[This post is sponsored by Painting with a Twist but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.]
Happy Monday y’all! I feel like it’s been FOREVER since I last posted. Life has been CRAZY. With work, wedding planning, and trying to spend time with friends and family there hasn’t been much time for me to sit down and write a post. And, it sucks, because I also haven’t had much one on one time with the fiance in the past month and a half. So, we decided to finally PLAN a date night out, just the two of us, to Painting with a Twist.
The fiance is the artist out of the both of us. He knows how to draw and paint. I love how happy he looks when he is “in the zone” while he is painting. I think it really calms him down. When I found the Painting with a Twist near us, I thought it would be the PERFECT date night for us. I like wine, the fiance likes to paint…it was a match made in heaven. Continue reading
You know I love me a subscription box. When The Daily Goodie Box reached out to me I was beyond excited to try it out. Not only was it a subscription box, but it was FREE.
Of course, like with anything else, I had my suspicions that it just COULDN’T be free.
So I created my account and within a few weeks, I received my Daily Goodie Box…absolutely no strings attached.
The Daily Goodie Box is more than just free samples because they send you products that you MOST LIKELY will use in your everyday life.
[This post is sponsored by USA Network but the content and opinions expressed here are my own for Queen of the South.]
Y’all! Y’all! Yaaaaaaaaa’ll! Queen of the South is officially back!
The series is an adaptation of the successful miniseries La Reina del Sur, which I watched from start to finish two years ago. I loved the telenovela, so I knew right off the bat that I wanted to watch Queen of the South the minute I heard that it was in the works.
Starring Alice Braga (“I Am Legend”) as Teresa, the original drama series is based on the global best-selling novel “La Reina Del Sur,” by internationally-acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
If you follow me on social media, it is no surprise that I am a self-proclaimed pageant girl. I have many hobbies from working out to writing to as simple as spending time with my family. But, there is a hobby I picked up the last year that I have absolutely fallen in love with…PAGEANTS. My hobby, however, doesn’t always seem to be met with positivity.
Pageant contestants are met with so much negativity on a daily basis. I’m the type of person who loves adventure, and honest competition, so when I entered my first pageant, I was excited to share the news with my family and friends. And, I am not going to lie to you, I was one of those people that HATED the idea of pageants before I competed in one.
The argument I’ve heard from most people against pageantry is that the contestants are “exploited’ and “parade around in swimwear”. Yes… We do wear swimsuits in SOME pageants ( not all pageants have a swimwear portion)… And I have no issue with this… and here’s why. Continue reading
Happy Mexican Mother’s Day! Feliz Dia de las Madres!
Today, in Mexico, it’s Mother’s Day! This will probably not come as a surprise to many of you but I am very, very proud of my mother and all of her accomplishments. Sometimes I feel like people get annoyed or even uncomfortable with how much I brag about her. But, it not my fault. My mom and both my parents, for that matter, are the epitome of the American Dream.
My mother was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. She was able to overcome adversity and graduate college despite English being her second language. She went on to become the first woman and first Latina President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union in Del Rio, TX. This past February, she was awarded the 2017 National Credit Union Foundation Wegner Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. This is one of the most prestigious awards to receive for professionals in the credit union industry. Continue reading
CHINGONA: Spanish for Bad Bitch aka Badass Girl aka Nasty Woman
Confidence is something I struggled with most of my life. I have never been the prettiest, the skinniest, the one with the best hair, or the one with the hottest bod. But, in the past year, I have learned to be comfortable in my own skin and to really embrace the amazingness that is me.
Confidence comes from within.
And I came here to slay biiiiich.
Of course, like I said before, I wasn’t always like this. I spent YEARS of my life trying to be someone I wasn’t because I was convinced that people would like me more if I dressed, acted, and looked a certain way. I was also convinced that if certain groups of people “liked” me that I would automatically just BE a happier person.
I think the first instance I can remember this happening happened for me in 1st grade. My parents would send my brother and I to Mexico to spend the summer with my grandparents so we could practice our Spanish. One summer, they thought it would be a good idea to enroll us in school in Mexico for a month to see what it would be like for us. Within the first week of being there I was dubbed “Ojos de Sapo” or “Frog Eyes” because the kids said my eyes were huge. So starting then I thought that if I squinted all the time that it would make me less weird and more attractive. I have pictures of me from then on through college with me squinting. Haha Continue reading
“If at first you don’t succeed
Dust yourself off and try again
You can dust it off and try again”
I am back y’all! It’s been soooo long! I am SUPER EXCITED to be back blogging and here with all of you! As many of you know, I took my Professional Engineering exam again last week after failing it last October. I am not going to lie…that b was HARD AF. There was a point during the exam that I questioned whether I should just guess on the whole test and just leave in the middle of it.
Nobody likes to fail. And, after having shared my study journey last year with all of you, I was SO embarrassed when I received the results and saw FAIL written in big red letters. Failing at anything sucks and sometimes it’s a really hard thing to get over.
I am a perfectionist and I REALLY don’t like failing. I try my hardest to be good at everything I do. I give 110% to every job, blog post, volunteer position, etc. because I always want to be THE best at what I do.
Failing the exam really brought me down and I was pretty down in the dumps for a couple of months. I started binge eating like crazy and stopped working out. I even started pushing away friends and turning down opportunities to hang out with them because I felt like they were only offering out of pity. Continue reading
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If you follow me on Instagram you know that I took my professional engineering exam this past October. After weeks of waiting that felt like a lifetime, we got the results. I didn’t pass. I kept refreshing the page to make sure I had the correct result. And it was still there…in big red letters. My result.
Since then, I have upped my study game and sat down to really think about where I messed up. Thankfully, they send you a diagnostic with your percentage of passing and failing subjects so you have a clear idea on where you didn’t do so hot.
One of my biggest flaws to date is that I have really bad test anxiety. I started to have it after my first college exam that I bombed. I freak out, especially when the test is timed. The PE exam is timed. 8 hours. 80 Questions. Approximately 6 minutes per question. There were a good 30 minutes when I took the test in October that I just sat there freaking out. That was 5 questions I could have been answering. And then I spent at least 15 minutes each on two separate problems because I knew that I KNEW how to answer them and was too caught up to just skip them and come back to them if I had time. Continue reading
[NPR’s Latino USA senior producer Nadia Reiman editing one of the show’s latest podcasts.]
[Credit: The Futuro Media Group]
Last week, I posted about my all-time favorite podcasts (so far in life…right? haha). One of those podcasts is Latino USA.
NPR Latino USA is NPR’s only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program hosted by Maria Hinojosa and produced by Futuro Media. Latino USA is the foremost Latino voice in public media and the longest running Latino-focused program on radio. Latino USA brings depth of experience, on-the-ground connections and knowledge of current and emerging issues impacting Latinos and other people of color to every broadcast.
My Favorite Latino USA Episodes So Far:
- #1705 – The USA v. Oscar Lopez Rivera
- #1704 – Departing
- #1651 – The Tech Industry’s Leaky Pipeline
- #1646 – One Nation Under Trump
I had the greatest pleasure of interviewing Latino USA senior producer, Nadia Reiman to talk about the greatest past episodes of Latino USA so far and what the future holds for the podcast.
Listen the interview below. =) Continue reading