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Get Real: Daily Blogging isn’t easy

30 Jun

The biggest blogging lesson I’ve learned so far:

There’s a reason not everyone blogs every day.

It is time consuming. And good great content doesn’t always just flow right out.

I’m on post #30 of 35. Today is Saturday. I want to relax, enjoy my family, attend birthday parties and have fun at Mom’s Night Out. I don’t want to be consumed with “What will I blog about today?”

Sure, I need to work on matching the time to write with the commitment to write.

I hope you read ¿Qué Means What? because you enjoy, are inspired, can have a laugh or share about my blog topics. I hope you appreciate the transparency I’m showing today 🙂

So, Happy Weekend! I’ll be back with FIVE posts in the next five days!

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Always have a plan B

14 Jun

I made a commitment to publish one post for 35 days. I have 36 minutes left in this day and I’m just now typing.

“What am I going to blog about!?!” I kept asking my husband on the drive home from dinner at a friend’s home.

I rush in the house, get the boys in bed and pick up my laptop to go get settled in my bed and begin my post. My laptop is one of those fancy ones that doesn’t work without being plugged in. I know, fancy. (new battery is arriving tomorrow, thank you Amazon) I pull out my brand new lap desk with a fan to keep me cool and comfy, place my laptop on the lap desk and reach for my power cord … reach for my power cord … reeeeeaach for my power cord. Yep, no power cord!

I left it behind at work.

“UGH! I have an hour to publish this post! I don’t have my power cord!” I holler at my husband.

“Blog about that,” he calmly responds.

Whatever. As I grab the iPad and open up the Worpress app, I’m thinking, “Where’s the message in that?”

Then I go back to my bed, get comfy with my blankets and iPad. 39 minutes … Hmmm, if I could only say one thing to one person, what would it be? … “Have a plan.”

My plan tonight was to come home and blog on my “fancy” but appreciated laptop. And now I have plan B. Type this post on my touchscreen iPad instead of my desired keyboard. Plan B keeps me from breaking my 35 post commitment.

So, I take it back. I’d tell someone, “Always have a plan B.”

Our dinner with friends was learning about homeschooling. We were planning to send them to public school. Now homeschool may be plan B. (that’s another post) Particularly for wives who don’t work, have a plan B. You might not need to work right now but have a plan B just in case. You may plan for your children to go to college, but what if they don’t or can’t? Prepare for a plan B.

And really that’s it. Always have a plan B. Things just might not always go the way you plan them. You might have to make tweaks to your original plan. You might have to find another route to your destination. But always, always have a plan B.

What’s your plan B?

5 minutes to spare.

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Mexican-ness Identity Crisis

1 Jun

I have heard of this insane idea of blogging each day for 3o days. I thought “Wow! That would be fun but a lot of work.” This month I am up for the challenge! Not just 30 posts but 35! It’s a special number because it is how many years my presence has blessed this earth. Oh wait, I mean I’m blessed to be turning 35 this year!  So here’s post 1 of 35.

This blog originally began as an “Identity Crisis”. Struggling with my career identity and my identity as a wife and a mother, I realized a lot of it stemmed from my culture identity as a Mexican-

American living in Texas. The best way to describe it is the scene from the movie Selena. Edward James-Olmos, playing Abraham Quintanilla, shares how tough it is to be a Mexican-American. “We’ve got to prove to the Mexicans how Mexican we are. We’ve got to prove to the Americans how American we are. … It’s exhausting. … Nobody knows how tough it is to be Mexcian-American!”  (Just watch the whole movie, it’s one of my favorites!) 

Personally, I dealt less with Mexicans from Mexico and more with Mexican(-American)s in Texas. This felt a bit more tragic as we all lived in the same place but somehow I still wasn’t as “Mexican” as them. I didn’t speak Spanish or ‘know’ many Mexican traditions. (read my Story of  Qué) And you can feel really lost when you don’t know “who you are”. While I love  immigrant stories of Latino families that came to the US, my story isn’t one of immigration. I am third generation Texan from both my mom and my dad’s side of the family. Which means only my grandparents’ parents were born and lived in Mexico.

Honestly, I’ve spent most of my life feeling like a gringa learning about a Mexican-American family. And that is the honest to God truth. As time passed along, I had put this burden on myself to prove my “Mexican-ness” to others.

Maybe if I wear a Mexican Flag Badge??

Now, I’m in a different place. Now, instead of focusing on what it seems I may be lacking as a Mexican-Latina-whatever you want to call it, I celebrate all my Texicana-ness in Spanglish! (English with un poquito Español) Recently, it’s due to a large part of my online community that I have learned to embrace me just as I am. Meeting supporters from mommy bloggers, Latina bloggers, groups like LATISM (Latinos in Social Media), the Hispanicize conference and like-minded people on Twitter  has contributed to me becoming aware and confident of myself and my own “Latina-ness” or “Mexican-ness”.The more people I talked to about my ‘identity crisis’, the more I found that we actually have a lot in common no matter what their background. This makes me want to keep the conversation going!

It has been a moving, hilarious and crazy adventure exploring my “Mexican-ness”.  Thanks for reading and giving me a space to create, celebrate and share my culture. ¿Qué Means What? allows me to explore my culture with emphasis on justice, healthy living, education, family and faith. And I’m not just talking about lessons from the past but also what is relevant for the Latino community today.

Do you have an identity crisis? Or do you know who you are and celebrate your culture? Or how about a little of both?

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