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My gratitude list for Thanksgiving is long this year! All
the hard work, determination and persistence has paid off:
I ran the Women´s Half Marathon in St. Pete, FL. on Sunday November
20, and finished in 2.5 hours despite running it with an injury. It was one of
the most emotional, satisfying and validating experiences in my life, and I’ve
had a few …
I sold my book Diario
del éxito (Success Diaries), based on my blog. It will be released in
Spanish in 2012.
I became the Guide (writer and editor) of Consejos de mamá on About.com, of
the NY Times. The site is doing really well and I will continue to run it.
I was contributing writer for Mamiverse, the online hub for Latina moms
and their daughters and was able to write and publish in English articles that
were heartfelt and reached and helped a lot of readers. I thank my editor
Sylvia Martinez for being so easy to work with and so much fun to talk to. I will continue to support her and Rene Alegría, founder of Mamiverse.
With Emilio Sánchez, at VOXXI
And, most recently (yesterday) I accepted the position as
managing editor of the Women’s Lifestyle section on VOXXI, the Hispanic Voice of the 21st
Century, leadered by Emilio Sánchez, former Bureau Chief of the news agency EFE
in Miami. It is an exciting project in which I will design, create and manage
the content for Latina women in English. I will also do my own writing. I could never give that up! I will give VOXXI my all, as I do with
every challenge I take on, and I hope you will follow me there, as well as the
writers and bloggers I will manage on that site.
I am very thankful to all of you who have followed this blog
since the very beginning. It is time for me to close this (blogging) chapter of my life
and career and invite you to join me on the next one at VOXXI. I will not have the time or energy to devote to writing on multiple sites, but my content on VOXXI will continue to be heartfelt and real.
I am grateful, and I continue to write a gratitude list
daily and suggest you do too. It’s been a trip -a difficult but rewarding one-
and I know its not over. Not till the day I die.
On Monday November 14, I will be, for the second time, on CNN en español – Notimujer, interviewed by
Emmy-award winning journalist Mercedes Soler. The program is aired live, from
12 midday to 1 pm, Miami time.
Of course it is wonderful to be able to reach out to my
readers through a TV network, especially because I know you follow me from
different countries. Many of my readers are in Spain, Mexico and the U.S, but I
also have readers in Argentina, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Greece, and other
places I´ve never been to.
I am very grateful to every single one of you who write to
me and for all of my followers on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to you all I
live my dream every day, which is to make a living of connecting with others
through my writing.
I launched Succes
Diaries in order to keep myself going during tough times that included a
recession, unemployment, divorce and eventually, bankruptcy. If my entries
helped others who may be facing similar issues, so much the better.
I started blogging a few times a week, while I strived to find
writing gigs and resolved financial and personal challenges. I started this
blog in English and then decided to write it in Spanish too, as Diario del Éxito, which is now also at Diario del Éxito at Hola.com, which
has helped me reach more readers.
An Internet entrepreneur noticed what I was doing and hired
me to write paid blog posts, and that’s how I started to learn SEO (search
engine optimization). Shortly after, another company hired me to write SEO
content for websites, which taught
me even more about writing for the Internet. I had to reduce my Success
Diaries postings to two a week, as I again got more paid work.
When I applied to be a writer and editor for Consejos de mamá (Mom Recommends) at
About.com of the NY Times Co, I was already
fluent in SEO and writing for the web, but the application process taught me
even more. When I was chosen to manage that website, I understood it was a
wonderful chance to keep on learning on the job - HTML, SEO, key words, linking
and social media presence - while writing about something I’m passionate about:
A recent girls-only vacation
In the meantime, I wrote a book based on this blog, which
will be released in February of 2012, by ediciones Obelisco. I am also a
weekly contributor for Mamiverse,
the online hub for Latina moms, in English, and will soon be up and running as
a collaborator for a new platform for Latinos: VOXXI. Another project will soon be
launched with two other wonderful writers I’ve met on the way to follow my
dreams, and there are more in the works.
The light at the end
of the tunnel
In short, something I started just to keep my spirits up – this blog – helped
me create a platform on the Internet and a following that has resulted in my
professional reinvention and success. I was able to adapt to the Internet in
order to, once again, make a living doing what I love: writing.
The global crisis is still there. Many are still unemployed
and confused, as I was. I look back and I recall how difficult it is to get out
of bed in the morning when you´ve lost it all.
If that is you now, don´t despair. Focus daily on something
that lifts your spirits and do it consistently, while you look for a way to
overcome your struggles. Life goes on whether you fight for your dreams or not,
and I hope that one day you will look back as I do now and think: “I don´t know
how I did it, but it was well worth the fight.”
Now I only write weekly entries in Success Diaries, because I am so busy
with my work, but I won´t stop posting, because I know from my stats that there
are people who still find inspiration here, even if only to take one more step
towards their goals.
The engine of my life
Thank you for following me on this crazy rollercoaster