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How to Make a Comeback

Career, Real TalkMaría Elena RodríguezComment
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These days it feels like everybody is telling Puerto Rico to "not give up" and that this is the time to "reinvent yourself". And while I completely agree with both of these statements, no matter how sick we are of listening to them, I feel like most of us don't even know where to start. Let's face it, Hurricane María caught us off guard and we are still trying to pick ourselves back up and get shit done. 

And believe me, looking for hope when so many many people are losing their jobs and even closing down their businesses is tough. But this is our chance to look at this setback as the perfect white canvas to make this the life you want! So I put together ways you can actually make a comeback stronger than ever. Just remember, step by step, day by day! 

Cry all you want, then put your game face on!

And once you stop crying, please leave fear behind. This is not the moment to have second thoughts about that business or blog you were meaning to start. Either you make it or you don't. And if other people could, why wouldn't you?

Just make sure you are catering your business to Puerto Rico's current situation. This are not the times to make "business as usual". 

Find a comfortable space with WIFI

Mari Nieves from Pink Studios did a blog post on all the places you can find WIFI after Hurricane María. Pick the one that makes you feel comfortable and bring your laptop! And STAY AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA, unless is LinkedIn, of course. 

Even though I don't have the facts, I am pretty sure social media is the #1 procrastinator trigger among millennials. So please, once you find your perfect wifi spot, don't waste your time double tapping memes on Instagram! Use your time to update your resume, make a killer cover letter, apply to new jobs or finally finish that business plan. Focus!

Change your strategy

If things didn't work out for the best the first, second and third time, start thinking about changing your strategy. Maybe it's time to learn new skills (plenty of free courses online, btw!) or even time to move to another city and get a new and exciting job. Remember, you are the only one in charge of your future. Be strategic!

shake what your mama gave you

I talked about this in my last blog post, but I wouldn't be in such a "good place" mentally after Hurricane María if it weren't for the yoga and running habit I started developing a little over three months ago. I don't know if it has to do with the fact that these workouts keep my mind busy or it is just that I have finally found "my workout nirvana". All I know is that what I am doing, is making me feel great and most importantly, I am managing my anxiety like a champ, considering my past. 

So find ways to move that body, these days we need lots and LOTS of endorphins. 

Focus on being an example for others in similar positions

One of the most gratifying things you can do is give other people the tools to succeed. This is a great way to give back to your community.

If you can't find the motivation to get out of bed in the morning, think of all the people who look up to you. Maybe it's your little sister, your intern or even your parents. Don't let them down! Remember, you are always an inspiration to someone and they need your strength.

Focus on the good

I know, this is cliché, but in my short life I have learned that an attitude of gratitude is the only way to make it through the hard seasons of life. There is ALWAYS a reason to be grateful. 

A great way to practice gratitude is by finding a workout you get so zoned out on, since using your body is a great way to be thankful for all its functioning capabilities. Another way is finding time to meditate and think about all the blessings in your life. I have specially loved doing this after yoga and I have even been incorporating some essential oils into my routine. #Divine

Surround yourself with positive people

This is an all around tip, but in hard situations this is specially important. Being surrounded by Debbie Downers is the worst, but imagine having one around when your life is crumbling down into pieces. Yuck! Find people who have the same drive as you towards success. And if you can't find one, there are plenty of books and blogs you can read of people who don't put excuses. 

Ask for LinkedIn Recommendations

This is specially good if you're planning on leaving your current city. This way potential employers have a better understanding of who you are and your interpersonal skills.

If you don't know where to start, just call someone who works or used to work with you and ask them for a LinkedIn Recommendation. If you left your job in good terms, this should not be a problem. Just make sure you give a recommendation back. 

Use your Intuition before you take risks

Repeat after me: My intuition is never wrong. 

Forget about people who tell you you can't make it, as long as you are not risking your life of course! These people are probably too scared to follow their own dreams, so they want people to live their same miserable lives. Once you start taking risks, life will take you places that will make you uncomfortable, but that's where you'll grow.

And happens if you fail, you ask? You will have a life lesson and a damn good story to tell. 

How are you coping with the crisis after María?

Until next time, 

María Elena

How to Enjoy This Weekend in San Juan

Lifestyle, wellnessMaría Elena RodríguezComment
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After everything every single person living in Puerto Rico is going through, it's refreshing to see a weekend so full of activities that promote local economy and a way to free our minds from the every day chaos we're living in since Hurricane María hit us. I wrote a little bit about how I'be been coping and the lessons I've learned after it here

So here's a list of activities happening in San Juan this weekend that I think you'll love. Hope you have the time to visit. And if you see me, please come and say hi! :)

La Loiza en Gallery Plaza

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Come by on Saturday and/or Sunday and enjoy some local food, shops and even cold beers. But most importantly, forget about María! Some of the local shops that will be present are: Len.T.juela, Moni & Coli, Electroshock, Monticello, Mad Love, T Playa, LUCA by Luca, Love Is You And Me, Nude Inc., Abey Charrón , Henna Tattoos by Karina Stella, Arte por Xavier BOOM Muñoz, LIV Fitness Clubs - Puerto Rico, Kolorines P.R. and Event Mall Gorras.

Directions: Gallery Plaza (Google Maps)

Schedule:

Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 11AM to 5PM

Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 11AM to 5PM

More info on Facebook

sabado local santurce pop

 

One of the best places to find local goods in San Juan is Santurce Pop! But this time, they are more important than ever, by opening their doors to local businesses who haven't been able to open after Hurricane María. Here are some shops that you will find in Santurce Pop this Saturday:

Muns, Él Shop PR, Armario Local, Melaza Smoke Shop, Dos Pinceles , Bistro Fit, Purple Snap Jewelry, Love is You and Me, Carambola Boutique, Casa Yoga, Alba Enid, Edit Hair, Tare and Colectivo: Loobanys, Oma Vé, Papayeye, Soap Like Me, Mamá y Bagaje.

Directions: Santurce Pop, 1116 Ave. Ponce de León San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907. (Google Maps

Schedule: Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 11AM to 3PM. 

More info on Facebook. 

Santurce Yogi

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As I said in my last post, I have been practicing yoga as a way to be more zen in the middle of this unfortunate situation we are going through in Puerto Rico. These classes have slowly but surely become part of my Sunday routines! This iniciative by El Estudio en Ciudadela gathers teachers from around the Island to offer community classes every sunday at Lote 23.

Directions: Lote 231552 Ave. Ponce de León (Parada 23) Santurce, Puerto Rico 00909 (Google Maps)

Schedule: These free classes happen every single Sunday in Lote 23 at 9AM! My tip would be to arrive around 8:30AM just so you can find a shaded spot. The sun can get a little strong during your practice.

More info on Facebook

Abrazo Musical by Conservatorio de Música

Picture via PR Piano Fest

Picture via PR Piano Fest

And last but not least, what better way to finish a week than with beautiful live music under the sky? And the best part: It's FREE and kid friendly. 

Directions: Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, Ponce de León #951, San Juan, 00907 (Google Maps)

Schedule: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3:30PM

More info on Facebook


Want to know ways in which you can help Puerto Rico after Hurricane María? Check out my last post here. 

Until next time, 

María Elena

Hurricane María Lessons + How to Help Puerto Rico

Lifestyle, wellness, Real TalkMaría Elena RodríguezComment
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To say this has been one of the most challenging days of modern day Puerto Rico is truly an understatement. Everything that we have been warned for years, has now exploded in our faces. From our weak infrastructure, electricity, flood zones and our dreaded territorial status. But before I get all fired up and political, I just want to be clear that I want to make this blog post as positive as possible, due the circumstances. Because we need it. People ARE dying in my Island because of the lack of food and no access to potable water, while that crazy dude in the White House tweets that FEMA can't be in Puerto Rico for much longer. 

Everyday feels like I'm about to break down, but I cope. I keep walking and trying to find collateral beauty. Because I am fortunate to have the basics: food, water and a roof over my head. Because if I don't go out with a positive mind and ready to do what needs to be done, I know I could go nuts. But for those who aren't as fortunate as you who is reading this post possibly from a functioning cellphone or me, stick through the end of this post for ways you can help Hurricane María's Relief in Puerto Rico. 

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Hurricane María Lessons:

Natural disasters can happen any time and any place, so you should always be aware. There's no such thing as being too prepared. 

  1. Invest in hurricane proof windows and/or protect them before the hurricane hits.

  2. Always keep at least 3 months worth of food and water stored in your home - There is nothing scarier than knowing that you could be without food and water even for a day. Also, it is very humbling!

  3. Keep flashlights in hand.

  4. External battery packs for your phones are a must. Tip: Charge your laptops so you have an extra battery pack before the power goes out.

  5. Always keep an extra stack of cash safely stored in your home. - The lines for ATM in Puerto Rico have been crazy due to the collapse of credit card systems.

  6. Never go less than 1/4 of gas in your car tank. - Or better yet, use alternate ways of transportation like a bike or walk where you need to go. And if you don't need to go outside, stay and let the proper authorities take care of the disaster.

  7. Practice patience every day - That way, when shit hits the fan and people around are losing it, you will have the right tools to manage it. Practicing yoga has helped me a lot with this! (Here's the Yoga Series I've been following)

  8. The elderly need triple the care in case of emergency. Be prepared! - This was particular difficult for my family. My grandmother needs an oxygen tank delivered every other day. So since the delivery trucks where attending other emergencies, we ended up looking for ways to turn her electricity-charged oxygen machine by making 8 hour long gas lines in order to turn on the generator for her home. Every. Day. For a week.

  9. Emergency situations bring out the best and the worst in people.

  10. Mother Nature is alive and we should respect her by being kind. It's all about harmony; live and let live.

  11. I never knew how much I loved Puerto Rico until I saw it broken down into pieces. I took for granted the fact that I live in a paradise filled with beautiful nature.

  12. Robbers make a feast in national emergencies. - Be extra cautious of your belongings and specially the security of your home!

  13. Puerto Rico's political status is plain sad. - Let's leave it there.

  14. Actions speak louder than words. - Get your hands dirty or get out of the way!

  15. Nothing will change a human being as much as surviving a natural disaster. - Like for example, you learn that you actually don't need to sleep in air conditioning every day, have a water heater (I mean, Puerto Rico is in the middle of the Caribbean! or even eat three times a day to survive.

  16. I have a roof, I have access to water and I have food, therefore I am rich.

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How to Help Puerto Rico Recover from Hurricane María

American Red Cross - Make sure you're in fact donating for Hurricane María relief.

Ricky Martin Foundation - The donation will be made via You Caring Crowdfunding. 

Bethenny - We should all be grateful for this Real Housewife, who went above and beyond helping our little Island and raising awareness about the crisis we're living through. 

Molusco - The most influential person in Puerto Rico is using his voice to collect donations and raise awareness of the situation. 

Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico - This foundation works hand in hand with Feeding America. 

Bloom Box - Fellow Puertorrican Blogger, Natasha Bonet is fundraising to purchase first necessity items for women in the Island. For things like sanitary napkins and tampons, which is something that gets neglected in many donations. Thanks Natasha! 

One last thing... 

Watching Trump tweet and engage in his crazy politics is hard. But watching him personally insult and mistreat your people is truly heart breaking. So I couldn't end this blog post without saying this: Trump, eres un pendejo. #PuertoRicoSeLevanta

Until next time, 

María Elena