Plan a visit to the Capitol

The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. It is indeed a beautiful building with a lot of history and power that since its original construction, has been built, burnt, rebuilt, expanded and restored. So, if you are new in DC (or maybe you didn’t have to visit it before), start planning your visit now! It doesn’t take more than 5 minutes and it is for FREE!

The Capitol Complex includes the Capitol Building itself, the House and Senate Office Buildings, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Grounds, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court Building.

La cultura ALOHA

“El espíritu de Aloha es una filosofía de vida en armonía con las leyes del universo para descubrir tu verdadera naturaleza espiritual a través del autoconocimiento. Nos enseña a habitar nuestro propio paraíso interior para vivir en plenitud y felicidad por medio de infinito amor, belleza y alegría. A honrar, respetar y celebrar la vida. El puro gozo de vivir.” – Dra. Maria Carmen Martínez Tomás (Libro: El espiritu de Aloha: el poder de ser feliz ahora)

Que relacion tiene esta cultura ALOHA con el mundo del business? Esta fue la misma pregunta que se le hizo a Marc Benioff, fundador, presidente y CEO de Salesforce, compañía que guarda este lema como una de las piedras angulares de su cultura organizacional.

Applying for a DC ID

If you have more than two* months in DC, then this post might be of your interest! Forget about carrying your passport everywhere and request a DC ID (Limited Purpose Non-Driver Identification Card) at one of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the city. With this ID you can have the same benefits as a regular DC resident: use of the community center and all the facilities they provide (swimming pools, free classes like yoga or kickboxing, etc.)

*I did it after four months of being here, but checking the website it says now that you need to show a proof of 6-months DC residency

#TooLatergram

Amo viajar, y como parte de ese fuerte deseo e irresistible impulso por conocer nuevos lugares y vivir nuevas experiencias – y como toda millennial – sigo a varios bloggers de viajes en Instagram [Instagrammers], les doy “like” a sus fotos, comento y casi siempre, siento mucha envidia por no estar ahí. Así como yo, calculo que deben haber miles y millones de personas que hacen lo mismo. Pues bien, para algunos, esto podrá ser solo un pasatiempo, y hasta una pérdida de tiempo; para otros, los que trabajamos en Marketing, lo consideramos una excelente oportunidad, un nicho, una minita de oro.

Save the Date: FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 2018, 23-29th April

Continuando con el marco del Consumo y Producción Sostenible, y con motivo del Fashion Revolution Week 2018, con este post quisiera invitarlos a que formen parte de la revolución y se pregunten, ¿Quién hizo mi ropa?

La campaña Fashion Revolution Day nace tras el accidente del derrumbamiento el edificio en Rana Plaza en Dhacca Bangladesh, donde murieron 1138 personas, en su mayoría mujeres. Desde su creación este movimiento sigue creciendo, porque cada vez hay más gente que pide una industria de la moda más transparente, justa y segura, que se reconstruyan los vínculos rotos en la cadena de suministros de la industria de la moda, donde se valore a la gente y el medio ambiente.

Consumo y producción responsables para alcanzar estilos de vida sostenibles

En una entrevista con la Radio de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), la Coordinadora para América Latina del proyecto de eficiencia de recursos del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) señaló que “el 30% de los alimentos que generamos en este planeta terminan en la basura. Eso quiere decir que, claro que tenemos los recursos, pero que somos una sociedad de desperdicio y sobreconsumo.”

Avoiding procrastination

You may know that all hours of your days are created equal. But how can you optimise each part of your days to make sure you are being productive?

In a panel  about productivity in work and life hosted by experts of Evernote and General Assembly, Lora Schellenberg, Co-Founder of Circleco and Marketing Lead at General Assembly London said: “you may feel hyperfocused, collaborative, or tired and unmotivated at different points in your day, so think about what type of work that makes the most sense to do during those times”.

Ability over experience

For those who are getting into the final stretch of this life-changing experience, I found this very interesting TED Talk that reminds you to not forget to talk about your abilities when applying for a job. Because sometimes we get excited about our amazing job experiences – all over the world maybe – and we forget what we´ve learned from them and how they taught us to be better.

“We all know folks who don’t have 10 years of experience, they have 1 year of experience … repeated 10 times” – Jason Shen.

Dealing with Networking as an Extrovert

Yes, it is not easy. It sucks. And yes, you have to do it anyway (at least if you are in DC). But I don’t want you to give up (‘m still working on that too, believe me!). Besides expanding your professional network (Forbes Magazine says that anywhere between 50-85% of jobs are filled through networking), sometimes networking can be fun as well and you don’t exactly have to go and enjoy meeting complete strangers at stuffy events.

Here are three things that I’m starting to practice and you can keep in mind when you start getting frustrated about the “networking thing”:

I’m a changemaker! [Say it out loud, right now!]

Are you about to embrace one of the most daring adventures in your life by becoming an Atlas Corps Fellow, moving to a new country, with a new job, with a new life? Or even by returning to your home country, starting from zero again or continuing with the life you already had?

Well, let’s face it, sometimes you get stuck in a rut and need to read something that gives you the extra push you to start. Don’t worry, it happens; and it also happens that while we are on the route, we forget the real reason that brought us here [D.C. in my case]… you are a changemaker, and maybe you haven’t noticed it yet.