Saturday, August 31, 2013



I am launching my web-based business, officially, tomorrow, September 1, 2013 and I am sooo excited. I want to thank each and every one of you for being such an integral part of my journey. You have inspired me, motivated me and made me see what is possible. My FACEBOOK friends ROCK!!!

I have done some exciting things everyday to advance my business, RootyWings, and I have been sooo on it and sooo excited with all I have been doing and all I have learned. I have accomplished the following in the past few months, which I wanted to share with all of you because your inspiration has been a large part of my success, what I have learned from you, has been critical to my perseverance and success, your encouragement and love has fueled my fire within—MIL GRACIAS!!!:

  1. I have started using Hoot Suite regularly for my FB and Twitter Posts
  2. I have a Constant Contact account
  3. I have a set of 20 inspirational posters from my dichos y pensamientos
  4. I have become a trainer for Infinite Possibilities and I am adapting the curriculum to Reclaim Your Divinity: Las possibilidades son infinitas
  5. I have started using Animoto to do video promotions of my books and website and workshops
  6. I have started using Photers to make posters of my pics y pensamientos
  7. I have completed my 6 poetry books which have been a work in progress for more years than I can count
  8. I decided on a download…my Gratitude Journal…and have completed it and have it ready for FREE downlowding
  9. I have hosted 4 events for Latinas at my home—my Latina Mastermind Group and My Success Coaching Mastermind group—both Los Angeles based
  10. I ordered a stamp for Reclaiming Your Divinity!!! Las posibilidades son infinitas
  11. I have donated baskets for raffles for different causes
  12. I have attended at least 10 networking events since April
  13. I applied and been accepted to present at Latism2013
  14. I got a wordpress account…
  15. And, por mi quinces…I am READY to LAUNCH… on September 1, 2013!!!! Sooo excited…

Y otra vez, mil gracias a todos for your love, support, inspiration, and motivation. I have learned so much from all of you and I am sooo excited to be a part of this journey…and to be sharing it with all of you. I am so looking forward to sharing the rest of my journey with all of you as well. And a shout out to Monica…my web designer, she totally ROCKS my world and my business!!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stepping Out and Rising Up

Stepping Out and Rising Up Latin@s

I have had the honor and privilege to get to know each and everyone of these up and rising Latinos who have become an integral part of my life. Some started as Social Media friends, some as business acquaintances, some as comadres y colegas, all have become an essential part of my journey. A celebration of my life. I hope you take the time to friend them and get to know their work, you will be inspired, motivated and moved by the enthusiasm they bring to life, living, and leaving a legacy.
Download the complete Gratitude Journal, and see what these Up and Rising Latin@s have to say about Gratitude y las transformaciones en tu vida.
Con un pan y cafecito,
Seguimos Adelante


Aaron is an NBC Radio Personality who hosts LIVE with Aaron and Kelly" NBC News Radio KCAA 1050 AM and MiCasa Broadcasting, TV Show Host and Producer. He is also an Entertainment Reporter for NBC Radio KCAA 1050 AM, TV Show Host Producer.
Alain is the founder of SOL-Professionals, Society of Latino Professionals, based in Los Angeles, California. SOL was inspired by the realization that our spirit is what keeps us going despite any challenge that life may offer. As we delve into the spirit, we realize that it is eternal and it lacks ethnic origin. SOL-Professionals is an inclusive organization. The purpose is to propel the success of Latino Professionals. Therefore the membership resembles, not a color of skin, but a collective spirit that is in line with our purpose.
Alexandra is Travel Fashion Girl. She offers girls advice about how to pack travel clothing, beauty products, and travel gear that combines form, function, and fashion. Unparalleled packing lists, informative reviews, expert advice, and insightful interviews make Travel Fashion Girl a girl’s best pre-travel resource. It features on the road fashion and beauty advice from seasoned travelers and backpackers.
Alma is the creative director of Con Corazon Media. Con Corazon is a multi-media arts production company that serves the needs of the diverse latin@ storytelling and cultural communities in the United states and internationally. Con Corazón is committed to the arts and civic enrichment and has taken on a significant social goal of transforming the image and understanding of American Latin@s in our society and the world.rms of media.
Ana is a Latina mom, who with her best friends since college, co-foundes SpanglishBaby. They are extremely passionate about ensuring their children not only speak both of their languages, English and Español, but that they also grow up proud of both their cultures, Latino and American. Over three years ago they realized there's was a lack of information available for parents raising bilingual + bicultural children, so using their background in media, they launched SpanglishBaby.


Any Lydia Monoco

Ana is a PR & Social Media entrepreneur that specializes in ambition, goal attaining, and bringing together communities. She is the founder and CEO of both padma media and marketing, Inc. and the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective.
Anna is a founding partner at FILMLOOK Inc., an award winning post production company. Mr. Faber's electronic engineering expertise and intense interest in filmmaking coupled with Ms. Cordova's managerial experience made FILMLOOK Inc. a reality. Several television shows have used FILMLOOK, including SportsCentury (ESPN Classic), Making the Band (ABC), Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (SciFi), Undressed (MTV), and It'a a Miracle (PAX).
A native of Argentina, Dr. Nogales is one of the most well-known and respected Latinas in the United States. Through her private practice, media presence, books, and organizational leadership, she has dedicated herself to ensuring the mental health and success of women, Latinos, and anyone else who struggles with cultural and personal issues, victimization, and inequality. 
Flantastic by Chef Kiki was created with the vision of sharing her family's recipe as a tribute to her father.  Once Flantastic by Chef Kiki was started, it took on a life of its own.  Chef Kiki started infusing different flavors and fresh ingredients that not only enhanced the recipe but made specialty desserts. Each gourmet Flan is prepared when it is ordered, using only the freshest ingredients making for a one-of-a-kind experience.
A Life-Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Certified Integrated Energy Therapist, Connie was personally mentored and coached by legendary life-coach, inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Alan Cohen. Connie is a very passionate spiritual teacher and life-coach that loves sharing the knowledge she has acquired through her own spiritual journey and growth. She inspires others to live their life purpose.
Daniel is an International Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Radio Personality and Author of Stepping Into Greatness: Success Is Up To You. Leveraging his experience, his infectious humor, and his deep belief that there is greatness in each of us, he has transformed businesses and individuals all over the world. His appeal breaks the boundaries of profession, culture, and age.
Deborah is a Brand Ambassador for the Hispanic Market, Inspirational Speaker, Author and Life Coach. She is known as a Productivity and Leadership expert facilitating webinars, corporate leadership trainings and keynote speaking engagements for Fortune 500 companies such as: JP Morgan, Kaiser, Macy’s, State Farm Insurance and the University of Phoenix. She served as a brand ambassador for Verizon Wireless campaign to outreach to Hispanic and Latino Entrepreneurs.
Dita is a multi-media journalist (writer, photographer, and video-maker) who's worked in advertising, television; magazine and online publications. She studied film at the Art Center College of Design and broadcast journalism at UCLA. Dita specializes in entertainment, politrix, and health.
Gina is the founder of both UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas. She gathers coaches, consultants, speakers, trainers and artists to inspire personal development among Latinas. Get Wise Latinas seeks to engage women in educational events and workshops run by Latinas, for Latinas. Both UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas are as organizations that aim to strengthen the Latino presence within American culture.
Jes is the founder and president of Turning Leaves Foundation (TLF). A foundation dedicated to giving children and their families the educational and emotional group support needed to cope with the demands that chronic illness imposes. TLF ensures that children and their families will gain knowledge and confidence, learn from mistakes and move away from the severe negative feelings commonly felt after being diagnosed and celebrate the positive outcomes and overall health in their process of coping.
Joanna is a writer, playwright, project strategist coach and a leader within the healthcare industry. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and business management. Her creative works have been featured in Ride to the East Side CASA 0101 theater productions and she was the co-producer of the 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life theatrical production. Her business career includes partnering with organizations to develop small to medium businesses and help them strategize their business plans. She has held officer roles within nonprofit organizations, including Toastmasters International.
Jorge is the founder and CEO of, Zealous Vision, an organization dedicated to help its clients achieve their maximum potential. Individuals and organizations are coached, educated and empowered to move confidently in the direction of their dreams or goals respectively. While individuals experience fulfillment, passion, and a sense of purpose; organizations build a powerful culture, strategically making changes to increase employee engagement and driving profits upward.
Women's fiction author, Julia, lives in California in a home filled with bits and pieces of her Argentine heritage. Paintings of Argentine towns.  A beautiful leather map with the outline of Argentina.  Pictures and trinkets. However, the real details of her beautiful culture unfolded gradually as she grew up the daughter of Argentine immigrants. Today, a product of the American Dream, Julia writes emotionally rich stories about family love, and the passion of chasing and achieving life's goals.

Laura is the founder of Bag Lady Productions (BLP), LLC., one of the first influential networking circles geared towards connecting Women in Business, Brands, Mompreneurs and Influencers. BLP provides resources, events and connections for women entrepreneurs and brands. She is the creator of the BLP ConnectHER Conference & Influential Event and is the editor for BLP’s sister site
Leticia C. Lara
Leti is the President and CEO of LARA Consulting Group, a group dedicated to solutions to wellness.
Liz is a life changing coach. As a Coach, she will guide you, challenge you, love you, celebrate you, help you grow, help you achieve what you are capable and deserving of, and help you reach that place of Happy as you live, love and lead. Get on this journey with me. It will change your life.
Maria is the creator of Art by Latina Artists or ABLA as it has come to be known by the artist community. It is an online network of Latina artists. It originated as a "guest page" on her personal website back in 2004 with just one artist highlighted. One became two, two became four and it has since evolved into its own website. Over the years it has grown organically to become a network of nearly 500 Latina artists from all over the world, not just the United States..
Marian is the CEO and founder of Parenting on your Own, an online membership community designed to assist and support single parent families. Resources are tele-classes and interviews with experts, articles on a vast amount of topics on the blog and connections with organizations and businesses in various areas. The website is in the process of being completely revamped it will be amazing!
Marcela is the Chief Information and Marketing Officer for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. The fund is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF provides American families with the financial and educational resources they need to achieve a college education and help America be more competitive.
Nora is a visionary intuitive Holistic Healer & Teacher, Inspirational Mentor & Speaker and a Cosmic Channel. She is the founder of Cosmic Healing, Energy Medicine, AbunDANCE Events, and Living from the Heart TV.


Founder and President of Financially Fit Foundation, Inc., Oly has created this organization out of her desire to educate people about managing their finances.  It is based on the knowledge she acquired through college, in managing her own finances, reading financial material, talking to experts in the field, successfully managing her own business and from what she learned from an amazing and incredible woman on money management, her mother.
Señorita Vino, founded by Pamela C. Pajuelo, offers wine education in a fun and casual format with the goal of reinforcing the fact that wine can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge or experience. Señorita Vino is dedicated to wine lovers of all stripes, palates, tastes and socioeconomic levels. In particular, she seeks to create a forum for Latinas who like wine, but may feel somewhat intimidated by the notion of selecting, tasting and talking about it.
Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006), received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards. The Distance Between Us, Reyna's third book is about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.
Ruby is the founder of Hermosa Yoga. Yoga has had such a positive and powerful impact on her life, she had the need to give back. She has a mission to guide/offer yoga classes in communities where Yoga typically would not be practiced or afforded.  She chooses to service these area’s, so that everyone has an equal opportunity to practice Yoga and enrich their lives as she have. 
Sandra is the founder and CEO of Healing Skeem Teletherapy an independent online therapy practice specializing in healing trauma and helping individuals get the life they want. Sandra’s mission is to provide a therapeutic relationship for healing. She also introduces her clients to The Healing SKEEM, which is the Sandra Kimberly Eberhardt Enrichment Method, developed through her doctoral research.
Susan is the founder and co-owner of Latin Inspired Designs with her mom. They have authentically designed and culturally sensitive handmade Latin Inspired Nutcrackers in folklorico costumes, Mariachi costumes, Day of the Dead Style Nutcrackers, Frida and Virgen de Guadalupe. These most awesome and original Latino Style Nutcrackers can be displayed in your home all year long.
Zulmara is the founder and CEO of Roots and Wings, dedicated to helping Latin@s achieve their dreams by integrating their two cultures into a healthy whole. She focuses on integrating Latin@ Roots with the alas that are needed to soar. She is an inspirational writer, speaker, and workshop leader. She leads workshops on Achieving Balance, Journaling, Business, Storytelling, just o name a few. Her workshops are guided by spirit and follow a path for increasing love and success in your life as you embrace who you are, where you have been, and where you are going.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Gratitude Journal

Transformando tu vida con la gracias

Gratitude is a great way to start transforming your life to
live the life you want, the life you dream of, the life you are interested in creating. Gratitude allows you to let the angels in, it allows you to relax and to focus on the important aspects in your life. When you bask yourself in regularly giving thanks for your health, family, friends, and abundance, you are truly in a good place for the transformations to begin and the angst that goes with life and living to be kept to a minimum. In reality, when we are in gratitude, all else in our lives appears to soften around the edges and we are living a life full of compassion, love, and appreciation for all that has been granted to us.

I have compiled a Gratitude Journal with quotes from leading Latin@ entrepreneurs in Southern California. I am proud and honored to call these Latin@s mis amigos, mis colegas, mi comadres, and my support group. Each and everyone of them has offered me something on this journey called life and I am grateful to have each and everyone of them como parte de mi familia as I am celebrating my life, my accomplishments, and my journey.

I hope you take the time to friend them, get to know them and what they offer and spread the word about these up and coming Latinos who are Rising Up to take their place in the world and to pave the way for others.

The Gratitude Journal is a free download and contains contact information for each of these wonderful Latinos who are giving back, paying it forward, and offering support to the Latino community.

Con un pan y cafecito,
Seguimos Adelante,
Zulmara Maria

Friday, March 30, 2012

Reflections on Pampering your Muse

Reflections on Pampering your Muse


For me, the act of pampering your muse is the act of self love, self care, and self guidance. When we are pampering our muses, it means we are taking time to take care of ourselves and giving ourselves a much needed break. It may mean we have to slow down at work, say not to over-scheduling our children with one more play-date, or take time to go for a stroll with the family and let the dishes sit for a night.
It may mean curling up with a good book once a month, going to get a cup of coffee with a magazine once a week, or writing in a journal 10 minutes a day.

Saxxy Soul
Saxxy Soul (c)
Caring for yourself will look different for each individual and during different times in your life, and we need to be aware of that. We know when our muse needs pampering when we are cranky, irritable, easily aggravated, and readily annoyed. We know we need “muse” time when we lack energy for life, when we are ready to throw in the towel, or spend hours in front of the TV and do not enjoy the shows we are watching. We know our muse needs pampering when life lacks joy, laughter, music, song, and dance. When the little things no longer bring a smile to our lips and hope to our hearts, it is time to pamper your muse and do whatever it takes to bring back that feeling that life is too short and we must live it gusto.

Poema Lirico
Poema Lirico (c)
Paulo Coelho said, “Life can be too short or too long, depending on how we are living it.” And he is so right. If we are feeling that life is too long, we need to get out and get an ice cream cone, blow bubbles with the grandkids, take a walk on beach, or visit an old friend. We need to do whatever lifts us up and brings us joy and makes us feel like life is for cherishing the little moments.
Here is to your muse, may she be happy, fulfilled, and ready to take on the challenges that life has to offer.
Con un pan y cafecito,
Seguimos adelante
Zulmara Maria

Breath in strong energy with sparks of light!!
Respiren la buena energía con chispas de luz..!

*Artowrk for this blog was graciously provided by Mia Ramon an artist on Art by Latina Artists

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pampering Foods

Pampering Foods

Spiritual Healer
Spiritual Healer (c)

What foods feeds your muse and help to keep you going?

For me, it is chocolate…chocolate and more chocolate…ice cream, truffles, See's Candy…if it is chocolate, my muse is happy…

I also love fruits and nuts --so nice to live in SoCal and have access to so many fruits for so much of the year…I love kiwi, watermelon, melons, strawberries, plums, peaches. Etx…I have never met a fruit I did not love…Also, love nuts…walnuts, cashews, almonds….are my favs...

Sophia 1
Sophia I
Bread and cheese are my staples…to balance the sugar high…lol…I love a good bread and have made friends with almost all cheeses available…looovvveee pan con queso...

My sinful food is pizza…uuumm, uuuummm, good. Love pizza with chicken especially…BBQ, garlic, and grilled. I also love veggies on my pizza and a personal favorite from my pregnancy days --mushroom/olive pizza.

What is your favorite pampering food? What is your pick me up snack? What feeds your muse

Water…Can't Create without Quenching your Thirst

Water, water, water, water…I find that without water, I have no stamina to keep going. I keep a water bottle on my desk--always--and I drink ice tea, vitamin water, Slenderize, and Gatorade.

I stay away from Soda…but I will do diet coke when the mood strikes me and I stay away from juices…seem to heavy for most writing days.
Hermana Series
Hermana Series (c)

Wine I reserve for those times when I am done with the creative process and ready to chilax with my family, my hubby, my FB friends and other special peeps…in my life.

What do you drink when you are writing…What is your special treat? Are you addicted to coffee…tea…wine??

Con un pan y cafecito, seguimos adelante…

Zulmara Maria

Más vale prevenir que tener que lamentar
Better safe than sorry

*Artowrk for this blog was graciously provided by Mia Ramon an artist on Art by Latina Artists

Monday, March 26, 2012

Music and the Muse

Music and the Muse
Music Ecstasy
Music Ecstasy(c)

Music is one of the ways I pamper my inner muse. It is so inspiring to me to listen to some of my favorite artists to set the mood, the tone, the pace of my creativity.

I like melodic music that quiets the mind, when I need to think, figure things out, and rein myself in. When I am in the zone of my inner diva, I love Brazilian Samba….to set a beat, a tone, a pace that is fast, fun, eventful , and filled with happiness. This is for brain storming and setting my vibration. Sometimes, my muse and I just need to get up and dance.

Some of my favs for just getting in the zone and staying in the zone include:

  • In Dis Life by IZ…mellow and non-distracting...
  • Reyli for those soft, sadder love songs that bring back memories and put you in the mood of writing that sadder, deeper feeling…
  • Samba…especially by the Samba schools for those upbeat writing moments
  • Celine Dion…anything by Celine sets a tone and a mood that gets me in the zone.

In Dis Life by IZ these beautifully, melodic songs from Hawaii have a very mellow and non-distracting sound. Played mostly on a ukele and sung in a melodic tone, IZ sets a mood that is both reflective and contemplative. I now own 3 of his CD's, one for each trip to Hawaii. YES!!! he is a gem, just take a listen.

Music Heals the World
Music Heals the World (c)
Reyli is my favorite for those soft, sadder love songs that bring back memories and put you in a reflective of trying to figure out who you are and what you want out of life. He helps you know that life is for feeling, even when the feelings are deep and emotional. He sings in Spanish and Spanish love songs are especially moving to me and get to a place in my soul that is deep and profound.

When I want a female voice, I love Gloria Estefan's Spanish love songs. She sings with a profound, deep sense of love and longing that are perfect for setting the mood for love and heartache and heartbreak.

I also have Roberto Carlos on my playlist for when II need a connection to my Brazilian roots that are deep, powerful and filled with profound feelings of love.


OK, SAMBA sounds are for when I need energy, zip, pizzazz, and a get up and go. Samba is in my soul, having heard it from birth and it moves my spirit, touches my heart, and keeps me going. I have more Samba sounds and more Brazilian songs on my playlists than anything else--I love the upbeat sounds of Samba and it gets into my soul. It moves my muse forward at a fast pace, and helps me to be in the zone and in the moment.
Base Fiddle Goddess
Base Fiddle Goddess

I love how the beat and rhythm just get into my inner essence and get me moving with purpose and abandon, be it writing, drawing, creating, or just being in the world. … I just let the Samba sounds take me wherever I am meant to go.

What music fills your spirit, makes you move, and helps you get into the ZONE of writing…What sounds take you away?

Con un pan y cafecito, seguimos adelante


Para que la cuña apriete, debe de ser del mismo palo.

In order to have a good fit, select the right person for the job

*Artowrk for this blog was graciously provided by Mia Ramon an artist on Art by Latina Artists

Friday, March 23, 2012

Interview Your Muse

Interview Your Muse
My lips are Sealed
My Lips are Sealed

Sometimes when we are going through a rough time, personally, professionally, or creatively, it is nice to get in touch with our muse in order to get out of a funk. When the creative juices are not flowing, it is often a sign that the muse needs to pampered or tenemos que cuidar de nosotros mismos, we have to take care of ourselves. Getting you know your muse, also helps you to know what to do when you are ailing. What you need to do to care for yourself. Sometimes the common cold is the cure.

To know my muse is __________
My muse loves ________
What are THREE adjectives that best describe your muse?
1. ____________
You're walking down the street on a beautiful day; you're feeling good, looking good. What theme song is your muse playing in your mind?
What drives your muse? What feeds her passion?
What truly inspires you when you are one with your muse?
Word Association. What comes to mind when your muse sees the following words:
  • DREAM:
Con un pan y cafecito,
seguimos adelante

Quien no se arriesga no pasa la mar.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Chocolate Bate, Bate

*Artowrk for this blog was graciously provided by Maria Sanchez an artist on Art by Latina Artists