Hey, that’s me up there! You can make your own photo over on Orgullosa’s app on Facebook. It takes about 20 seconds, and you’ll have a super cool photo that’s perfect for a new FB profile pic/avatar to show off your culture and heritage during Hispanic Heritage month. :)
I’m so excited to be able to write about Hispanic Heritage month as part of a campaign with Orgullosa. I know I usually write about crafts and food and weight loss, but I wouldn’t be able to put my own spin on those things if it weren’t for my Latina roots. Last week I was part of a webinar with Adrienne Bailon, and it left me feeling so uplifted and inspired. Adrienne has been on the Disney channel, she’s a fashionista, and she definitely embodies what it means to be a “Nueva Latina”. Her personality was filled with happiness, and she seemed very authentic and genuine in all that she said that evening. I am definitely a huge fan of hers now. She is lovely.
During the webinar, we talked about what it meant to be a “Nueva Latina” in this day and age, and I found that I agreed with a lot of what Adrienne said. She emphasized how important language is in honoring your culture, and it sincerely made me wish that I would have kept up with my Spanish speaking after my granny passed away. Language is such a beautiful part of any culture, in my opinion. Spanish is particularly useful because it’s so common, and I think being bilingual is a great advantage when traveling or even applying for jobs.
Adrienne also emphasized food, and oh my gosh…food is definitely something I take pride in as a Latina. Nobody can mess with tortillas and frijoles and enchiladas. I could eat those foods every. single. day. So delicious. But most importantly, during the webinar, I learned that as a Latina, I have a duty and responsibility to help my fellow Latinas. Lift them up. Help them succeed. Be proud of where I come from. Adrienne’s parents played such an important role in the woman she has become. Her dad had HUGE aspirations of being a singer, so he gets to live his dreams through his daughter. It’s amazing to be able to honor, help, and support the sacrifices our ancestors and/or parents made in order for us “Nueva Latinas” to have opportunities.
I may not be a former Cheetah Girl like Adrienne, but I am a college educated woman with a great husband, dog, friends, and life thanks to my family and my heritage. I’m proud to be a Latina blogger, and I am so thankful to Orgullosa for bringing all of us together to celebrate our Hispanic Heritage, not only for Hispanic Heritage Month, but every day. Over on the Orgullosa Facebook page, they always post great tips and stories, and it’s a great way to connect with fellow Latinas. They even post about nail art. <3
To me, overall, it’s a tremendous privilege to get to be a Hispanic woman in America. I get to be part of 2 cultures that I love dearly, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What is your favorite part of your culture (Hispanic or otherwise)? Is it foods, traditions, or something else? Let’s talk about it in the comments. :)