What are you thankful for?

As we all pause out of our busy schedules and take a day to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, I can’t stop thinking about all the many blessings in my life.

Today I am thankful for my Mom and sister, who are happy and healthy and we are together on this special day. I am thankful for my Father, without him I would not be who I am today.

So here goes my list, no one is left out intentionally….

Thank you to Joe Llamas my business partner, your support means more than you know… most of all because you believe in me.

Carlos Platero Jr., wow you have become someone so important in my life. Thank you for being an amazing, funny, taking the microphone co-host but even more for being a great friend.

Antonia Warren, GM, Radio Mujer International FM 95.1, Austin. Thank you for the opportunity to have a new career,  I never would  have thought I would be on the radio… and now I can’t even think of not being on the radio. THANK YOU!

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Grateful to the Austin Film Festival for giving Chica About Town, red carpet access to all the films at your festival this year. It was an amazing time, and we loved interviewing the cast, writers and directors of all the films!

Thankful for all my friends who have been so supportive this year… too many to name but you know who you are. I love you all, thank you for being cheerleaders, confidants, partners in crime, and most of all listeners. Because you know I can talk….

Happy Thanksgiving! Many blessings to you and your loved one’s on this special day!



Time... Are you spending it wisely?


When I think about “time” I think it is something so precious, there is never enough of it; “time” can fly by in the blink of an eye. So I wonder why so many of us spend “time” on things we don’t love or necessarily care about.  And why do we do it? Is the secret to true happiness in the “time” we spend on things we love or don’t love?  

When I was a little girl visiting my grandmother in Monterrey, Mexico, I used to sit and tell her I couldn’t wait to grow up and be on my own.  I wanted to travel the world, fall in love, and have kids and most of all I wanted to work. I am sure there is something very wrong with the last part of that sentence. She would tell me “Mija you need to enjoy your childhood every moment is precious, new and full of hope. Once you grow up “time” will fly so fast you won’t enjoy your life as much as you can when you are young.”

One thing I can say for sure is Grandmothers, and Mothers are very wise. Now I wish I was back in Monterrey playing with my cousins and enjoying my childhood. Telling my cousins and my family I love them and value the time we spend together.

Today my life is full of appointments, meetings, events, events and more events. Now don’t get me wrong I love my life but the lack of “Time” got me thinking…. This happens every once in a while you know the “thinking” part.

In a blink of an eye the day is gone.  So I ask myself did I spend my “time” wisely? Did I reach out to people I love and tell them I loved them? Did I make a difference in the world? Did I change someone’s life by offering them assistance, advice or my time and just listened to them? Did I spend my “time” doing the things I love?

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“Time” is precious; make sure you spend it with the people you love doing the things you love. Don’t give your “time” to anything or anyone that isn’t making a positive impact in your daily life. “Time” and life go together.

If you are making a lot of money but don’t have “time” to enjoy it… Then what is the point? Money is fluid it comes and goes but “time”… once it is gone you can’t recover it.

Spending “time” with the right person can make “TIME” stand still…..spending “time” in the right job can make your life worthwhile.



Can I talk???

Austin Vicky took this picture

Someone asked me if I could talk about Austin for about 30 minutes…. I giggled and said “of course I can talk about Austin… I can talk about just anything for 30 minutes” the question is would anyone listen. Most of the time if I am talking no one can get a word in edgewise. My love of reading has become a love of writing…. Which I think goes hand in hand with speaking.  

When I first moved to Austin in 1997, I moved here kicking and screaming. I am a big city girl, born in Brooklyn, I have lived in places like Dallas, Houston and Mexico City. Austin was a small town when at that time you could cross the city in 15-20 minutes in your car. There was no Neiman Marcus, and hardly a mall, well if you could call Highland Mall a shopping mall. And what the heck was a Mopac? Mainly a college town it sure has changed since 1997. 

And then just like that, in one week I fell in love…status quo… I am a passionate person so I always do things 150%! Bam just like that I fell in love with this amazing city I love to call the Oasis of Texas. I have seen it change and grow, some good some bad and yet even when I am wondering why the freeway is packed at 1:00 in the afternoon I am still happy I live in the most wonderful city in the US. 

There isn’t a weekend that can’t be spent at a festival, or just enjoying our beautiful hill country, lakes, and rivers. Amazing restaurants, and of course live music, which is what we are known for. I have since long forgotten the passion I held for my hometown where I actually grew and wondered how did I not want to live here in Austin. I pride myself in holding fast to Keeping Austin Weird, thank you for reading and listening and I hope to see you “About Town.” 

So here we are at another growth phase of our venture “Chica About Town’s podcast”… So I hope that you are reading and now listening as we launch our new podcast. Stay tuned for a launch date.