Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest co-host on Livin’ Latina Live, a Social Media Live Talk Show that has girl chat style conversations about various topics. This Houston based, Latina hosted show encourages participation and questions from it’s social media fan base as they are invited to tune in live via Instagram and Facebook live feeds. The atmosphere is positive, encouraging, open and non-judgmental – just like a conversation among girlfriends should be. It’s a cool concept, with a cool host – Lidia Ferrufino, who is a wife, mom, fashion blogger and half of the creative team behind House Of Alice Rose.
The theme of the show I appeared on was “School’s Out“. Lidia and myself spoke with two young ladies from high-school Tameka Moore who owns and manages a Kiddie Academy in the Clear Lake area. Spanning all ages and aspects of education plus leveling up: from raising kids in the school system, being a young lady who takes ownership of your own education, moving from high school to college, and what to do after graduating college . . . we really tackled some everyday life issues on an in-depth level. You can watch the episode for yourself here:
I’m all about re-inventing, keeping things fresh, or just trying something new. Thankfully, that helps me keep my message delivery interesting even though the core of what I’m saying stays true to it’s original purpose. As I learn and grow on this journey of being an entrepreneur, my hope is to empower others with the knowledge I’ve gained and to inspire them to go after their own dreams. In all of that important work, I try not to take myself too seriously and remember that it’s important to have fun too. So, I’m excited to tell you about this new twist my podcast will include!
You guys know I love shoes, right? I always have (so cliche sounding, I know) but especially since I stumbled upon a career as a professional footwear model . . . shoes have really become “my thing”. I know I am not alone in this. Since I’m evolving as an entrepreneur, I also realized that a lot of what I want to do is help give other aspiring creative people tips and tools for their own journey. SO, now my podcast will be a space for me to do just that.
The Support Creative Soles podcast will highlight inspiring people in creative fields, offer support for aspiring creatives PLUS feature a few shoe stories to help kick-up your innovative journey. Basically. . . we love creators, makers, doers AND shoes! Imagine a platform to help creators at every level sprinkled with shoe-themed fun like “sole” inspired playlists and “Foot-gear Fail or Fly” segments where our featured guests will relive their biggest shoe folly or triumph. From high heels to high tops, and from pumps to penny loafers, shoes are a great muse to help us tell the story of creative folks who inspire and challenge us to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Sound like fun? Of course it does! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for details about our first SCS podcast episode coming later this month. Know a creative entrepreneur and shoe lover who’d loved to be featured? Send me an email with the details to info@StefaniVara.com
You know, I’m always up for a trip to somewhere sunny. My latest adventure took me to Riviera Maya in Mexico. My sweetheart and I traveled to attend one of his buddies’ wedding. It is wedding season after all. The trip introduced me to a new haven, that offered luxury set against the beautiful backdrop of the region. UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera is an all-inclusive property that celebrates the culture of the beautiful region that houses it. Here is some of how I enjoyed my time there.
I spent a lot of time in and around the pool. Our room had a swim up pool, and I enjoyed taking laps right up to our patio area with hammocks. It quickly became one of my favorite spots. We slept in and ate an amazing breakfast. The food at the resort was delicious, and rightly so. The property features multiple restaurants on-site, including one with a rotating chef program currently occupied by Chef Christian Bravo – a contestant from Top Chef Mexico. There was also In- room dining, lounges and bars. My favorite spot was Cafe Inez. The menu has European inspired offerings with Mexican flair. With coffee, sweets and sandwiches . . . I could not stay away.
Of course, any trip I can share with John is special. We really enjoyed our trip. There was some excessive seaweed on the beach – apparently that is a seasonal issue – but having sooo much at our fingertips on the resort meant we didn’t feel we’d missed out on too much. The spa treatments were delightful as well. I opted for the Essentia Signature package.
Al in all, it really was a relaxing and enjoyable stay at a luxury resort in a gorgeous place. Who can ask for more?
This time last week was very special for me. I had the pleasure of speaking at an awesome event held by an organization called Project Glimmer. Their work helps to show young women, who need a little help to see it, that they are valued. See their mission statement and method here below . . .
Our mission is to inspire at-risk teenage girls and women to believe in themselves by letting
them know their community cares. We gift (new) beauty products and gently used/new jewelry,
accessories and wellness items during meaningful times of the year including Mother’s Day,
Graduation, Birthdays and the Holidays.
I participated in a panel discussion as part of Share Your Glimmer, A Day of Empowerment, a two day event series in San Francisco. Project glimmer explains that “The event brings confidence, inner beauty, and real life career skills via professional beauty & hair touch-ups, professional photo, resume/LinkedIn Professional Station and culminates with an inspiring panel discussion.” This particular event targets foster girls in high school or college and inspires them towards graduation. Without some intervention of encouragement or support, the numbers show this group off young people have disheartening odds. Project Glimmer quotes that only 50% of foster youth graduate from high school, 3% graduate from college and 1 in 5 will become homeless within a year of aging out of the foster care program. Through my platform, Follow My Feet, I speak often to young people, women, and people of color encouraging them to (1) visualize themselves in a passionate and purpose filled life and career and (2) continue on a path toward executing that vision in an actionable way.
It was such an honor for me to share some of my journey, lessons and motivation with the young women who attended. The panel brought together successful women from a variety of industries including marketing, music, beauty and technology for an intimate conversation discussing how we got our start, what our career paths have been, challenges we’ve had to overcome, and who inspired us to succeed.
You can see more about Protect Glimmer and the #ShareYourGlimmer event by watching this video about last year’s event:
Thank you to Project Glimmer for including me in this meaningful effort!
Visit their website to learn about how you might support them as they support others.