Sometime back I was approached by Ana Roca Castro with an amazing idea. A bilingual magazine! It was such a simple idea, I thought se la comio! It was genius! A magazine written by bloguer@s (that’s Latino bloggers) aimed at all things family with online tools that are focused on arming us – the parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents – to help our children succeed. Without a second’s hesitation I said yes!!
With a little fairy dust, a lot of love, mucho cafe, and God’s blessings, what was once Ana’s brainchild became our love child… and it’s here!! Plaza Familia was announced on Friday and in one day, we have over 1,500 Facebook fans (thank you everyone!). But above and beyond that, we aim to be the bilingual resource latinos turn to.
The magazine covers topics for all stages of the family – from pregnancy through abuelitos – and has fun sections like crafts, recipes and even a style sections, which I’m the contributor for! I’m so excited about the entire venture that I cannot put my feelings into a complete sentence. I feel:
- Excited about the opportunity
- Honored and amazed to be included with so many other incredible bloggers
- Nervous and excited, and nervous, and excited
But more importantly, I want to deliver. I want to deliver topics and suggestions which offer value. So fellow stylistas, feel free to offer suggestions, feedback, ideas. We specifically went with the topic of “style” as it’s something that permeates everything we do. Our home, clothes, writing, even cooking reflects our personal sense of style and I hope that we can each find or enhance our individual style as this brings an ease and sense of confidence that exudes from your every pore.
Why is this important? Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, or a business mogul, the way your present yourself to others sets the tone for how you will be treated. As Latinos, people already have a lot of preconceived notions about us, and these issues can be lessened when we are confident and comfortable with ourselves, versus trying to keep up with the latest fashions, which in some cases may be inappropriate. Embrace your style, love yourself and welcome to the plaza, Plaza Familia!
P.S. You can view the press release here, the magazine here, and of course our educational blog, the heart and soul of Plaza Familia where educators and parents come together to share best practices and ways to improve our children’s educational experience, en ingles y espanol.