Today marks one year since I launched my Hispanic lifestyle blog, Southern Senora! What a wonderful ride it has been so far!
I remember wondering if blogging was something I should attempt. So, I began doing some research and working through the ins and outs of blogging. I attended a blog conference by the incredible Javacia Bowser, founder of See Jane Write, and met some wonderful women bloggers that day. I’ll share more on that in another post. Then one day shortly after the conference, I was at an event when I ran into my friend and blogger, Chanda Temple. She asked if I had launched my blog yet and I said, “not yet,” and she said…”just do it!” And so I did…and I decided on September 15th, 2014. That seemed like the perfect date since it’s the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month and this is a Hispanic lifestyle blog, after all! One thing I know about myself…if I set a goal, I’m going to accomplish it some how, some way! And so it began…
I’ve met so many terrific people along the way…people who have been encouraging and who tell me they love what I’m writing about. Some have even suggested things for me to write because they wanted to know more about Hispanic culture. I love when that happens too! One exciting invitation occurred recently. Wade Kwon, long-time Birmingham writer, blogger and communications consultant, contacted me and asked if I would like to participate in his 30-day Wade on Birmingham series called the Future of Birmingham. He launched this series this month in celebration of the 10th anniversary of his blog – Wade on Birmingham. A few years ago, I probably would have declined thinking this wasn’t something I could do, but this invitation excited me and gave me a wonderful opportunity to share my voice from a Hispanic perspective. Thanks much, Wade…or I should probably say, Gracias!
My essay has been included in Wade’s ebook, “The Future of Birmingham.” You can read it (pages 19-21) by downloading the ebook for free at http://itswa.de/futureofbham – I hope you enjoy it and all the other essays included.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my one year blogaversary than to share this news. Like I said…it’s been a wonderful ride so far!
Congratulations, Teresa! And thanks for all your help. 🙂
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I lead a children’s ministry in an impoverished Hispanic community of migrants in Florida and stumbled across your blog around the time you posted this. I was unaware of Hispanic Heritage Month, but, after seeing you reference it, I looked it up and then purposefully celebrated it with my El Crucero children. Each week for a month, I highlighted Mexican- and Guatemalan- (the 2 countries represented by my kids) Americans who have done great things. I brought in some books written by Hispanic Americans, and gave them information about a local HHM celebration at a community college (which I and my family attended). I also ask them to share with me about their favorite Hispanic foods, etc. Next year I will know much further in advance and hope to coordinate with their parents for us to hold our own festival/celebration at El Crucero. So, thank you! (And I would certainly appreciate any suggestions you might have about other ways I can help foster pride in their heritage….children’s books, events, etc. At the least, I want them to know that I am interested in their culture and heritage and find value in it.)
Thanks so much for your comment and I’m so glad to hear you are incorporating Hispanic heritage into your children’s ministry! There are a number of resources and curriculums online that you can google and see what fits the age group you are working with in Florida. In particular, I found a website called modernmami.com that I thought had a lot of great suggestions. You may want to check that out! Another good thing to do is to get the parents involved. At my church, the Hispanic ministry participates in a number of local events. They even started an annual tamale sale where families are involved. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by Southern Senora!
Thank you for the helpful suggestions! I appreciate you taking the time to respond!