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Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim-2015


It’s the day prior to our 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco, CA.

My husband and I registered a year ago, so we’ve had time to train and to think about the swim. I will not lie, I am very scared of this swim and all the What Ifs (what if I panic, what if I get a cramp and nobody sees me, what if a shark attacks me and I can’t punch it, etc). You get me, right?

However, I am excited for this opportunity to swim with my husband, friends, and 800 other swimmers. The Escape from Alcatraz swim is a great challenge! And those close to me know I live for these moments.

Also, I will be swimming after 12 weeks of having a baby. I trained throughout my pregnancy and re-started three weeks postpartum.

I will be using my GoPro camera, a chesty positioned on my back, and a wetsuit.

Hope to come back alive to let you know how the swim went.

Have a safe swim everyone.

Photo credit: http://www.pachd.com


Christmas at the Homeless Shelter

On Christmas day several families and volunteers came together at the Reno/Sparks Gospel Mission to pass out items to the less fortunate. My family was honored to participate in the event thanks to the Thermal Drive for Homeless we organized a few months ago.

I was moved by how many people requested thermal pants, and I hope I can continue to collect these items for them.

There is a theory called the Hierarchy of Needs by Abraham Maslow, which says that people need to satisfy certain needs to move up in life, job, career, and so on. The most basic needs are physiological: food, shelter, clothing, etc. Once a person meets these basic requirements then one can think about achieving other goals. So, by providing thermal pants, one is helping homeless families meet one their most basic needs so most of them can move up with other objectives.

Thank you to the following people who provided help with donations, support and/or ideas:

Adam Rud

Diana Zunini

AJ Clark

Reno Active 20-30 Club

Alex Martinez

Mayra Lindberg

Russell Lindberg

Lucas Lindberg

Mateo Lindberg

Dawn Martens

Steve Martens

Ben Martens

Tiffany Reeser

Luis Santoni

Lisa Drake

PHR Passing Test


December 6th, 2011 was the day I took my PHR (Professional in Human Resources) test. This was the first time I took the test but I had been preparing for it for nine months. I spent the first six months taking hr classes for my Human Resources Management certification as part of my MBA. I also decided to purchase the SHRM learning system and joined the NNHRA (Northern Nevada Human Resources Association) study group.

I am so glad I passed the test. Particularly because I think of myself as a bad test taker, I just get so nervous and can’t think straight. However, I prepared as best as I could and I am glad I can see positive results.

Thanks to those who always believe in me more than I ever believe in myself.

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Teamwork Works, Does it Really?

I believe teamwork works all the time and every time, but getting to work as a team is sometimes a complicated process.

The American Management Association @AMAnet recently published an article called “What do Successful Work Teams Have in Common,” what called my attention was the word honesty and how the lack of it will impede teams to move forward.

I am currently working on my MBA (Master’s in Business Administration) through an online program. Each class has at least three group projects, which means that in every class I will be working with people with different work ethics, time zones, and work schedules.

I have great memories of Team Awesome as my classmate Elijah would call it. Team A was the best group I’ve ever had and I will tell you why. We weren’t afraid of conflict…the good kind of conflict that is.

I believe conflict is good as long as people are open to hear and understand others’ ideas. For instance, Team A had disagreements but such feedback helped us to challenge each other, and discover the best way to work together.

And as the article mentions…successful teamwork does not happen overnight, especially if teammates are not willing to learn from each other.

Thermal Drive For Homeless- Update

Look what I found this morning at my doorstep! A package with thermal pants for our thermal drive for homeless. Thanks AJ from University of Phoenix for sending these from California.

A few weeks ago, some friends and I started to collect thermal pants. Everything started with a marketing class that helped me to see the opportunity to do a good deed.

We also received a pledge from the Active 20-30 club of Reno. Thanks you guys!

Our goal is to collect 500 thermal pants by mid-December, 2011. Thank you everyone for your support.

P.S. Please visit our Thermal Drive for Homeless blog  if you would like to help. All donations are tax deductible.

The Power of Facebook. Military High School “Teniente Hugo Ortiz.”

I decided to create a private Facebook page called “Comil-G” on February 17th, 2011 to reunite with my friends from the military high school I attended for over a year in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

We started with seven people and after eight months, the page has over 500 members from different generations, grades, and countries. I didn’t think of anything when I sent my first message to the page, “I miss shining my boots” (a mandatory part of the uniform). All of the sudden, members started pouring out with messages about their stories, including one about our daily workouts used as some form of punishment. Ever since then, people still leave messages and pictures that melt my heart.

It’s been over ten years since my class graduated in 1998, but this year a group of leaders (Tito, Omar, Ricardo, Ricardo, Ruddy) organized the first soccer cup called COMIL-CUP. I am so proud of the eight participating teams and of all the people who supported the event.

The final match is this Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 at the high school.

I see my friends having fun from far away but I feel like I’m with them through Facebook. Thank you guys for keeping the friendship going.



El Poder de Facebook. Colegio Militar Hugo Ortiz

El Poder de Facebook y El Colegio Militar Teniente Hugo Ortiz

El 17 de Febrero del 2011 decidí crear una página en Facebook para reunir a mis amigos del entonces Colegio Militar Teniente Hugo Ortiz en Guayaquil, Ecuador. Empezamos con  siete personas y después de ocho meses, tenemos más de 500 miembros de diferentes promociones y países. Sin pensar en que pasaría, envié mi primer mensaje: “Extraño lustrar mis botas”, de repente un montón de ex-compañeros añadió anécdotas del colegio, entre ellas relucieron mensajes acerca de los ejercicios físicos que nos servían de castigo. Desde entonces los mensajes y las fotos que la gente deja en la página han sido mi alegría y mi nostalgia.

Ya han pasado más de 10 años desde que la primera promoción se graduara en 1998 pero este año, un grupo de líderes (Tito, Omar, Ricardo, Ricardo, Ruddy) organizó la primera copa de futbol de integración, llamada COMIL-CUP. Estoy muy orgullosa de los ocho equipos que participan en la copa y de quienes de alguna manera ayudaron y apoyaron este evento que vuelve a reunir a todos los amigos.

La final es el 22 de Octubre, 2011 en las instalaciones del colegio.

Desde lejos veo como mis compañeros siguen siendo amigos y me uno a ellos por medio de Facebook. Gracias por mantener la llama encendida.

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