Organic Melinda

healthy living with a Latin twist


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Update on All Things Organic Melinda

To my dear followers, I have so much wonderful news.

L.I.V².E. has been met with a ton of wonderful reviews, which I will be posting on the site very soon!
Latino Heritage Month has been very eventful. I have been hosting or have been part of events every single week this month.

The Mami Loves You Blog Series is a hit. There are 5 days left of the series!! Sign up for the last five days and to be included in future segments of the Mami Loves You Blog series.

My second book will be released the week before Thanksgiving. It is entitled, “Pumpkin, Spice & Everything Nice: Local & Organic Recipes to Get You Off the Naughty List.” It will feature holiday recipes inspired by Autumn and Winter flavors.

I am putting my first course together entitled, Eat Like a Vegan. This course is for individuals who want to learn how vegans eat, those who have recently become vegans, and anyone curious about the vegan lifestyle. Registration will begin soon! The course will be a 6 week online course. Stay tuned for my information.

http://www.organicmelinda.com is going to be moved soon. You just have to visit the same URL, though. The change will happen on the back-end.

However, I will be updating to wordpress.org, so it is imperative that YOU, my followers, sign up to my listserv in order to stay up to date an all that Organic Melinda has in store for you and to follow my blog.

Please make sure to CLICK HERE to stay up to date on Organic Melinda.

I have also started a rewards program for subscribers who get individuals to sign up for my Healthy Living Consultations.  If you refer a friend and they mention you to me, you will earn $5.00 for every referral.  No Purchase Necessary on your behalf. For more information, please email me at organicmelinda@gmail.com.

Tomorrow, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. est, I will be part of a Tweet Party with Bloggers of Health.  Use the hashtag #BOHmh to join us.

Registration for the writing course I am TAing taught by Caits Meissner will be closing tomorrow at midnight. For more information and to register, click here! The course starts on October 14th!

Then, on October 15th at 9:00 p.m. est, the Tampa Bay Bloggers and I  will be closing off Latino Heritage Month with a Twitter Party.  Use the hashtag #healthyLatin to join us.

Well, that’s all for now.

Be sure to CLICK HERE to join my listserv for free information, book giveaways, and for updates on Organic Melinda.

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Day 25 – Bear Hugs

Dear Sleeping Baby,

I just realized that you are always sleeping when I write these letters to you, but it’s the nature of you being a toddler.

Mami cannot get much work done when you’re awake, because it’s always hugs, kisses, play, and cuddle time.

I woke up this morning with my foot lodged between your crib and my bed.  My body was contorted, partially on my bed and partially in your crib.

I sat up, and I found you laying as you are in the picture below. Your Daddy was on the very edge of the bed.

Even with a throbbing ankle, I cannot help but laugh at the naturalness of who you are.  You know that you are loved, protected, and taken care of, and I am so happy to be the one able to provide those things for you.

Right now, I am looking for a telecommuting job while I work to build Organic Melinda and get my editing business off the ground, again.

Part of the reason I want to telecommute and not work outside of the home is because I don’t want to have to be away from you for over 50 hours a week.

I’ll most likely need to hire childcare help, but it wont require so many hours completely away from you.

My goal is for us to get our own apartment next month.

It’s been a really difficult transition to be in someone else’s apartment locked in a room in order to get work done.

I want you to be able to run around freely in an apartment, again. I want to let your toys be on the floor wherever you want them. I want you to have the space and freedom for both of us to have a home.

Lately, you’ve started given me this super awesome bear hugs.

You squeeze me really, really tightly and say, “mmmmmmm.”

You have no idea how badly I need those hugs every time you give them to me.

I know I say it every day, but I cannot keep expressing how grateful I am to have you in my life and my existence.

I love you so so so much.

Remember every day of your life that

Mami Loves You!

 

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 24 – Mujeres Poderosas – Raquel Z. Rivera

To my Little Purple Wolf,

You went down the slide in the park ALL by yourself, today. I saw your light and independence shine, shine, shine!

I am so excited to see you become such an independent and fun loving little girl.

Right now, you are learning animal sounds with grandma. She has taught you how to meow, woof, and aaahoooo.

I love watching the two of you interact.

Seeing your eyes shining bright reminds me of one of the most influential women in my life since my undergraduate career and today’s Mujer Poderosa, Raquel Z. Rivera.

Raquel is the first woman of Puerto Rican descent that I met who earned a PhD.  I was her student at the “From Hip Hop to Reggaeton” course taught at Columbia University during my sophomore year.

Raquel and her baby boy. Photo taken by Catarina Dos Santos.

At that time, Raquel was a recent PhD who had just published her work “New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone.” She was highly influenced by the work of Juan Flores, and I was thrilled to learn that one could pursue work on hip hop at the PhD level.

At that point in my life, I knew I wanted to get a PhD, but I didn’t have much of an understanding of what that entailed.

After taking her course, I continued to maintain a relationship with Raquel, where she served as a mentor and guide through my undergraduate career, my graduate studies, and today.  She remains one of the biggest supporters of my decision to pursue higher education and has been a recommender for many of the programs I have had the privilege of being accepted into.

Not only is Raquel an accomplished scholar, she is also an incredible musician.  Her album,  Las 7 Salves de  la Magdalena, with Ojos de Sofia pays tribute to traditional Dominican musical forms with a twist.  On top of becoming a mom recently and moving all the way to New Mexico from New York, Raquel has been working on new songs that are part of the series “Las Décimas del Amargue & Other Songs of Love and Bitterness,” which will move away from common musical tropes of heartbroken women as empty and lost without a man.  She even has a recent article due to be published in the Latin American Music Review.

Raquel, like Isabel, remind us that you can be a scholar, a woman, mother, and artist without having to compromise yourself and your integrity.

She is a woman you should admire for her kindness, willingness to help her community, and her extreme talent.

I can only hope that you will find mentors and educators as forthcoming and dedicated to the better of their communities like I have in Raquel.

With Gratitude,

Mami Loves You

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 23 – Lluvia

To My Sleeping Child,

In honor of today, I will write you a poem.

Hush child, sleep

Sleep upon my skin

Hush child, sleep

Lose yourself in sounds so sweet

Hush and be calm

Let’s rejoice in the hum of silence

Hush and be calm

Place your hand upon my cheek

Dream child, dream

Dream of days gone past

Dream child, dream

Dream of the future you will come to know

Dream and have hope

Manifest internal growth and peace

Dream and have hope

Trust in the natural cycle of things

Smile child, smile

Sleep

Hush

Be calm

And dream, for all there’s is hope

On this rainy day, I feel a quietude in my spirit. You lay on my lap, caressing my cheek, trying to reach my hair, and I listen to the suckling sounds of your mouth on your thumb.

I am trying to build a future for us.

May it manifest, my sweet.

In Eternal Bond,

Mami Loves You

 

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 22 – Capoeira Cuddles

To My Little Girl,

Today was a wonderful day.

Mami and Daddy took you to a Kids’ Festival on Ferry Street, because Grupo Senzala de Capoeira was doing a capoeira presentation for children.

Daddy will be teaching capoeira soon, so it was an opportunity to inform people about our group and advertise the classes.

I think you were over-stimulated by all of the music, people, and events going on at the same time, because you were holding on to Daddy and I for dear life.

Daddy held you for a long time and lifted you up, so you could watch the folkloric dances.  He was cuddling with you and bouncing you on his shoulder to help you relax.

You looked so happy with him.  I love that you get to have your Daddy in your life.

Then, I held you for a while before we did the performance.

After the events were over, we had dinner and you kept taking food from my plate.  Daddy had a slice of cake and you took it from him. It was pretty funny.

You’re, also, learning so many words.  You say “boobie,” “mine,” and “dayyyuum.” Thank Daddy for teaching you that last one.

You have also started saying a few sentences, like “where you go?”

I love watching you and Daddy interact.

Every day, you look more and more like him.

Now, you are sleeping after an afternoon of fun.

Thank you for all that you are, and for your hugs, smiles, and kisses.

Gratefully,

Mami Loves You

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 21 – Living in Boxes

To My Hope Manifested,

I have moved every single year for as long as I can remember.    I have things that I’ve collected throughout the years – books, art, paintings, and writings.

I have long wished that, one day, I will have a house of my own with a large library displaying the works of poets like Pablo Neruda, Martin Espada, and Walt Whitman. I wanted to sit in the sacredness of that space reading the words of Kurt Vonnegut and imagining what it takes to write like him.

I envisioned an art room displaying the works of women that I have come to know and love, like Mia Roman, who I talked about a week ago.

I’ve so badly wanted to have spaces for the arts in my home – a music room and a capoeira room, too.

What has resulted in my life, instead, has been many, many boxes as your Daddy likes to remind me and complain about.  He says, he refuses to move these boxes, once again, when we find our own apartment. So, I am faced with the reality that I must downsize and give up so many of those dreams I held as a child.

My library will be a book shelf, perhaps, and my art room, a space in my mind.

But, this is a fading moment in time.

I will rebuild, some day, and, hopefully, know what it means to have a home of my own.

I do not want you to grow up feeling like you belong nowhere.

I know that a house is just a set of walls, but there is a safeness that comes with returning to a home.

At least, I imagine that there must be, because I have never known such a place.

What matters most now is to build memories and let go of the items that I thought would signify success.

Remember, life is less about what you have and more about what you build within you.

Humbly,

Mami Loves You

 

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 20 – Big Dreams

To My Thumb Sucker,

Today was a productive day! Wooot!

After moving and not having access to wi-fi for a few days, I was finally able to really sit down and work.

I hosted a tweetchat along with Yaritza Zayas Melendez on #eatingandemotions. We believe that it is important for people to eat to live and have healthy habits when it comes to food. Food can be the source of so much disease, which is why Mami insists that you always have healthy eats.

I was finally able to catch up on my blog posts after hosting the chat. Then, I worked on my doctoral applications for this Fall.

After, I have spent much of the day cuddling with you since this week was super busy and I didn’t have the ability to really focus on you.

Right now, you’re laying down next to me while I write this post. Well, now you are sitting up about to dance along to Doc McStuffins’ songs.

Mami is trying to get Organic Melinda together to secure our financial future.

It’s pretty uncomfortable to live in someone else’s house when you’ve been on your own for 10 years. Every few minutes, orders are being barked at my direction. I cannot even shower after 10:00 pm, and I am awakened way before I want to be.

I am planning on putting together two online courses. One course will be to get people to eat healthier, and the other course will be with Yaritza on emotional eating. They are just thoughts, right now.

I am also putting workshops together, and I have a ton of emails to send out.

I will be writing an add-on book for the Winter season to LIVE. Maybe, I will do soups or my favorite holiday meals.

This October, I will be TAing the Digging Deep, Facing Self course along with Caits Meissner.

I know mami is busy, sometimes, but all of this is to secure our futures. I am hoping I can make enough money with Organic Melinda, so I dont have to return to an office job and be away from you for so many hours a day.

I really dont want to spend 50 hours a week away from my baby girl.

I just hope our endeavors are blessed.

Always having hope,
Mami Loves You

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About this Series:

In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.

Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.