Bella Vida by Letty


Latina Engineers Share Tips for Thriving in Corporate America

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.


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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!


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Blogging Tips & Social Media Tips Round Up

BVBL Blogging Tips

Today’s post is about the business of blogging. Here’s a roundup of helpful blogging tips and social media tips  I’ve written about previously on this site. Bookmark this page and feel free to peruse.

Blogging Tips
I’ve been blogging for over seven years and these are some useful things I wish I would have implemented from the very start.
5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging 

The more you develop your voice the more successful you will become with your readers. Infusing your writing with your personality helps engage your audience. Revealing your personality gives you authenticity making you a reliable source to your audience.
10 Steps to Finding Your Blogs Writing Voice
10 Benefits of Guest Posting 

Some legalities you should know about advertising and endorsements.
Blogging Ethics & FTC Requirement of Full Disclosure 
Writer’s Block: 25 Things To Do When You Can’t Write

Top Reasons to Own A Domain 

Social Media Tips
100 Pinterest Tips & Ideas for Artists Photographers Creatives 
How to Embed an Instagram Photo 

Networking Tips
Blogging conferences are the perfect place to connect with people and keep up to date on what’s new in your industry.
How to Get Ready for a Blogger Conference 

Life & Business Tips
Regardless of industry or career, developing your style demonstrates mastery and professionalism.
Style is a Way of Life ~ Design Yourself 
Creating New Goals & Objectives 

How can I help you? Do you have any blogging or social media questions?

Leave them in the comments below. I’d love to help.

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The Niche Parent Blogger Conference RoundUp



I want to commend Nadia, the Niche Mommy Network and conference staff for putting together such a great event. It was my first time attending the Niche Parent Conference. The intimate atmosphere left time for lots of networking. I connected with many online friends for the first time in person and reconnected with many friendly familiar faces I hadn’t seen in awhile. This is a great conference to attend if you are ready to take your blog to the next level so keep an eye out for next year’s dates.
There were many interesting panels and workshops to choose from focusing on things like the business of blogging to advice on growing your blog. These are some of the sessions I attended along with some of the wonderful things I learned.

How Much is it Worth? The State of Social Media with Ted Murphy, CEO of IZEA, Inc
Ted Murphy has many years of experience building businesses. One of my favorite takeaways from this session was his insistence that bloggers must get paid for their time and work. It does take anywhere from 6 to 8 hours to edit photos and write great content. Not to mention the cost of equipment. It takes money to run a business. Value yourself and your work and others will too.

How to Grow Your Email List, Influence, and Monetize your Blog with Laura Fuentes of Momables and SuperGlue Mom

One of my favorite sessions was given by Laura Fuentes. She spoke frankly and honestly about her journey as a blogger and shared step by step how she grew her platform. It was an information packed session and I learned many things which I will be implementing in the near future.

Secrets for a Successful Freelance Writing Career with Lorraine C. Ladish

Lorraine has many years of experience as both writer and editor. As a writer it was wonderful to learn industry insights. One of her best tips was not to take criticism personally and maintain good relationships. In an industry in flux you never where they or you might work next. 

Start-up Secrets & Tools for the 21st Century Woman with Celest Benn & Divina Rodriguez

I’m glad I attended this session because it refocused me onto a business mindset and both speakers were very motivating.

#NicheParent13 #sexystartup @TrumpetingMedia @DancingHotdogs decide if you want to run a lifestyle or buyout company then put a number onit

Past the Pitch: Brand Relationship 2.0 with Sili Recio and Eileen Campos

In this session Sili shared her media kit and gave great tips on how to pitch brands. Not only did she share great information but she gave us yummy samples of International Delight creamers in different flavors. Thanks Sili, who knows a girls gotta have her cup of coffee every day.

Vlogging – Making it Practical, Fun & Professional with Caroline Murphy

As an artist I always find myself behind the camera and never really thought about being in front of it. Caroline of Smarty Pants Mama spoke with such energy and enthusiasm I just might give a try soon. Thanks for the inspiration and Cover Girl Lipsticks. You know how much I love makeup don’t you?

The Content is the Ad with Ted Rubin

Social marketing strategist and author of Return on Relationship gave his wonderful insight reminding us it is not the amount of followers nor the size of your audience rather the quality of interaction. Learn who your audience is and engage them.

Blogger/Brand Playbook: The Top Spoken and Unspoken Rules of Engagement between brands, bloggers, and blogger networks with Crystal Duncan of IZEA Inc., Courtney Velasquez of Collective Bias, Latina Mom Bloggers, Cristy Clavijo-Kish, Latina Mom Bloggers

New FTC Disclosures: What Marketers & Bloggers Need to Know with SOWEB Inc.

It’s better to be honest and authentic rather than dishonest.  Always disclose and you won’t have any problems, your audience will respect you more.

Blogging 101: How to Make Something Out of Nothin’ with Vanessa Bell, Eileen Carter-Campos & Chaton Turner

I enjoy attending conferences, learning new things and networking.

What conferences do you recommend for taking your blog or business to the next level?


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Attending the Niche Parent Social Media Conference 2013

The Niche Mommy Network  Announces
The Niche Parent Social Media Conference 2013

The Niche Parent Social Media Conference 2013


Connect with the best in social media, marketing, and entrepreneurship  at the Niche Parent Conference. The setting will be intimate at 200 attendees to allow meaningful connections between attendees, speakers, and brands present.  The conference features a workshop-style agenda giving bloggers hands-on professional development.

Attendees will have a lot to look forward to at this year’s Niche Parent Conference! This year’s conference will  offer  socially savvy moms and dads  headliner keynotes including  Ted Rubin, Ted Murphy, CEO of IZEA, Miriam Muley, expert and published author on marketing to women and women of color.  Like last year, there will be  hands-on innovative workshops taught by Collective Bias and other industry leaders.  Empowering sessions will round off our agenda to  elevate attendees’ blogs and brands.  Finally, Momprenuers and Dadprenuers will walk away with tool-kits to get their startups off the ground AND generating revenue.

Sounds amazing right?!  That’s why I wanted to share it with you.

Save the Date:     Thursday, September 5th – Saturday, September 7th, 2013

The Niche Parent Social Media Conference 2013

 The Niche Parent Conference will be taking place at the beachfront Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida aka paradise.  This hotel is ranked in the top 100 meeting hotels in the U.S. by Cvent.  Unlike other conferences I’ve been the hotel is family friendly and includes a Kids’ zone for children offering a range of activities.

Niche parent conference discount

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You do not have to be a parent blogger to attend the conference.  I am a lifestyle blogger and will be attending because it’s a great opportunity fine tune my skills as well as network with sponsors and fellow bloggers.

An example of the workshops I’m looking forward to:

  • Breakout: Secrets for a Successful Freelance Writing Career
  • Workshop: SEO & Search For Bloggers
  • Panel: The Basics on Protecting Your Intellectual Property On the Internet 
  •  Workshop: Past the Pitch: Brand Relationship 2.0

These are just a few of the workshops going on during the conference and they continue to add more.  You can read about them HERE:

Will you be attending? 

This will be my first time and I look forward to seeing you there.  Don’t forget to purchase your discounted ticket via the above link or the badge in my sidebar.


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An Experiment: Opening Up to Guest Blogging

I am excited to announce I will be opening my blog to guest posts for a brand new blogging series.  It will be a great way to network and discover new interesting bloggers you might not otherwise come across.  The objective of the series is to empower one another with our best blogging and/or business tips.  I want to learn about you and your blog while sharing our best advice with others.

What is guest posting?

Guest posting means writing and publishing an article on someone else’s website or blog.  In this case your article will be published on Bella Vida by Letty.

10 Benefits of Guest Posting

10 Benefits of Guest Posting

10 Benefits of Guest Posting

– It gives you and your blog exposure to a new audience.

– It’s a way to grow your platform.

– Creates relationships with other bloggers.

– Links back to your blog are good for your SEO and rankings.

– Build the reputation of a real expert in your niche.

– Get introduced to new niches you were unaware of.

– Create an impressive online resume.

– Learn from other bloggers.

– Increase your influence.

– Build your writing credentials.

Do you want to guest post on this blog?

I am looking for quality, insightful and opinionated posts from people who have blogs.  These are posts in which you share your experience, thoughts and knowledge.  Don’t be afraid to submit even if your blog is new, I’m sure you have something teachable to share.

All guest posts will be highly promoted across all of my social media platforms and will be pinned to my shiny new board at  the top of my Pinterest profile.

Do you want to be the next guest blogger

Submission Guidelines:

1. To be considered, submit a well written original article between 500 and 1000 words.  Tell us about your blog in such an exciting way and share your most amazing tip, we will want to visit immediately after reading the post.

2. The subject of your blog post may be business, entrepreneurship, blogging, leadership or empowerment.  Your submission should answer one or more of the following questions.

  • What is your best blogging tip?(ie. SEO, social media tips, growing your audience, making money, advertising, etc.)  Do not be limited by this short list of suggestions.  Impress me with your vast knowledge and experience.
  • What is the best lesson you have learned since you began blogging?
  • What are you passions and how do they relate to your blog?
  • What is your best advice for other bloggers?
  • Do you have ads on your blog?  How do you make money with ads?
  • Have you pitched to brands?  What’s the best way to go about it?
  • How do you make money from blogging?
  • How did you grow your blog traffic?
  • Do you belong to blogging groups?  How can they be useful?
  • Do you sell products via your blog?  How does one do that?

3. Required: What 5 categories or keywords describe your blog? (ie. art, fashion, feminism, tech, business, travel, etc.)

4. Please attach a photo of yourself and your blog logo.

5. Don’t forget to include: Your Name, a one or two sentence bio, Blog Name, and Blog url.

6. Email to: [email protected]



Here are some great tips about guest posting from some of the biggest professional bloggers:

7 Crucial Tactics for Writing a Wildly Successful Guest Post

How to Guest Post to Promote Your Blog

8 Essential Do’s And Don’ts Of Guest Posting

How to Write a Killer Guest Post: The Art of the Clickthrough

Guest Blogging: The Ultimate Guide


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How to Create a Mission Statement

“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.” Paulo Coelho

Mission Statement

There are many types of mission statements from business to personal.  I believe it’s worthwhile to invest in figuring out our own personal mission statement.  One thing successful and productive people have in common is focus on what they need to achieve.  A well thought out personal statement can give you focus and direction.

The mission statement should combine goals with your personal philosophy.  A Mission Statement defines purpose and primary objectives.  It should be simple, short and concise.  Begin by asking yourself what it is you would like to achieve in your lifetime.

Here’s mine

The Bella Vida by Letty mission is to enable all to live a beautiful life meaning that which feeds your spirit and is good for the planet.

What is your mission statement?

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou

“…But we also believe that part of our mission in life is to find our bliss and follow it. Life is a precious and delicate gift. How much of that gift do we squander out of fear?” Dianne Sylvan

“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did.” Kurt Vonnegut

“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” W. Clement Stone

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” Viktor E. Frankl

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100 Pinterest Tips & Ideas for Artists Photographers Creatives

100 Pinterest Tips for Creatives


I am a creative so falling in love with Pinterest was completely inevitable. The bookmarklet is so easy to use, it was love at first pin. How completely wonderful to be able to pin images and organize them onto categorized boards. Not only can Pinterest be used for fun but it’s also a powerful tool. Here are some ideas for creatives.

You can find me on Pinterest HERE.






Resume Board

You can create a visual resume by pinning and highlighting companies you have worked for or with, projects you have worked on, websites you have created, articles you have written, articles you have been featured in, reviews of your products, etc.


Since I am an artist I have a ‘Resume’ board’ as well as a ‘Portfolio’ board where I pin my paintings, photography and even poetry.

If you have an online store or want to showcase your products they can be arranged neatly by category.  To take full advantage of this opportunity you can even place product pricing over the photos.


Progression Board

Great way to share the progress and evolution of a particular piece you are working on. You can even fine tune this to be an educational ‘how to’ board.  This can also be shared with others if you are working on a collaborative project.  And it can be a great way to keep a client updated.


An easy way to experiment and get a visual feel for a project you are working on.
A twist on the storyboard is bookmarking images for a blog post.

How to Boards

Demonstrate or teach a technique from beginning to end. There are many examples on my ‘Recycled Books‘ Board.

Inspiration Result Boards

Pin the Photo that inspired you to create something then Pin the photo of your creative results.

Reference Library

Photography Tips
As a photographer I like to study the techniques of professionals I admire. You can create boards with photos of a particular artist, style, genre, concepts, etc.

More ideas for photography boards:
Professional Photographers, Fashion Photographers, Portraits, Fashion Photography, Shadows, Day/Night, Special Effects, Digital Manipulation, Study of Lighting, Black & White, Vintage Photos, Indoor/Outdoor Photography, Couples, Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Pets, Children, Babies, Teens Weather (Snow, Rain, Sunshine), Cars, Sports, Dance, Live Events, Poses, Brides, Costume, Fantasy, Family, Holidays, Texture, Macro, Time of the year (Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter), Homes, Architecture, Landmarks, Places, Statues, People on the Street, Spaces, Windows, Doors, Keys, Found Objects, Rooms, Kitchens, Gardens, Flowers, Animals, Hats, Shoes, Before & After, Then & Now, Food

Boards are an easy way to bookmark your favorite sites and articles that inspire creativity.

More ideas for inspiration boards:
Favorite Sites, Photography Tips, Photo Storage Sites, Photo Printing, Photo Editing Tips, Outdoor Photography, Places to go, Places to See, Fun, Funny, Colors, Colorful, Decor, Style

All of these ideas can be fine tuned to meet your specific artistic needs depending what kind of artist you are and the skills you practice.

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