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This blog joins Warby Parker to celebrate their collaboration with 826



Hello beautiful darlings!

Today is one of those days in which I am overly excited to be sharing a project that has become something close to my heart. You know that as an extension of my love for community and people, I have a heart for justice and social change. I am often drawn to purchase, follow, and fall in love with companies that besides helping local economies, are also creating change. In comes amazing eyeglass company Warby & Parker and their fabulous collaboration with 826 national. 

826 is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities to under-resourced children ages 6-18 to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills through their network of eight tutoring centers. 




On October 21, 2014 in collaboration with 826 NYC and 826 LA, Warby and Parker first launched the cutest brand-new pair of frames called Kidd, in the classic but chic Revolver black in honor of the NYC chapter and sunglasses in honor of the L.A. one. Here is the interesting part, every limited-edition frame has been engraved with an edition number out of the 826 pairs produced that you can purchase here




Warby and Parker is also sponsoring two original publications showcasing students work. The Review from 826NYC (Poems, short stories, essays sponsored by the program) and 826 LA's Activity book (prompts and projects for children and adults) that you can purchase here

Since 826 is pro-imagination, pro-curiosity, they are all about the monumental power of reading and writing. I also happen to greatly value these things as well so needless to say, I am honored that Warby and Parker asked me to help them spread the word about this beautiful and meaningful collaboration. I already loved their products and have been following other projects that they are involved as well. 

What are your favorite small businesses that are creating social change? You can read of another collaboration similar to this one here


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Deadliest words in the world | It's a girl!

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Hello Darlings, 

I don't know you but it is very easy for me to go about my life and not really care about the needs of others unless they directly affect me or the people I love. One of my resolutions a few years ago was to change that, to educate myself about different social justice issues every year and take action in my personal life first and slowly move to make a difference in other people's lives as well. 

If you know a little about me, you know that I like to advocate for women's rights in society in general but also within the church. I have written about it before but this year I concentrated my research on girl's newborn homocides and the top reason for such high female mortality in some countries of the world. Today I want to share a list of documentaries that I have watched and truly learned from and some changes that I started to implement in my personal life. 

Different experiences have led me to believe that real change in the world starts with one's self. Personal integrity is actually the best way to create any consistent and sustainable change that we want to see in our world. Little things like living more simply by consuming less and wasting the least as possible. Recycling, buying local and supporting small businesses and especially the ones who exist to end social injustice (less made in China and more made locally, unless I buy directly from the artist like on Etsy for example). Not pin or promote sexist images, movies, adds or jokes that degrade women in any way along with cutting down on most fashion magazines as well (the hardest one), have been small steps that we have taken on the personal level to promote social justice. 

In the near future I am hoping to get more active in giving a voice to my sisters around the world that are suffering  by sponsoring a little girl through "Compassion Puerto Rico", to keep writing about the issues that they suffer so that we can constantly pray and think of them, continue to support and promote organizations and businesses that work for causes that I have at heart. 

I have so much more to learn and grow but here is my little bit. Like my husband recently said, God does not stir our hearts without any purpose. He does because He wants us to be agents of change in the limits of our world. Truly we can't change THE WHOLE world by ourselves but what if we started with our own actions, with small steps we can certainly impact some lives around us. 

Documentaries- all available on Netflix

It's a girl | Directed by Evan Grae Davis 
China's lost girls | Staring Lisa Ling
Half The Sky | Staring Olivia Wilde, Diane Lane, America Ferrera 




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hola queridas, 

No se ustedes pero para mi es bien fácil seguir mi vida sin realmente preocuparme por las necesidades de los demás al menos que me afecten a mi o a los que amo directamente. Una de mis resoluciones hace algunos años fue de cambiar eso, de educarme sobre diferentes problemas de injusticia social y de tomar acción en mi vida personal primero y luego pausadamente hacer una diferencia en la vida de los demás también. 

Si usted conoce un poco de mi sabe que me gusta defender los derechos para las mujeres en la sociedad pero también dentro de la iglesia. He escrito sobre esto anteriormente pero este año decidí concentrar mi investigación en los homicidios infantiles femeninos y en las razones primordiales que cansan tan alta mortandad femenina en ciertos países del mundo. Hoy quiero también compartir una lista de documentales de los cuales he realmente aprendido y sobre alguna cambios que he decidido implementar en mi vida personal. 

La experiencia me ha llevado a la conclusion de que el verdadero cambio comienza conmigo misma. La integridad personal es la mejor manera de crear el cambio consistente y duradero que deseamos ver en el mundo. Cosas pequeñas como vivir con mas simpleza, consumiendo menos y desperdiciando lo menos posible. Reciclar, comprar local y apoyar los pequeños negocios y especialmente los que existen para erradicar las injusticias sociales (lo que significa comprar menos cosas hechas en china y comprar mas cosas hechas localmente o procurarme directamente del artista como en Etsy por ejemplo). No hacer pin o promover imágenes sexistas, películas, publicidades o chistes que degradan a las mujeres de cualquier manera, procurando disminuir la compra de la mayoría de revistas de moda también (fue lo mas dificil), han sido pequeños pasos a nivel personal para promover la justicia social. 

En un futuro cercano quisiera ser mas activa en proveyendo una voz a mis hermanas a traves del mundo que sufren, patrocinando a una niña con "Compassion Puerto Rico", seguir escribiendo para que las tengamos en nuestras oraciones y presentes en nuestros pensamientos, continuar apoyando organizaciones y negocios que trabajan por causas que tengo a pecho. 

Todavia tengo mucho por aprender y crecer pero aquí esta mi migaja. Como mi esposo dijo recientemente, Dios no mueve nuestro corazón sin propósito alguno. él lo hace porque quiere que seamos agentes de cambio en los limites de nuestro mundo. Verdaderamente no podemos cambiar al MUNDO ENTERO nosotros mismos pero que si comenzáramos con nuestra propias acciones, con pequeños pasos y impactar las vidas a nuestro alrededor. 

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This blog joins 31 Bits for a house party | Bilingual




Hello Darlings!

Today is SO special because I finally get to talk about the reason I am hosting a jewelry party for 31 Bits.

I was at a retreat this past weekend and one of the speakers talked about using our "bit" to make a change in this world. This resonated with me since this little project was already in the making. 

As many of you know, this organization is dear to my heart and I have written about them before. However on May 10 I will be hosting a party where people will be able to purchase their jewelry right here in Puerto Rico. 

I have been wondering how I was going to do my part in order to support organizations that fight to end poverty and slavery, especially among women. The task seemed daunting but I still wanted to do more than just creating awareness via social media (with the red X). So when the opportunity arose, I jumped on it and I am inviting you to be part of it.  

On Saturday, May 10th (last minute Mother's Day shopping anyone?), I will have an open house from 10AM-1PM for EVERYONE that would like to come, browse and buy, however please make sure that you RSVP. We will be serving tasty sweets and I have invited a wonderful photographer to work our "mother-Daughter" Photo Booth! 

What are other ways in which you are changing your world and addressing these problems? I would love to hear about it. 

See you soon!



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Hola queridas

Hoy es un día muy especial porque al fin puedo escribir sobre la razón por la cual decidí ser la anfitriona de una fiesta para la compañía 31 Bits

Estuve en un retiro este fin de semana que pasó y uno de los exponentes habló de cómo debemos usar "nuestra migaja" para provocar un cambio en nuestro entorno. Eso me llamó la atención ya que este proyecto ya estaba en marcha. 

Como algunos de ustedes saben, esta organización es muy especial para mí y ya he escrito sobre ellos en otro tiempo, pero el 10 de Mayo seré la anfitriona de  una venta de prendas en forma de una fiesta en la cual todos los que lo desean podrán comprar aquí mismo en Puerto Rico. 




Me había estado preguntando de cómo haría mi parte en cuanto a apoyar organizaciones que combaten la pobreza y la esclavitud. La tarea es abrumadora, pero igual quería hacer más que solo crear conciencia por medio de las redes sociales (con la X roja). Cuando se presentó la oportunidad, la tomé y ahora los invito a que usted sea parte de este movimiento también. 

El sábado, 10 de Mayo (compras para mamá de último minuto!) mi casa estará abierta de las 10AM a la 1PM para todos los que quieran venir, ver y comprar. Todos están invitados pero deben reservar. Estaremos sirviendo refrigerios dulces y he invitado a una fotógrafa para tomar fotos especiales de madres e hijas. 

De qué otras maneras estas tú cambiando tu entorno y combatiendo estos problemas? Me gustaría saberlo. 

Nos vemos pronto!




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