My mother had a conversation with me a long time ago. I can’t pretend to remember exactly how it went, but she said that she had done her best to raise me with a sense of arrogance. The word “arrogance” just didn’t sit well with me so I asked her to explain. She went on to say that she wanted me to be proud and secure in who I am, not to shrink from challenges, to know my worth. And then I got it. What I have, I would not call arrogance, what I have I call orgullo. I am orgullosa and proud of it (no, it’s not redundant if you say it in two languages).
Have you joined the Orgullosa.com movement? Have you heard of it?
Orgullosa is an initiative that celebrates the diverse, collective, and I’d say, the collaborative beauty of Latina women. Orgullosa offers Latinas a platform for peer-to-peer interaction; it helps Latinas achieve their limitless potential through the power of community.
The power of community has come to mean so much to me. For most of my life I have been a bit of a loner. It wasn’t until I started blogging and others reached out to me that I realized that what I can accomplish alone is nothing in comparison to what I can accomplish with the help of a community. Much of my blogging success, no ALL of my blogging success has come about through the power of community. The most powerful online community that I am a part of happens to be composed of Latina bloggers. They are amazing, supportive, and as invested in my success as I am in theirs.
If you are a proud Latina, if you are orgullosa, I encourage you to visit Orgullosa.com, follow Orgullosa on Facebook, and join the Orgullosa community which is composed of Mujeres con La Falda Bien Puesta™ (women with their skirts well positioned). Make no mistake that mujeres con la falda bien puesta know that you don’t actually have to wear a skirt, if it’s not your thing, to be Orgullosa.
Regardless of your cultural background, it is important to seek community, to be supportive, and to thrive. Be proud of who you are and be proud of your accomplishments.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Orgullosa.com and Niche Mommy Network. All statements and opinions are my own.