Enjoy Your Work Every Day

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Enjoy Your Work Every Day

By Germán Velasco

Millions of people live uncomfortably every day working in the wrong job. Why do they cling to a job or a life that doesn’t satisfy them?
There is no one answer applicable to all cases, but I will describe factors that I frequently find in clients who have not been able to tolerate what they do every day while, at the same time, they feel they lack the strength to get out of the hole.
Two common factors stand out for me: the feeling of comfort and the feeling of familiarity with what they have been doing for years. These two anchors that tie us up in situations we would like to change are similar, but not exactly the same.
Both have immobilizing power. With greater familiarity usually comes greater comfort and ease in doing a job. But many times, the person is no longer comfortable and continues to cling to the routine for fear of venturing into unfamiliar terrain: Fear of the unfamiliar, the unknown. Fear of risk or discomfort involved in jumping to a different activity.
On the other hand, exploring a little more to find the life that best suits us can translate into feeling joy for what we do every day.
According to Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, “Your work will occupy a large part of your life, and the only way to be really satisfied is to do what you think is a great job. And the only way to do a great job is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Many people are trapped in the wrong life because of their commitment to staying in familiar territory. They may always live in the same city, spend time with the same friends, have their favorite places to eat or to have fun (and rarely consider new ones), use the same route on the way to work every day, not try new foods, etc. These little habits seem insignificant, but once we understand the effect of small routines, we can take action to strengthen our ability to change and become people capable of exploring unknown territories.
If you are having trouble making a big change in your life, I suggest you start introducing change in small ways. For example, travel more, change the décor in your house, go for a walk in an unfamiliar neighborhood in your city. Do something totally new every day – preferably something that makes you uncomfortable. Once you enjoy the options that life offers you in small things, you’ll open that door to big change, and you’ll be ready for the discomfort of the transition that comes with transforming your life. The grand prize is the happier life that’s waiting for you.

(Germán Velasco is the Executive Director of La Mano Amiga, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing informational resources to Latino immigrants.)

Unpaid Debts

A Moment of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

When Juanita completed her career, she did what for years had in her mind, obtain an important job. It was like that as she entered the Group of analysis and management of plans and projects of the Department of architecture, the House of Government. The good salary she received, allowed her to save to start the purchase of the apartment of her dream. She requested a loan from the Bank and gave her property a mortgage, paying the monthly installments.

But as a human being, we are never happy with what we have, but always want more and more, she took her credit card and bought the car of the year. Debts increased, as well as responsibilities. She had to comply with the commitments she had acquired, but quickly forgot it and followed monopolizing her credit cards, before complying with timely payment.

The time went without mercy, while she was at a crossroads unsettled. She forgot the lessons learned at home and the recommendations of her mother: “daughter, always remember to properly act in life, to allow the passage of the years ahead with pride and walk with dignity”.

Simply, those kinds of morals and basic principles went to the background. Debt to banks increased, to the point of negotiating to pay big interest. Finally, she put her feet on the ground and slowly pay off until the last amount.

Felipe had a project he wanted to crystallize. To open a restaurant in a privileged site because he was sure that it would grow financially. Since he had a long history of good credit, he went to the Bank and they gave him a loan, which enabled him to carry out his desire. In three years, he decided to open a branch site near there and so did. Since he could not personally attend the two businesses at the same time, he relied on the employees, the quality of the service offered to the customers was reflected. Ambition breaks the sack! Says the proverb.

Felipe had to pay the salary to the employees. Comply with different payments for the two restaurants to continue running, too, but because he did not see progress on sales and little by little everything was falling. He had to close the second business. He thought well and dedicated himself completely to cancel the obligations without having to jeopardize his health and his peace of mind.

Looking at the above, we can understand that material debts can be paid and sooner or later, with responsibility everyone is well.

Carlos is a military, retired pilot. He has a daughter who means everything in his life, she was the light of his eyes. He gave it was all for her. She completed her university studies in one of the most prestigious universities in the country, receiving her law degree. When the working life for Carlos ended, he devoted himself to rest, enjoying the days in the beautiful house he shared with his daughter. Carlos was suffering some losses of health, his daughter, secretly watched the situation and preparing the arsenal that she had kept in her head, she made the terrible decision to admit him in a home for elderly people.

Among Carlos’ friends, there were two who were faithful and loyal to him, Jose and Jaime, were former coworkers. Jose called to Carlos several times, without getting a response. Jaime did the same and wondered, what would have happened? He did not think more and called Jose. He also was not able to communicate with his friend Carlos. The two met and decided to investigate the fate of his friend.

They found him! They could not believe he was in a nursing home for elderly people, abandoned to his fate. He was as always, aware of his acts, lucid and with his five senses, with some health issues that could well cope with them at home. Before that, Jaime and Jose talked with Carlos, and managed to get him out of there. They took him back to his house. Arriving at his home, the surprise and disappointment could not be higher for Carlos. His house was destroyed, was vacant and completely changed.

The three friends began the proceedings before the authorities and Charlie recovered his house and continued his life. He copes with his life and attends his medical appointments. The betrayal made him reflect, and so he put aside the girl of his eyes.

Rectify and think before getting a spiritual debt to someone. Remember that there is no money in the world that can pay that kind of debt. These debts, also known as wounds remain forever in the soul, never heal!

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book at for sale in Amazon and if you want to connect with her send her an email to lilianim2003@yahoo.com.

The Corporate Crisis of Boeing at the hands of the 737 Max 8 airplane

by Juan Carlos Salcedo, Internationalist

The crashes of the most sold aircraft in the history of Boeing with more than 5000 jets 737 Max 8 between which they were operating and under order, in only 5 months to put in risk a project that would have to invoice an estimate of 550 billion dollars, and also thrashed the reputation of one of the giants of commercial aviation, Defense and Space. Boeing together with the European Airbus epitomizes the most distinctive of commercial aircraft manufacturing in the world.

Today an expert in the management of corporate crises Kelli Matthews analyzes in the International Truth the answer of Boeing to this crisis.



For Immediate release
April 18, 2019
CONTACT: Nicole Aber, (914) 263-0013 Naber@hungerfreeamerica.org

Advocates Praise New USDA/Food Industry Pilot Project to Allow SNAP (Food Stamps) Purchases Online in NY City & State

Anti-hunger advocates praised today’s announcement of a joint pilot project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and select food retailers to allow – for the first time ever – low-income families to use SNAP (formerly called Food Stamps) benefits to order groceries online and have them delivered to their doors. This pilot program just began in New York City, and will eventually be rolled out to other states.

“If the prices in this pilot project are affordable to SNAP recipients, then this project can completely revolutionize food access for low-income Americans by making it much easier for them to obtain healthy food,” said Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nationwide anti-hunger advocacy and direct service organization. “This effort is particularly important because so many low-income Americans are disabled, elderly, or living in neighborhoods without easy access to healthy food at prices they can afford. If this project works properly, and then is effectively rolled out to the rest of the nation, including rural areas, it has the potential to eventually wipe out food deserts in America, which would be a monumental achievement. We thank USDA and the food retailers for taking this historic step.”

Currently, 2.7 million people in New York State, including 1.6 million in New York City, rely on SNAP to aid their food purchases.

USDA announced that Amazon and Walmart will participate in the initial pilot launch starting today with ShopRite joining early next week. ShopRite and Amazon are providing service to the New York City area, and Walmart is providing online service in upstate New York locations. Additional retailers are slated to participate in the pilot in coming months. The pilot will eventually expand to other areas of New York as well as to Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

The pilot will test both online ordering and payment. SNAP participants will be able to use their benefits to purchase eligible food items, but will not be able to use SNAP benefits to pay for service or delivery charges.

New York residents currently receiving SNAP can go to the below websites of the participating retailers to use their benefits for food purchases:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/snap for New York City
Walmart: https://grocery.walmart.com/ for Upstate New York

Continued Berg, “We strongly urge families who are in New York and currently receiving SNAP to check the retailers’ websites and see if the prices and selection of food products, along with any delivery fees, work for them, and, if so, to test out these new avenues of food purchasing. We will be in close touch with low-income New Yorkers to obtain their feedback on how well this pilot is working for them.”

Hunger Free America assists people in New York who may be eligible for SNAP, but are not currently getting the benefits, to apply for them. People seeking such help can go here or call (212) 825-0028, ext. 207.

How much produce can you buy for $10?


Vegetables and fruits can fit into any budget! For $10 you can buy 18 portions of vegetables and fruits; 1 cup tomato, 3 cups of green beans, 3 cups of corn, 4 cups of peas, 1 cup of pears and 6 cups of peaches. That’s almost 4 days’ worth of veggies and fruits for one person! Buy fruits and veggies in all their forms – fresh, frozen and canned.

Celebrate the season by purchasing fresh vegetables and fruits when they are in season. They are easy to get, have more flavor and are usually less expensive. Your local farmer’s market is a great source of seasonal produce and they usually start up by June.

Buy frozen and canned year-round, it’s usually picked and packed at its’ peak when its chock full of nutrients. Look for canned or frozen veggies that have not been pre-sauced and say “no salt added”, “low sodium” or “reduced sodium” on the label. Look for fruits canned in juice or light syrup.

Frozen and canned produce is one of the greatest kitchen hacks to save you time in the kitchen; it comes pre-cut and/or pre-cooked! But keep it simple with fresh produce, when you buy these pre-cut, pre-washed, ready to eat and processed foods are convenient, but cost more than when purchased in their basic forms.

The trick to buying all the vegetables and fruits you need to keep your body strong is to make a list before you go to the grocery store. Check the local newspaper, online, and the store ads before you shop. You save money by buying only what you need and getting the best price, leaving more of your food budget for delicious wholesome produce loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Want a side of physical activity with your vegetables and fruits, along with the satisfaction of an amazing accomplishment? Plant your own! Start a garden- in the yard or in a pot on the deck- for fresh, inexpensive, flavorful additions to meals. Herbs, cucumbers, peppers, or tomatoes are good options for beginners. Browse through a local library or online for more information on starting a new garden.

Lastly, plan and cook smart. Prepare and freeze vegetables for soups, stews or other dishes in advance. Add leftover veggies to casseroles or blend them to make soup. Overripe fruit is great for smoothies or baking. There are plenty of ways to make use of all of your veggies and fruits, for more ideas visit www.myplate.org. For more recipes, tips and more also visit www.eatsmartnewyork.org.

Is it Worthy to Put your Hands into the Fire for Someone?

A Moment of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo

José Emilio owner of X-Ruebenxz company, enjoyed great success among the people who knew him for all the money he possessed.

He managed the family’s little wealth that he inherited from his father years ago, since his mother had in one two-three spend maybe about two-thirds of that great fortune in bad business.

He usually drove an old pickup truck to go to work, and on weekends, he took another vehicle. While all this passed, far was he imagining, so many eyes that were keeping an eye on his wealth.

The company remained where much of the day, had a career. His father – the founder, was a man fair and very human. Between supervisors, workers and administrative staff we could count about 30 employees. Under discipline compliance and good reputation, José Emilio, spend his early years of work beside his father.

José Emilio believed that he knew each one of the employees who were there for years. On the death of his father, his sister and his mom, they decided that he will remain in the management. His brother only knew the life of waste, so he was never going to take part in the direction of the family heritage. Once José Emilio took possession of the management, the secretary informs him that Maria, a former employee, wanted to talk to him. José Emilio did not hesitated in receiving her in his office. The purpose of the visit had a request, a request out of place:

“Look Sir, I ask you for a favor that when I die, don´t forget my son in-law…” After the first visit, came many more, with the same request, to which he responded:

“Don´t worry, we will see…” Nothing and no one know, when a person will die! he thought. But the day came. Maria died. A few days after the funeral, appeared the son-in-law. José Emilio’s secretary informs him, that there is a man, which claims to be Maria’s son-in-law and wants to talk to him. As if it were a theatrical piece, it was true; there was the son-in-law. José Emilio – long ago, thought: “well, and why this insistence of Maria? and if it becomes true, what can do I with this individual, I don’t know? What job will I put him at?

He attended the visit of the subject and intended to resolve the matter in the best way, but a tremendous nightmare found. He heard him and gave him an appointment for a few days later.
Maria was no longer with them, and if the son-in-law was not Archangel, who would he claim; he wondered… He threw everything on, and decided to!

When the subject returned, he confessed that because he was Maria’s relative, he will deposited all his trust in him and Jose Emilio give him a vehicle of his property so he was able to mobilize, engaged in any activity of removals or home services, enclosing also a check for $ 350, to initiate an activity, provided care for the truck and provide it with a $100 monthly payment, as a lease vehicle. The subject was happy.
While he spent the first month, the subject communicated with José Emilio continuously. He said that he had decided to move to the border to bring goods to sell at a good price, and so, give him $200 each month, and not as they had agreed. The Manager of the company, believed firmly.

Passing one month, the subject in question gradually ceased to call and did not answered the phone. By the end of the second month and his whereabouts became a mystery. He changed the phone number and was gone. José Emilio filed a complaint against the subject for fear he was making improper use of the truck. At the end of two years Jose Emilio received a call. It was a character from a parking lot, which called him to inform him, that there was a car as under the name of José Emilio who had a debt of two years of parking fees for being on its premises. Without knowing, what problems there might be, he traveled 1,000 miles from here, to the site where the individual who was the truck had told him.

Once he got there, the payment for the alleged parking and taxes exceeded $5,000. It was then where José Emilio thought: What hatched Maria with her son-in-law? If we all have intelligence and hands to work, why there are people who want to take advantage pretending poverty and misery? Why are people looking coldly those who come to ask for a help or money?

And he answered quietly: “Right now I understand why so many people are indifference of someone’s need and that really needs it and maybe is doing good”.

Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book at for sale in Amazon and if you want to connect with her send her an email to lilianim2003@yahoo.com.

Latina Leaders – WISE Latina 2019

Join us at this year’s WISE Latina session, “Latina Leaders Expanding the Definition of Health”

Date: April 25th, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
Location: Sky Armory

WISE Latina 2019 Featured Speaker is Carmen M. Peña, M.A., Coach & Motivational Speaker

Join fellow Latina professionals and entrepreneurs from throughout New York State at this year’s WISE Latina Conference at the WISE Symposium. Bright and successful mujeres from Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Utica and New York City will be attending, and we’re excited to host you too. Our 2019 program will feature a prominent Latina who is Leading the way and expanding the definition of health. She will guide attendees in creating a plan to live a life that is Meaningful to them and impacts their families, their communities, their businesses and the world around them. This year’s event will offer reflections on both personal and business growth, while offering practical tips and tools for becoming Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise.

This year’s focus is on the personal search to expanding the definition of health within in order to find Physical, Mental, Emotional and Financial Health, and the wisdom to lead the way. We will creatively encourage women to seek out practical ways to launch successful business enterprises through which they can positively impact their own sustainability as well as that of their communities. We’re looking forward to seeing you at this year’s session. All women are bienvenidas.

Carmen’s solution-oriented, positive approach will help us discover how to form healthy habits that lead us to achieve our goals. She will be speaking on self-empowerment, mindfulness, and how to transform into the best version of ourselves. The intention is to have Latinas leave the event feeling good, with increased confidence and a clearer vision of the action steps necessary to get to the next level of their dreams and goals successfully.

For price and to view the full WISE SYMPOSIUM agenda go to www.wisesyracuse.com or read more about WISE Latina at www.wiselatina.org



WISE Latina ticket includes full access to the WISE Symposium (8:00am to 5:30pm) continental breakfast, lunch, breakout sessions and cocktail party. The WISE Symposium is an event produced by The Events Company in partnership with WISE Women’s Business Center and SKY Armory. WISE Symposium ticket holders can attend WISE Latina at lunch time without additional expense.

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Are you a Spanish speaker? We will offer FREE Spanish translation throughout the event so you can enjoy the conference, even if Spanish is your first, preferred or only language.