Thanks to Hispanicize 2012 and wonderful friends
The first night in I learned about Latina Mom Bloggers and met Michelle (Family Love in My City), who’s quiet demeanor only hides the passion and joy she holds inside. As we spoke she told me about her blog and asked me to share what my blog was about. Sheepishly I told her that I did not have a personal blog, but was at the conference to see if I could find the answer to being comfortable about sharing my life on a blog and figure out what it was exactly that I wanted to blog about. In her quite confidence, Michelle took it upon herself to cheer me on and to share stories of her apprehensions over the same things, but added that she’s been doing it for a couple of years and loves it.
As the days went on, I met the other bloggers – Candy (Mommypalooza), Courtney ( Detroit Mommies & Discovering Arkansas), Diane (PRSA), Lynda (Hit the Road Jane), Monica (Monica Wants It) and Zelma (Yo Soy Mami) – who not only got me to tweet for the first time (until this point I was mainly only using Twitter to follow celebrities), but who through their encouraging words made me realize that I too could blog. No special credentials or qualifications needed, just the desire to put yourself out there and share your life with others.
Each day brought on new knowledge, along with fun brand and celebrity encounters.
It was an exciting and exhausting conference that culminated with a night of fun at the Villa Vecchia mansion, where we enjoyed horderves and Bacardi Dragon Berry drinks as we watched an outdoor screening of Scarface, jammed to Steven Bauer’s band and partied with our Scarface stars – Steven Bauer, Pepe Serna and Ángel Salazar.
I couldn’t wait to come home and start my blog. Unfortunately my body was in shock with the long days and nights and I ended up coming home with a cold that kept me out of commission for a while (still have the annoying after cough to boot). All in all though, it was one of the most knowledge filled, fun and personal growth experiences I’ve had in a long time, that resulted in me saying “Look Ma…I’m blogging” – simply Amazing!
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