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The Importance of Building Your Tribe

Lifestyle, CareerMaría Elena RodríguezComment
Coworking Space at  Piloto 151

Coworking Space at Piloto 151

Disclaimer: This post was created in collaboration with Piloto 151, a cool co-working space in Old San Juan that I've followed for years now, which I contacted for ambinity's first event, Offline Saturdays. As always, all opinions are my own! 

OK this is probably going to sound harsh for some of you, but when I first started blogging back in 2013, this was not only a creative outlet, it was also a way to escape from people and environments I disliked. I have come a long way since then and I know this was probably due to my anxiety

Today, even though I spend the majority of my days online, I've had the chance of meeting some amazing people offline thanks to this blog and my career in digital advertising. And connecting with them in a more personal way has taught me that once you put yourself out there, express your passions and life goals, the universe will put the right people in your way. 

In a nutshell, I've learned a few lessons from connecting with people offline and collaborating with them along the way. Here are some of them: 

People are cooler than you think

I used to be one of those people who thought most people were annoying and hated when they talked to me for no reason. And don't get me wrong, I still feel that way, specially at the gym or when I'm super concentrated in whatever I'm doing, but who doesn't?! 

What I mean is that once you start listening to other people's stories and sharing your owns, you will notice that there is so much more than meets the eye. You might end up not liking this person, but it might as well be your future BFF or business partner! The key here is to never judge a book by its cover. Stereotypes are for losers! 

Coworking Space at  Piloto 151

Coworking Space at Piloto 151

Building your tribe is essential to your success

I define a tribe as a group of people who mutually encourage each other to grow both personally and professionally. And how do you find your tribe you may ask?

You will have to follow your curiosities, wherever it leads you, which is something I learned from Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Big Magic. Once you start expressing your passions with like-minded individuals and you are genuinely happy (notice the bold lettering!) about their success, you will begin to attract the people that will complement you during your own journey.

Having a tribe is not about taking advantage of people, it's about inspiring, bringing positive energy and collaborating with each other. Even if you think these people could be your competition, everyone has a unique perspective and talent to share with you and the rest of the world, so it is our responsibility to lead them and help them grow. Because the more people follow their passions, the happier they'll be, and I think we can all agree this world needs more happy people!

Repeat after me: The journey to success is not a competition! 

Coworking Space at  Piloto 151

Coworking Space at Piloto 151

Gratitude is underrated

Once you start getting out of your comfort zone, you will start to see a world of possibilities and opportunities that will basically fall into your lap. And that my friends, is great news for whatever journey you're on! 

Don't forget to take a moment to look at the bigger picture and be grateful and proud of your tribe and for everything that you've accomplished. 

Co-working is key!

Once you find your tribe, find a way to collaborate and make other people shine with you! The girls from Colorful Disaster do it with their #ColorfulGuests posts, Zahira Domenech does it with her Tuesdays Together gatherings, Mari Nieves does it by sharing her digital marketing knowledge with her Pink Studios followers and Merodea does it with their Women We Heart Series. I think we can all agree these are all success stories. Am I right?! And like them, there are thousands of  similar stories of people who dedicate their life to helping other people succeed or highlighting their successes. 

That's why I teamed up with Piloto 151, a co-working spot in Old San Juan, with the main focus of giving local companies the opportunity of working in a community of entrepreneurs with different backgrounds so you can collaborate and grow along them. They literally measure their success by the companies who outgrow Piloto 151, so they can continue to grow in higher scale. 

Piloto 151, which is perfectly surrounded by the best restaurants, stores, hotels and important government agencies, provides services that will help you grow your business from scratch, from permits to talent search.

They have Month to Month and Day Pass Memberships with stable and trusty Fiber Optic WiFi so you can work on your freelance gigs, your startup, study or even have a "workation" without worries. 

You are braver than you think

offline saturdays ambinity

Going back to the anxiety blog post, I think that publishing that article was one of the most fulfilling experiences I've ever had since I started this blog. Ironically, it was all about connecting by being vulnerable, (one of my biggest fears!), which left me feeling a lack of connection with you guys. I wanted to meet you, I wanted to know who you were and I just wished I could get to know you outside the computer screen. 

I decided to start a new event series called Offline Saturdays where we will gather once a month to talk about issues we talk online, but in a more personal way. My very first event will be this next Saturday, May 27 from 3PM to 5PM at Piloto 151 in Old San Juan. My invited guest will be Zahira Domenech from Eventus by Zahira, Tuesdays Together and creator of the Meaningful Growth Planner. She will be talking with us about the importance of connecting with your followers offline. 

Hope I can see you all this Saturday! Don't forget to RSVP through this Facebook Event. :)

Until next time, 

María Elena


Wish List | New Wardrobe for the Holidays + Promo Code!

Fashion, Lifestyle, ShoppingMaría Elena RodríguezComment

*All the pictures in this post were taken by Collective Request.*

Yes, it is not even pass Halloween and I am already talking about the Holidays. You know me, gotta be prepared before the holidays madness! The thing is, my birthday is on November 27, which means I am celebrating a new year of life while most of you are either stuffing a turkey or going crazy over Black Friday. But the best part of my birthday is that it is actually the beginning of the Holiday season, which means I have the perfect excuse to treat myself and start shopping for christmas outfits! It's a thing, ok?

And I don't know about you, but when it comes to holiday outfits, I tend to spend a little more than I usually do. So I was browsing around the Collective Request website, one of my favorite online stores for quality, capsule worthy clothes, and I found some beautiful outfits that could be perfect not only for the holidays, but for all year round.

Luckily, the #girlboss Ashley Cervantes, the owner and founder of Collective Request kindly sent me a coupon code for 10% off at your collectiverequest.com check out: AMBINITY10. Just for you, my readers, because she's awesome like that! 

So here are my top holiday outfit picks from Collective Request that I will definetely be adding to my closet soon. Hope you like them: 

Grey Sweater Dress

Collective Request also carries one of my favorite jewelry designer lines: Viviana D'Ontañon:

And remember to use your 10% off your order use Promo Code: AMBINITY10 at your collectiverequest.com checkout. 

What do you guys think? Let me know what are your favorite holiday outfits this year in the comments bellow. 

Until next time, 

María Elena

Local Shopping in Old San Juan

Shopping, Travel, LifestyleMaría Elena RodríguezComment

Honestly, I visited Old San Juan this past Saturday with the intention of just eating brunch at Caficultura, one of the best places to drink coffee in the city. But then, as it always happens, I felt inspired to walk through the pavers of this old colonial city and visit all the local shops I love so much that I can only find in Old San Juan. 

Needless to say, if you've ever felt a lack of inspiration in your life, there's no better way to cure it than visiting Old San Juan. This city has je ne sais quoi that can only be described as magic. It is not just the beautiful architecture and spectacular views of the San Juan Bay... it's more about the people and their energy.

Each local shop you visit in Old San Juan makes you feel like you are visiting an old friend and you feel opened to strike conversations with them. And I don't know about you, but this doesn't happen to me at any shopping mall.

Don't get me wrong, we all know local shopping, specially in this Island where our sales tax is up to 11.5% is not easy, but I believe local shopping is the best way to have a simpler lifestyle. Since it is, in some cases, slightly more expensive but much higher quality, you'll be buying less of what you don't need and more of what you do need. See? It is not that hard.

But let's get to the point. :) Here's the end result of my most recent local shopping experience:

Collective Request

I've been following this online store almost since they first opened. Their Instagram account is to die for and I always wanted to buy something from their store. So when I saw their new store in Calle Luna #201 it was a pleasant surprise to see super affordable quality clothing. And don't even get me started on their dainty gold jewelry! They are definitely on my wish list. 

I ended up buying this oversized Canadian Tuxedo in just $16! 


If you love minimal design you will fall in love with this store. This tiny store has a modern and chic vibe that brings joy to your life. If you're like me, you will be wandering around for a while just discovering from the simplest gold brass jewelry to the most beautiful article of clothing. 

Since I was looking for some nice hoop earrings, I decided to go for these chic and unique ones, to give a little twist to my standard look. Then I saw this beautiful pen and it just spoke to my soul. 

Pure Soul

These are two stores in Old San Juan that are the epitome of lifestyle for me. One of them focuses on boho chic clothing and accessories and the other one on decoration and living. Every time I visit one of these stores I end up with one of two things: with a slimmer wallet or super inspired!

Between all of the beautiful things I saw, I found this adult coloring book and journal (as if I don't have enough of them already). Just like their names, these items feel like they are for the soul. I have to admit the size of this coloring book was key to my purchase because I can just throw it in my handbag and pretend I have the free time in my day to use it! Ha! Then I saw this notebook that says "always be inspired" and I just knew I needed it to write down every blog idea that comes to my mind. 

As you may have seen from this post, in Old San Juan every store has a story. Just do a quick Google search and you'll start seeing its magic. ;)

What are your favorite local shops?