Dorothy Thompson Quote – Frase de Dorothy Thompson

Sólo cuando ya no tenemos miedo comenzamos a vivir.” ~Dorothy Thompson

“Only when we are no longer afraid do wwe begin to live.” ~Dorothy Thompson

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Mark Twain Quote – Frase de Mark Twain

“El miedo a la muerte se deriva del miedo a la vida. Un hombre que vive plenamente está dispuesto a morir en cualquier momento.” ~Mark Twain

“The fear of death follows the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ~Mark Twain

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Buddha Quote – Frase de Buda

“Todo el secreto de la existencia es no tener miedo. No temas lo que será de ti, no dependas de nadie. Sólo en el momento cuando rechazas toda ayuda te liberarás.” ~Buda 

“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.” ~Buddha.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Quote – Frase de Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

“If your dreams do not scare you, then they aren’t big enough.” ~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf This is a most perfect quote for what I am feeling right now.

Truth be told that my dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and author scare me to death. According to this quote, I am on the right path.

Do your dreams scare you? What do you dream of doing?

“Si tus sueños no te asustan, no son lo suficiente grandes.” ~Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Esta es la frase perfecta para expresar como me siento. La verdad es que tengo muchísimo miedo de lo que va a suceder cuando se realizen mis sueños de ser emprendedora y autora. Según esta frase, voy por muy buen camino. ¿Te asustan tus sueños? ¿Qué sueños te quedan por realizar?

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My First Private Writing Class – Mi primera clase particular de escritura

My First Private Writing Class

This past Thursday, I had my first private writing class at The Writing Loft.

Last week, I shared that I gave myself a 6 month deadline to finish writing my memoir. Initially, I thought I’d be doing some writing during the first session. I have to say that we did about ninety-nine percent thinking and one percent writing. It’s not what I expected at all, but as my writing teacher, Nora Profit, said, “People think that writing is about writing words on paper. It’s actually about thinking.” We laid what she called “The Basic Foundation” of my book, and we came up with the statement that I will prove in my book. She calls it the focus statement, and I’d like to share my focus statement with you.

I am writing this book to prove that it is unnecessary to fear life after divorce. 

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And like this quote, only treasures have resulted from this experience. Where it once felt as a demise, I now see it as a gift. Had it not been for my divorce, I probably wouldn’t be the happy and peaceful person that I am now. Nevertheless, it wasn’t always like this.

As long as I can remember, my life has been riddled with fear.

It was only with the divorce that I began to overcome it. Still, I was afraid to get a divorce, of selling my home, of studying and traveling abroad, of resigning from teaching the first time, of getting into another relationship, of moving to Northern California, of writing my book, of resigning from teaching a second time, of starting a business, of getting a bridge job.

In reality, there is nothing to be afraid of if you come from a place of love. I have been fine, and I always will be.

What has your experience been with fear? How many times has fear held you back? 

Mi primera clase particular de escritura

El jueves pasado, tuve mi primera clase particular de escritura en The Writing Loft. 

La semana pasada, compartí con ustedes que me di un plazo determinado de seis meses para teminar mi libro. Al principio, pensé que iba a escribir durante esta primera clase. No escribí casi lo que fue nada. El noventa y nueve por ciento de esta clase fue de pensar sobre la escritura y el uno porciento era la escritura. Mi maestra de escritura , Nora Profit, me dijo, “Hay personas que piensan que la escritura es de poner palabras en un papel. Tiene que ver con el pensamiento.”  Hablamos sobre lo que llama “The Basic Foundation”, o La Base Fundamental del libro y me ayud––ó a escribir mi declaración de lo que quiero comprabar con mi libro y me gustaría compartirlo con ustedes.

Estoy escribiendo este libro para comprobar que es innecesario temer la vida después de un divorcio. 

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Credit: http://www.seequence.ca “Esa cueva a la que temes entrar guarda el tesoro que buscas.”

Y como esta frase, solamente tesoros han resultado de esta experiencia. Donde hace tiempo me sentía muerta en vida, ahora lo veo como un regalo. Si no hubiera sido por mi divorcio, no sería la persona que soy ahora- feliz y tranquila.   Sin embargo, no siempre fue así. 

Hasta donde soy capaz de recordar,  mi vida ha estado llena de temor.  

Cuando empezó mi divorcio, poco a poco empecé a superarlo.  Aún así, tenía miedo de divorciarme, de vender mi casa, de estudiar y viajar en el extrajenro, de renunciar como profesora, de mudarme al norte de California, de escribir mi libro, de renunciar como profesora por segunda vez, de montar mi negocio y de conseguir un trabajo.

En realidad, no hay nada que temer si vienes de un lugar de amor. He estado bien. Siempre lo ha sido y siempre lo seré.

¿Que ha sido tu experiencia con el temor?  ¿Cuántas veces te ha detenido el temor? 

Quit Your Job and Be Happy – Deja Tu Trabajo y Sé Feliz

Quit Your Job and Be Happy

As I write and edit my chapter on happiness from my memoir, I am reminded of all I did to become where I am now: happy.

Back in 2007 I quit my job as a teacher.

I was at an all time low back in 2006 and into 2007. Separated and going through a painful divorce, I gathered every ounce of courage I had in order to heal. I knew I needed a break from teaching.

“When the pain of staying put exceeds the fear of the unknown, you leap.” ~ Dr. Rankin

Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert and her book, Eat, Pray, Love, I set out and did something a bit like her. I quit my job, I sold my home, I went to beautiful Spain for 4 months as a student, and I went back to school as a graduate student.

My decision to leave a secure  job was extremely hard for me to make. But,

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once I took that leap, I never looked back.

Here is an excerpt from my memoir:

“I couldn’t deny the money I was making was good. I wasn’t earning a six or seven figure income, but it made for a comfortable living. At first, I worried about where I would work once I came back from my trip. What would I be doing in my next job? This teaching job I had was a safety net and over and over again I heard an echo from my ego. Repeatedly, I heard the same unnerving message : “teaching is a sure path for you.” “Sure,” I’d tell it. Thankfully, I listened to my heart   once again, and I also let it go. I figured if this profession would be for me, then it would make its way into my life once again. This was another risk I was willing to take and it was well worth it. Not a glimpse into knowing what my future held, I did my best to maintain a worry-free attitude. After leaving my job, I sold my house.  Looking back I think how courageous it was for me to have taken this step. I would  do it all over and exactly the same way if I had to. I don’t regret a thing.”

Oh, and like Elizabeth Gilbert, I too found love. 🙂

Have you ever quit your job to heal? Have you contemplated it?

Thank you for reading!

Liz

Deja Tu Trabajo y Sé Feliz

Mientras escribo y edito mi capítulo sobre la felicidad de mi memoria, me acuerdo de todo lo que he hecho para convértirme en una persona feliz.

En el 2007, dejé mi trabajo de maestra. 

En el 2006 y 2007, estaba pasando por un tiempo sumamente doloroso. Separada y, a la vez, pasando por un divorciéndome,  reuní todas mis fuerzas que tenía para sanar. Sabía que necesitaba un descanso de mi trabajo como maestra.

“Cuando el dolor de estar en un lugar es más que el miedo de lo desconocido, saltas.” ~ Dra. Rankin

Inspirada por Elizabeth Gilbert y su libro, Come, reza, ama,  hice algo muy similar a lo que hizo ella. Dejé mi trabajo, vendí mi casa, me fui al hermoso pais de España por cuatro meses, y después regresé a la universidad como estudiante de posgrado.

Mi decisión de dejar mi trabajo fue difícil de hacer. Pero, una vez que salté,  nunca miré hacia atrás.

Aquí está un extracto de mi memoria:

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*Hoy está lleno de lo posible.

“No podía negar que lo que me pagaban estaba bien. No tenía un ingreso de seis o siete cifras, pero tenía una vida cómoda. Al principio, me preocupaba de donde iba a trabajar cuando regresara de mi viaje. ¿Qué sería mi próximo trabajo? Este trabajo de maestra era para mí una red de seguridad y una y otra vez escuchaba el eco de mi ego. Repetidamente, oia el mismo mensaje inquietante: “La enseñanza es un camino seguro para tí.” “Ah, claro,” le decía. Escuché mi corazón una vez más y también lo dejé ir. Me di cuenta que si esta carrera sería para mí, entonces sería maestra una vez más.  Esto era un riesgo que estaba dispuesta a tomar y valió la pena. Sin tener la menor idea de lo que me esperaba en el el futuro, hice todo lo posible para mantenerme sin preocupaciones. Después de haber dejado mi trabajo, vendí mi casa. Para mí, el haber dado este paso es lo más valiente que pude haber hecho. Si tuviera que hacerlo de nuevo, lo haría todo otra vez. No me arrepiento de nada”

Ah, y como Elizabeth Gilbert, yo también encontré amor. 🙂

¿Has dejado tu trabajo para sanar? ¿Lo has contemplado?

¡Gracias por leer!

Liz

Keepin’ It Real

In one week, I came upon these two different quotes:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”~ Oscar Wilde

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

And then came a post, Yourself, by John Saddington on this topic. http://tentblogger.com/yourself/

As if this wasn’t enough, I was watching my favorite comedian, Dave Chappelle, on Inside The Actor’s Studio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84NjYRTHpfU His brutal honesty inspired me as he talked about walking away from a 50 million dollar contract for another season of the Dave Chappelle Show because he wasn’t being his true self anymore.

The Universe was telling ME something and I HEARD it and LOUD and CLEAR!!

For a week I thought and thought about this. Have I been my true self lately? When I write, am I my true self? If I’d sit with you or anyone, then I’d have to say yes. But when I blog, I wasn’t being true to myself.

Come to find out, I wasn’t “keepin’ it real” in my blog and this is why-

1. FEAR.

Why did this not surprise me? The world of blogging is still fairly new to me as I began just 4 months ago. I certainly have feared what readers would say about it all – my writing, my dream- to the degree that I took no action for a very long time.

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In an ideal world, everyone would love your writing.

But this is not always the case. As writers and bloggers, we open ourselves up to the criticism and praise, and this makes us vulnerable. However, I keep in mind and return to my initial intentions of helping others through my writing and pursuing my dream of becoming a published author and speaker.

2. Show and Presentation

Again, as a new blogger, I focused a little too much on the actual presentation of the blog. By doing this, my writing suffered as I was no longer writing from my heart. In his post, Yourself, John Saddington says, “To live freely and to give freely of oneself through such a medium as one’s blog is deeply personal – I believe we do ourselves and our audience a disservice by holding back because it, ergo, becomes no longer personal – it becomes simply presentation, and on a bad day just bullshit peacocking.” From http://tentblogger.com/yourself/#more-40074 True, right? Will this blog’s content change? No. The only thing that will change is that I’ll be writing from my heart.

Why “Keepin’ It Real?”

When I initially came up with this title, I literally laughed out loud. The truth is that it has to do with my background and where I am from. I am Mexican-American and I grew up in Lynwood, California. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this city or it’s location, it’s in Southern California, and its neighbouring city is Compton – a city I lived in for the first six years of my life. You may call this the ghetto, but I called it home and I love it! We kept it real there.

For the most part, I think I am a simple girl.

My students would disagree. They joke with me and they’ll say that Ms. C (as they affectionately call me) is “gangsta” and “a thug.” I laugh of course because I’m so far from this. Being from where I am is a part of me though. I am who I am. Do I go around snapping my fingers in a Z formation? No, but I’ll do it on occasions. And yes, I’m down with rap and hip hop. I jokingly tell others that it would be a sin for me to not like this music given where I am from. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

And now, for an exciting announcement…

Never have I been more enthusiastic or have had more energy to create than at this time. Being that I am bilingual (Spanish and English) and that this is a big part of culture and who I am, I have decided to keep it even more real by doing my blog posts in Spanish and English- a bilingual blog. More work? Yes. But I can only see the advantages from where I stand.

Thank you for reading my posts.

How are you keepin’ it real? Are you writing from your heart?