It's been a while! We're going to try this whole blog thing AGAIN mija. It has been one incredible year and it's definitely worthy of a recap and appreciation post. It has been so difficult to manage a full time job, our families and still be present on every social media platform. We are still learning and still progressing much like many of you amazing mujeres.
We had so many changes in 2018 and many challenges in our way. 2017 was AMAZING and we received such an out poor of love and support from the public and our community from the first conference. We also experienced some losses and partnerships that were severed, which has honestly been hard to recover from. I think it's important to note that we are not perfect and that having a lifestyle or community movement is tough in many aspects. I wanted to run the organization much like a sorority and assumed people could work with my expectations, which I later learned only pushed people away. I wanted to run with it full force and even though my intention was good, I was jacking everything up internally. I have other friends who have groups or organizations and the biggest thing I learned was this: Let people come and let people go. Don't give people positions. Don't apply pressure to something that is supposed to be fun. No one will be as invested as you are. Let people come and go as they please and you'll always be happy. Never have expectations of people. This works for us and it may not work for everyone. But I'm much more peaceful just allow things to be.
I will say that there are old faces, new faces, old ways of doing things, and new ways of doing things. This year has been a year full of immense growth and perspective for myself and for the business. It turns out my failures have become my biggest asset.
There have been many times I wanted to give up. I felt defeated early on and really needed a break. I wondered how the hell I could lead other women if I myself didn't have my shit together. If it wasn't for Priscilla I probably wouldn't have, but luckily she saw the vision and power in what we were doing that I sometimes didn't. After some soul searching and forgiveness of my own transgressions, we just said the hell with it and kept going. I'm sure you've wanted to give up too. I'm sure that whatever passion you were pursuing was either too overwhelming or seemed unattainable. And I hope that you found a way to keep going anyway!
I've managed to forget orders, organize a whole workshop with the wrong address, start a podcast that was hella delayed, our podcast episodes were accidentally deleted, almost had to cancel our entire yearly conference because we couldn't sell tickets, forgot or missed meetings, slacked on blog posts, bought the wrong type of plastic bags to sell, got wrong shirts ordered, the list keeps going on.
We also helped women jump start their side hustle and creative ventures. We started a podcast. We re-recorded the sessions and invited new guests. We were on the news. We got a sponsorship with Toyota! We got invited to a charitable event as Latina influencers. We participated in the Ella organization's Mujeres Mercado event for Latina Equal Pay. We were invited on a radio show. We worked with some of the most talented Latina women in the valley and partnered for collaborative photoshoots We held multiple workshops and gave other chicas the opportunity to lead it. We miraculously pulled off the most bad ass inspirational and funnest Latina women's conference in Phoenix ever! We have so many things to be proud of. So many things to look forward to! Y como siempre seguimos ADELANTE. The journey will not be perfect, but it's a road worth traveling. Thank you all for being a part of our story. For sharing our vision, for sharing our tears, our laughs, our excitement and being a part of our future. We can do this together! We have your back homegirl. Let's throw some glitter and get it poppin' for 2019.