Monthly Archives: May 2013

Wear Orange

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Wear Orange

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My dad advise for a bright start

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My dad advise for a bright start

All you need is love, is true but also we need a bright start to make the most of the day, how to do it? Well sometimes is easier to say than to do it but the secret is simplicity: make a routine that will transform into a habit – a positive one-

My dad has this great recipe: Every morning he wakes up take a deep breath and relax, he opens his mind and think of an intention to set in motion that day. Simple huh?

My dad has always told me to try to stick to the intention during the day, without pressuring myself for not doing it or feeling like I’m down the road no matter how hard I’m trying. When the day is not going as “intended” my dad advise is to go back to the moment of waking up:  take a DEEP BREATH and relax, open your mind and think of the intention to set in motion THAT DAY, is like a reboot, a moment to take ourselves out of the equation and see things differently without changing the goal to achieve.

Apart of the intention, we can use the help of Mother Earth with gemstones to remind us of our intention of the day and to align our energy with the Universe and manifest, take a look of what to use for each purpose:

  • Abundance. Amber, green jade and chalcedony inspiration for good fortune and financial guidance manifestation.
  • Power. Aquamarine, amethyst and rose quartz inspiration for courage and fierce protection.
  • Passion. Coral, red jasper and chalcedony inspiration for love and passion.
  • Courage. Carnelian, hematite and clear quartz inspiration for conflict resolution and justice.
  • Wisdom. Lapis Lazuli, smoky quartz and pewter inspiration for manifesting our goals.
  • Romantic beauty. Moonstone, rose quartz and green jade inspiration for feminine grace and confidence.
  • Hope. Amethyst, strawberry quartz and rose quartz inspiration for healing, protection and bliss.

Although I have been married for over a decade and live 3,000 miles away, my dad keeps calling me from time to time just to check on me if “I’m still breathing my bright start”.

My dad is a 68 year old optimistic guy who tells the worst jokes in the planet, he loves cup cakes and sweeties but he can’t eat them so he only dreams of them or cheat every time he can, he cheers you up and make your heart runs wild with famous quotes, he is always there when I need him, his favorite flower is jazmin and he is a History channel number 1 fan.

Love you dad.

From after school activity to girls’ biz

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From after school activity to girls’ biz

Sunday morning, my favorite espresso at hand, browsing the web for some amazing story to find, or some inspiration to arrive, maybe blogs to reblog, but nothing felt like “right” at that moment.

Out of the blue my daughter Fiona stomped down the stairs, hugged me and after trying to look over the iPad and figure out what was I doing, she finally asked: “mom, have you written about how we got into this?”.

I realized that I haven’t done so.

So, here it goes the story about how an after school activity for my daughters and bonding time with mom (that’s me!)  evolved into a girls’ biz adventure:

My daughter Fiona and me love to design, create and transform what ever we have at hand, we try to spend our few free afternoons doing crafts, specially jewelry. My little one, Miranda between cartwheel and monkey jumps stops by to bead little tiny charms that are almost invisible to my eyes or made patterns inspired by the latest animal she has read about.

The next day the bracelets are gone and in the hands of friends, theirs and mine… We made the bracelets everyday as a reminder of faith and spirit, thinking of each person and trait, we included little words that reminded our friends their awesomeness, their beauty and of course that whatever sadness was going on it shall pass.

When our real family business started to slowdown, my girls and I decided to make our hobby an e-commerce start up. We presented the “girls biz plan” to my husband, he reviewed it and supported us all the way. He jumped right in teaching us how to upload files, web sites, domains, e-commerce and of course sales!

What started as an after school activity, a mother-daughter bonding time type, has evolved into an adventure for the entire family, a fun and marvelous endeavor called Mia Joia that has brought my family even closer than we were before.

Pure bliss.

Disney faces backlash over new “sexy” Merida; pulls new image from web site as a result

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talking about girl power… I just love Merida the way she was created: wild and truthful to her self.

Dr. Rebecca Hains

UPDATE, May 16, 2013Disney has stated that 1. the 2D image was never on their official web site in the first place (though, oddly, it’s all over the official Australia/NZ version of the Disney Princess site–which may have been the source of any confusion), and 2. they will not be retracting the new Merida.

Click here for my new post, in which I argue they missed the whole point of the petition. Clearly, we still have work to do.

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On Saturday, Disney held a “coronation ceremony”(1) for Merida, star of the Disney-Pixar film Brave. In the coronation, Merida officially became part of the Disney Princess lineup. This means that her image has been added to the 2D collection of princesses in a cartoon form that fits stylistically with that of her princess peers.

Unfortunately for Disney, the new cartoon image of Merida that Disney created…

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Girls and Women Empowerment

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Girls and Women Empowerment

We have all heard about empowerment, we read about it, maybe we have endorsed one or two causes, maybe none, but still we have an idea of how an empowered girl can become a great woman.

I believe there are so many things still to do, research, understand and manifest regarding empowering women since their early stages and how such transformation can heal our community and the globe.

Call it my aha moment, or merely wishful thinking, nevertheless I’m on the path of a real career change and decided to follow my dream to create an organized space for ideas to converge and to dedicate my time researching, understanding and sketching a road map to prevent violent conflict by promoting women and girl empowerment holistically; and trying to support organizations that are already working on it, thru social media, academia and active participation.

I want to empower girls and women one idea at a time, so stay tuned for a future website, that hopefully will become more than a dream.

Websites for the Greater Good: Non-Profits on WordPress.com

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Girl Power… What can I say? I believe is a MUST for every single girl in the planet to have the choice, the education, the opportunities, the economic support, AND the confidence to make their dreams happen.
So many non-profits we can choose from to join, support, donate, volunteer… we have to start making a difference today. 🙂

The WordPress.com Blog

All kinds of organizations make their home on WordPress.com: small businesses, municipalities, religious organizations, schools, community groups. We also provide an online HQ for quite a few non-profits, from the global to the hyperlocal. They turn to WordPress.com for an easy-to-use, low cost solution that gets them an effective web presence without diverting thousands of dollars from their missions: helping others.

Here are just a few of the organizations that call WordPress.com home, and some of the ways they’ve used WordPress.com to create compelling sites that tell their stories and engage their supporters — nearly all for little or no cost:

Girls’ Globe

Girls’ Globe is a Sweden-based non-profit that connects individuals and organizations dedicated to the rights, health, and empowerment of women and girls.

Girls' Globe

The site creates a space for bloggers and non-profits to share stories of their challenges and successes. Each of those stories becomes a learning experience for…

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day

I kept thinking on how to honor a wonderful role in the world without being too fluffy, reiterative, not original but I’m afraid that at the end I’ll be writing something pulled out from a purchased card, anyway here it goes.

I’m trying to remember all the Mother’s Day I had with my mom when we live in Mexico and how many times she told me NOT to buy her anything regarding house chores, gardening, cooking or “I thought you would like a new hobby” present, NOT to take her out for lunch or dinner that day because “there are endless waiting lines and bad service”, NOT to buy her flowers because they are “over priced just because of the day” and so on.

You may wonder how did we celebrate my mom? Well, we tried to surprise her one or two days before –or after- with a dinner and her favorite music (I still remember her face when my dad bought the first eight track tape for her car), during the dinner she always reminded my brother and me NOT to give her anything if it didn’t come from our heart, and that the BEST GIFT we could ever give her is to be a GOOD son and DAUGHTER not only one day of the year, but ALL THE YEAR because she was a mother not only one day of the year but all the year too.

Of course I’ve really tried to keep her advice on being a good daughter and celebrate Mother’s day with only things that came from my heart. Since I was five years old I remember crafting all kind of trinkets for her not only at school but at home too, and yes in all those years my mom cherished the awful little necklaces and bracelets I made with all sort of creative materials: paperclips, pasta shells, buttons, plastic straws, shoe laces, yarn, and clay. But you know something? The best part was that she wore all of them like if they were the most expensive jewelry in the planet.

Now I’m a mother too and believe it or not I told my girls EXACTLY the same thing my mom told me: a mother’s best gift is having great kids and having the opportunity to enjoy life with them –which of course I have-

But contrary to my mom I DO celebrate Mother’s Day… DOUBLE! May 10th like in Mexico and the second Sunday of May like in the US, so I’ll be spending the entire weekend with my girls, my husband and my three really old dogs, as any other weekend, having fun and trying to make the best of the day, with great food prepared by me, great music selected by my girls, and wonderful games sponsored by my husband.

Thank you mom for the lessons you gave me, and thank you dad for explaining to me the challenges of being a mother… now I understand.

Te quiero ma.

Tarot Inspiration

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Tarot Inspiration

I was looking for inspiration today after buffing and sanding for almost three hours some pieces of jewelry, looking at them and thinking to myself “I wish I’ll be a lizard, maybe my fingers could grow back again!” My fingers were so soared and numbed for all the work, and at the end I was so frustrated because the pieces I was making didn’t end up as I expected, they were completely opposite to what I designed, the colors went wrong after baking the clay, some of them cracked, all my efforts clashed with a reality wall, my pieces were ruined and no matter how much effort I was using to “fix” them, at the end they were not good and I had to toss it all away.

I was so frustrated, and of course when you feel frustrated your creative side just shuts down, so after cleaning my working table and going back to square one –an empty space- I decided to browse some podcasts looking to find some inspiration in some of the episodes that I have on Tarot, healing, affirmations, crystals, angels, Bible. There I was listening to “The Language of Tarot” podcast when suddenly the episode just stops, like a glitch on the download you know? So I tapped on it several times to see if it came back or something, but instead of the episode I was listening a new podcast showed and started to play, odd isn’t it?

A random episode of the “Toronto Tarot Portal” started to play with Andrew McGregor and James Wells presenting the episode of Tarot and Meditation these 2 guys are amazing, marvelous, I never felt so relaxed with their tone of voice, they are Tarot professionals with a great idea of just teaching the Tarot not as a crystal ball to see into the future or an oracle, what I understood of the episode is how to be connected to the cards, how to visualize and meditate with the Tarot, and how the Tarot can be present in your life.

As I was listening to these guys and their knowledge on different card decks, their experience, how they connect a question to a card, not as a blunt answer but rather as how can you improve your life in order to get into a certain point, how can you use your inner strength and inner talents to achieve them, I realized that I have had working on different pieces without even paying attention, just enjoying my moment.

I really recommend you the “Toronto Tarot Portal” if you are into Tarot, meditation and visualization, Andrew and James have a great tone of voice, eloquent vocabulary and great examples.

Here are some of the things I created meanwhile I was listening to the podcast I hope you like it, and be blessed!

necklace 3 for web necklace 4 complete necklace 2 detail Bracelet 3a Bracelet 5b Bracelet 2a