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Real TalkMaría Elena RodríguezComment
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Llevo meses con un apretón en el pecho que no me permite publicar más posts en ambinity, el lugar que una vez llamé "mi santuario" y "mi bebé". Me he preguntado tantas veces por qué se me está haciendo tan difícil publicar algún escrito que tanto antes me disfrutaba, o publicar algo en las redes sociales que les dejara saber que estaba viva. A parte de muchos cambios que ocurren en mi vida, sentía que había algo que ya no encajaba. 

Mi intención con este escrito no es quejarme, ni hacer un “rant” (aunque los que me conocen saben que me encantan), pero entiendo que ya es hora de volver a hablar desde el corazón.

Mi vida ha cambiado mucho en el último año. No es un secreto que el Huracán María me cambió y los que escuchan el podcast Un aguacate a la vez lo saben mejor que nadie.

Ambinity comenzó como un lugar para escribir sobre lo que creía en mi vida: Todos podemos ser ambiciosos mientras somos vanidosos. Y no me tomen a mal, aún lo creo. Creo fielmente que si no le haces daño a nadie, cada cual debe ser feliz a su manera.

Pero poco a poco he visto cómo la ambición y la vanidad han llegado a un segundo plano en vida, porque mis nuevas prioridades son mi sanidad física, mental y espiritual. Quizás ya veían esto venir con mi decisión de usar solo maquillajes cruelty-free y escribir sobre temas más orientados al bienestar. 

Claramente la comunidad de influencers globalmente ha cambiado mucho. Me dedico a la publicidad digital y una de las razones por las que decidí irme por esta rama era precisamente porque estaba fascinada con el mundo cibernético y la capacidad que tenían los bloggers de influenciar la decisión de potenciales compradores sobre una marca. Quería ser parte de esta comunidad porque además de que me encanta el punto de vista de mercadear un producto en las redes sociales y la creación de websites, disfrutaba todo lo que tenía que ver con belleza, decoración y estilos de vida y ya de por sí muchas personas se acercaban para preguntarme sus opiniones sobre estos temas. 

Así comencé publicando cada vez que tenía el tiempo y la isnpiración, a pesar de que solo tenía alrededor de 3 lectores, contando a mi mamá. Pero con el tiempo y con la saturación gradual que hubo del mundo de bloggers e influencers de estilos de vida, me vi alejándome del sentimiento de empoderamiento que me daba publicar cada post a sentirme insegura porque no estaba creciendo al nivel que quizás otras personas que empezaron después de mi estaban creciendo. Gracias a mi naturaleza terca, siempre me mantuve firme en que quería ser lo más genuina posible, no importa qué marcas quisieran trabajar conmigo. Sin embargo, sentía que para publicar del corazón tenía que pagar el precio de acoplarme al algoritmo de las redes sociales y las tendencias que el resto de la competencia estaba siguendo para recibir los likes y los clicks que me llevarían a que me leyeran para poder continuar haciendo lo que amaba. 

Incluso, mis inseguridades llegaron a tal punto, que sentí que tenía que comenzar a hacer más contenido de video como stories y Youtube para crecer. No estoy diciendo que no me disfruté esta etapa, al contrario, fue una etapa hermosa donde crecí muchísimo personalmente y perdí muchos miedos. Pero a pesar de esto, siempre supe que no era yo, que estaba dando tanto de mi para hablar de productos o de cosas tan sencillas como prepararme el desayuno, que terminaba drenada y vacía el resto del día. Sentía que me perdía en las apariencias y en el qué dirán, por lo tanto estaba perdiendo lo que más amo y la razón por la que comencé ambinity: escribir por amor al arte. La razón por la que me tatué un bolígrafo con puntos de suspención en el brazo dominante. Porque nunca quiero olvidar que lo que me cura es escribir del corazón, no por complacer a más nadie que no sea a mi misma. 

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Luego de mucho reflexionar entendí lo que una vez fue una comunidad genuina de personas compartiendo sus opiniones, se convirtió (para algunos) en un lugar para promover su agenda personal, obtener cosas gratis y alardear de sus vidas, como si la vida fuera solo un juego de cuántas cosas puedes tener y pretender que eres feliz sin perder la cabeza.

Así que decidí que no sería parte de eso. 

Mi intención es vivir mi vida sin filtro y demostrar que no todo se trata de lucir lo que somos por fuera, sino de vivir una vida plena donde cada acción debe llevar a mejorar la del prójimo de una manera u otra. Esto tanto a nivel personal como social. No todos somos una fábrica de likes. Somos responsables por lo que le damos al mundo y eso no lo podemos perder de perspectiva.

AL RESTO DE LA COMUNIDAD DE INFLUENCERS Y CREADORES DE CONTENIDO:

Creen contenido que les apasione y trabajen con marcas que no tan solo les gusten, si no que apoyen sus valores. No tengan miedo en decir cuando algo no les gusta, déjenlo claro. Recuerden que esto no es una competencia, las redes sociales son una excelente herramienta para conectar y recibir feedback genuino de otras personas. El tener muchos seguidores o fama no debe afectar tu integridad nunca. 

Por último, no entren a esto por dinero porque se notará. Siempre recuerden que lo que compartan afectará a la persona que lo recibe de una manera u otra. Evalua tu post tantas veces quieras y solo haz clic en ese “publish” cuando entiendas que vas a mejorar la calidad de vida de los demás. 

¿ENTONCES QUÉ VA A PASAR CON AMBINITY? 

Una de las cosas que me ha enseñado la práctica de yoga y que me ha cambiado la vida de una manera sumamente positivia es a vivir el presente. Hoy me siento cómoda trabajando con el podcast y desarrollándome profesionalmente en una nueva faceta. 

Pero de algo estoy segura: Volveré a escribir, pero será de una manera mucho más orgánica y siempre, se los prometo del corazón. 

Con amor y respeto, 

María Elena Rodríguez

PD: No estoy publicando mucho en mi cuenta personal, pero me pueden conseguir ahí en @elenarodrz o escucharme en @aguacatepodcast

 

 

 

 

How to Enjoy This Weekend in San Juan

Lifestyle, wellnessMaría Elena RodríguezComment
Picture via 

Picture via 

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

Gustavo Arango's New Store at The Mall of San Juan

Fashion, Shopping, LifestyleMaría ElenaComment

If you don't follow me on social media you've probably been wondering where the heck have I been these past couple of weeks. Well, first of all I was at a very much needed Walt Disney World vacation (because yes, I am a kid at heart) where my boyfriend proposed! You can see pics of the ring in my Instagram. To tell you the least, if you've ever been engaged or close to a person who is, you know it's sort of an interesting ride... specially with the wonderful question of "So, when's the date?!". Well hold your horses people! There's a pretty big chance it'll happen in 2017 so don't get too excited... there's a lot of saving to do before we tie the knot. Let me know if you'll like wedding planning posts and I'll make sure to keep you guys updated with details of this new and interesting chapter in my life. :)

Coming back to the present now, I was recently invited to Gustavo Arango's brand brand new store opening at The Mall of San Juan. If you're familiar with Puerto Rico's fashion industry, you'll know he's one of our biggest designers, dressing celebrities like Roselyn Sánchez, Adamari López, Alexandra Espinoza, Denisse Quiñones, among many others. 

"This is a new platform in which I decided to believe in Puerto Rico, because we have a lot of talent. It was very important for me that this store had the Gustavo Arango's seal, but more importantly, Puerto Rico's seal... I really want the whole world to know that we can do something similar or better than in any other international fashion platforms.", expressed Arango during his brand new store opening this past Friday. 

The store's style is called "Sculptural Setting" which means that you basically feel like you're entering into an artwork. Part of this concept are the rails in the ceiling in which the clothing can be moved around the store in a very modern and futuristic way. 

His idea was to have a white canvas where he slowly started adding works of art. There are 4 pieces of art inside the store, including an Andrés Serrano photography of a little beqauty queen and a very interesting Michael Jackson art piece by renounced artist David Lachapelle.

This new store concept in Puerto Rico, revolves around color blocking segments with the purpose that every client has the chance of mixing and matching their own unique combination. Plus, there's only one piece per size, guaranteeing the client almost no one will have their same piece of clothes. 

The concept is called "ready to wear" or prêt-à-porter which basically means that all Gustavo Arango's clothes at his new store are unique and handmade at his atelier. You'll basically have couture designer clothes that you can wear right away. You won't need a gala or go to fittings several times to wear them. Plus, with prices starting at $150, it's way cheaper than if you went straight to an atelier.  

As if all these perks weren't enough, there's a room in the back of the store called VIP Concierge where once you purchase you're new Gustavo Arango outfit, all the Mall of San Juan's store managers will help you style it with shoes, purses accessories, etc. How fabulous is this, really?! 

My final verdict? Guys I'm in love with this store! It's chic, elegant and fun at the same time. It's the perfect place to find high quality basics for your closet while supporting a very talented local fashion designer. I really recommend you pass by his store at the second floor at The Mall of San Juan (near Sacks) and invest in one of his great designs. 

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you thought of this post! 

XO, 

Elena

The importance of Lazy Weekends and Quality Time

Lifestyle, TravelMaría ElenaComment

Guys, I want to be 100% honest here. This post "should've" been posted on Monday, but it didn't and here's why:

As a mother's day/ sister's birthday present (two dates that luckily or unfortunately for me are really close together), I went on a mini getaway. It goes without saying that I wanted to have quality time with my mom and sister while actually embracing a lazy weekend, but I didn't want to not upload my weekly Sunday post that I promise you guys on Ambinity's home page.

So my inner Carrie Bradshaw had this question: In this crazy Internet world we're living in, should you feel guilty for not disconnecting yourself? Ha! Candice Bushnell would be so proud! 

What am I trying to say here? That as oddly as it sounds, blogging helps me be present and I don't think it's fair to try so hard to control my urge to be connected with you guys when it actually makes me happy. Believe it or not, having to write and take beautiful pictures for a new blog post every week, helps me be aware of my surroundings and obligates me to find inspiration and beauty in the simplest details. I may be the devil's advocate here, but I'm hoping this makes sense to any of you bloggers out there... So let me know!

BUT you know me! I quickly found a cure to keep both my blogging conscience and family happy: I closed my laptop for the weekend and took my camera outside to shoot everything that inspired me while enjoying my time with my mom, sister and Fiona (my little rescue dog). This way I could wait until Sunday night to upload a beautiful post and not disappoint you guys. So here you go! In honor of embracing lazy weekends and quality time with your loved ones, here's a diary type post from another lovely weekend getaway. Hope you enjoy!

No we did not ride on a banana boat but I had to take a picture of this beautiful wall.

 Ostiones = one of my favorite parts of visiting Cabo Rojo. Must try!

 Have you seen a most beautiful "no parking" sign? Of course you haven't!

So many colors to find in Cabo Rojo!

Who runs into a sunflower field during a roadtrip? We did! What a wonderful and magical experience.

 I have been alternating these books through the week but I must say the How To Be a Parisian one is a GEM.

Remember! Don't feel guilty for doing what makes you happy. Just don't forget to be present and give quality time to your loved ones. It's all about finding balance. :)

Want to see more from Puerto Rico's west coast and Cabo Rojo? You can see this and this previous posts. 

XO, Elena