What is Financial Independence?
Jun28

What is Financial Independence?

 I am glad to be collaborating by writing this blog sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) whose purpose is to help you secure your future and protect the ones you love. Independence Day is around the corner, so it makes sense to apply this powerful word of independence into the structure of our financial reality. Although this blog is sponsored by MassMutual all opinions are my own. Financial independence for me as an entrepreneur means creating my own opportunities to prosper, working passionately doing what I love. I create content from a positive point of view and share on the blog webcitygirls.com as well as on our favorite social media networks Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Facebook. Before becoming an influencer/blogger I was a successful producer owner of an international production company in Miami and Mexico. Reinvention into the digital space meant a transition to a new career which came with challenges. The first time I got a compensated opportunity was a memorable moment to be grateful and celebrate. Now on my way to steady growth of economic success, I firmly believe that planning correctly through saving for retirement and making wise financial decisions is key to financial independence. This is where MassMutual can help!!! When you are right out of college you want financial independence and you should work towards your goals, just keep in mind that it takes time and planning. Through different periods in my life, I have had ups and downs as an entrepreneur, but I stayed focused. Honestly, nothing gets in my way of creating prosperity and the financial independence I need for retirement. Seven TIPS to keep on track (click on the links for further and great advise): Avoid consumer debt. Try not to carry credit card balance. Buy what you can afford and use credit cards for things you can afford to pay back. Stop accumulating stuff. Buy what you really need. Spend much less than you earn by keeping track of your expenses. Get a good life insurance policy to help protect your family. Upon your death, the proceeds of a life insurance policy can help provide for your loved ones when you are not there to help pay expenses such as Mortgage Payments, College Tuition, Outstanding Debt and Monthly income. Prioritize saving ahead of everything else. Work hard to increase your income. Always keep your career or business moving forward. Diversify how you can make money. Please join me and MassMutual in learning all about Financial Independence this July. Follow along and share your own story, so we can all learn from each other in our life journey towards financial independence. MassMutual will help you get...

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Your Small Business Program: #SuNegocio
Jun23

Your Small Business Program: #SuNegocio

 We continue to share valuable information for our community through the blog and social media. One of the reasons why we are excited to be collaborating with MassMutual Financial Group is to help get the word out to our girlfriends in Chicago about some great resources available to them, that will ensure a successful future for their small business. We encourage our girlfriends to invite their friends and family from Chicago to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Please RESERVE Tuesday, July 12 from 7:00 am to 10:0am for motivation, education and networking.  Get your business cards ready and meet Hispanic National Bar Association and MassMutual at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. The valet parking and workshops are complimentary. Ladies can I ask you to please click HERE to REGISTER for the event. I am confident that if you attend, you will be inspired and full of valuable information to achieve prosperity with Your Business.!!! One last thing, since we all hangout on Facebook, if you would please click on the event page so we can respond to your comments or questions directly. For more information visit: massmutual.com , Twitter @massmutual and Facebook MassMutual     Continuamos compartiendo información valiosa para nuestra comunidad a través del blog y las redes sociales. Por esta razón estamos felices colaborando con MassMutual Financial Group para informarle a nuestras amigas de Chicago como tener acceso a recursos necesarios que pueden asegurar un futuro exitoso para su pequeño negocio. Exhortamos a las amigas invitar a sus amigas y familia a esta oportunidad única en Chicago. Chicas por favor reserven el Martes 12 de Julio de 7:00am a 10:am para unos talleres educacionales libre de costos, que les facilitarán información necesaria para el crecimiento de su pequeño negocio. Traigan sus tarjetas de presentación al Hard Rock Hotel Chicago y en confianza vayan directo al valet parking que nuestros amigos de Hispanic National Bar Association y MassMutual con gusto cubrirán este gasto también. Les solicito que por favor se REGISTREN haciendo click AQUÍ.  Estoy segura que si van al evento saldrán inspiradas llenas de información invaluable para lograr prosperidad en Su Negocio! Y como todas estamos en Facebook vamos a comunicarnos para saber quiénes van y responderles a sus comentarios o preguntas en la página del evento. Para la página en Facebook del evento por favor dale CLICK AQUÍ okis! Para mas información visiten massmutual.com/latino Twitter @massmutual and Facebook MassMutual Thank you!!! Gracias!!!! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group (MassMutual) . All opinons are my own....

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Packing For A Successful Business Trip: 10 Must-Have Items
Jun23

Packing For A Successful Business Trip: 10 Must-Have Items

 Frequent flyers who travel for business become expert packers. They know exactly what to take to enhance their stay and remain productive. Take a leaf out of their book and make sure your pack these must-have items. 1. Awesome Carry On Bag Arguably one of the most important travel items is your carry on bag. It needs to be small and light enough to meet airline standards. While at the same time it has to allow for multiple items. And it needs to be sturdy and withstand being dragged through numerous airports and taxi ranks. 2. Sleep Mask Always pack a sleep mask for the flight and hotel. It will block out unwanted light and help your body produce melatonin. This is the hormone that allows your body to fall asleep naturally. Some airlines will provide these for you. Check with your provider when you book your discount business class seats. Getting enough sleep will help you arrive at your conference or meeting looking fresh and rested. 3. Headphones / Earplugs Pro travelers will extol the virtues of a good pair of headphones. It’s worth paying a little extra for a pair that fit comfortably and cancel out external noise. They are invaluable for train journeys and flights. Earplugs are another option. 4. Slip-On Shoes If possible, wear comfortable slip-on shoes. These will get you through airport security quicker. And they are easy to slip off once you’re comfortably in your seat. Your feet can swell a little during flights, so it’s a good idea to wear shoes that have a little extra room. 5. Comfy Socks If you’re on a long haul-flight, you might as well make yourself comfortable. Slip off your shoes and settle back. Take a comfortable pair of socks that will keep your feet warm. Planes can feel very cold. 6.Lightweight Laptop You don’t want to be lugging around heavy tech. Take a lightweight laptop and load it up with all relevant documents. Even better, store your work on a cloud service like Google Drive. This will ensure it is accessible wherever you go. A local version can be downloaded to your devices for when there is no wifi. 7. E-Reader If you like to read, load up your e-reader with books. Opt for a version with a built-in reading light. This will save you valuable space in your carry-on luggage. 8. Day To Evening Clothing To save space in your suitcase, take outfits that will work for business and social events. Take smart, comfortable shoes if you are going to multiple locations. Your feet will thank you for it. 9. Pen And Notebook Though...

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Everyone Should Have a Mentor
Jun15

Everyone Should Have a Mentor

 I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to work as a social media influencer. I get to meet many people and have established some wonderful relationships. One of the things that I like the most about social media is that it encourages you to concentrate in subjects that you are passionate about. I absolutely love children and I’m always looking for ways to bring out the best in them, to let them know that they are loved and that they matter. I love taking advantage of teachable moments, encouraging them to make good choices. That is why when I first heard that Sprint partnered with ASPIRA of Florida, to launch the Sprint Mobile Mentorship Program at the Hispanicize conference last year where they were asking notable influencers to help champion Latino Youth by becoming a Mobile Mentor, I just had to jump on that. Talking about good choices, this was a great one for me. Nailah Allen my mentee and I: Nailah Allen is an outstanding mentee from Aspira DE/CO Charter School, she is a super sweet 14 year old who always looks at the bright side of everything and as a matter of fact she is a straight A student.She told me that she would like to attend the best High School that will better prepare her for college. How’s that for the wishes of a young adolescent girl? We talked about her 8th grade “Prom” party coming up and when I asked her what color dress she was wearing for the “Big Party”, she said that she hadn’t bought her outfit yet. I decided to contact Ms. Emma the Activity Director from Aspira and I asked her if she knew how many of the kids had already purchased their suits or gowns. She said that many of the students were not going to buy anything new, because parents couldn’t afford to buy them a new outfit. Inspired by JCPenney participation with “Yes to the Prom” a program designed to build courage and self-confidence among young women. I reached out to them to get as many students a special outfit for their exclusive night. Here is the video story of this wonderful experience with JCPenney: I wanted the kids to feel confident about themselves and to have a really fun time. I want them to feel loved and to know that there are people who really care about them and want them to succeed in life. Congratulations to the 2016 Graduating Class from Aspira Arts Deco, you have a great future ahead of you. I am here for you if you ever want to talk or need a shoulder to cry on. God bless...

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Larry Little Honored in Hometown Hall of Famer
May26

Larry Little Honored in Hometown Hall of Famer

 It feels good to give back to your community and that is exactly what the Hometown Hall of Famer is about. A program presented by Ford Motor Company and The Pro Football Hall of Fame paid tribute to Gold Jacket Larry Little at his high school alma mater Booker T. Washington High School in Miami. This is only one of the reasons, why for the past five years we have collaborated with Ford sharing great info through social media. An audience of 500 attended the ceremony at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Fla. The crowd included his 96-year-old mother, other family members, students, teachers, and the school’s marching band. Also on hand were fellow Hall of Famer DWIGHT STEPHENSON and several other Dolphins legends Nat Moore, Eugene Milton, Larry Ball and Mercury Morris. “To share this occasion with Booker T. Washington gives me a feeling similar to how I felt when I was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame!” Little shared. I asked Little what was the driving force to his success: “Let me say how proud Ford is to participate in Larry Little’s return to his hometown. Ford and the Pro Football Hall of Fame share a commitment to excellence and an appreciation for legacies,” Patrick O’Neill, Regional Manager of Sales and Service for Ford Motor Company Miami, remarked. In a video, O’Neill told us how this program was born:...

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59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade Honorees
May12

59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade Honorees

 As a proud 2015 Rising Social Media Star Honoree, it’s with great honor that I share Puerto Rican Day Parade 2016 Honorees.  NBA All Star and philanthropist Carmelo Anthony will join Latin Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ednita Nazario, Grand Marshal of the upcoming 59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade, to march as Parade King in the upcoming celebration scheduled for Sunday, June 12th, starting at 11am, on Fifth Avenue. In a press conference held at the New York headquarters of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, chairperson of the Parade, also announced that actress Rosario Dawson will march as Queen 2016.  Beloved Puerto Rican Giselle Blondet will march as Parade Godmother. Actor, screenwriter and director Adam Rodriguez will march as Parade Godfather. This year the Parade will recognize Family Unity, Marriage Equality and LGBT rights; Science, Engineering and Aerospace; and Voter Education and Registration.  The 2016 state dedication will go to Florida, the state with the fastest-growing population of Puerto Ricans outside their native island. “This year, in face of Puerto Rico’s humanitarian and fiscal crisis, and the upcoming national elections, we wanted to recognize the voices, talent and good contributions of Puerto Ricans to all aspects of life.  We also seek to emphasize unity, as we work together to identify solutions to the crisis, and encourage voter registration and awareness”, Cortés-Vázquez said. Lifetime Achievement dedications will go to retired baseball player Candy Maldonado and Salsa music legend Andy Montañez, who will be performing at the Parade’s Gala on Friday, June 10th, and also at the 32nd Annual Salsa Festival at the Barclay’s Center on Saturday, June 11th. Other honorees and recognitions announced today include: *  Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera, ecologist and winner of the Goldman Prize for Environmental Justice (Special Recognition). *  Orlando “El Fenómeno” Cruz, Olympian, first openly gay boxer (Special Recognition). *  Pedro Julio Serrano, LGBT and human rights advocate (Orgullo Puertorriqueño) *  Jeimy Osorio, Actress (Boricua Superstar) *  Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, comic book artist, Director of Somos Arte (Boricua Destacado) *  Frank Maldonado, entrepreneur, Executive Chef at Sofrito (Ambassador) *  Nilda Rosario, broadcaster, Telemundo 47 (Ambassador) *  Alberto Rullán, broadcaster, Telemundo 47 (Ambassador) *  Joel Santiago, radio personality, X96.3 FM (Ambassador) *  Lynda Baquero, broadcaster, WNBC (Ambassador) *  Lileana Ayende, broadcaster, Univision 41 (Ambassador) *  Maxine Ashley, singer (Ambassador)...

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