My Lean In Story

I wanted to share with you all that my Lean In story was published on Sheryl Sandbergs community site. I’m excited that it was published and happy to bring awareness about being a military esposa. It’s not easy and every day is a struggle. With God’s help and with the love and support of family we overcome.  Thank you so much to those of you that have supported the BeBrave!Mujer!  website and Facebook page, as well as my Military Esposa blog.

Con mucho amor,
Maria

KC Baker … her practices work!

I don’t normally do a lot of endorsements on my blogs. But in the case of KC Baker I am making an exception, because I believe in her work. I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to attend her Public Speaking Soiree in SF. Those of you that know me, know that I am a very quiet and for the most part very much the introvert. One of the things that has stopped me from being more out there with my work and with my passion for helping women has always been fear. Yes the fear of being seen, fear of speaking publicly and fear of sharing my truth. After the day long seminar I walked away feeling so empowered by her techniques (some of which were unorthodox) but who cares, they work! Not to mention they make you feel beautiful on the inside and help you feel more confident with your message. I’m posting this because attending that seminar was a gift. Something that I will take with me every time I step on a stage or am in the public light.  I’ve already signed up for her seminar The Women’s Thought Leadership Society and can’t wait to be even clearer on my message and to get to the point where sharing my message becomes second nature. It’s been a huge help in teaching me to be a BRAVE MUJER. Thank you KC. Baker. 🙂

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(that’s me in the very purple dress… lol) 

Her trainings are filling up quickly so I encourage you to take a look and sign up. The shopping cart for KC Baker’s The Women’s Thought Leadership Society and her 2 day, absolutely fabulous Public Speaking Soiree in San Francisco CLOSES THIS TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH!

I guarantee there’s no women’s thought leadership and public speaking training like this on the planet. Her practices WORK and they are also highly effective and they make getting clear on your message & finding the freedom to share it FUN.

Women who do her work have major doors open for them. They become known for their ideas. Their tribes grow. Opportunities like TEDx, Bioneers and other major industry speaking events come their way. Their businesses grow. Their missions take off. And most of all, the resistance disappears. They feel totally free to get out there and rock it, and that’s exactly what can happen for you. If you are really ready to get your message out into the world in a big way and see your mission and your work go gangbusters, come see what she’s offering. It’s so gorgeous, it’ll knock your socks off:

 registration-open

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The Why .. BeBraveMujer came to be.

Encouraging women to Be Brave Mujeres

I’ve always wanted to be a helper, an encourager to other women. But my fear of being inadequate or not enough always prevented me from launching that dream. After many years of not living to my fullest potential and after experiencing many trials both personal and physical. I can say I am a survivor. I have lived a life with so many stories, stories that I’d like to share that might resonate with other women facing the same challenges. Stories about love, marriage/divorce/reconciliation, living with a life threatening disease, caring for my parents, the death of my father, the other side of depression, motherhood, on the ups an downs of living a creative life as an artist, pursuing my education, deployments and being a military esposa, on finding my voice.   I see now how going through these different life challenges have made me who I am today. The life lesson of simply “going though” and facing each one with grace, love and gratitude. It’s a process of learning your strengths, identifying your fears, weaknesses and still being brave enough to continue despite the resistance that creeps up inside of you telling you to give up. It’s the knowing that times will get better, that you will be better, that you are going to make it. It’s letting go of things that hold us back and having faith that not only are we strong enough to over come, but that we also have God on our side. 

It is through this learning that I am excited to announce the launch of a new project. Something very dear to my heart. Something that I am learning to be, while at the same time empowering and encouraging others to be. That is : Be Brave! Mujer! A new website built just for women looking to be empowered with a simple statement. Be Brave. I hope you’ll join me, sign up for the newsletter, like the Facebook page, and follow my tweets. There is also a Pinterest vision board for those (like me) who love visual aids and not just reading text. 
Here is the link:   http:www.bebravemujer.com

I encourage you to be committed to your dream.  I love this quote. It reminds me that when you commit to something do it wholeheartedly and watch how doors will open for you.

 â€śUntil one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.” – William Hutchinson Murray

Con mucho amor,
Maria Sanchez

Ain’t out the Wood Yet" …tales from life on the tracks

Don’t miss this solo show & upcoming exhibit by:

Sally Ann Rodriguez

‘Ain’t out of the Woods Yet’
Tales from life on the tracks
An exhibit of paintings, gunny sacks, papier mache, and prose.

November 15 – December 31, 2010 Elihu M. Harris State Office Building – Atrium,
1515 Clay Street Oakland, California 94612

Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm Mon – Fri

Opening Art Reception for Sally Ann Rodriguez

this Thursday, November 18, 2010

Plus live blues by ‘Big Cat Tolefree and The Hipnotics’

Free to the Public…BART, AC Transit, & Wheelchair Accessible