Month: January 2014

31 Days 2 Get You Started! January 31: Commit. (Again.)

Dear Jebus, has it already really been 31 days? Are we only hours away from the end of the first month of January 2014?? I feel old. Again. But also, since I spent the month working my ass off, I’m feeling kind of awesome, since so many things have already happened this month, and so…
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January 31, 2014 0

31 Days of Getting You Started! January 30: Perfection is a (boring) lie.

Below this, you’ll see a link to my first professional video on Vimeo. (“Carlota! You made this? For me? Wow, you’re like some gorgeous, short, low-budget, Cecil B. DeMille, stuck in Queens!” “Oh, you!” *giggles, tosses hair*) But seriously. It’s my first professional video, and while not perfect, I’m pretty damn proud of it. (Translation: Talk…
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January 30, 2014 0

31 Days 2 Get You Started! January 29: “I’m glad that I’ve kept at it.”

“I’ve been working on my headstand. I wanted to do it by my 40th birthday. Then I pushed the deadline to New Year’s Day. It took a few weeks longer than that, but finally, I can say I can do a headstand without a wall or helper. I still wobble and I can’t stay up…
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January 29, 2014 0

31 Days 2 Get You Started! January 28: What are you so afraid of?

“But the most important verse is the one they wrote down in Montgomery, Alabama. They sang, ‘We are not afraid.’” -Pete Seeger What are you so afraid of? Ask yourself that question, and think carefully about the answer. Write it down so you can see it in black and white. Because whatever it is, it…
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January 28, 2014 0

31 Days 2 Get You Started! January 27: Just Get Started!

You can write all the to-do lists, buy all the journals, meditate for hours, pray, whine, research your subject inside out…but you’ll never be 100% ready, you’ll always have questions, there’ll always be details you don’t understand. (So just get started.)  However, the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be able to make mistakes figure…
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January 27, 2014 0

31 Days 2 Get You Started! January 26: Do 1 (Small) Thing Today That Scares You!

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.  It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.  You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”- To Kill…
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January 26, 2014 0

31 Days 2 Get You Started: January 25: Believe Your Life is Worth More.

One reason it can be so hard to do what you really want is because we are programmed to need the approval of other people: our parents, friends, peers, colleagues, Facebook friends and the like. It takes tremendous determination and courage to be able to discard the rules and restrictions of our society. I think…
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January 25, 2014 0

31 Days 2 Get You Started! January 24: Lose Your Hate.

I think Dr. King’s quote about the “burden of hate” is exceptionally precise. In fact, I think it’s an idea that becomes more powerful as you become older, and see how easy it is to lose yourself in hate. You get older and you see how easy it is to take refuge from all of your…
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January 24, 2014 0

31 Days 2 Get You Started! January 23: Don’t Censor Yourself!

Below, is a photo from a professional development workshop I gave on January 17, 2014 at CUNY’s Institute of Mexican Studies. That was an amazing day. That was a day wherein I realized that by giving people the skills they need to create their careers, I am actively helping people to improve and love their…
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January 23, 2014 0

31 Days 2 Get You Started! January 22: Use your Imagination!

I have, as you’ve probably discerned, a very active imagination. As an only child growing up, I had not one but two imaginary friends. My mother took it all in stride. (She was probably just thrilled that there were other people to receive all of my bossiness energy.) I still have a hyper-active imagination, which…
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January 22, 2014 0