Today is the day, 3 years ago that I decided I wanted to start a blog. Well, that’s not exactly right…I started the process many months earlier…the research, questions about the mechanics of a blog, and many more. Today is the day 3 years ago that I “launched” my blog! I chose September 15th as my launch date because I wanted it to be significant and this is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month! After all, my blog is a Hispanic lifestyle blog!!!
A few weeks ago I started looking back on my posts since last September. I’ve written 47 in 12 months and took a little break from December through March this year. I made many notes during the off months about what I wanted to focus on and the one subject that kept popping up was Fiesta. I’ve written a lot about this festival that I’ve been a part of for the past 15 years. We are celebrating our Quince this year so I’ve been reminiscing through photographs and telling some behind the scene stories of the event since 2003. I’ve called this series – Fiesta Fridays and have two more posts scheduled before our anniversary event on September 30th! It has definitely put me in a nostalgic mood!
Another thing I want to focus on more is creating video content. I got a start several months ago when my sister Kanista was in town. We decided to start video recording our mother telling stories of when she moved to Cambodia with her sister and parents, how she met our dad and eventually got married there. That was such a fun night of great stories and laughter! I need to do some editing and get them on YouTube and write a few stories surrounding the videos. Again…another nostalgic event this year.
The other major change in my life this year that had me nostalgic (briefly!) was retiring in July from my corporate life. I worked for the same company for 37 years and while this happened a little sooner than I had originally planned, I honestly haven’t looked back. I’ve had two months to reflect and think about what comes next and yet, there isn’t any pressure to jump into anything right away. That’s been my biggest realization in all this…I can do nothing! I can stay in my pjs all day and drink coffee until it’s time for wine! The difference in my day-to-day routine (do I have a routine??) is being able to do what I want, do what makes me happy and create projects that are meaningful to me. Who knows what opportunities are out there waiting?!
Right now, my time has been focused on Fiesta and the success of our anniversary event. I’ve also been doing some work with my dear friend, Willie Chriesman, on his digital media venture that celebrates the people, places and trends that make Alabama food and drink great. I’s called “a la carte Alabama” and we’ve already been invited to a number of events covering new restaurants, Birmingham Restaurant Week and other festivals. This is giving me the opportunity to use my photography skills and I’m sure there will be some writing involved with Hispanic foods and wines that I can’t wait to share!
So, how do I celebrate year three of Southern Senora? Well, I figured it was about time to create a Southern Senora Facebook page! I know…I know what you’re saying – “you’ve waited 3 years to do this???” Yeah…I don’t know why it has taken me this long in all honestly. Maybe I was looking for just the right time. And as it just so happens…today is the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month and this IS a Hispanic Lifestyle blog so…..