I'm a Latina Blogger You Must Know In 2014!

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I recall that back in the day, Latina Magazine was the first magazine I got a subscription for. I felt so chic and hip. And proud that there was a magazine that I could pick up and see parts of me in. That was 20 15 15 10 5 years ago. You can imagine how elated I felt when out of the blue, I received a Tweet back in April advising me that they had selected me as one of the top 10 Mami Bloggers for 2013.

As if that wasn't enough, I am appearing in the February edition of the magazine alongside some fantastical bloggers. I am blessed to know some and call them friends. So it's like double happiness as I am so happy for and proud of them. Go check out the page and take a look at the great bloggers featured.

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I am feeling deeply humbled, elated, blessed and happy. This little blog that I started three years ago? Someone is reading it?! This little haven that I created to write about being a new mom, working, managing people, breastfeeding and my Mami's illness? Someone reads this? Shut. Yo. Mouth!

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This is one of my most favoritest quotes from Oprah:

Every human being, no matter what age, no matter how old we get is looking for the same thing. What everybody wants is to know: do you see me? Did you hear me? And did what I say mean anything to you?

There are times that I read that and it brings me to tears. Because this is what we look for in life, isn't it? At its most basic level, in day to day life. And certainly as I share my experiences, thoughts, feelings and journey on this blog. I feel as if I connect with you all on the little things, big things and everything in between. But being recognized like this means that perhaps I'm reaching a lot more of you than I thought. And by doing so, you feel heard and seen because of shared thoughts and experience.

It is my deepest wish that what I say to you means something to your soul, connects you, anchors you to something. As I head into the following weeks, I will carry this thought with me.

Mami & MeYou guys know January and February are not easy months for me. Gearing up for the anniversary of Mami's death is a roller coaster ride, at best. But yesterday, I heard her clear in my head. If she were here, she would've been calling friends and family and telling them about my accomplishment. I can see the smile of pride she would be wearing on her face and the funny pat she liked to give us. All smiles. All love.

And then, this honor means a little more because of her not being here. Thank you, Latina Magazine. And thank you for reading the words I put on this page.

 

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New around here? Wanna get to know me? Start over at Fifty Shades of Sili and work your way up from there. Toodles!

Surprise! Surprise! By Latina Magazine

I have fallen out of my chair today. So glad I didn't have my cafe con leche in hand! As I was smack dab in a meeting today I get this:

 At first I was like: what?! And then I was like WHHHHAAATTT?!

I could barely type. I couldn't think. I couldn't take notes, I couldn't do anything. I sent a message to Yadira, who did not help matters. She had the same reaction I did! Excitement, disbelief.

And above all I feel a deep, deep sense of gratitude. Oh and maybe some tears. Why?

I write. All the time. I tuck myself into my shell and try to live out my passion. But deep down, I never know if anyone is listening. Remember that quote from Oprah that I love some much?

There's a reason why I love it so much. It speaks to my soul. It says everything that I'd never known was deep within me until I heard her speak those words (PS: I pink puffy heart Oprah, with pictures of puppies on the side!).

It has been a hell of a month, guys. A hell of a month. I have been in deep prayer about a lot of things. And at the same time, I've been in deep, secret, middle of the night meetings with the Almighty. I've needed a refill of faith and an influx of hope.  Yes, I'm about to get all preachy on you.

Boy, did my God deliver this week! This is a culmination of a hectic week where everything is being provided almost all at once. I also believe it's the beginning.

Knowing how things work, I also know that I am here to give testimony. To provide a real life, flawed example of the goodness of the Lord. As I stand in my faith and hold on to every single promise that He has made in spite of what my circumstances might be saying.

Boy, today was a day of big surprises. I will take it and be thankful. I will celebrate the victories both big and small.

I will ask you to go read the article and share it and tell everyone what you think of me (only if you love me, though).

Thank you for stopping by. For taking time out of your busy day to read what I have to say. For being a part of this journey. I'm humbled by your presence as I am humbled by His.