Greetings from NxLevel Business Bootcamp in Sacramento

Greetings from NxLevel Business Bootcamp, sponsored by Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!

Why am I here?

1) Chicas Latinas de Sacramento — it’s time to take my pride and joy to the “next level” and I am here to gain the tools needed. Although we’ve been in existence for nearly 7 years, it is time to revisit our business plan, adjust, and set goals for the future. I often get wrapped up in my passion and the purpose of Chicas Latinas, and the business aspect of my nonprofit doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. 

2) Profession — As a marketing, PR, and business development professional, I typically work with small businesses and it is important for me to have a more in-depth understanding of the complexities business ownership brings and how I can be a better asset to businesses and nonprofits, alike. Wherever I go, I intend to be prepared.

I am currently at La Cooperativa Campesina de California assisting with their temporary CA Drought Jobs Program and providing a bit of community outreach and communication assistance while here.

Blog, post hiatus. 

Yesterday was day-one of the NxLevel Bootcamp. There were a few familiar faces (and event past clients) in the class and while most seemed to be aware of Chicas Latinas’ happenings, there were questions about what I’m doing professionally these days. It is now day-two of the business bootcamp and the focus is on marketing, social media, and PR. Today is a bit of a refresher for me, but it has also been a great reminder as to what skill-sets and talents I have, and how I am (or am not) using them.

The awakening…

During break today (after our SEO presenter), one of my classmates checked Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s Google ranking using targeted keywords and she informed me that we were on the first page. She also informed me that she checked my personal blog, at which point I immediately acknowledged my lack of posting, how I’m not taking advantage of it’s potential, and even caught myself saying “my life is boring these days.” Wrong… so here I am.

Having already wrote out and discussed our S.W.O.T.s in class today (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), I figured there is no better time than the present to address a weakness of mine and turn it into an opportunity.

Hello world. I’m still here… I’ll try to be here more!

My days aren’t as boring as I sometimes think. Yesterday was pretty eventful: 

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2014 Europe Travel Revisited: Switzerland, France, Italy… oh my.

We’ll start out by calling this blog post what it is, a #latepost. A post I planned to make in July of 2014, but am instead posting in January 2015… and it’s probably for the best.

You see, I forget things. I do a lot, move quickly, and purposely pack my schedule. The busier and more challenged I am, the more comfortable I am. Having moved through the year at record speed, I found myself entering into 2015 a bit bruised and not fully able to appreciate what I had accomplished in 2014, as failures are often louder and take more space than accomplishments do.

So I am revisiting 2014. Professionally, and civically, speaking it was an amazing year. This was my first full year of working a full-time job AND running a nonprofit organization. Chicas Latinas de Sacramento added some great and successful programs, community projects and partners. I was even nominated for 2014 Coors Light Líderes of the Year! And yet, I still need to be reminded of these things. I forget… just as I forget I traveled in Europe (and never got around to sharing).

Without further ado, let us revisit Switzerland, France, and Italy, as I appreciate the fact that I drank Champagne in Champagne. (Because, I don’t want to remember 2014 as the year my * got handed to me.)

#interlaken #switzerland #fondue 🍷☺️ #travel #europe ✈️🌎

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Coolest thing these eyes have seen 😳 #paragliders #interlaken #switzerland ✈️🌎 #travel #Europe

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#PoppingBottles #Champagne in Champagne! Lunch 🎩✨👌 #France #Europe #travel

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#Paris #France ❤️ new hotel, new city views 😍✨ #travel #Europe ✈️🌎

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#EiffelTower #paris #france #eiffelselfie #selfie ✨ #europe #travel

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#Louvre #Paris #France ✨ #Travel #Europe #Museum #tourist

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Greetings from #Milano #Italy ✌️#europe #travel ✈️🌎🚄✨

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First meal – #milano #italy 🍷🍴🍝 #europe #travel

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Yup, that happened.

Here’s to highlighting the good, hushing the not-so-good, and allowing for new opportunities and growth in 2015.

Cien Amigos, Cinco de Mayo, una Dolores Huerta, muchos ciclistas, y los Gigantes!

This last week (or so) has been full speed, nonstop, and packed with goodness in Sacramento… with a brief trip to Los Angeles.

(Mexican) Family Stuffmore please! 

#familystuff Jesus Christ, beans and rice 🙏 #sacramento

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California – Mexico Advocacy Day, with Consulado de Mexico en Sacramento 

Cinco de Mayo with John Quiñones (what would I do? I took a picture!) 

John Quiñones #cincodemayo #sacramento

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Women’s Business: Las Juntas Patrióticas de Señoras and Latina Women in Public Life in California

I’m a member of Cien Amigos now!!! (Pin of honor)

Dolores Huerta at Latino Community Foundation’s CaliforniaLatino Agenda, Sacramento Summit ❤️

With @DoloresHuerta at @LatinoCommFdn #California #Latino Agenda, #Sacramento Summit 2014 ❤️❤️❤️

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#Network4Cause with Eric Ratinoff — supporting HDSA Awareness 

AMGEN Tour of California 

#AMGEN Tour of #California Gala Opening Reception! @AmgenTourofCali #ATOC2014 #sacramento

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Watched my beloved SF Giants lose to LA Dodgers… in Los Angeles. Ouch.

Sunday I rested, spent the day with my family (yay Mother’s Day!) and the Giants won.

Back to the grind… and catching up on emails. I’m behind in life. Speaking of being behind in life, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s 5 Year Anniversary dinner is this Sunday! Wowzas.

Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento, Full Circle with TBI

Sooooo… some of you may recall a close friend of mine had an accident in August of 2012 — and suffered from a fractured skull, brain clots and bruises, was in a coma for 2 months and had a 2% chance of living. Four surgeries and some titanium later, my friend Noe Cruz is a traumatic brain injury survivor.

Yesterday, Sunday March 30, 2014, he spoke at Brain Injury Association of California‘s Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento. He shared about his accident, surgeries, recovery, and personal journey.

I don’t speak of him often and when I do it’s vaguely, as this has been quite an experience (a trying experience, for many), but he did an amazing job yesterday, and I want the world to know that I am so proud of his courage, strength, and heart.

Things are coming full circle it seems. About a month ago Noe met my bossman, Eric Ratinoff, who just happens to be a brain injury attorney and board member of BIACAL. Over dinner, Noe told Eric his story. Blown away, Eric suggested Noe speak at Walk for Brain Injury. I contacted BIACAL, and voilà, Noe became a part of the event’s program.

How crazy it is how the universe lines up… and at the right time. Eighteen months after his accident, Noe is ready to share his story and inspire others, and the perfect opportunity presented itself.

Look for the video of his speech soon! (It was a really great speech) 

In the meantime, event pictures can be found on Eric Ratinoff’s Facebook:

My heart is overjoyed right now. Yesterday I technically worked, but it was so much more than just another event — it was THE event and it was perfect.

Hispanic, Latino & Mexican, Women, Gala & Volunteer Stuff… staying busy in Sacramento!

The title speaks for itself, right? This is what I’ve been doing: Hispanic, Latino & Mexican Stuff, Women Stuff, Gala Stuff & Volunteer Stuff… basically, staying busy in Sacramento thanks to Chicas Latinas de Sacramento and my work with Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff.

Hispanic Heritage Month started and then my calendar exploded with these gems, and more!

I celebrated Dia de la independencia at the state capitol, “El Grito”:

Met Dolores Huerta at the Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship & Awards Dinner Gala Event:

Hung out with SacLatino.com at Capitol Region Women’s Conference:

Volunteered with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, helping rebuild home at Rebuilding Together Sacramento:

Attended the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California Dinner & Gala in Sacramento with Eric Ratinoff team member Taryn, and our special guests from Festival de la Familia, Casa de Espanol, and more! Our table was sponsored by Eric Ratinoff from Kershaw, Cutter, & Ratinoff.  I’m very appreciative for his contribution and the opportunity to attend this great event.

#Mexican Cultural Center of Northern #California Dinner & Gala in #Sacramento #IMBA #folklorico #dancers

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Attended Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Latin Music & Food Festival with my nephew! (I was on baby-sitting duty, but my Chicas members volunteered.)

There is much on my calendar in the days, weeks, months to come – many of which I invite you to join!

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Spanish Conversation Group: hosted by Chicas Latinas and CASA de ESPAÑOL

Join Casa de Español and local nonprofit Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, as we merge our Spanish language practice groups in an effort to strengthen our conversational Spanish and the community! Hosted every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
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Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s Exclusive VIEWING PARTY for… 

ELLA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE’S: LATINAS THINK BIG™ Event in Los Angeles. “Celebrating Innovative Latina Thought Leaders”

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Angela (now) Runs Amuck for Eric Ratinoff and Chicas Latinas de Sacramento!

You heard right folks, Angela got a job.

A real, legit, frozen meals for lunch, no yoga pants allowed (but pack them in your gym bag) J.O.B. and I’m loving it!

The blog posts will continue coming because my Amuck Running (or marketing life) has not come to an end – it’s only just begun. I now do business development and marketing for Eric Ratinoff of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, on top of running Chicas Latinas de Sacramento. The transition has kept me busy, but I’m finally getting back to a blog-able place in my life.

Angelarunsamuck’s life now…

Work head-shots are in:

Working for Attorney and Partner Eric Ratinoff has been a really great fit as his passions are very much in line with my own passions: community, culture (including Latin), and food. Factor in my social media skills, marketing experience, and community presence… I think we both kind of hit the jackpot on this one.

And then there’s my Chicas… which has me on cloud nine. Our Sept. 8th fundraiser brunch at Mayahuel was simply amazing! The venue, food, staff, performances, silent auction items, and attendees… everything was great! My Chicas members and board of directors shined, everyone did a stellar job in making this a fun and comfortable event, and we raised funds (so that was good).

Chicas Latina’s: Almuerzo Cultural!

Much is on the calendar and I will continue blogging my adventures ♡ Tweet me @angelarunsamuck

Social Media Testing: #Instagram Embed and Video Features

I was very excited when Instagram introduced video, I wasn’t a huge fan of Vine personally – and dreaded building up yet another social following.

Instagram had Vine beat (in my opinion): filters, longer recording time, focus, and covers. What they were missing, the EMBED… until now! Instagram now features code embeding. About time!

Social Media Testing: #Instagram Embed and Video Features:

Instagram Picture test:

Instagram Video test:

Instagram added the ability to embed photos and videos on Wednesday.

Users can find the embed button — available only on desktop — on the right side of public photos or videos. The button provides a code users can insert into blogs and articles. ~ Mashable