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Meet Jaqueline Martinez

founder of xecure podcast

FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM @XECUREPODCAST

LISTEN ON ITUNES OR SPOTIFY

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/xecure-podcast/id1459443541 

What types of topics do you cover? everything to do with womxn empowering themselves, embodying our magic and loving ourselves.

In a few sentences can you tell us your age, city you are from and a little information about any projects you are currently working on? I am 28 years old (29 next month) I live in Alhambra CA but I am from El Salvador, I was born there. Currently, I have started a scholarship project for Womxn in El Salvador pursuing higher education in El Salvador. I aim to collect donations for one year at a time. At this time, I have on recipient already waiting and have provided information about her on the podcast and have set up a profile on Ko-Fi for her,

Why did you start your podcast? I have been through a lot of trauma in my life but the recent experience was my miscarriage last year and then was followed by the end of a long term relationship with a man I lived with and thought i would marry, in a blink of an eye I found myself in a depression and anxious place, somewhere I had been before so this time I fought hard to get out of it and healed myself through talking and sharing my emotions with others and listening to podcast of others healing themselves too and attending events to empower oneself. This made me realize that I too wanted to help others heal, step into their power and live in their magic while loving themselves unconditionally.

What type of audience would you like to engage with through your podcast? I aim to engage with all who value and understand the power of empowering Womxn in our communities, mainly in the Latinx and POC collective!

Can you recommend any books you that you have recently read? No, Unfortunately, the only books I've been reading lately are for my master's program and have to do with Human Behavior and the analysis of behavior. but I can recommend podcasts since these are my soul food at the moment. Raw Spirituality Podcast has been such a huge mind-blowing experience as it has taught me about my spirit and how to connect to myself, The Expanded Podcast as well has fed my soul and provided some amazing alternative perspectives for me to grow mentally. Finally, Latina to Latina has fed my inner entrepreneur as she interviews powerful Latinas in different fields, it really makes you feel like you can make it to the top too in your own field.

Is there anyone that you look up to? I look up to many people for many reasons but lately, I have been practicing looking up to myself and my accomplishments. I came from El Salvador where I lived in one of the most poverty-stricken areas, grew up in a home where there was domestic violence, alcohol abuse, and toxic emotional relationships. Thank god my family has grown and no longer live these dark times but I had to learn to heal myself through the collateral damage it left behind inside of my soul and identity. I have received my B.A in English and Chicano Studies from UCD and now am almost done with receiving my Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have healed my childhood trauma and continue to heal myself from relationship trauma and accepting myself as a whole and valuable person. Through this last wave of healing in my life I created a platform to create space for all those who are also healing and might benefit from hearing other's stories on various topics that are avid in our communities. I want to empower other women the way I have empowered myself and for that and all that I contiue to achieve on a daily basis, I look up to myself.

What’s one of your favorite inspirational quotes? "si por pendeja me cai, por chingona me vuelvo a parar "

What accomplishment are you most proud of? I am most proud of the healing I have done on myself and the forgiveness I have allowed myself to give to others and myself. This has been such a point of evolution for me that I will forever practice it and teach others to embrace it as well.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better? I go on long drives, this is a new one for me but it actually gives my body something to do while my mind settles and finds itself. Baths are another huge staple in my self-care, I love a good bad salt, bath oil and bathtub with candles, music and great strong wine or Jameson lol I have even gone as far as getting a hotel room for a weekend just for access to a bathtub lol Finally Karaeoke and dancing are major releases for me on bad days!!

What is your ultimate favorite movie? A little Princess is my childhood favorite movie because of the magic and love in it and then currently it is the Guardians of the Galaxy movies!!! I love them!!

Do you know of a great podcast, women’s organization or blog? Email us in the contact section and send us the link to the podcast to blog!

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Meet Nizhonhilli

creator of spark the pop-up / blogger

Follow on instagram @sparkthepop @ and @__tiger.lily

Blog Link: twopumpshazelnut.com

#Relationships #Love #Friendship

A quote we loved from Nizhonhilli’s blog :

“the limits that we place in our minds on other people all stem from our own insecurities.”

In a few sentences can you tell us your age, city you are from and a little information about any projects you are currently working on?

I am 30 years old and I am from Oxnard, CA. In addition to writing/blogging, I recently started a leadership development and growth workshop (@sparkthepopup) that is focused on highlighting the importance of being better leaders versus managers or supervisors to have more meaningful impacts on the people and communities around us.

Why do you blog?

I blog because I feel like being an Active Duty Marine and leaving home right after high school to join 13 years ago have given me so many experiences and perspectives on a wide variety of topics. I also write so that hopefully people can relate to things that I say and know they aren't alone in the things they struggle with or encounter in life. There are so many topics that aren't talked about that so many of us are dealing with and feel like we have no one to talk to. I just want to help build a bridge because there are so many resources and like minds out there that can help remind us we aren't alone, and sometimes just knowing that helps immensely.

What type of audience would you like to engage with through your blog?

I'd like to engage mainly with other women through my blog. I have kind of fallen into the empowerment circle through the evolution of my writing and care so much about the future and helping women see just how much power they really have even if there are things that weigh them down from time to time.

Can you recommend any books you that you have recently read?

I read a really great book recently called "The Courage to be Disliked"by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga --it talks about the secret to finding true happiness and really shifted the way I think. I have also recently read "The Wisdom of Love," by Jacob Needleman, which was a quick read but FULL of gems and ah-ha moments. If you're looking for a good fiction, I highly recommend "The Hate U Give," by Angie Thomas.

Is there anyone that you look up to?

I look up to my parents, always. They overcame so much struggle in their lives so that I could be where I am so I am always striving to make them proud and stay in the light.

What’s one of your favorite inspirational quotes?

Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it. -Maya Angelou

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

I do a lot of personal journaling as well as writing my blog. All of my unfiltered thoughts go there and I know there's no judgement so I just let everything out and feel no shame in it. It really helps get me back on track and let negative things leave my mind.

What is your ultimate favorite movie?

The Color Purple

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Meet Jessie Medina

Founder of podcast:Heart y ovarios

IG @HeartyOvarios + @femlatinas

Personal: @JessieMedina

In a few sentences can you tell us your age, city you are from and a little information about any projects you are currently working on?

I'm based out of San Diego, CA but I travel all over to speak. I am the founder of @FEMLatinas and @TheFempreneurSummit. Right now we are looking for Latina ambassadors worldwide to represent FEM Latinas in their cities. We are currently organizing The Fempreneur Summit which is on September 28, 2019 in San Diego and it's to support women in business and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Why did you start your podcast?

I started my blingual female empowerment podcast @HeartyOvarios because after working as a corporate executive and experiencing sexual harassment, I felt the was still a lot that needed to be done. When I spoke up about harassment, I got a lot of backlash, even from other women. There is still a lot of taboo about sexual abuse, inclusion, etc. We have come far but there is still a lot to be done and said! I purposely made my podcast Spanish-only at first because I wanted to speak to my sisters in Latin America. My podcast is a voice for women that come on the show and a motivational platform to our listeners.

What type of audience would you like to engage with through your podcast?

Women, especially Latinas and any women of color really!

Can you recommend any books you that you have recently read?

Right now I'm loving "This Is How We Rise" by Claudia Chan

Is there anyone that you look up to?

Yes! So many women. My mom and my sisters for sure! Also, I love Brene Brown!

What’s one of your favorite inspirational quotes?

"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It isour light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you." Marianne Williamson

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I am most proud to start the female empowerment movement @femlatinas.


When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

Pray, dance, and journal depending on what I'm feeling!


What is your ultimate favorite movie?

Oh gosh, I rarely watch movies! Not sure! But my favorite podcast is EntreLeadership and Manifestation Babe.

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Meet Flor reyes

founder of mommies unidas

Follow on instagram @mommies

Support Group

What is Mommies Unidas? 

Mommies Unidas is a support group that empowers Latina moms in SoCal. We provide a free and safe space for moms and their children.  We have weekly play dates, mom’s night out, family events and offer emotional support. 

In a few sentences can you tell us your age, city you are from and a little information about any projects you are currently working on?

 I am 31 years old from Orange, CA.  I’m working on a website, making Mommies Unidas a non-profit organization and expanding nationwide.  

Why did you start your podcast/blog?

 I started Mommies Unidas because there was a lack of support for Latina moms in my community. I wanted to build a community where we could help each other create a brighter future for our children. I also wanted to bring more awareness to our mental health as mothers. I was diagnosed with PPD and anxiety. I knew sharing my story would help other moms with similar symptoms cope and seek help. I love sharing resources and events around SoCal with the families that follow my page. 

What type of audience would you like to engage with through your podcast/blog? Any mothers in SoCal no matter their race, age, or sexual orientation that need support. 

Can you recommend any books you that you have recently read? 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz 

Is there anyone that you look up to?  

My mother Elvira and grandmothers Elvira and Ofelia. They raised multiple children, worked full-time and ran businesses in adversity and prevailed. 

What’s one of your favorite inspirational quotes? 

“Comparison is the theft of joy.” – Mark Twain 

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

 Becoming a mother has been my proudest accomplishment. I am very proud of the woman it has made me. I’ve learned to be more patient, to love myself, and to practice more gratitude. 

 

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

 I did therapy for a year to help me with my PPD and it made me rediscover my safe space, painting. I paint to release any tension or bad feelings.  I’ve also learned to listen to my body and take breaks when needed during the day. 

What is your ultimate favorite movie? 

Mrs. Doubtfire. I love the message behind the movie.  It shows that a parent will do anything possible to be with their children. It helps children see that you can still find happiness and peace even if your parents are divorced. 

Do you know of a great podcast, women’s organization or blog? Email us in the contact section and send us the link to the podcast to blog!


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Meet Jordyn Lindsey & Taylor Allen

Follow on Instagram @jordynsommer @thewomanaire

Blog Link : Joannandsusanna.com

Type of blog: Women’s Empowerment

A quote from your blog: We didn't like the woman we had created with the influences of the past, pressures of worldliness, our own upbringing, the media we had watched, the society we had heard, and the lies that were fed to us. God was not impressed, and to be completely honest, neither were we. We just wanted to save face, we wanted to appear to be, rather than truly being.

“the limits that we place in our minds on other people all stem from our own insecurities.”

In a few sentences can you tell us your age, city you are from and a little information about any projects you are currently working on?

T: I’m 24 years old, originally from Indiana but now I live in SoCal.

J: I am 21 years old, I am from the inland Empire . We are currently working on the for her series dedicated to women trying to grow trough Christ.


Why do you blog?

T: I love blogging because it serves as a release for me. It helps me to get all of my thoughts out and hopefully invite someone in to the journey.

J: It gives me an opportunity to organize my thoughts and emotions. When I’m writing I’m able to look at myself or situations from the outside looking in and I’m able to encourage and uplift myself as i would someone else when I’m on the other side of the paper.


What type of audience would you like to engage with through your blog?

T: Pretty much anyone, but most specifically women.

J: Women


Can you recommend any books you that you have recently read?

J: Purpose Driven Life by Rick warren

T: The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz


Is there anyone that you look up to?

T: I honestly never had a lot of women role models growing up. As of late though I’ve found some women that I can identify with such as Sarah Jakes Roberts, Shanel Cooper-Sykes

J: I personally look up to my older sister Bree, she has had a major impact on the women I am slowly but surely becoming.

What’s one of your favorite inspirational quotes?

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

https://www.bible.com/116/pro.31.30.nlt


What accomplishment are you most proud of?

J: starting a business that glorifies God and empowers women.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?

T: I go for a walk, eat at my favorite place or just do whatever I’m feeling. I may even go shopping. I basically sit myself down and think “What do you want to do?”


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Meet Liz Alvarado

FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM @fitgirlradio

Podcast LINK : https://soundcloud.com/lizalvarado29

Type of Podcast: Fitness, health and wellness

Why did you start your podcast? It’s a platform that has been out for many years but is fastly growing amongst Latinos. I have the ability to reach hundreds and thousands of people in multiple cities, states and countries ....accessible to anyone via a cell phone or computer Creating a community and bringing fitness, health, and wellness information to my audience so that they can continue to grow and learn and empower themselves.

What type of audience would you like to engage with through your blog? Bilingual (Spanish/English)

Can you recommend any books you recently read?

The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey

Is there anyone that you look up to? My mom, she has proven to me what being strong, resilient and vulnerable really is.

What’s one of your favorite inspirational quotes? Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey

What accomplishment are you most proud of? My personal growth/transformation in the last 5 yrs and running the LA Marathon for the first time.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better? Go for a run or meditation

What is your ultimate favorite movie? The Notebook