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Maybe we are all fireworks!

3 Jul

photo from sxc.hu

Since my birthday is on July 5th, I always told myself that the 4th of July fireworks were really to celebrate MY birthday! And I have since been fascinated with fireworks! I love to see them on holidays, at baseball games, in movies … anywhere! They make me happy.

I found this video on how fireworks work just because I wanted to know.

After watching it, I thought about how we can be like fireworks: a small shell full of explosives. When lit, we can produce something grand and beautiful! The product at times can be breathtaking. Others can see it from miles around. They take photos, they cheer, they Oooh and Ahhh! All for your time to light up the sky. This is what’s possible when you don’t give up on your purpose and dreams because YOU were ‘lit up’ or determined. Others will watch and ‘oooh and ahhh’ at all that you accomplish. What will seem like an instant to others, will be your time to light up the sky.

What happens if we don’t get lit up? What happens if we stop? The worst thing that could happen is we stay in that small shell with all those explosives inside.

“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.” – Mary Kay Ash (joyofquotes.com)

In my house, we LOVE Katy Perry’s song “Firework”. In complete honesty, I didn’t know the words to the song before I looked them up for this blog post. We just loved the beat. Now, I love the song even more.

“Maybe you’re reason why all the doors are closed

So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road” (directlyrics.com)

So, if you are lucky enough to watch an amazing fireworks show this 4th of July, I challenge you to think about which fireworks are inside of you that you haven’t lit yet.

And then, go light your fireworks!


Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D 

opens in theaters on July 5th.

It’s a story about someone who doesn’t

seem to be living with music unplayed!

Photo courtesy of Paramount

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Disclaimer: Que  Means What is not endorsing the movie, nor did I receive any compensation for mentioning the movie.  

Do It Anyway!

21 Jun

As part of a fabulous Twitter party last night about Latina Leadership, one question that was asked was:

Being Latina and being a woman, makes it challenging to be a leader. What should we do?

My answer: DO IT ANYWAY!

photo from sxc.hu/biewoef

Then, I had to look at my own life and see what I wasn’t doing anyway. I already knew the answer because I had been trying to see ‘around’ it for a while. I want to go to grad school. It is a huge goal, one that is hard-to-imagine-it-really-happening goal, you know the kind that makes you want to throw up! Yep, that’s when you know it’s a good goal. I don’t even want to blog about it because … ay Dios, … what if I don’t do it?! You all will know.

I’m taking my own advice and I am going to do it anyway. Well, I’m beginning the process anyway. (Don’t worry, many blog posts to come about my grad school journey.)

Mujeres, okay, hombres también, you know how easy it is to give advice to others than to take it for yourself? Well, I asked myself, “what if my best amiga said she wanted to accomplish an I-wanna-throw-up goal?”

Here’s what I would tell her:

DECIDE. – what it is you want and then, decide to start.

BE DETERMINED. – distractions will appear butAND stay determined.

DEDICATE. – yourself to your goal, dedicate yourself to you!

Courage is fear that said it’s prayers. -unknown

Thank you to New Latina (@NEWLATIINA) and National Hispana Leadership Institute (@NHLI)  for hosting the Twitter Party. Bicultural Mom‘s website has a list of all the co-hosts of the chat #latinaleadership. Thanks Chantilly, (@MFAMMAG)!

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