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WOWW Podcast is a bilingual platform, in English & Spanish, that inspires women through weekly life lessons and interviews with female leaders. WOWW Podcast es una plataforma bilingüe, en español e ingles, enfocada en inspirar a mujeres a través de lecciones de la vida y entrevistas con emprendedoras.
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Mar 6, 2019

Today's Words of Wisdom Wednesday was inspired by an unfortunate circumstance with one of my rescue dogs, Mollie. Mollie was suddenly taken away by the rescue organization where she was adopted because of claims related to her vegetarian diet. I was told that due to her diet, a veterinarian had diagnosed her with various health issues related to her kidneys and heart. Naturally, I asked for documentation to support these claims and when I was told they didn't have it, a battle was initiated between the rescue organization and myself.

After meeting with various attorneys, my sense of helplessness and desperation increased. Grief and loss overwhelmed me because despite the abundance of evidence that demonstrated their dishonesty, a sense of direction and victory was nowhere in-sight. Despite the circumstances, I refused to give up the search for our beloved Mollie, regardless of the advice we were initially given. Not allowing hope to leave my side is what fueled my determination because the only reality I was willing to accept was Mollie returning to her home.

As I reflect on other circumstances in my life where it appeared that I was defeated, I kept going anyway. What I've learned is that you can only lose when you give up. Falling flat on your face doesn't mean you've lost. But if you decide to stay face down, then you've lost the battle. Those that succeed and prevail are the ones that refuse to keep trying in the face of adversity. When you seek solutions instead of hanging onto an obstacle, you consciously choose to find a positive outcome. Therefore, it's no surprise that the people that have an end in-mind often find what they're looking for.

Mollie reinforced the importance of tenacity and determination by showing me that the love I have for her is far greater than any road block we may encounter. Her temporary (and unexpected) departure proved to me that once again, the only person that can determine when it's time to give up is you.


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Jan 8, 2019

Noel Russell initially began her professional career in fashion. In this podcast episode, Noel shares what initially sparked her interest in social work and how she found a bridge between her past personal experiences and current passion toward social and community engagement. She believes that you don't have to be wealthy to help others and shares how her Mexican American family taught her the value of providing support to those around you.

Whether it's through being present by recognizing that not asking for help doesn't negate the fact that one may need assistance, Noel gives us insight into the many ways we can spread love and kindness, regardless of where we are in the world. Currently, she is an advocate of children and youth in the Bay Area. Her purpose is to provide support and resources for those that are underserved and may not have the ability to seek the assistance they need. Noel wants the people she serves to know that although they may not have economic freedom, this doesn't imply they lack in other areas as well. Noel Russell is a firm believer that what you do for others today can empower an individual far beyond what we can see.

Noel is a genuine Latina whose voice and testimony have a lasting impact. In this episode, she also shares her various perspectives about what it was like growing up in a large Mexican family and the legacy she carries with her today. This episode is a vulnerable, sensitive and engaging conversation and reminder of the power we all carry within.


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Dec 13, 2018

Lately, I've been contemplating and analyzing recent events in my life more than usual because of some changes that have led to feelings of loss. As an entrepreneur, I've had complete autonomy of my schedule, which has allowed me to move at a higher-than-normal pace. Because I became accustomed to this lifestyle and not being required to "check-in" with anyone, including myself, being exposed to a new routine threw me off course. I suddenly lost hours in my day due to a relationship and other unforeseen circumstances.

Although our personal relationships are an important aspect of life, it's equally as important to supply and sustain our own sense of security. We shouldn't depend on our partners for happiness or mental stability, which is why I believe it's important that we always strive to maintain awareness when things around us are changing. The greatest and most reliable supplier of joy is your own self.

The sudden "loss" of time I have felt lately led to many realities that I would have otherwise been unaware of. In today's Words of Wisdom Wednesday, I talk openly about the lessons and discoveries that various losses have resulted in--not just time. Whether you lose a person, job or object, lessons are always around the corner waiting to be uncovered. I've learned that with people, we often wait much longer than we should to eliminate toxic relationships from our life because we're afraid of something. That "something" becomes the lessons when we shift our perspective from loss to gain.

Other times, when a relationship ends, we are taught the value of gratitude and are humbled by the pain that makes us aware of why not to take things for granted. Sometimes loved ones are "lost" in order to appreciate and relish in future moments with loved ones that still remain. All losses have lessons, but we have to be willing to explore these emotions knowing that eventually, we'll grow from them.


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Nov 7, 2018

Today's podcast episode was recorded the morning after the 2018 Midterm Elections. I was inspired by all of the female candidates and the various adversities they were faced with throughout their campaign. I realized that our reality stems from our vision.

Whether we think we can or we think we can't, we're right. Your vision is your reality, which is why it's so important that we define what we want our life to look like. It's also important that we believe in ourselves so our power is not dependent on others. As I reflected on the elections and what it must have been like to campaign, I kept landing on the fact that before they inspired voters, they all had to find inspiration within themselves. In order to push through and keep going, you have to believe in your vision wholeheartedly, which is sometimes challenging.

The most powerful dialogues that take place are the ones that no one can hear. The conversations that happen in our minds either serve as reminders as to why we should continue to stand up, or serve as negative manifestations that keep us down. In today's episode, I share two personal experiences that required my vision to prevail in order to turn them into reality. To-date, I continue to remind myself why I launched this platform because it allows me to create, despite sometimes feeling like no one is listening. My reality is created as a result of my vision and not the other way around. I don't wait for life to show up in order to see a productive and fulfilling life in my future.

Despite living through a time of political division and adversity, many women found the courage to stand in their vision and become a part of history. They inspired us in the process and I'm sure, will continue to remind us of our power as we set sights on a brighter future.


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Oct 31, 2018

Todays podcast episode is about the importance of women supporting women in all aspects of life. Often, I read negative comments on Instagram from women stating their opinion about another woman's physical appearance, which encouraged me to talk about this matter and share my personal experience regarding the occasional lack of support from women. The remarks are often unsolicited and nasty in nature, which leads me to ask "why?" What's the purpose of putting someone else down that is doing nothing to you and instead, living their best life?

Over the years, as my relationships with women have evolved and transcended into various dynamics, I've become much more aware of the people I choose to share my time with. Primarily, this became important when I noticed that it was much harder to celebrate others than to be available during the challenging times. Today, I look for confidence as a key characteristic when choosing my friends because the more confident a woman is, the less likely they are to "hate" on other women.

From wearing makeup to embracing your own sense of style, some women across all social media platforms share their thoughts (both negative and positive) if a another female is stepping into their own identity. In today's episode on WOWW Podcast, I discuss why I think this is and how we can learn from the moments when we find ourselves playing the comparison game. Often times, it can highlight if we're living in a scarcity mindset because somewhere, we believe there isn't enough for everyone, especially us. Other times, when we're hating on other women, it can serve as a reflection for the things we're secretly insecure about. In both circumstances, confidence is lacking.

If we want the world around us to change and acknowledge our presence, we must encourage each other to do it among ourselves first. By uplifting and celebrating one another, we set the example for the rest of the world to see and follow.


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Oct 18, 2018

I am not a mental health expert or medical professional and therefore, only speak from my personal experiences with depression and what has felt like a life-long battle with something I have little control over. As I've mentioned in previous podcast episodes, I lost a close family friend to suicide when I was 16 years old. I, personally, had a front row seat to his depression, which exponentially became worse in a short amount of time. Because I witnessed the stigma and consequences of remaining silent, I now speak up about these issues in an effort to help someone in need.

Data shows (thank you, CDC) that suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between 10 and 35 years old. Between 2005 and 2016, suicide among this age group has increased by approximately 38%, which is higher than the rate at which the total US population has grown (9.4%). These rates are alarming because it tells a story about what is being uncovered in our society, but it often not discussed until it is too late. People with depression often suffer in silence and since the symptoms can be hidden from the public, treatment is not offered unless it's sough by the patient. When we hear of someone who is terminally diagnosed with cancer, it's common to find people around them that offer meals, time or words of encouragement. Often, a terminal illness can deteriorate a person to such a degree that if you have the ability to see, it's obvious something has gone terribly wrong. But with depression, the person may look different and therefore, everyone continues with their day while a dark illness hides behind the many masks one can wear throughout the day.

I speak about this on the podcast because it's essential that we begin to address and acknowledge that mental illness is a serious matter that is currently becoming worse by the day. On average, about 123 people commit suicide per day. People need our help as well as the resources and information to seek the help of others as well, especially professionals.

When my depression was at its darkest moments, I craved interactions with people the most. I simply needed to be reminded that I was loved. For me, this is where I began to develop an even greater spiritual practice. But for others, this could mean receiving a "just because" phone call on a consistent basis. We're living in a digital era that revolves around social media and communicating through Instagram stories or Facebook posts. But at the end of the day, we are all still human and still carry the same neurotransmitters we did 20 years ago. We are all still capable of feeling emotions such as loneliness, joy and sadness. Our gadgets may have changed, but we have not.

Accepting that treatment for depression may be an ongoing procedure is also a great tip when it comes to helping someone with depression. If you know that a few words of encouragement may suffice that day, but may be needed again tomorrow, you're more likely to view mental illness with a different perspective. Be patient and consistent with people that suffer from depression because living with a cloud of darkness is not the kind of life anyone desires. If they knew how to take it away, believe me, they would.

Many physical illnesses can be complicated and therefore, when someone is diagnosed, those around them become curious by asking questions regarding prognosis, treatment, symptoms, origin, etc. It is a support system that allows many people to attend difficult treatment procedures that impact their mobility and quality of life. Knowing that you're surrounded by people that genuinely care about your well-being is fuel and many times the differentiating factor in a recovery process--the same principle applies to depression.

I remember feeling even more isolated and sad after friends and family found out I was severely clinically depressed. They expressed compassion for the first 24-48 hours, but quickly forgot about my illness. Because I did not have to report to a treatment facility or undergo surgery that would later cause vomiting, they did not understand. The few that became inquisitive about my emotions on a daily basis were the ones that felt like a ray of sunlight in the long-run. Become curious about the person that opens the door to have this conversation. Often times, it's a cry for help and consistent support and unsolicited love is the dose of medicine many need to seek the path that'll lead them towards recovery.


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Sep 12, 2018
Today's Words of Wisdom Wednesday episode is about following your heart because often, it has the power to steer us in the right direction. There have been times when I've done projects that only withdrew energy from me and because I was not following my heart, I thought this was "normal" and my unhappiness was part of the process. What I've learned as an entrepreneur is that our heart is an indicator of our joy. Although we may not always reap immediate results of our labor, our heart tells us when we're on the right path. Some people refer to this concept as "following your passion" but today, I want to remind you that your heart knows best, so listen to what it says. When we're in relationships that cause us consistent anxiety or sadness, our heart feels depleted of life, which often indicates that it's time to let go of the person we're trying to hang onto. When our heart feels revitalized and at-peace, we're in the right situation. With time, I have learned to rely on this internal compass, especially when it comes to making decisions that affect both my short and long-term well-being. Your heart knows best because it knows YOU.
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Sep 8, 2018
En este episodio de Sábado Sabio, platicamos sobre la importancia de usar nuestra voz porque tu voz es tu voto. El 6 de Noviembre, habrán elecciones en Estados Unidos, lo cual nos permite elegir a los senadores que nos representarán a nivel estatal. Votar nos permite tener una opinion sobre los temas que afectan distintos aspectos de nuestras vidas. Políticas que giran alrededor de salud, educación, seguridad, transporte y más están en las manos de estos senadores que necesitan de nuestra participación para hacer su trabajo y poder representarnos a nivel federal. La capacidad de tener una perspectiva y experiencias diferentes es lo que también permite que aportemos opiniones variables. En este episodio, les comparto cómo la influencia de mi abuelita me inspiró a participar en conversaciones y situaciones en vez de mantener el silencio por miedo de opinar. Ella fue una mujer que siempre hizo lo que ella sintió era correcto y no lo que era popular. El propósito del episodio de hoy es recordarles que para dejar el mundo mejor de lo que lo encontramos, tenemos que opinar y participar en nuestra sociedad y comunidad. La habilidad de usar tu voz permite que intentemos crear un futuro mejor que el presente.
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Sep 5, 2018
As two important dates approach, I began to reflect on the significance they have on my life. Almost three years ago, the most important person in my life suddenly passed away: my grandmother "Mamatita." She was a woman whose influence will forever live on. She taught me the importance of speaking up by showing those around her what courage looks like. She was never afraid, especially when the stakes meant sacrificing who she was. My grandmother taught me to do what was right and not what was popular. Whether it was politics, adultery, sex or parenting, if she had an opinion, she shared it. As midterm elections in the United States quickly approach, I wanted to encourage others to get involved by voicing their stance through their vote. We cannot complain about circumstances when we reject being part of the solution. Regardless of your political perspectives, we're all crafted in a unique manner and have different ways of looking at situations so that collectively, we all bring resourceful tools and suggestions to the table. Voting gives us the opportunity to participate in solutions so that our futures look brighter than our past. It has been said that the upcoming midterm elections will be one of the most important elections in history because it will determine where Americans currently stand. The people elected have great power on a state level over various policies such as: healthcare, education and economics. Their influence impacts our communities nearby. Upcoming elections impact the well-being of every citizen in the United States because they also serve as our voice in Congress.
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Aug 21, 2018
Today's Words of Wisdom podcast episode is about our perspective, attitude and disposition when things aren't going the way we envisioned. How do you show up for others when your personal circumstances are less than ideal? Do you treat bystanders with rudeness or disrespect when they have nothing to do with the challenges you're faced with? Not being aware of these traits and characteristics is dangerous because they're only amplified when circumstances begin to improve. When the stage gets bigger, so do the voices we've consistently expressed. We're taught to believe that the things that go on externally are solely responsible for our internal state. However, in today's episode, I discuss why this mentality can lead toward a destructive path due to minimal self-awareness that perpetuates negative behavior. Who we are when things aren't going well is the same person we'll be when our circumstances improve. Because of this lesson, I challenged myself and others to take a closer look at the positive (and negative) characteristics that we constantly possess. Who we truly are is revealed long before our life unfolds in the direction we prefer.
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Aug 9, 2018
Today's Words of Wisdom Wednesday podcast episode is about envy and jealousy. When we're jealous of others, it often teaches us about our deepest desires, which can be turned into something positive. In order to see something in others, we have to be able to possess that ourselves. Therefore, if we're jealous of another person's relationship status and ability to attract love into their life, we are also identifying something we, ourselves, are capable of having as well. I discuss this topic because it's been something that has been frustrating and enlightening in my own life. Realizing the power that envy had in my life revealed some of my unresolved issues which in turn, resulted in positive and uplifting perspectives. However, I first had to acknowledge how frustrated I was when I'd confront anything that resembled jealousy-related emotions. With the recent impact that social media has on our mental and emotional health, this episode is meant to encourage self-awareness as we are exposed to a plethora of highlight reels online. Enjoy today's podcast message.
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Aug 1, 2018

Today's Words of Wisdom Wednesday episode is about shame and the importance behind approaching less-than-pleasant events in our life with curiosity. Facing our circumstances with a desire to know or learn more allows us to understand where they stem from and why they have the impact they do on our life. By removing shame, we often help ourselves and other people in the process. Acknowledging and accepting our own mistakes and hardships encourages those around us to do the same by identifying with others' situations. This podcast episode is meant to inspire other women to look at their lives with a sense of curiosity instead of embarrassment because the reality is that we're often not alone in our journey.

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Jul 25, 2018
Change is an inevitable fact of life. We make plans, form bonds and hold visions close to our heart only to realize that nothing is guaranteed or meant to be permanent. Change is the only constant and the sooner we are able to embrace this, the more likely we are to accept the different circumstances that together, make for an interesting life. In today's episode, I share my journey as an entrepreneur and how I've learned to embrace change during various phases. When we begin anything, we have expectations of what the future will be and many times, we become disappointed when we realize that our outcomes don't match our visions. These times signal us to change and become more accepting of present-day moments. They're meant to encourage adjustments that often lead to brighter destinations. Resisting change only hurts ourselves, which in turn, hurts our future. Realizing that change is the constant that we can rely on will turn a journey into an adventure of life lessons and valuable experiences. It opens our hearts and our minds to the possibilities instead of solely relying on any single track. Today's message is meant to encourage adaptation and versatility in order to keep moving forward and embracing the new instead of fighting the old.
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Jun 30, 2018
La vulnerabilidad no es debilidad. Al contrario, toma agallas y fuerza ser honesto con nosotros mismos y también con otras personas. Es fácil hablar de lo positivo que sucede en nuestras vidas y elaborar de los triunfos, pero durante momentos difíciles, son pocos los que se abren sin miedo al "que dirán." La misión de WOWW Campaign es promover la vulnerabilidad a través de episodios de podcast y eventos porque al demostrar que tenemos más en común que diferencias, nos podemos identificar con los demás y así eliminar sentimientos de aislamiento. En este episodio, comparto los que sucedió al ser vulnerable y compartir los momentos difíciles que estaba pasando. Los obstáculos que se me presentaban ya no parecían montañas. Empecé a cambiar mi perspectiva cuando llegó la oportunidad de enfrentar etapas pesadas. Con el tiempo, el impacto que estas situaciones tenían en mi estado emocional empezó a disminuir. En el evento Mujeres WOWW que se llevará a cabo en Guatemala, 4 panelistas compartirán sus retos personales y profesionales con el propósito de promover la vulnerabilidad y unión femenina. Para adquirir entradas, visiten www.WOWWcampaign.com/Evento
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Jun 30, 2018
Angela Mena Lamm es co-fundadora de Mister Menú. En este episodio del podcast, comparte varias lecciones sobre su vida personal y el emprendimiento. Cómo emprendedora, nos cuenta sobre los procesos que tuvo que pasar al inicio de lanzar su empresa y cómo ser flexible y mantenerse abierta a nuevas oportunidades de negocio permitió que siguiera desarrollando. También nos comparte sobre el plan inicial que tuvieron y cuales fueron las tácticas que tuvieron que modificar para que la empresa pudiera crecer y adquirir clientes nuevos. La historia de Angela está llena de superación ya que momentos difíciles la empujaron a salir de su zona de conforte. Cómo persona y emprendedora, sigue venciendo el miedo y aprendiendo de sus experiencias, lo cual permite que se mantenga vulnerable y con deseo de seguir evolucionando. Angela Mena Lamm es una de las 4 panelistas que estará compartiendo sus retos y alegrías en el evento "Mujeres WOWW" que se llevará a cabo el 30 de Junio en la ciudad de Guatemala.
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Jun 28, 2018
Whether we're going through a breakup or craving a minimalist lifestyle, once we stop missing something, it's hard to want it again. Todays Words of Wisdom Wednesday episode is about our personal relationships and the shift in our perspective once we realize that we don't actually "need" someone or something. Heartbreaks can be devastating, but no feeling is permanent, so once the initial phase of devastation passes, it's likely that we'll see things differently. Realizing that the negativity from a situation or relationship is optional allowed me to raise my standards and shift my focus onto something more positive that would compliment me rather than suppress who I truly am. And once you're over the dark period, it's almost impossible to take a step back. Because of this, reconciliation with exes can be difficult, especially if one person wants to make things work after the other person involved no longer yearns for the presence of their partner. It's difficult to want something you no longer miss.
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Jun 23, 2018
A veces pasamos por momentos difíciles que requieren de nuestra atención. En vez de reprimir nuestras emociones, deberíamos de reconocerlas y crear el espacio en nuestra vida para identificar de donde vienen y porque están sucediendo. En este episodio de Sábado Sabio, comparto cuales han sido mis experiencias personales y profesionales con respecto a este tema. Después de que el volcán en Antigua Guatemala entró en erupción, me sentí deprimida e indefensa porque comunidades alrededor de mi estaban sufriendo mucho y sin darme cuenta, estar expuesta a tanto dolor me afectó. Vivir a 15 kilómetros del volcán me expuso a muchas realidades que no estaba preparada para enfrontar. Pero para que me diera cuenta de la magnitud que tienen estos catástrofes en un país, tuve que crear el espacio para explorar la raíz de mis sentimientos. Crear espacio también es importante cuando necesitamos crear distancia entre personas en nuestras vidas. La energía de los demás y cómo nos afecta me ha llevado a mantener ciertas relaciones de lejos. Nuestra prioridad tiene que ser nutrir nuestra salud mental y emocional a través de nuestras decisiones y acciones. Esto no es un acto de arrogancia, sino que un acto de amor propio y autoconocimiento. Crear espacio es lo que finalmente nos permite reconstruir, descansar y rehabilitar aspectos de nosotros que requieren tiempo para sanar.
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