Saturday, September 02, 2006

Can you keep a secret?

Well, I don't know if you can keep a secret, but I sure can.

Yes I can, yes I can, yes I can.

I sure can.

OK, you dragged it out of me, but I'm not letting you in on everything:

Last month I posted an entry referring to a big award I was applying for and guess what:
I got it!

I'm not saying which award (the organization giving the award wants us quiet til they officially announce it), but it's prestigious, a huge honor, and will help me further develop my coaching work to help Latinapreneurs (my term) find personal and financial success.

I fly back east in September to get the award at a big snazzy event. I'm really excited because I'm bringing my mom and it will be Citlalli's first time ever spending the night without me, just dad. They'll be fine... remember, they love to watch Bob Marley DVDs.

On Friday a film crew (1 guy doing the work of 3 people still counts as a crew in my mind) came and filmed an hour of me that will get sliced down to a 30 second snippet. They'll flash that on the screen as I accept the award (I'M NOT TELLING YOU WHAT AWARD YET! OK!?!) I think their idea was to avoid long winded acceptance speeches. (I kept my acceptance speech for Entrepreneur of the Year to under 3 minutes- I know to keep it short and sweet.)

The funniest thing is that this past week has been the week I decided to redo my office, and living room. House=disaster. The goal of this film shoot was to capture me in my work environment. Hmmmmmm. Need to think creatively.

I called my extremely talented artist friend Erin and asked if she could stage an area in my house that we could use as a substitute office. She was awesome! We had to take about a million of Paco's books down (Advaita, Zapatistas, Dreads, Reggae, Politics, Native Struggle, etc), stack them up under the kitchen counter, then recreate this space as my ideal office. She did a great job turning my dining room into a dream office- Maria Sanchez art, my grandmother's molcajete, certificates of recognition from Congresswomen Loretta Sanchez and Linda Sanchez, pictures of my family. I sort of felt like I was moving into an IKEA vignette.

I invited my comadre Alicia Maciel over and asked her if she could pose as my client for the film shoot. Since my business is mostly virtual,I don't have a client meeting space, but we made it look like we were really going at some good strategizing. (Actually we were, we were going to meet later that day to talk about licensing and intellectual properties, so we just had our meeting while being filmed).

This has been a whirlwind, I totally hit the wall of exhaustion after all was done, but perked up enough later that day to do a girls night out w/ my moms group.

Whew! More exciting info to come...

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