The story: Journalist Sandra Escallon

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I love stories tha insprire, and since I got bitten by the writers bee, I feel compelled to share with you an awesome story.

I love being a journalist and love all the adventures that the career has brought to my life, and the many people I have had the chance to meet and in every story I have worked on I  have learned something new and sometimes I have found that additional motivation for those days when the energy and the positivism is running low.

I had the chance to meet Sandra Escallon or Sandrita as I called her,  a journalist passionate for her career but also for her culture, she is from Colombia but she not only love her own roots but all cultural aspects related to Latin America, her desire to bring positivism  and to share and support the culture is really inspiring.


She is an award-winning journalist, recently received the Journalist of the Year Award by ‘La Cumbre de la Salsa” and also was awarded the Outstanding Citizen Award by the New York State Assembly.

We share the love for New York and all of what this city has to offer, it was nice to get to know a little bit of her story, why she moved to New York and how she has been part and has contribute to this increasingly popularity of the Latin American culture.

I found Sandra’s positive way of seeing and approaching life so contagious that I wanted to share her story with you, below you can watch her interview.

Thank you for reading and watching! I hope you enjoyed Sandra’s story and her enthusiasm and if you want to find out more about her you can visit her website

Muchos Besitos to all 

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The power of nostalgia


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It feels so goo to say “hola” here. I was checking my emails a few days ago and I received one from this site telling me that now I can make money here, so here I am… Ha… just kidding… I mean, I did get that email and I thought Jesus Looord times flies, I am still young to remember when I started to “write” in this blog you were not able to make money. As with many things in life things have change and evolved, I guess.

I wanted to take my blogging “life” to a more consistent level and include a youtube life in the process as you can read my last post, but I wanted to make it in a more serious way and find a new site and be self-hosted. I started to research the process and all that jazz -I’m trying to use new words from cool people haha- but oh well, life got in between, priorities shifted and here I am trying to figure out when all those three years have gone. It feels like it was just yesterday that I wrote my previous post, but it has been three… three.. years… wow

Anyway a fews days ago while reading that email I felt curious and came to check this space and oh boy.. all the feelings.. all the feelings… yes I felt so nostalgic. This blog has meant so much  to me, even if it just has been a sum of random thought at an specific time, or attempts to blog lifestyle-ish stuff. I created this blog when life was taking me through new paths, challenges and new adventures and I wanted to be courageous and fearless. I’ve just read a few of my old posts and they reminded me how courageous I was and have been over this past years, and I felt the nostalgic and I wondered why did I stop writing in here?… and then I remembered that despite how much I love planning all in my life, sometimes life throws you curve balls, gives you new stories to live and new walkway to walk so you adjust. Bogging became a second plan for a later time.


This nostalgia also reminded me about those old dreams and goals and oh! how much I have accomplished. It has always been fun writing here even if it has only been once a month or once every three months or as now once every three years, this was my space, my first attempt to live courageously and the first sign that I was about to make great thing.

To summed it up, I thought while I keep marinating and developing that great blogging plan, why not keep this little space available for my nostalgia and for those great stories and moments that I want to share with the ciber world. I love finding inspiration in people and in life.

Thanks for reading, I hope you can join me in this new stage of nostalgia and can share with me some good things that life has thrown at you, for now I’ll keep sharing a few inspiring things and take you along in my process to build a more serious blogging world in a different space, but that would be for later.


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New adventures… Hello YouTube!!

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I am a journalist as some of you already know and since I moved to New York I have been working to improve myself, to be better, to accomplish goals and learn more, to prepare myself the best possible way and to keep knocking on doors, and also to keep creating my own opportunities. I love my career and I love all the possibilities, I enjoy the journey including the struggles that comes with it.

One of the thinks that I enjoy the most about my career is that it has tested my creativity, my resistance and my commitment to what I do and what I want to do. In that process I have had to reinvent myself many time and I have had to plan and adjust according to the  circumstances but what remain the same is the love and passion for my what I do, and the desire to keep going even in those moments when motivation is running low, in those moments my faith and my family’s support have helped me to keep going.

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After a thoughtful consideration I decided to start a new adventure, I created a YouTube Channel! … say what? … Yes… I found that YouTube is a great platform to share through videos interesting, fun and inspiring stories as well as a great space to give voice to people who have something to tell. It is a great way to use my creativity and make things happen, to create my own opportunities and to do what I love. YouTube’s style is very particular and well a bit scary sometimes, but challenges are what makes us grow and improve.

New York is really a very multicultural city, I have met people from different places with different backgrounds and different stories, as well as people from my own community with interesting stories and voices that I would like to share. YouTube has this  sense of community in which you can find people who either have similar interests or have complete opposite, but at the end is an opportunity to reach people, to learn in the process and to enjoy the adventure.

Below is the beginning of my YouTube adventure; my first uploaded video, is an introduction, I hope you like it;

Thank you for reading and  watching!! I hope to see you in my channel, if you found it through this blog let me know in the comments there!

Thank you for your constant support, and I am curious to know what types of videos you like to see on YouTube? let me know in the comments or you can find me on Twitter; @MonikJHerrera

Pictures are mine. ©;)

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Summer; Midyear goals, dreams and plans! 


Unofficially summer is here, Memorial day is a day to remember and honor those who lost their life defending this country, it’s also the day that unofficially marks the begging of summer time in this land. (USA)

It is incredible how summer is already here and we are a few days away to start a new month; June, which means the middle of the year is here as well, and as usual it feels like time is flying… hopefully not flying away but flying toward our goals!


The middle of the year is a perfect time to review our year, make some adjustments if is needed and keep going. This year I didn’t do my usual New Year resolutions, I do them every year or at least I try, I believe that putting goals on paper and having a plan is what works for me, but this year it was different, around November 2014, I came across a book I heard good comments and recommendations; The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson… so I decided to read it.

It’s an interesting book, to be honest with you some of the things the author wrote, I already knew them or I had read it before, but there was a part in the book that I thought was a great way to work on my goals and how to accomplish them. I always say one day at a time, one goal at a time and I have said it here before and I try to live that way, because sometimes life can be very overwhelming, stressful or just a bit complicated.


The book’s main idea is about “Turning simple disciplines into massive success”… and how you can do that by understanding the importance of every single action, and how a simple daily discipline can take you closer to your goal or dream or take you far away. I found that most of us probably know this but it was a good remainder and a good set up for the book’s idea of a daily discipline, to accomplish goals and achieve success.

Sometimes our dreams and goals can feel very big or difficult to accomplish and most of the time we think how am I going to do it? the book make emphasis on the little things and the little steps that eventually will help you to reach them and as simple as they can be or maybe as obvious as they can look, they can make or break our plans and eventually our goals.


Usually in my resolutions I would focus on areas of my life as I mentioned in an old post, and then I would write on a paper the goals or things that I wanted to accomplish making sure they were reachable, later I would create a plan of action, kind of a list. What I found interesting was that usually I would write plans without thinking in the small actions and the discipline that would help me to reach that bigger action plan, I thought those were things that were already included in my routine, but sometimes our routines can be the reason why we are not accomplishing all our goals.

In the book I found some things similar to what I was doing but with more structure and with additional options that I haven’t considered before but that could make my goals more easy or more reachable. See the picture below, is an example of one area of life, this is the best part of the book for me because it gave me an organize way to create my plans of actions.

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I like the idea of consider what is the “price to pay” to accomplish those goals, sometimes because we want to dance and sleep at the same time, we make our plans more complicated, I like the idea of consider what I need to sacrifice to reach a goal.

Is like when you want to lose weight but don’t want to make the time to exercise or to review what you are eating, just to put an example, if I consider the price of a goal like losing weight I will consider the fact that I have to get up and walk instead of staying home without moving. Again those things can be very obvious but for some people like me when you write them down on a paper you are more conscious about them, I can evaluate what I need to give up to make space for something else that I need to do to accomplish a goal.


One important thing for me this year, is to make sure I’m not only focusing on accomplish things and working on my goals but also to have patience, and take the things I cannot control as they come and just keep going, enjoying life and enjoying the process.

Sometimes goals or dreams can be achieved easily, or with just a few steps, sometimes they’ll take more time and sometimes you will find that it’s taking way longer that what you thought. I included in my plans of actions due dates and dates just to keep myself accountable. The key for me this time is to adjust and don’t overthink it, just do it, wait and enjoy!


I wrote before that resolutions or any type of planning is not for everyone, some people like to just to go with the wind, or just do what they consider best at the moment and that’s fine, they  still get things done, we are all different that’s the beauty of life!

 I hope you found something interesting in this post if you make it to the end, this is not a review of the book, it’s just about some of the ideas I found in the book that I have included in my yearly plans and in my daily life. 

Thank you for reading!!! I like to write, as you can see, online or on paper, but I have a weakness for cute stationary though, cute notebooks are my thing and don’t let me get into planners… :0… yes I am one of those crazy planner girls. Ha!


Let me know if you like to do midyear reviews? Feel free to leave a comment here or visit me on twitter @MonikJHerrera.

Bonus questions do you like to plan or you just go with the wind?, which is fine and fun too..

Pictures from Pinterest, 1st pic,, 2nd one see picture, 3rd one; see picture, 4th;, 5th ;, 6th; las two are mine, one from the book and the other is my planner ;)

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Out of Hibernation… #FlashBackFriday!!!

New Year in May?…

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I know I know is almost half of the year but I like to think that each day is a new beginning and if you want a new chance to start all over again, why not? if you feel like it, well you can do it!… I’m not starting a new year, I’m very immerse in mine its been a bit hectic and crazy but I like to think that in a good way, we are going places my friends!!… I’m still in a transition mode but slowly seeing the light not at the end of the tunnel, my light is more at the beginning of a new and exciting adventure, like the light that comes every morning during sunrise. So yes everyday is a new chance a new beginning or a new continue, still walking by faith which means that the best is yet to come! #Keepingitpositive!!

Anyway is May first wohooo!! and like a Bear I am out of my “courage is my name” blog hibernation, because if you have follow my other blog “Sports In High Heels“, you already know that I have made some appearances there but this is my first post of 2015 in this blog, which is the perfect time…. We all know that time is uncontrollable, we can only embrace it and accept that sometimes life has perfect timing… I guess.

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Anyhow is Friday so I thought what better way to start this year that by doing a #FlashBackFriday… you probably said what???… I feel like I didn’t finish my last year attempt to show you Christmas in New York, it was a good goal and fun plan but I couldn’t executed as I wanted, hey I’m not complaining I had the best distraction or interruption of all, my Mom came to visit, she was my best christmas gift since I had more than four years without spending any holiday with her. I was more than glad to stop my #ChristmasSelfie mission, maybe next year I will do it in a better way…

It was a tough winter I know that some places got more snow that what we got here but from a person born and raised in a tropical weather, this was incredible freezing!!! Going out became more a mission than a normal activity, so imagine, my mother a woman that gets cold when the fan is on in a tropical weather, yes, it was awful for her, we barely went outside because it was painful for her, she would get all red, and itchy and her face will get red, but she was happy to be here for the holidays!!

So we didn’t go out hence the no more Christmas selfies around the city situation, but we managed to go to a few places, so I will close my #ChristmasSelfie adventures with some pictures.

Let’s start in a place that is well-known for many tourists and people who live here, Macy’s, I showed you the windows in a previous post, but I told you that the best time to really appreciate them is during night-time.

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Since my Mama was here you will see some of her #ChirstmasSelfies… A few Macy’s windows displays at night.

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Next we bundled up and went to one of the most traditional and overcrowded places during the season, Rockefeller Plaza!!… Love the lights around that area though.

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On our way we stopped in another traditional and iconic place, Radio City Music Hall, the whole area gets all pretty every year, that day I guess they forgot to turn the tree on ;/ … but we still enjoy all the lights and decorations.

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Haa… My #ChristmasSelfie with the tutu train…

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One more…. -I don’t like my hat, but as it happens every winter I lost all my other ones so I got stuck with the only warm but not good-looking hat- Thank you winter!!

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Moving on… we made it to the famous Rockefeller Plaza’s big Christmas Tree;

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As you can see the place was packed… but its worthy in my humble opinion, it’s beautiful, is an experience…

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Can you see my mom in the picture below? hahaha…. incognito!

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Pretty pretty!! Since we were in the neighborhood we went to see the other famous Christmas window display at Saks Fifth Avenue store; they always have this video display in the building, it’s a kind of short story but it’s very nice.

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After watching the video, we crossed the street and went to admirer the beautiful windows displays, this are different that the Macy’s windows, this are more eccentric to use a word..

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Unfortunately or fortunately consider how long this post turned out, I ran out of battery so I couldn’t take more pictures, but I think this can give you a close look or idea.

If you have been here and watched all this decoration let me know what do you think, which one you like the most? or the best?

Thank you so much for making it to the end of this post, I won’t take it personal if you only checked the pictures ;)

I hope you enjoy my poor attempt to show you Christmas in New York City… I did enjoy it while it last it, so let’s see if I can come up with another idea to show you New York in another seasons, let me know if you will like to see that? or if you have a special request about New York?

I cannot finish this post or my Christmas season adventures without showing you my Christmas tree… Finally after four years, we had a small but beautiful Christmas tree with a nativity made in my country… all was size appropriate,  I loved it! Having my mom here and having my lights felt a lot like home, like that home that is part of my memories!!

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Christmas in May?… Why not, it’s never too early, isn’t it??… maybe it is too early, so let’s leave it in a #FlashBackFriday!!

Thank you for reading!! Any comment let me know here or on twitter @MonikJHerrera, you can find me there too!

All pictures are mine ©.. except for the New Year’s. 

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New York… #ChristmasSelfie… Santa’s Reindeer?!

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I completely lost counts of the days, but I’m still enjoying this, so at this point I’ll forget about the days and just show you the places. ;)

This time is a place that screams Christmas, it’s another classic New York City, where almost everything is about the season, if you want to feel the spirit, this is one of those places with lot’s of it!

So here is my #ChirtsmasSelfie at Bryant Park!

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What I like about Bryant park is that they not only decorate but also they have other fun things to do while you are there, you will find another of those markets, with nice and fun stuff to buy, if you want to cross things from your Christmas shopping list, there is an option, or just to buy things for you.

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 If you walk around the park and the shops, there are areas where you can relax and as they put it to warm up with a drink or just eat something, let me tell you the smells coming from the little food places are just amazing and some of them very traditional of the season.

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What people love about the park and the reason that it is so famous around the season is their skating ring, the colors the use to illuminate and of course the gorgeous Christmas tree make it so beautiful, so colorful and surrounded by the concrete jungle of buildings that are so New York!

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It gets crowed, and for some people a bit on the pricy side, but fun nonetheless, and the atmosphere is great too… Although if you are like me, I have never put one foot in any skating ring, ice or without ice, I’ve never leaned and I think I am not going to, at this stage of my life, I have a so much need and appreciation of my teeth ;), but no worries there are some fun things to do, like walk around the park, look at other people skating although try not to laugh or look creepy hehe…

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This year you can personally ask Santa what you want for Christmas I assume because I found his corner, although at the time I went there was no Santa…

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The great news is that I had the chance to fulfill my real call in life, forget journalism, this is the real deal!! I got to be Santa’s reindeer!! What else can I ask in life??? ;)

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For some is a bit crowed and pricy, but is an option among others around the city during the season, for me is a nice place to enjoy the city during the holidays, you don’t have to spend money if you don’t want or are in a limited budget (my club!.. ) but hey the view, the atmosphere and the good momenst are free!

Around the park, there are some building with some decorations and Christmas lights too, that also adds to the whole experience.

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I got an early Christmas present, my mom is coming for the holidays!! Yay!!!!… I am so excited and happy and I have dedicated this time to organized everything, I’ll share that in another post but that’s why I slowed down a bit with the Christmas selfies posts, although the only thing that will change is that I will keep posting during and after Christmas day instead of stopping on Christmas day, I still have some places to go :)

I hope you like it, let me know any comment here or on my twitter as usual @MonikJHerrera

Pictures are mine© … for better or worst hehe.

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