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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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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.



Stump the HR Executive- Rated G

Birthday 31 came a few days ago and with it some pretty simple goals for the next year: Start an English/Spanish blog, join a charity, and find a job I enjoy.

Here is my first blog.

This morning I attended a monthly breakfast meeting for the Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA), which is by the way, one of my favorite associations. The topic for the meeting was “Stump the HR Executive.” We asked questions to some experienced and very smart human resources executives:

  • Matt Krystofiak- Regional VP of Human Resources
  • Jack Eastwick- Senior Consultant
  • Cindy Davis- Director of Human Resources and Administration
  • Steve Blackhall- Director of Human Resources
  • Renee Rungis- Director of Human Resources

I have to say the discussion was extremely productive and the information applies to so many people, such as managers, employees, and citizens. Some of the questions included topics about retention, benefits, health care reform, and layoffs. Here are the highlights of today’s discussion.

  1. Be transparent with employees as far as company objectives, goals on revenue, and plans. Especially if the company is going to go through dramatic changes, such as workforce reduction, change in benefits, and so on. Most employees will be less resentful and will embrace changes when management does not hide key information from employees.
  2. Engage employees by acknowledging their good actions.
  3. Educate employees and keep them actively involved in healthcare. What is the goal here? to control costs and to possibly reduce healthcare premiums. Some tools involve educational campaigns, a 24-hour nurse, toll free numbers.
  4. Layoff management training: Make sure leaders conducting the let go process are professionally trained and are sympathetic of the people on the other end,  “No matter what you feel about these people, at the end of the day you impacted their lives and you’ve got to have some level of empathy.” Steve Blackhall.
  5. Contact your Congressman or Senator about making healthcare reform more workable for employers.

I look forward to more food for thoughts from my colleagues. For more information about NNHRA, please go to http://www.nnhra.org/




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