding purpose and infusing your work and life with it, you create the conditions for your own success.”
“How you view the world is linked to your influences and the world is a reflection of your consciousness.”
What are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for me?
As an avid reader I devour articles, magazines and books on a daily basis. I guess that’s why I’ve never made any formal reading goals. It’s something I already do, but seeing others create reading goals for the new year made me want to take my reading to another level which is reading with the purpose to acquire and use information.
Reading to Learn
Writing better will always be a goal of mine. The first two books I’m reading this year are about writing. I’m re-reading Syd Field’s, Foundations of Screenwriting. It helps me to look at the plot of the story I’m working on and strengthen it.
The second book I’m reading is Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole. If you are writing for young adults or middle grade I highly recommend it. This is one of the best books on writing I’ve read.
Reading to Acquire New Information
There are things I want to learn like how to best handle my finances, business and marketing. I’ll be reading books on these topics and I’ll share them here and on Goodreads. Please share your recommendations in the comments.
Reading for fun
I also like to read for pure entertainment especially fiction. Next on my to read list is one I picked up at the Miami Book Fair. It’s a book of short stories called: The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories. There are some classics stories in there like Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph but also many other great gems I hope to discover.
Some of my favorite books are:
10 Benefits of Reading
Boosts Analytical Thinking
Improve Writing Skills
Increase Emotional Intelligence
Expands Your World View
Makes You Look Sexy
If you’re on Goodreads you can check out what I read in 2013.
Your turn, tell me what you’re reading?
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” Gustave Flaubert
“We read to know that we are not alone.” William Nicholson
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin
“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” Fran Lebowitz
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” Mortimer J. Adler
Update: I found an old Vine video with some books from my shelf.
It’s the beginning of a new year and most people are making lists to improve themselves so they’ll look better to others. Take a good look at your list. Is your list personalized to your needs? Is it a little bit crazy? It should be.
Being yourself and following your instincts take courage but why waste your time worrying about what others think when you can be happy right now? Very few people actually know who we truly are. At best a person at any given time only knows a slither, a very small slice of who you are and what you’re capable of. Other people’s opinions reveal everything about them and absolutely nothing about you. Make it your year. Be crazy.
How to Be Crazy
Believe in yourself.
You have many skills and amazing qualities. Best of all you have the never ending capacity to learn. Practice self love and that will build your self confidence. No one can resist a powerful attitude. I learned to believe in myself when I heard peoples criticism and I knew how wrong they were.
Follow your intuition.
Intuition is tapping into your unconscious or subconscious mind. They are a resource of information. Pay attention to your body’s signals. Your body provides powerful information about your health, decisions and other people.
Believe in your dreams.
Indulge in daydreaming, imagination and play. Dreams are like magic. When you respect and nurture them they will bring you meaning and purpose.
It’s not easy being courageous but one thing that has helped me is knowing people will criticize no matter what so I might as well be happy. My happiness is more important than a fleeting opinion.
Don’t procrastinate. The quicker you act the less time you have to worry or become fearful.
What crazy things are you planning on doing this year?
Here’s my short list: Create every day. Write and write better. Travel and have many fun adventures.
I hope you go crazy this year. If you need extra inspiration here’s a song to get you started.
“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” Tim Burton
“Be crazy! Be brave enough to live different.” Paulo Coelho
“What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?” Ursula K. Le Guin
“Live life fully while you’re here. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.” Anthony Robbins
“I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” Lewis Carroll
“Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” Sigmund Freud