Super heroinas en la television

Las súper heroinas están llegando a una pantalla cerca de usted. Los superhéroes son muy grandes en este momento. Desde el Capitán América y Spiderman en la gran pantalla y The Flash conseguiendo sus propios programas de televisión, estos hombres luchan contra el crimen están en todas partes. Sin embargo hay  algo que falta. ¿Dónde están todas las mujeres? Salvar al mundo no es sólo para los chicos.

Por suerte, Hollywood está desacelerando conseguir la nota. Ha habido un reciente aumento de películas y espectáculos de mujeres superhéroes que llegan a la pantalla grande y pequeña. Aquí está el resumen de las nuevas películas de estas súper mujeres y donde se puede encontrar en los libros de historietas. Debido a que las historietas son siempre mejores que las películas de todos modos, ¿no?

Capitán Marvel

Sin relación con el Capitán América, el Capitán Marvel es el alias de Carol Danvers-empleado de la NASA giró sobrehumana. Al crecer, Carol soñaba con asistir a la universidad para convertirse en un astronauta. Su padre se negó a pagar por su educación, porque ella era una mujer a pesar de que era el más inteligente de sus hermanos. Decidió probar que estaba equivocado. Carol se unió a la Fuerza Aérea y rápidamente se trasladó a las filas hasta que se le acercó por la NASA para convertirse en su jefe de seguridad.

Vivió su sueño hasta que un encuentro con una raza alienígena le dio fuerza sobrehumana, la capacidad de volar y disparar rayos de luz de las manos. Ella es un favorito de los fans e incluso va a dirigir Los Vengadores durante algún tiempo. Su película no se ajusta a salir hasta el año 2018, por lo que, mientras tanto, puede encontrarla en sus libros de historietas. Comience con el número # 1 de la serie Capitán Marvel 2012.

Mujer Maravilla

La Mujer Maravilla es un símbolo de toda la vida para la fuerza femenina y el empoderamiento en el universo de la cultura pop. Ella es la hija de una reina amazona y el dios griego Zeus. Su historia comienza cuando ella viaja a Estados Unidos con un hombre que se estrella en la isla. Ella decide quedarse para proteger todo el amor y la humanidad.

La Mujer Maravilla es la definición de la confianza y la fuerza. Usted puede ver sus hazañas en la próxima película de la Mujer Maravilla, así como la película Liga de la Justicia. Actriz Gal Gadot se vestirá de sus famosos guantes de oro y lazo de la verdad. Lea acerca de emocionantes aventuras de Wonder Woman en la versión Nueva 52 de la serie de Wonder Woman.

Sue Storm

Sue Storm es una cuarta parte de los Cuatro Fantásticos. Ella es la única mujer en el equipo, pero hace un buen trabajo de mostrar lo poderoso que es. Ella no nació La mujer invisible. Sue tuvo que criar a su hermano a una edad temprana. Un día se hace amiga de un científico que ambos tienen en el espacio exterior. Allí se dosifican con los rayos cósmicos y los poderes de ganancia. Así fue como se formó el Cuatro Fantásticos.

Sue es definitivamente un jugador de equipo. Ella usa su poder de invisibilidad para salvar al mundo. Pero ella incluso ha tenido que salvar a su propio equipo. En una línea de la historia, Reed Richards, el científico, se vuelve mala y ella tiene que llevar a los Cuatro Fantásticos para salvarlo de sí mismo. Ella siempre cuida de los que ella se preocupa. La serie de Ultimate Fantastic Four es un gran lugar para aprender más sobre ella.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones no está llegando a la gran pantalla, sino a la pantalla del ordenador. Ajuste a ser una nueva serie de Netflix, Jessica Jones es un tipo diferente de superhéroe. Jessica consiguió sus poderes después de que su familia estaba en un accidente de tráfico con un camión que transportaba materiales radiactivos. Después de luchar para aceptar su fuerza sobrehumana cuando era un adolescente, ella tomó la comodidad y ganó confianza de saber que podía su poder para hacer el bien en el mundo.

AKA Jessica Jones recogerá después de que ella ha colgado su capa de superhéroe y abrió una agencia de detectives en su lugar. Ella ayuda a los superhéroes y los seres humanos normales a resolver crímenes. Usted puede comprobar fuera de la actuación de Kristen Ritter de Jessica Jones finales de esta primavera. Hasta entonces, puedes seguir algunos de sus casos en la serie de cómics Jessica Jones.

Supergirl

Sí, ella tiene que ver con Superman. Kara Zor-El es primo de Superman que se estrella en la Tierra después de su planeta de origen se destruye. Ella esconde sus poderes durante algún tiempo, pero decide abrazarlos como un adulto joven para proteger al mundo.

Kara se enfrentará algunas bastante grandes villanos del universo del cómic. Mientras que usted está esperando de Glee Melissa Benoist para llevar el personaje a la vida en la CBS, echa un vistazo a ella en Showcase Presents Supergirl: Volumen 1.

Ya es hora de estos súper mujeres consiguen un tiempo de pantalla. Los cómics no son sólo para los niños, y tampoco lo está salvando el mundo. Esperemos Supergirl, Wonder Woman, y el Capitán Marvel son sólo el primero de muchos superhéroes femeninos podemos emocionarse. Hasta entonces, tenemos unas cuantas mujeres más poderosas allanando el camino para la igualdad en Hollywood.

Latinitas Honors Renowned Photographer Diego Huerta

AUSTIN, TX – May 28, 2015 – Celebrating it’s 8th annual Fotos de mi Alma photography auction,

Latinitas will mark the occasion by featuring a number of pieces representative of the cultural

work of Austin‐based photographer Diego Huerta.

The event will highlight Mr. Huerta’s remarkable work, and will be complemented by a

collection of photos from photographers around the world. The sale of these pieces will serve as

the major fundraising effort of the year for Latinitas, a non‐profit organization dedicated to

empowering young Latina girls through media and technology education.

The auction will take place Thursday June 11th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the IBC Bank

Community Suite located at the bank’s Austin headquarters at the corner of Fifth and San

Antonio streets.

Joining the event as keynote speaker will be film director Carmen Marron, whose exceptional

journey into the competitive world of film‐making, has made her into a true Hispanic role

model. Her films include “Go for It”, a coming of age movie about goals and choices, starring

Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” fame.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have Diego’s work as the foundation for this year’s auction.”

Said Latinitas board president, Ana Ruelas. “His artistic accomplishments deserve to be

recognized for the cultural contribution he is making to elevating perceptions, not only of

Mexico, but of all of Latin America. That we have him working out of Austin is a huge privilege

and source of pride for our community.”

Mr. Huerta has dazzled audiences with “31K Portraits of Peace”, a photo documentary of the

majesty of Mexico’s people and places. His work has been an effort to counter the negative

perceptions of Mexico as a dangerous and unlikeable place.

“The outstanding collection of photographs in this year’s auction should be a real treat for all

those who appreciate the power of photography as a story telling platform,” said Latinitas cofounder

and executive director, Laura Donnelly. “I expect this year’s event to be the most

successful in our organization’s history.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at:

www.fotosdemialma.com

About Latinitas

Founded by Laura Donnelly and Alicia Rascon, Latinitas is a non‐profit organization dedicated to

helping enable young Latinas to achieve personal and academic success through media and

technology education. With a variety of enriching experiences, Latinitas discover their voice and

develop media skills while building a solid foundation for their future.

Contact: Laura Donnelly, Executive Director. 512‐900‐0304 laura@latinitasmagazine.org

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Ana Tijoux: Inspiring Through the Power of her Lyrics

On October 3rd, 2014, Ana Tijoux performed at the Sculpture Stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, presenting several new songs from her latest album, “Vengo.” The respected, Chilean MC took the stage with a full band and DJ who brought to life the hip-hop, jazz, and funk elements of her new album.

In the middle of her singing/rapping, Tijoux expressed how happy she was to be the only Latin American female performing that day, but felt that “there should be more” because Latin America is a “beautiful invasion of culture.” She was among only a handful of Latin American acts performing at the festival this year. The diverse crowd who arrived at the stage an hour before Tijoux’s performance time cheered in agreement with her statement.

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Tijoux continued to energize the crowd with some of her famous hits about government, power, and community like “1977,” “Shock,” “Vengo” and “Creo en Ti.” She skillfully sang and rapped in Spanish and knew that some people did not understand what she was saying, “but it’s about music no? It’s about the flow; we all feel it.” The audience laughed and showed signs that they were falling more in love with Tijoux, as they cheered loudly and danced along to her music.

My first ACL festival experience exceeded my expectations. I’m glad I was given the opportunity to see performances as great as Ana Tijoux’s and several others. Mostly, I’m glad I was able to witness how music can bring a large group of people together. As Mark Foster from the band, Foster the People, put it, “I love that these things bring so many different people, from different communities, nationalities, religions, and cultures together. I guarantee that this is the only time in history that all these people around you will be here in the same place at the same time.” Very well said, Mark.

Code Chica Conference Recap 2014

 

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time girls in middle school now go to college, there will be one million more computer science jobs than computer scientists to fill them. When we look at the number of females pursuing that career path, things look bleak, women of color pursuing technology – nearly nil . Less than one percent of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science in college and the American Association of University Women reports only 19 percent of computer and information-science majors are currently women, less than one percent of engineers right now are Hispanic women.

Latinitas Empowering Using Media and Techology!  Check out the video!

To combat the current under-representation of women in the tech industry, Latinitas, in a partnership with Google’s Made with Code campaign, developed the Code Chica Conference with the aim of getting girls excited about coding and sparking an interest in tech jobs. The first Code Chica conference was held on October 25, 2014 at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus. Sixty girls and teens at the conference were introduced to coding with the help of professionals and graduates from local coding academy MakerSquare who facilitated the coding seminars throughout the course of the day.

Kick off! The event kicked off with a key note address from Latina engineer Karen Siles who spoke about being one of the few female employees with her job title at IBM in Austin, TX. She shared, “There is jobs waiting to be filled by a qualified woman candidate. The issue is not that there is not jobs for women in technology, the issue is that women are not choosing to take the path of attaining degrees in computer science.” Tung Huynh, an admissions recruiter at ACC Eastview, also spoke about working in tech with just one female colleague.  His company eventually hired more women who became some of the best product managers, coders, developers, engineers, account managers, and sales directors. He explained, “That’s the whole funny thing about this- girls are shy about competing and then they come in and they do better than the guys do.”  Similar to Siles experience, there were more jobs than women applying. He said, “I think today is going to go a long way towards changing that.”

Coding Begins!

Girls were introduced to the concept of coding as a means to create actions with a visual demonstration of a robot. One of the Makersquare seminar facilitators pretended to be a robot and the girls had to direct the robot to the door.   Then, they visited a Disney website and were guided through the process of using code to change a website, font colors and sizes, and delete pictures. They also used an online web based coding platform and CSS to embed video games. Girls expressed excitement as they passed from one level to the next.

Women in Tech at Lunch

At lunch girls were visited by many local powerful women in technology today. These women shared their personal, academic and professional journeys in technology. The roundtable set up made the connections more personal and powerful. Women came from Rackspace, Google, Dell, BB&T Bank, local PBS station KLRU-TV, Accruent and start ups like Stretchrecipes.com and SheHacksATX.  . Miczeh Reeze (A code chica) expressed how she will remember how the speakers gave inspiring quotes to follow their dreams.”  Jackie Lopez also noted,” The one thing that I will remember from this event are the people that visited the tables.”

Miranda Dawn from TV’s “The Voice”

It wouldn’t be a Code Chica event without having just as much “chica” as coding and so Latinitas welcomed former volunteer and current alumni from last seasons’ “The Voice,” Miranda Dawn (Miranda Oropeza), a singer/songwriter and member of her own band Dawn and Hawkes. She performed but also invited girls on-stage.

Code Afternoon:

When the “Code Chicas” returned to their assigned computer labs, they continued coding and practiced manipulating code by changing the Latinitas website. Over 60% of the attendees surveyed said they had never been to an event like this. Many of them expressed how they wished they had Latinitas at their schools. Several of the girls were also active members of Latinitas clubs and camps and expressed excitement about Code Chica. When asked if they would tell their friends about Latinitas programs and events, surveys showed a resounding “yes!” Seventh grader Elizabeth Hernandez said, “I would absolutely tell my friends about Latinitas because it’s a place where girls can dream big and have fun.”  She also said,”I liked the fact that girls were able to connect with technology.”

Code Chica presented coding on girls’ terms through fun exercises that incorporated some of their favorite brands and videos.  Coding was demystified for many girls and thanks to dedicated instructors, lunchtime career presenters and Latinitas model of empowerment, more chicas in Austin are putting themselves into the shoes of developers, designers and definitely: coders.

In Defense of MAS

DSCN1653Universities are slowly beginning to offer more opportunities in cultural studies for its students. As a Latina, knowing that the university I currently attend – the University of Texas at Austin – offers students the ability to get a degree in Asian, Asian American, Islamic, Jewish, and Middle Eastern Studies (just to name a few), really made me want to learn about the Mexican American Studies degree. Sooner than later, I decided to double major in it. For me, my heritage played a lot into this decision, but it really does not matter if you identify as Mexican American or not. It also does not matter if you know a lot of this culture because there are so many more things the Mexican American Studies degree can do for you.

Is a Mexican American Studies degree worth it?

It is important to understand the criticism that the idea of Mexican American Studies has been facing for the past couple of years. With schools in Arizona, Texas, and California struggling to offer Mexican American Studies in their schools, it is only harder for colleges and universities to do the same– especially when the degree can definitely be put into good use.

With a Mexican American Studies degree, for example, you can become a Study Abroad Coordinator for a university or Marketing and Advertising Manager for a big international corporation.

The degree also allows you to tailor another interest you might be pursuing as well. For example, if you are a government major and decide to get another degree at the same time in Mexican American Studies, then you can possibly become an Affirmative Action Specialist. If you’re a communications major and get a dual degree, you can possibly become a writer for a Latin@ based organization, or a foreign policy news analyst.

For Estela Maldonado, coming back to school to get a Mexican American studies degree meant being able to help more people. After having a son, she said coming back to school to major in Mexican American Studies meant she would be able to tell her son “more about where he comes from.” A frequent volunteer in events that raise awareness over immigration and labor form, she said, “with my degree, I can be a more informed member of the community I choose to take part in.”

Where can I study this?

Texas is not the only state that offers a Mexican American studies degree. There are different programs such as the Latino Studies Program at Cornell University, the Center for Latino Policy Research at UC Berkeley, and the Hispanic Research Center where this or a similar degree can be studied.  Within these programs there are classes that are offered in areas such as Spanish literature, anthropology, and political science. Some course titles offered at the University of Texas at Austin, for example, include classes like “Introduction to Cultural Studies; “Mexico: From Aztlan to Zapata”; and “Chicanos and Film: Representation of la Raza.” At the University of Houston, you might take “MAS 3341: Mexican American Experience through Film” or “MAS 3342: Mexican Immigration to the United States.” If you go out of state, you can take classes like “MAS 485: Mexicana/Chicana Women’s History” or “MAS 369: Mexico Since Independence” at the University of Arizona.

Taking classes in these degree programs ask for an array of skills. It is not like your typical degree program where you might only be conducting experiments or attending meetings. Depending on the institution and track you choose (i.e. cultural studies, policy studies), the things you will be doing coincide.

For example, if you want to focus on studying the cultural side of Mexican American studies, you might be studying Mexican American literature, movies, and history.  Because the Mexican American Studies degree is more of a specialization in cultural studies (since you can also study Asian American History, African American History, etc.), schools usually have an option for you to focus more on the political or social history side of Mexican American Studies. Other universities, such as Our Lady of the Lake University, offer more general courses in Mexican American Studies focusing on more of an overview in the area.

Recently, South Texas College in McAllen, Texas became the first college to offer a Mexican American Studies degree that can be earned completely online. There are currently 28 colleges and universities across the United States that offer a Mexican American Studies as a degree. But in other schools such as the University of Arizona, new Ph.D. and doctoral programs are now being offered.

So whatever the case may be, there are many possibilities for you to make the Mexican American studies fit to your needs. Do not be afraid to do some research and reach out to admissions offices about their Mexican American studies degree. You will not regret your decision!

Film: Life on the Line

Photo Credit: http://finelinefilms.org

Photo Credit: http://finelinefilms.org

In the documentary, “Life on the Line: Coming of age between nations” by Jen Gilomen and Sally Rubin, the life of a young eleven year old girl, Kimberly Torrez, is portrayed in the story to show her family’s hardships in life facing difficulties in two different worlds. This documentary will be aired during Hispanic Heritage Month, in September on PBS.

Growing up is hard as it is, with all of the different changes happening, especially when you have to grow up in two different countries. In the life of Kimberly Torrez, the oldest of three children, she is faced with drastic changes in her life living in Mexico and going to school in Arizona. Each morning she wakes up early to walk across the border to go to school because she does not drive.

At such an early age of only 11 years old, she is faced with many responsibilities, has to wake up extra early, takes care of her little siblings from time to time to help out the parents, and, most importantly, is being brave through this passage of growing up.

As if it isn’t enough, she also has to deal with the ongoing violence occurring in Nogales; from hearing gunshots to police sirens nearby, at an early age in her life, she has many worries at such a young age.

In addition, she also has to cope with her parents going through a rough patch. Her father has Hepatitis C from getting several tattoos, which he later realizes were done with unsterilized needles. In need of a liver transplant, it became difficult for the father to find a reliable job in Nogales.

Because of the father’s sickness, the mother became the only one that could work to provide for their family.  She worked in Mexico because she was never a U.S citizen; she had crossed a long time ago illegally to have her children, but returning was not possible.

Times began to get more difficult, and the father then decides to cross the border and find a job in the U.S, which he did. He found a job in construction in Arizona, which was hours away from his family. He took the job and was separated from his family for months, in order to earn more money to be able to support his family through these difficult times.

After a while Kimberly’s mom got her Visa in the mail, which allowed her to finally cross the border to the U.S.. To add to the good news, Kimberly’s family finds out that a liver became available for their father’s transplant

Growing up is hard, and living in two worlds is difficult, but with Kimberly’s family supporting one another and always trying their best without giving up, they did it, together. For a tale of perseverance and the obstacles that come from immigrant families, this film is a must-see this September.

Club Leader Testimonials

I lead the club at the Robinson Apartments and I have really enjoyed coming to see the girls at this club. What was different about this club was the fact that we did not have a facility to work in so we were outside most of the time working out of my van. I thought it was not going to work at first but then I realized that the girls really liked the idea of being outside they said they felt like they were at a camping trip. We worked on activities for dia de los muertos, Thanksgiving, and we worked on nature photography. I really enjoyed the dia de los muertos lesson, the girls worked on alters and we all learned how to make papel picado and flowers. I was very excited to give the girls candy bags and cupcakes to celebrate Halloween I loved the excited looks on their faces when they knew they were going to be having some goodies. The girls learn how important it is to have a healthy self esteem. I believe that coming to this club will help them with their confidence and want to set up high goal for themselves. We encourage them to set high goals and know that it is possible to do whatever you set your mind to. I hope that they can all be strong and fearless leaders in the future. I learn so much from these girls, they are such a joy to be around and are incredibly witty and fun. Having this club has contributed a lot to my active listening skills which is very essential to becoming a social worker.

I loved meeting and getting to know the girls at the Sandoval club. They were always open to learning and experiencing new things. I loved their energy and enthusiasm they brought to each new class meeting. We had fun making Dia de los Muertos papel picado and flowers for our alters. The girls especially enjoyed the field trips like the Be Younique workshop and the Aim High Conference. They really enjoyed the activities set up at these events and the goodies they were able to have. They asked if we could do more field trips next time. Having these after school clubs give girls a comfortable environment to speak their minds and speak up. They learn what self esteem and confidence is and we help them with building a strong and healthy self esteem and confidence. With having a strong sense of self they can be able to set high goals and overcome and tackle challenges in their lives. Leading this club has also contributed to my self confidence I am able to build relationships with these girls and feel blessed that they trust me to want to ask for my advice. When you are talking to girls about the importance of education, healthy eating, body image and self esteem you have to be able to encourage discussion and interest in the subject. I feel like I am getting much better at speaking to groups of people which has helped me with presentations at school.~Bianca Castrejon

I was leading the girls club at Truman community where I met these fantastic girls. They were very special in their own way and I totally admired how they are. We was doing some activities like talk about Dia de Muertos where I found some interesting stories of their lives that made me feel more attached to them. Also, we did our first video about good manners and bad manners and they totally enjoyed. I discovered that they are so creative and they really surprised me because they really had good ideas. The videos have lately been the most exciting and fun part.  If the girls learned something was pursuing their goals, and keeps studying, I am very proud of them. The last day, I did not say all that I should to say, because they know that I adored them but I do not have words to say all that I learned from them. They made me grow as a person, be patience and I found that teach is one of the most wonderful activities. What totally broke my hard is when they told me “Do not leave me Miss Lily”, “Some one day I want to be like
you.” ~ Lily Hernandez

During my internship at Latinitas I had the opportunity to lead the club at Roosevelt with another intern, Mara. The thing I really enjoyed about this club is the way the girls are so enthusiastic every week at the beginning of the club, and how they participated in every activity. I also liked how they all became close to each other throughout the six weeks of the club. The girls seemed to really like all the activities we did together including the Dia De Los Muertos alters; it let them show their creativity while commemorating their lost loved ones. The girls also really enjoyed taking the pictures and doing all the videos, they had so much fun with the videos. My favorite activity was also the videos, it was so great to see the girls cooperate with each other to set up the video; they all had wonderful ideas. Editing the videos that they made was a nice way to see all the girls’ hard work. My favorite memory will be the last day of the club was when the girls were all sitting around the table eating Oreo’s and watching a movie. It was our last moment together as a club where everyone was so happy. I really hope the girls learned to be confident in themselves and learn that going to college is a huge benefit. I hope the girls were impacted by the workshop and conferences that we took them too. Especially the college conference, I really hope that this conference impacted them and helped them decide to go to college. As a club leader I learned how to be a much better role model to them young girls that need much guidance. Latinitas is an amazing organization that I am so honored to be a part of, and I hope I have impacted these girls’ lives for the better. ~Alexis Bobadilla

A Moment for Mindfulness

Stop. Breathe. Take a second to look around you, notice your surroundings, and pay attention to all five senses. Are you sitting in bed, on a bus, or walking to meet a friend? Take in everything.

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Are you shivering, sweating, or just perfect? Is that smell coming from the kitchen making your stomach grumble in anticipation, tickling your nose with wafts of ajo y cebolla?  And your hands, where are they? Perhaps they are running through your tight curls, molding moist clay, or leafing through last month’s Vogue.
While that may have seemed like an odd exercise, deep, unbiased awareness of your surroundings is essential to a meditative practice known as mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of active awareness and openness to the present, without a conclusive judgment of the moment. Instead, in practicing mindfulness, one attempts to appreciate what is observed for the essence of what it is, rather than how subjectively “good” or “bad” it may be (Mayo Clinic).Practicing Mindfulness

Mindfulness Exercise

To explain, consider a dark, rainy, and windy day. For many, this description will seem dreary and depressing.  Now imagine walking into that rain — resist the urge to cringe. Feel the drops wet your skin, listen to the whistling wind and the rustling leaves, and smell the earthiness of rain. Stand still and just be. You have nowhere to go, no obligations to take you away from your commitment to enjoy yourself and nature in this moment. This practice of mindfulness transformed unpleasant weather into a profound moment of meditation and connection with yourself and nature.

“Mindfulness helps me connect to my body and the present. It helps reduce anxiety, creating a safe space in my mind. It makes my day brighter,” said Daniela Castillo, 22.

Now imagine doing the same activity on a bright, clear day, the sun warming your cheeks and the plush grass cushioning your tired feet. Or imagine sitting in your bed and letting every limb of your body sink into the worn quilt as you listen to the creaks of your sister’s footsteps and the rhythm of the kitchen. Mindfulness can be practiced any time and any place, as long as you are prepared to focus your mind to a state complete openness and non-judgment.

 To Your Health!

This ability to focus and disengage from your cluttered mind is not only useful, but physically and emotionally healthy. Dedicating a few moments every day for mindfulness not only lowers and prevents future stress, it minimizes the risk of depression and other mental health issues. Mindfulness also increases compassion and emotional warmth, and helps one enjoy a better night’s sleep. This prepares the meditator for a more healthy, kind and productive day (Psychological Science).

Amelia Henriquez, 21, said, “sometimes I need to just relax and feel the world around me. I want to see the colors around me as art, the smells as crazy perfumes, the sounds as songs. It puts me in a different mindset. I feel chill, at peace with it all.”

The best part about mindfulness is that it is absolutely free, and absolutely portable. No matter where you are, no matter how empty your wallet, you can take a few moments out of life’s dramas and anxieties to appreciate yourself and your environment while improving your health and outlook. It is as simple as turning off the judgmental voice in your head and soaking in this precious moment of life.

So the next time you are waiting to be picked up at school, look up and notice the way the clouds graze the sky. Listen to friends around you speaking in Spanish and notice how our language sounds like a song even when you don’t pay attention to the words. And when your mami picks you up, notice the warmth of her cheek as you kiss hello. This, amigas, is mindfulness.

Artsy Latinas Doing It Big

When your role model tells you that anything can happen, follow your dreams, work hard and they will come true, you begin to get the motivation to actually do something about your life. These women have found ways to follow their passions and make a business, living, and doing what they love. Three women, Dina Eden, Nancy Contreras, and Sandra Arlette, have made a business out of their craft, art and hard work. They are combining their abilities to create an awesome fashion trifecta. I had the pleasure of interviewing these ladies to find out who they are, what they do, and how they achieved it.

Dina Eden is the owner/ designer of Tree of Eden, an accessory boutique online and in Arlette, which is located in downtown El Paso. Dina has always had a thing for art and dabbled in a couple classes, but when she took ceramics, she knew it was a perfect fit. Dina states, “ I always wanted to do something with art, jewelry is a really good medium.” Dina was a supervisor for an accounting company but then had a car accident that caused her to have total amnesia.  She went back to basics and started using art, ceramic sculpture and jewelry making as therapy. Dina decided to sell some of her creations on ETSY this past November and was asked to sell some articles in the downtown boutique, Arlette. She began to show her jewelry at many private events around El Paso. She is currently in Hidalgo Mexico to expand her creative abilities. For example, pottery Dina States, “There are a bunch of clay deposits on the Ranch (in Mexico) to work on pottery.” Her greatest success is doing what she really loves with her small business. Dina states, “I would rather struggle with a small business then with something I don’t like.”  Her success ties into her struggle, while growing up in Juarez entrepreneurship wasn’t’ really advised. Dina’s advice was to try and self teach, “start early to get a feel for it; it’s all about confidence. There’s nothing to be scared of. It could turn into a really good business.” Dina also suggests to research small businesses and learn bookkeeping, or how to finance. There are many outlets to learn how to manage money, and it’s a very important part of the process.

Another contributor to Arlette boutique is Nancy’s online store, Ragazza Bazaar. Nancy grew up watching hermother make quinceañera dresses, homecoming mums and other formal attire, and later immersed herself in the fashion industry by becoming retail managers at various stores. She started surfing the web and realized she could gain endless possibilities by owning her own online store inspired by celebrity style. Her first business was started sola, then got some help from her sister who lives in San Diego. Nancy explained how she gained hands on experience in the fashion world by going to events and showing her work in fashion shows. Some obstacles Nancy overcame was through marketing, getting the word out, but networking worked for her. Nancy is very big on supporting her local community and wants to extend more opportunities for girls in El Paso. She is currently undergoing a social media promotion website that deals with supporting local businesses online, El Paso Style. Nancy advises, “continue to work hard to promote your talent and skill and create a portfolio. Never give up, even if you think you’re failing. It takes time, work and a lot of commitment.” She also advises to research resources of the craft, your audience and learn from other who are also successful.

Sandra Arlette is the owner of Arlette, a local boutique mainly housing jewelry, but also sells many other things by herself and other artists. A craftswoman from a very young age, Sandra had always wanted to delve into fashion design, but because her educational art options were somewhat slim she studied International business. Starting in 2005, Sandra kept her creativity on the side, she had an epiphany one afternoon when her accessory choices were not very promising. She began creating articles for herself and then began crafting more for others. Arlette’s businessbegan to pick up in 2009, she states, “It really was my passion, I could stay home for days doing nothing but designing!!” Finally, Sandra opened her own shop in 2012 with the help of her family and supporting boyfriend, after dedicating her post graduation to her home accessory business. Sandra hopes to keep doing what she loves forever and helping local artists, designers around El Paso be heard. Sandra’s advice to young Latinitasis to keep your head up, do your research, and don’t be discouraged by negative people. She says, “Keep doing what you love, do it right and better yourself, always share your talent and appreciate other’s too.” Sandra also advises to surround yourself with supportive and passionate companions, get an education, and if you’re set on your artistic career, start your investigation and research now!  Sandra has made a living out of her passion through heart and hard work, young girls/Latinas can also do the same with any talent.

All three women have recently begun their business journeys, and they’re going strong. These women have accomplished and learned so many things, and a common obstacle standing in their way is the overwhelming skepticism towards going local. Sandra Arlette says, “I think the greatest obstacle has been the lack of interest of the society in “handmade” products. I think we don’t appreciate it enough and we still think that handmade is cheap or has poor quality.” Arlette’s boutique has been going strong for a year now and hopefully El Paso can support their crafts and keep their dream alive.