Friday, May 26, 2006

A Good Day to be a Latina Entrepreneur

What a great month this has been with even more good things to come! My momentitos of fame are blazing brightly with lots of awards, recognition, and buena onda coming this way. And with awards and recognition come... fiestas!

The biggest news is yours truly being named to the Latino 100 (pictured), and hot off the presses is the news that I am Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year for the National Hispanic Business Womens Association. (Please join me on June 10 at the awards banquet- go to, click on "Events" and order your ticket today!)

Having all this occur while I launch my new Inner Circle Program is simply divine icing on the cake. So my mom is proud, I'm feeling validated and now I must do the task I dread... shopping for clothes. More on that in a minuto.

Saturday May 20 was the National Latina Business Women's awards banquet where I got to see friends get awards and connect with people I know. I wish I had a photo, but I didn't take my camera that night... but will certainly put pics up when those arrive. The day before I spent half the afternoon fighting prom-bound teens for the last shreds of evening accessories and shoes. As I'm holding my cafe con leche complexion up to this season's light colors, I realized that I was in serious need of RED. Pastel colors are not my friends, they make me look listless, yet that was all I could find! The only red had a July 4th theme and sorry... not this girl.

So I'm walking up and down this mall, missing the days when I didn't have to shop at malls, grumbling about all these butt ugly styles available to women, the whole shopping-industrial conspiracy... oh my mind was busy. However I found a kiosk that had red accessories (sales girl to me: "Oh no one EVER buys red, maybe for Valentine's day..." as if to say what?)

Long story short, I managed to pull together a nice little black number w/ red accents and had a great time!

Tuesday May 23 was the Latino 100 reception here in Orange County... (not to be confused with a great play The Mexican OC. ) Here I am pictured with my "date" for the night the super accomplished Alicia Maciel. I think we were trying to do a prom date picture... or were we thinking of stealing the centerpiece? Hijole!

Thursday May 25 I attended Dialogue on Diversity's annual conference in LA which was also very interesting. What I took away most from that day was connecting with some really cool amigas y comadres, such as those here with me... Top row left to right there's Addy the bling chica, Tanya of Crafts From Argentina, la famosa y buenisima Ana, next row is me, Yolie who is Ana's right hand, and Claudia of Chunk'n'Chip Cookies. Not pictured is Laurelle a public speaking coach who was also great to connect with.

Send me a comment back if you have a link to an outfit worthy of the Entrepreneur of the Year awards night, if you too hate shopping, or whatever this post pops up in your mind.


Pictured (Latino 100 photo) above I'm wearing this awesome necklace made for me by artesana Sally Evans. You just don't find these types of things in malls...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Now I Can Sleep... The Inner Circle Program is Done!

If you've tried to contact me in the last month, chances are I've had to explain that I'm in the middle of a huge project and...
can we talk some other time?
Can we reschedule that lunch date?
Would it be OK to call you back in... JUNE?

Well, mi gente, I am back and let me say that the journey into the labs of creation was AWESOME.

It started with an inkling. Create a coaching program for my loca entrepreneur comadres who need a boost. But do they want it? What should it focus on?

Then Catherine sent me a survey one day and I realized that I could do the same. Thanks Cath for the push!

Over 400 people responded to the survey, and I found out quite a bit. The majority of my ezine subscribers are women entrepreneurs, mostly Latina. (kinda figured that one...)

They are looking for resources that won't break the bank but will keep them creative, efficient, and on the path to success.

They're willing to pay, but do have worries about investing too much in consulting and coaching.

They are dealing with focus, overwhelm, balancing family... the usual suspects.

So I pored through my resources, hired a great coach/consultant to help me craft the best program possible, and finally am ready to launch it!

Behold, the Comadre Coaching Inner Circle Program... it's ready and waiting for you and your friends!

Take a peek and let me know what you think.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Kinesthetic Driver Takes Over the Roads!

I'm a learning styles freak and have recently discovered some amazing insights into my own learning style... and I bet you'll get an insight too.

Your learning style is how your brain remembers stuff... that's about as simply put as possible.

Most of us are a combination of visual, auditory, verbal, and kinesthetic styles. We need visual cues, verbal reminders, we need to jot notes and doodle, pace about... little things to help us think.

For the longest time I was convinced that I was overwhelmingly VISUAL. And yes, I am but I have now embraced the sobering fact that I am off the charts KINESTHETIC. In fact, I wonder if I'm as kinesthetic as I am visual.

Telltale Clues: a lifetime of shaking my foot while thinking, pacing, doodling, writing, and a recent discover.

The Moment of Discovery: A couple of weeks ago, my client and comadre Ruth Kunstadter joined me for mole at La Guelaguetza in Los Angeles. Amazing Oaxacan food.

But it wasn't the estofado that gave me the insight.

After lunch I took Ruth on an impromptu drive through East LA. At one point I realized that I wasn't sure how to get back to Union Station to drop off Ruth, and she suggested I ask for directions. I declined. I kept driving.

I have never liked asking for directions, mostly because I can never make sense of what people tell me. I nod my head, drive off then find my own way.


I'm kinesthetic! I have to DRIVE AND BE IN MOTION to make sense of where I am. My animal instincts, my inner compass, are only activated in movement.

So for all of you who are bugged by people who don't ask for directions when lost, think twice. They may not be as pigheaded as you think but simply challenged due to a learning style preference

ahhh, what a relief! I'm not being a sonsa as some have accused me of being (not Ruth). Look at some of the quirks and challenges you have and maybe there is a learning style gem for you.

Interested in your learning style? I like this website a lot:
Learning Styles Online