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Recharging...

wellness, LifestyleMaría Elena RodríguezComment
recharging

Even though things are slowly getting back to normal in Puerto Rico's Metropolitan Area, I can't ignore the fact that more than half of my Island is still without power, water, food and roofs. 

I have looked for ways to finally have the strength to talk about beauty, lifestyle and all the fun stuff that I used to love writing about, but it just doesn't feel right anymore. Ambinity stands for ambition and vanity, but these days I'm not feeling vain at all. 

That is why instead of pushing out content that I am just not feeling, I have decided to not post during November, my birthday month. I need some time to recharge my batteries in order to come back stronger and keep posting the meaningful posts you all know and love. 

Nevertheless, I have a post that I have been writing for more than a year now coming up on my birthday, November 27. So stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, please find time to donate to causes helping Puerto Rico. I wrote about them in this post. 

If you wish to know I've been up to these days, I wrote all about it in Merodea

Hope you understand...

Until next time, 

María Elena

How to Make a Comeback

Career, Real TalkMaría Elena RodríguezComment
how to make a comeback

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

la loiza e gallery plaza

 

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

lote 23 yoga

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