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One of the Great Benefits of growing up Latino in America is that you get double the food during the Holidays!  Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn’t just mean Turkey & Ham for us.  I remember when I was a kid I would wake up and the house smelled like heaven.  Of course my mom had the “American” Spread with Turkey and all the fixings but we also had all of our traditional Mexican dishes.  The whole family would get involved in the preparations. I remember helping my mom embarrar the tamales or trying to help with the Tortilla rolling, which I could never get perfectly round.  In addition to the Tamales my mom would make a big batch of Pozole and Guisados with Beans and Rice which we covered with a Fresh batch of Salsa and shoveled with our Homemade Flour Tortillas right off the comal!  Our Neighbors and Family Members would arrive throughout the day with Pan Dulce, Buñuelos, Capirotada, Pumpkin pie and other desserts and side dishes.  There was never really a set time when we all sat and ate, we just pretty much ate all day.  

I’m glad to say that the traditions continue in my own home with my wife and children.  Although we still hit my Mom’s house during Christmas we’ve decided to start our own Thanksgiving Tradition at our own home.  We’ve done it now for the past three years and it seems like it just keeps getting bigger and better.  This past Thanksgiving, my wife who is originally from San Luis Potosi, outdid herself again.  This year we had a HUGE pot of Chicken Mole and I’m not talking about a store bought paste, I’m talking about the made from scratch family recipe.  She added Homemade Beans, Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Mac & Cheese and of course a twenty pound turkey!! (Pictured Above)  My wife worked night and day to make sure that everything was made from scratch.  She cooked so much that we’ve had wave’s of friends come over and eat the Recalentado & of course everyone loves it!  

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the #LATISM12 Conference took place in Houston Texas.  I can now take a moment and reflect on what parts of the 4 day event were the most impactful for me.  There were so many interesting and influential people that shared so much; I felt like a sponge absorbing all of the great information and energy. Being a Sales Rep for a Fortune 50 company I focused primarily on the Business Panels. Although there were some Great Panels overall the one that really hit me was one Mediated by Elianne Ramos, “Social Media is about Relationships”.

Early in the conference I met Ted Rubin.  A friend of mine asked if i’d met him yet and since i hadn’t he promptly introduced me.  I wondered, “what’s special about this guy, other than his socks?”.  I soon found out, he is definitely one of the most influential people that I’ve met, in and out of social media. In the short time that I spent getting to know him in the hotel lobby, i knew that I wanted to learn more.  I found out that he would be part of the panel “Social Media is about Relationships” and i penciled it into my agenda.  All of the Panelists and the Moderator were fantastic.  What I learned in that One Hour Discussion is something that I’ve thought about every day since the conference.

The term “Return on Relationship” is very powerful, it’s a term that Mr. Rubin has trademarked and is releasing a book about next month.  It doesn’t matter what business you are in whether you are a Marketing Rep, work in PR, you blog or are in Sales like myself  #RonR is something that we should all live by.  A few of the most memorable Ted Rubin quotes that I jotted down during the discussion that directly support the #RonR point of view were, “Social Media is not Media, it’s communication”,  “Let’s take the word Friend back and let’s look people in the eye digitally”.  Although this was a topic focused specifically for “Social Media” it’s the communication piece that really makes the difference when you’re building your brand.  #RonR is now a part of my daily life, i can’t wait for the book!

 

With Barack Obama winning a second term as President of the United States, there are many comments buzzing around the web and social media sites.  People want to share their opinions with the world and they seek approval from their friends.  During this time you can really learn a lot about your “friends”.

Growing up in a small town in West Texas and Playing Tennis, most of my friends were Non-Hispanic.  Although I never really felt out of place, I was always conscious about it.  Most of the Hispanic people I knew were 3rd and 4th Generation Mexican Americans and many had lost touch with their roots and culture.  Our environment really didn’t encourage us to be proud of our heritage,  instead it made some of us ashamed of being Latino.  There were jokes and rude comments about Mexicans all of the time.  When you’re young and growing up in that environment you think it’s normal.  Some people that never leave those small towns go their whole life thinking that it’s normal.

It wasn’t until I moved to Austin Texas and started working at a Fortune 50 Company that I started to meet Highly Educated Latinos from Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Argentina and countless other Latin American Countries.  People that came from wealthy families and people that came from nothing.  It was amazing to see these Prominent Latino Leaders within my company and within my community.  The environment I grew up in had you believe that this was impossible.  Most of the Immigrants that come to the US to work in these small towns are not highly educated.  They come here to give their families a better life.  Many of these Immigrants teach their children the values of hard work and they push them to go to School so that they don’t have to work as hard as them.

Many of my “friends” that I grew up with still have this mentality.  They feel like they are better than us because that’s how they grew up and that’s what they learned from their parents and grandparents.  I see comments that are hurtful and racist from people that i used to call friends.  I know it’s Ignorance but it does sting sometimes, especially when you don’t expect it.  All I can do is pray for these people and hope that they aren’t bitter for the rest of their lives.  I on the other hand am now even more Confident and Proud of being a Latino, I want to shout it from the Roof Tops!!! Say it with me, YO SOY LATINO!!!!

Get Out & Vote

Posted: November 8, 2012 in Life Stories
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Voting is not about being a Republican or Democrat, Black or White, or voting for who your Daddy votes for. It’s about electing the candidate that supports the issues, topics & morals that you believe in. A President that will Unify our Country and make us Stonger.
Get out & Vote!!! #Latism

What an Extraordinary Event! I Honestly did not know what to Expect. This was my first #Latism Conference and it Definitely lived up to the Hype. The content that was presented by the Panelists and the Workshops was very detailed and informative. The People that I met ranged from top Journalists, Bloggers & Social Media Experts that have years of experience to college students that are just starting out! The different perspectives made the panels and workshops very interactive and interesting. The fact that so many top successful businesses are interested in supporting this great Latino Movement through sponsorship, not only confirms the strength of #Latism but it confirms the Strength of the Sponsors as well. It’s very inspiring to learn that these great companies care what we think and want to do more to help our communities.

In addition to all of the great interaction and learning that was going on we were also Motivated by some Great Speakers with Awesome stories of perseverance. Some of my favorites were @Ramon_Deleon who made you want to go the extra mile for people and pay attention to the little things, he also made me want Pizza! @Nely_Galan made you want to go all out to succeed at all cost, to buy buildings instead of shoes. Sandra Cisneros taught us the importance of being a Chingon(a) and how to get there!! I could go on and on but instead i’d like to invite you to experience it for yourself! Join us in NY next year for #LATISM13 and in the meantime get involved with your local #LATISM Chapters!

A very special thanks to all of our sponsors that made it all possible!

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