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3 Reflections From The We All Grow Summit

Although I was posting fun pictures all over my social media channels, I was in attendance at the We All Grow Summit this weekend to improve my blog/brand and make new connections.



I prepared for the weekend with a list of needs. I researched the agenda, the speakers/bloggers and pinpointed what I wanted to extract from workshop sessions. Call me an over planner but I wanted to make the most out of this opportunity!

I narrowed down my reflections from the conference and realized these are NOT exclusive to just media influencers, bloggers or social media pros.


  1. Media can be TOO powerfulRosie Rivera provided a powerful testimony about her family losses, personal battles and her book, Mis Pedazos Rotos, detailing how she is healing from the wounds of childhood abuse. Rosie admitted to a room full of bloggers and media influencers that she hates media because it’s keeping us uneducated. She believes that our voice can be used in a more influential manner.  Reflection: Serve a purpose with every post, picture and retweet. Educate and help someone. You don’t have to be a blogger or professional to be an “influencer.” Bullies are influencers too but look at the damage they cause. Change the conversation.
  2. Our Power Is In Our VoiceThe world doesn’t know that it needs you. Click To Tweet What can you provide to build someone up? Is there a story you want to share? Be more real. As Rosie Rivera stated, “When you are YOU the audience will come.” Reflection: If ideas keep floating in your head, put them on paper. State them out loud. Write them in your journal. During this conference I stated my future intention to a new friend. Ironically, she had the same thought. We shook hands and agreed to meet each other in that future place. Now we just allow the Universe to work its magic!
  3. Evaluate The Energy Around You – Two of my biggest highlights were the Wellness Circles I attended both days of the conference. On the 1st day I was blessed to have personalized attention with Elayna Fernandez of The Positive Mom. She helped me solidify my passions so they could be timeless and more specific. The 2nd day I shared my visions with Hiliana Devila and Christine Gutierrez. They honored, challenged and comforted our group to move forward on whatever was holding us back. Reflection: Step back and look at how you are operating. If you are a blogger or entrepreneur, how is your audience viewing you? What are they seeing on your timelines, website, email signature, video content, etc.? What energy are we bringing? If you are busy with family life, step back and re-evaluate your routine. How often are you speaking comforting words to your children or loved ones? Are your words full of criticism or rushed? What do your children see when they see you everyday? What does your boss see when you walk in everyday? The energy you bring into a room, your house or your office could help explain why love or opportunities are not opening up for you. Christine recommended for bloggers/vloggers to take a social media break to give their brands a fresh eye. Unconsciously we end up repeating patterns that we see. We take the same Instagram picture or create the same type of video. I have mentioned this in previous posts relating to toxic energy. What news or conversations are we hearing? How is this being reflected on our thoughts or conversations?

I could probably write a book on all the lessons I learned through these last few days. One thing that I do know is that the title of this conference truly reflects how I feel: We All Grow. Thank you for helping me grow Latina Bloggers Connect!

If you attended the conference this weekend what takeaways did you have? 

What energy will you bring to this week?

3 Takeaways From BlogHer15

I apologize for the delayed post but Mrs. Focus On You is trying to remember what time zone she lives in as she sits to wrap up her weekend in New York!

As a newbie blogger and newbie participant at BlogHer15 I did my best to pre-plan, pre-schedule and dive into business mode while at the conference. There were so many breakout sessions, luncheons, sponsors and events to attend that I tried my best to take adequate notes and pictures…..mostly selfies!


BlogHer collage


I couldn’t share ALL the gems I received but here are 3 highlights that I want to share with you:

1. Writing is a safe way to ask for help

I attended a luncheon with Care To The People that examined storytelling, especially when  faced with chronic illness or mental illness. When you feel alone you should know that you always have your journal. I listened to inspiring writers who shared what they learned by exposing vulnerable parts of themselves through blogs and/or online journals. They realized they really weren’t alone and received comforting feedback. One of the beauties of technology is our ability to reach out further than before. We shouldn’t have to go through a diagnosis alone.  We shouldn’t have to go through any painful experiences alone. Isolation makes any situation worse.

2. Connect 1st and Educate Later

In social media circles, they emphasize the power of engagement.

In one of my sessions this was also encouraged. Build authentic relationships first. I loved meeting the ladies from the Levo League as we sat and talked about more than our businesses. I honestly failed to ask some important questions because we were talking about ourselves, our lives and what brought us here. I truly felt grateful in that moment in the suite because even though we just met we had so much in common (colleges, dogs, blogging experiences). Because I stayed in that moment I was able to meet more influential ladies that ventured in the lounge with us.

3. Magic Numbers based on Peg Fitzpatrick‘s session 

– On Instagram, the magic number of hashtags is 11.

– Build your Pinterest presence with at least 10 boards with 10 pins each.

– Stay active in Pinterest with 10-20 pins per day.

Peg had to zoom through all the main social media engines as she provided tips for branding and recommendations for who to follow. I wish this session would have been longer!

I won’t get into the amazing details from the closing party with McDonald’s, Boyz II Men and Nick Cannon! Let’s just say there were a lot of burgers, lemonades and dancing taking place! Thank you McDonald’s for the best parting gift ever – COFFEE!!!

Like many other bloggers out there I am waiting anxiously to hear about next year’s conference!


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