Monday, December 29, 2014

2014: will, forgiveness & love

I thought 2013 made it very difficult for 2014 to be better. Boy, was I wrong.

Many goals were accomplished, many lessons were learnt, much growth happened.

From 0 to 21k: I started 2014 with the goal of running a half marathon from not even running 1k. Many people doubted me, even myself. However, this was one of my greatest achievements of 2014. Once again I got to test my will power and discipline to a whole new level. I now believe I am capable of anything and everything. For 2015: a full marathon. Training starts in January!

From deer under the headlights to speaker at #IAS14: this was one of the most scariest experiences in my life. I made it a goal to speak at the Information Architecture Summit of 2014 and I definitely didn't know what I was getting into. But I was more than capable of rising up to the occasion, of course with a little help from my friends, Alberta, Evan, Adam, Brad, Tim: thank you <3

From happy to broken to happy: another difficult challenge for me was a breakup that left me in a billion pieces and I thought I wouldn't recover from in a long time. Had never been there before. Turned out to be one of the most valuable lessons I learned this year. I am *now* very grateful for this experience, for I wouldn't be who I am today without it: more patient, more loving, with more self respect and more appreciative of all the great moments in between. More importantly: I learned not to keep grudges, to forgive myself and my partner and to not have the need to provide karma at my own hands. I hurt someone I really love because I thought I needed some sort of justice and for that I am truly sorry. I've learnt to let go and to love myself.

From an idea to a reality: For a while now I've been wanting to start a UX community in Mexico but didn't have the motivation nor the right partners to keep me company for this project. This year the stars alingned and we've started UX Nights: a monthly themed event with the objective of gathering the UX community in Mexico City. Couldn't have done it without the support of Mauricio, Veronica, Abraham, Adrian (Kane & Solca), Sandra, Victor, Zaira and many more. Thank you for believing in this!

Startup Weekend DF: thank you for letting me give back to the community as a coach. Hoping to be an organizer next year!

SF Giants won the World Series: and I was there! No greater feeling than that. I love you SF.

Additionally, I got to see my family and friends after a long time. Grateful for all the people around me and new friends that I've acquired that are more valuable to me than gold. Stefie, Gaby, Martha, Pau, Dani, Rubén: <3 and to my loving friends for being there for me when I needed them most: Diego, Ana, Hide and Lui, thank you <3

Dare: to do something new; to do something scary; to make a mistake; to be rejected; to be loved; to be out of your comfort zone; to be vulnerable.

Here's to an even better 2015!

Monday, December 16, 2013

2013: Balls, Discipline, Perseverance, Patience and Rewards.

My 2013 was by far the best year of my life, thus it deserves a year-in-review post. It was full of ups and downs, but mostly with lessons I'd like to share with anyone interested in reading them.

Friday, April 12, 2013

My experience as a first timer at the IA Summit

Deciding to attend the IA Summit requires a lot of consideration, specially because of the financial toll it takes on most of us: conference ticket, airplane ticket, hotel, expenses. It all could easily amount to at least a couple grand. I decided to write this post and share my experience as a first timer intended for everyone who's considering going but aren't really sure about it. In a few words: it's worth it, only it's up to you to make it worth it.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Happiness is the willingness to settle

Yesterday I watched this TED Talk by Dan Gilbert on "The Surprising Science Of Happiness" where basically he explains that happiness is synthesized and not natural as many may think (watch it, it's really great). Meaning, we will always achieve happiness with any situation we settle for.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lecciones aprendidas por una venezolana en Ciudad de México

Nota: este post fue publicado originalmente en Junio de 2011 en mi posterous y fue movido en Octubre de 2012 a este blog.
  1. El verbo chingar puede significar cualquier cosa, dependiendo de su contexto.
  2. Pendejo es el equivalente a mentar la madre. Ciudado con su uso.
  3. Los mexicanos nunca dicen que no -excepto cuando necesitas un taxi en la lluvia.

Thoughts on moving away to another country

It's been a while since I last posted, let alone actually write, but this subject has been on my mind for some time now. A little more than a year ago I decided to leave Venezuela in the pursuit of a better life: independence, professional growth, security and overall happiness(?)

Now, the next step was finding a job that I really enjoyed doing, because if I was going to leave everything behind, I might as well hang on to something I loved, otherwise it's just plain misery. Turns out I guessed right, but more on that later.

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