Posts Tagged ‘america’

Before you follow your passion, find it

In tips on February 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

America is known as the land of the free. The place to achieve the American dream. The place we are led to believe where we can reach out and touch the sky. But in reality how many people do we know that are actually doing exactly what they love and not just trying to get by?

America is at a turning point. With the amount of unemployed people, a distrust for big companies or the “corporate ladder” and a new generation of Millennials beginning to lead the way…people are turning to doing those things that make them feel good about themselves. Not because they have to but because they want to.

Many people are making careers out of their hobbies and many are changing careers in search of a purpose.

This 2011, while it is unrealistic to ditch your job in search of what many might consider a pipe dream, try to find time to do what you love aside from your 9-5. Whether that is helping people by volunteering, writing that book or starting that blog you’ve always wanted, or perhaps teaching others a skill/talent. You will notice that while this may not make money at first it will compensate you in other ways that will make you feel great about yourself.

Don’t believe me? Even magazines like the October 2010 issue of Inc. have portrayed great stories where people are living their dream and are truly going after their passion but even more incredible…they are making a living out of it. Many believe following their dream or passion is a gutsy and risky thing done primarily by entrepreneurs.

While this may be easy advice for many focused Latinas to follow, the concern lies in the larger amount of Latinas who don’t even know what their passion actually is. Here are four tips that can guide you and get you started in finding your passion.

1.    Ask yourself, what are you really good at? Or what really excites you? Is there something that you have
secretly dreamed of but have never really pursued?

  • Perhaps there is a topic you find yourself reading a lot about

2.    Find the time to bring that passion you have just identified to life. “I don’t have time” is just an excuse.

3.    Get better at it. Practice. Experiment. Volunteer somewhere to perfect it and attend seminars. Reading
books/articles on it can only make you better.

4.    Once you feel comfortable. Try to make a profit or a business out of it.  Just like Confucius once said:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

To sum it up, there are many ways, dreams and roads open to you to fulfill your desires in creating a better life for yourself and achieve happiness. You just need to identify those signs and allow them to enter your life.

The bottom line is in your commitment to invest in yourself, your access to the necessary resources and tools, and your continued passion. As long as you have those, anything is possible!


Labor Day: Thanking Hispanics

In holiday on September 6, 2010 at 4:06 am

It’s Labor Day weekend a sure sign summer is winding down. It also means NFL games are here, there’s a new school year, we’ll have new fall programming but most importantly it gives everyone living in America a weekend to have some rest and relaxation from working all year round.

But in a time when the unemployment rate is higher than ever with more than 14 million Americans without a job, I wonder if this Labor Day holiday has the same significance and effect than it used to a few years ago?

When it comes specifically to Hispanics, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics we are the ethnicity that is mostly affected by unemployment with a 12% unemployment rate after Blacks.

And while this may seem alarming it can’t discount the rest of Hispanics in the U.S. that make this country what it is today.  Through hard work and dedication Hispanics have truly impacted many of the professions that are at the core of this country. And they run the gamut from blue collar to white collar where we are represented in every corner of this country; from construction to hospitality, from food services to banking, from marketing to politics.

That is why this blog post is less about focusing on the sad state of affairs that this Great Recession has brought on to us but rather on a celebratory effort to thank the hard work of Hispanics.

While this might not be the easiest times to go after our dreams, we (Hispanics) are known for being resourceful “recursivos” and therefore won’t lose sight of our optimism that ensures there is light at the end of this tunnel.

So regardless of your employment status, this weekend symbolically celebrates your hard work whether at home, or at the office or place of work. And for that I say, Happy Labor Day.

Embracing Cultural Differences

In culture on June 21, 2010 at 5:45 am

In my opinion, one of the greatest aspects of living in a country like the U.S. is the fact that there are so many people from so many different countries and therefore living with so many different cultures.

And, what makes it even more interesting is when these people and their cultures mix…creating a fusion of cultural dynamics that don’t necessarily exist in other more homogeneous countries.

I want to focus on those instances when people’s cultures collide, specifically when one of those cultures is Hispanic mixed with another culture.

For example, I’m married to a Filipino, and while both of our countries were conquered by Spain, our cultures are very different- not just in the food we eat, the languages we speak but even in the way we enjoy parties.  While I’ve been brought up to move every furniture in the living room to make room to dance at a house party, at my husband’s Filipino parties we make sure everyone has a shot at the microphone as the main event is karaoke- regardless of gender, age or your talent at singing. Thank goodness I like to sing!

So, what happens when my parents visit my in-laws? Since most of the songs are in English or Tagalog (language spoken in the Philippines) my parents enjoy singing the few songs that are available in Spanish such as “La Cucaracha” and “Las Mañanitas” in front of everyone – it’s hilarious!

An even funnier experience happened to Alex, a Latino who’s cultural difference is seen when he went to  meet his American girlfriend’s mom for the first time and the regular hello kiss was interpreted a little bit different…check out as he shares his ‘Mundo’ with us (it’s in Spanish):

While these examples can be pretty funny and quite memorable, this is becoming more common in the U.S. than in the past and I have a feeling the new Census numbers will be a good indicator of that. In fact, a recent Pew Research Center study indicates that one in seven new U.S. marriages are interracial or interethnic with a record of 14.6% in 2008. Among all newlyweds in 2008, 9% of whites, 16% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics and 31% of Asians married someone whose race or ethnicity was different from their own. That’s a lot of mixed marriages especially among White-Hispanic couples who account for about four-in-ten (41%) of such new marriages according to the same study.

So, when we say that America is composed of a General Market we should really start re-thinking what this General Market will look like in the near future as more and more ethnicities/races continue to inter-mingle and create an America that isn’t as black and white and brown as it may be seen today.