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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Where to begin: The process of #PositiveThinking.


In life,... OoooChild! In life we go through sooooo much. ONE thing I can tell you on this Post is that the way you choose to think after something happens, its what you make of it. You can make a hard situation harder, or you can acknowledged that something good may come out of that situation.

Here are Five simple steps to help you begin your positive Journey:

1. OBSERVE the positive: 

Take a moment and ask yourself what are the people, things, behaviors and words that people say that are positive, and leave it at that (for now). Don't go all worry wards and begin to think of the negative. Keep it at the positive. If you are a people watcher, don't be jelly or caddy... really acknowledged and observe what makes people, your surrounding, the people around you positive.

Avoid saying, for Example: I love that about you, BUT i .... or I think thats awesome BUT... see what happens is that BUT negates everything you said before that was positive. Keep it simple. I like that. I love your sense of style. I like how you cook.  NOT,I like how you cook BUT you could have added more salt. You know what people are saying to themselves when you say that? Here it goes... They are saying... "well darn it! you cook and how about you put your own damn salt!" You know most are. However, if you just say I liked your cooking. They will think "Oh she/he appreciates my co" AND do it genuinely. Because people can tell when you are faking it. (yes and this is just step one).

Summary of one: Keep it simple (unlike what I just did...LOL) I like....I think (insert positive).

2. Positive Writing

Take a journal and every morning or evening or lunch time... take 10-20 minutes to write down what you observed that was positive. What you witnessed that was positive. If you have children, write down the positives, if you have a spouse, write down hers/his positives down. Write down your positives. Again, let go of the worry or the "buts" and the "what ifs" and focus ONLY on the positives. It takes practice, you nor am I perfect... but you can do this.

Mental note helps. More so, by actually writing it, you are allowing your body to become synced with your positive thoughts. You are now feeling the positive. You are feeling the pen or pencil that is in fact putting out what you are thinking and making it more concrete. More real, it is no longer just a thought. It's on paper.

*For families here is an idea: Take a paper lunch bag, have everyone design it in a family setting and everyday place a POSITIVE note (ONLY) in your family's lunch bag. At the end of the day or week, read what awesome things your family members have thought about you.

3. Talk the Positive you observed and wrote.  

Positive Self-Statements

First and up most, learn to give yourself a positive kudo. SOMETIMES...MOST TIMES if you are not saying, thinking, feeling positives about yourself, then you probably are not saying positives about others. Just saying... its known to be a behavioral pattern.

So begin with Positive self-statements.  I like what I'm wearing, I like that I can laugh, I like that I'm learning to be a positive person... Use "I" statements, And throw in some (a lot of)  Love... I love that I am a good woman/man. I love that I am alive, I love that I can cook, clean, do an awesome job (insert your job/work duties here) and I love that I can say I love! :-)

4. Continue to talk positives. 

Positive Statements 

Now, steps three and four are usually interchanged. Why? because (based on providing therapeutic experience)  most people who don't think positive can talk about other's positives first before talking about themselves or admitting their awesome-ness to their selves. And that is awesome. AS LONG as you work on your self too! I mean how can you tell someone their are awesome, and not see yourself for being awesome. That saying, "It takes one to know one?" well... it takes an awesome person to acknowledge an awesome person. Its in you.

Tell being what you see that's awesome about them or something they like. I tend to be random because it makes people smile. I usually say "I think that dress, tie, looks good on you. Your rocking' it!" Of course if i thinking it too. I have to be honest, most women tend to be able to give other women props for looking good. And it may be seen different with men. But hey! if your single ready to mingle, stroke that ego! stroke that ego!!! LOL

and Lastly

5. Believe in the positive. 

Have conversations in a positive format. 

Sometimes we lose practice of observing, recognizing, acknowledging, admitting, stating, reporting, living ours and other's positivity that we become brittle folks. Don't become a Brittle folk! Enjoy life. I mean your breathing for goodness sakes! Make sure you take advantage of that. Live, believe it and show it! I mean I'm Thirty *cough cough* something and I can't believe I'm already in my thirties. now imagine you, you are either younger or more Mature (yeah you know you liked that!) than me, so make it good. Make it happen! Make is positive! Make it you! Make it life.

and

Smile (if you want to)

Jes Sofia Valle 




Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hispanic Scholarship Fund


I recently went to an event for the HSF. It was a beautiful event. At the JW Marriott and It presented ten scholarships. It made me happy to see the smile on the student's faces when they where acknowledged for their hard work.

"HSF scholarship award amounts range from $1,000-$15,000. The average award amount is $2,500 for students attending four-year institutions and $1,250 for students attending two-year institutions."

This year's Corporate Sponsors where Wells Fargo and Target.

The awards that the students won at the event are in addition to scholarships that they have already received. Karen Villegas, the Female Scholar of the Year winner for a Gates Millennium Scholar and has received a good through graduation scholarship. 

HSF award on average 3,000 students per year for a total of 60,000 and $430 million since 1975. 


You can Donate Today: https://my.hsf.net/en/donations/donate#/donate

See more at: http://hsf.net/en/resources/faqs/general-questions/#sthash.WhwrVods.dpuf

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Jes Sofia Says...: TLFoundation Orphanage Project

Jes Sofia Says...: TLFoundation Orphanage Project: TLFoundation Orphanage Project By Jes Sofia Valle  In Social Impact Located In Los Angeles, CA  PEOPLE HELP PEOPLE in Guatemala. This Se...

TLFoundation Orphanage Project

TLFoundation Orphanage Project By Jes Sofia Valle 
In Social Impact Located In Los Angeles, CA

 PEOPLE HELP PEOPLE in Guatemala. This September 2014 we hope to provide orphanages with Education and Mental Health, along with providing basic needs such as Milk, Diapers & other necessities. We are going to Guatemala!! Help us out! or Join us!! I'm Jes, with one S, like Yes in Spanish. I 'm a child Therapist and Child Advocate. I'm looking to be able to help orphans and their homes. I will tell you how this all started.

 WHILE ON MY TRIP TO GUATEMALA, I had the urge to help someone other than myself. I felt that I should be doing more than just spa-hopping, so with just one day left on my rental car. I put my mind to what wanted to accomplish. Really, it was instinctual – I wanted to give to kids. Anyone that knows me already can vouch for how much I love helping kids, so I went to a few bigwig companies to ask for help. After a few weeks of waiting some companies said no, but others said yes. I sat down in one of two Starbucks locations in Guatemala, and talked to my friend on Skype. When I was done with my conversation, a man approached me and in English (mind you, was conversing in English on Skype, in a part of the world where all you hear is Spanish), and he said, “I was eavesdropping and overheard you wanted to help an orphanage.” I said, “Yes!” and he introduced himself as Mike and said he was a director of a team in Guatemala who works with local orphanages -- talk about heaven sent! “We provide food for them,” Mike shared, and from I immediately was completely amazed and inspired by the get-go. He told me about his organization, Orphaned Resources International, and through the conversation, I was able to link him to various sources of mine. And I told him I was interested in helping an orphanage dedicated to babies and toddlers and he gave me three choices to choose from.

I ultimately chose Hogar de Ninos, Amor de Patricia. I ran to a store, which had already agreed to help in my quest, and a representative from Huggies also happened to be there, too. I asked them for diapers, and was able to fill my car with Huggies, milk, baby formula, toys and bottles. They gave me so much for the kiddos, in addition to what I purchased myself that I ended up with so much more than what I expected to end up with. After about an hour drive, When I went inside, my heart was filled with so much emotion; I wanted to adopt all of them! I wanted to take them home and work my butt off to give them a life outside those orphanage walls. But I knew that I could not give them all the lives they deserve all by myself, which is why I’m asking YOU and brands to help Guatemalan orphanages with a donation to help the orphanage hire teachers and a psychologist. we will provide basic needs such as Milk for the babies and kids, diapers, and clothes. This time I cannot buy all the things I would like to give them, and I would also like to help more than one orphanage.

So can you help me?

 Ways You Can Help: 

Donate to buy: Milk, Diapers, Clothes, and Toys
 Donate airfare to help us give.
 Donate to Hire Teacher and Psychologist ($600 Monthly)

PLEASE help SHARE this through Social Media! FACEBOOK/TWITTER/INSTAGRAM/ ANY SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS! Trust us, it helps!

 Thank you! Jes and Team

 http://bit.ly/1okGcFf

Saturday, March 15, 2014

3 why's? / ¿3 porqués? #Aseguratusalud




3 why's?  ¿3 porqués?


1. You love your health. With out your health, you are ill, and being ill can take time to heal and meds… and finding out what makes you ill… to be able to heal. :-)

2. You deserve it. WHY NOT?

3. You can obtain all sorts of services! Medical, Mental… find out what! and "Being a Woman" is no long is a "MEDICAL Condition."


1. Amas a tu salud. Si eres enfermo o estar enfermo puede tomar tiempo para sanar y medicinas... y tienes que descubrir cual es la enfermedad… para poder sanarte :-)

2. Te lo mereces. ¿Por qué no?


3.  Puede obtener todo tipo de servicios. Médico, Mental... descubre  cuales! Y "Ser mujer" es que nada es una "condición médica".

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HealthLawHelper is an informational tool designed for individual consumers. It incorporates the best information Consumer Reports has about the federal healthcare law's impact on consumers. Though enrollment has picked up, millions of Americans are still not aware of their options under the new law. The HealthLawHelper bridges this knowledge gap and helps connect consumers with their new options or puts their mind to ease about how the law actually may or may not affect them.

The tool works for any scenario and it gives you options. In many cases, the tool will direct the user to their state marketplace for new coverage options. But for example, if you already have Medicare coverage or coverage through an employer, the tool helps you understand how your current situation fits in to law.
Spanish:
AseguraTuSalud es una herramienta informativa para los consumidores individuales. Incorpora la mejor información que tiene Consumer Reports sobre el impacto que tiene la ley federal de cuidados de salud en los consumidores. Aunque las inscripciones han aumentado, millones de estadounidenses todavía no están conscientes de las opciones que tienen con la nueva ley. AseguraTuSalud cierra esta brecha de conocimiento y ayuda a conectar a los consumidores con sus nuevas opciones o los tranquiliza sobre cómo la ley realmente funciona o cómo les puede afectar.

La herramienta funciona para cualquier escenario y te brinda tus opciones. En muchos casos, la herramienta  dirige el usuario al Mercado de Seguros Médicos de su estado para que vean sus nuevas opciones de cobertura. Pero, por ejemplo, si tú ya tienes cobertura de Medicare o cobertura a través de un empleador, la herramienta te ayuda a entender cómo tu situación se ajusta o no a la ley.


Monday, March 3, 2014

President Obama to Participate in a Townhall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act

President Obama to Participate in a Townhall on
Latinos and the Affordable Care Act
March 03, 2014
02:19 PM EST
 
This Thursday, March 6, at 11:30 am ET, President Obama will participate in a historic townhall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The townhall “;Tu Salud y La Nueva Ley: Conversación con el Presidente” (Your Health and the New Law: A Conversation with the President) will be an opportunity for you to ask the President questions about the Affordable Care Act. You can join the conversation and submit questions on social media using the hashtag #TuSaludyObama (Your Health and Obama) and #Asegurate.
The townhall will be hosted by the Asegúrate campaign, also known as “Get Covered”, a partnership between the California Endowment; Covered California, and the largest Spanish-language media outlets in the U.S., including Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion-impreMedia. The townhall with President Obama which will be televised, livestreamed and broadcast over radio, digital and social platforms in Spanish, will provide an opportunity for Latinos across the country to learn more about how to enroll in affordable, quality health care via the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 10.2 million uninsured Latinos have the opportunity to purchase quality, affordable coverage through the Marketplace, and as many as 8 million of those could get a break on costs. Just last month, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report that finds nearly 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),  or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  
 Thursday’s Asegúrate townhall with President Obama will be a great opportunity to learn more about how you and your loved ones can enroll in quality and affordable coverage, so submit your questions with the hashtag #TuSaludyObama and tune in at whitehouse.gov and whitehouse.gov/espanol.
Katherine Vargas serves as the Director of Hispanic Media at the White House.
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LA CASA BLANCA
Oficina del Secretario de Prensa
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PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA
3 de marzo de 2014
 
Del Blog de la Casa Blanca: El Presidente Obama participará en una reunión estilo town hall sobre Latinos y la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio
 
Por: Katherine Vargas
 
Para leer el blog, haga clic AQUÍ.
 
Este jueves, 6 de marzo, el Presidente Obama participará en una reunión estilo “town hall” histórica sobre Latinos y la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio en el Newsmuseum en Washington, DC.  El town hall “Tu Salud y La Nueva Ley: Conversación con el Presidente” (Your Health and the New Law: A Conversation with the President) será una oportunidad para que le preguntes al Presidente sobre la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio. Puedes unirte a la conversación y formular preguntas en las redes sociales usando el hashtag #TuSaludyObama (Su Salud y Obama) y #Asegurate.
 
El town hall será auspiciado por la campaña Asegúrate, una asociación entre California Endowment; Covered California, y los medios hispanos incluídos Univision, Telemundo, y La Opinion-impreMedia. El town hall con el Presidente Obama que será televisada, retransmitida en vivo y transmitida por radio, en plataformas digitales y sociales en español, proporcionará una oportunidad para que los latinos en todo el país aprendan más sobre cómo inscribirse en seguro de salud accesible, de calidad, a través del Mercado de Salud. “Gracias a la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio, 10.2 millones de latinos sin seguro tienen la oportunidad de adquirir seguros de calidad asequibles a través del Mercado de Salud, y una cifra cercana a los 8 millones podrían obtener descuentos”.  Este mismo mes pasado, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS), emitió un informe sobre cómo aproximadamente 8 de cada 10 latinos sin seguro podrían calificar para Medicaid, el Programa de Seguro de Salud para Niños (CHIP) o reducir los costos de sus primas mensuales a través del Mercado de Seguros de Salud.
 
El town hall de Asegúrate con el Presidente Obama será una gran oportunidad para aprender más sobre cómo tu o tus seres queridos se pueden inscribir en cobertura de seguro médico de calidad y asequible, presenta tus preguntas con el hashtag #TuSaludyObama y sintoniza whitehouse.gov y whitehouse.gov/espanol.
 
Katherine Vargas se desempeña de Directora de Medios Hispanos en la Casa Blanca.
 
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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release
March 3, 2014
 
White House Blog Post: President Obama to Participate in a Townhall on
Latinos and the Affordable Care Act
 
By: Katherine Vargas
 
To view the full blog post, click HERE.
 
This Thursday, March 6, President Obama will participate in a historic townhall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act at the Newseum in Washington, DC.  The townhall “Tu Salud y La Nueva Ley: Conversación con el Presidente” (Your Health and the New Law: A Conversation with the President) will be an opportunity for you to ask the President questions about the Affordable Care Act. You can join the conversation and submit questions on social media using the hashtag #TuSaludyObama (Your Health and Obama) and #Asegurate.
 
The townhall will be hosted by the Asegúrate campaign, also known as “Get Covered”, a partnership between the California Endowment; Covered California, and the largest Spanish-language media outlets in the U.S., including Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion-impreMedia. The townhall with President Obama which will be televised, livestreamed and broadcast over radio, digital and social platforms in Spanish, will provide an opportunity for Latinos across the country to learn more about how to enroll in affordable, quality health care via the Health Insurance Marketplace. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 10.2 million uninsured Latinos have the opportunity to purchase quality, affordable coverage through the Marketplace, and as many as 8 million of those could get a break on costs. Just last month, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report that finds nearly 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),  or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  
 
Thursday’s Asegúrate townhall with President Obama will be a great opportunity to learn more about how you and your loved ones can enroll in quality and affordable coverage, so submit your questions with the hashtag #TuSaludyObama and tune in at whitehouse.gov/live.
 
Katherine Vargas serves as the Director of Hispanic Media at the White House.
 
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Friday, February 7, 2014

#Recovery after #Surgery



It is hard to go through a surgery. It is like learning another language. It can be easy and difficult. But all depends on you. The way you see things, the way you interact with the people who are there to help you advance while you recover. 

Here are some Tips to help you with your recovery: 

1. Chillax 

This means calm down and relax. You are in recovery for a reason. It means you are healing from something, wheather it is a physical ailment, such as a broken bone, or surgery, or some sort of trauma, its good to take some time to focus on your body. This includes your mental health.  

This (I can attest) is one of the biggest things that many can have trouble with…What is this sitting down and not doing nothing? It may be foreign for some, but welcome to learning a new language.  Allowing your body and mind to be in sync is the number one thing one HAS to allow to do in order to heal correctly. Make sure you follow your doctors orders on what exercises to do, and what you "can't do." 

It takes time to get use to the not doing much while you are not doing your exercises, but you can read book and write, and even play uno with your people. 

2. Listen to your doctor. 
This is one person you have to trust to continue to work well. This person, or people or group of doctors are there for your own good. They are there to make sure that you are able to continue to recuperate, even tho they may annoy you when they tell you not to do something, or that you are doing something too much. 

I know I trust my doctors with my life... 

3. Follow the rules. 
The whole... rules are meant to be broken does not exists in this time of your life. Well, at least not yet. Rules where done because there is something about rules that will keep you safe, wheather is it no bubble baths for a month, or no walking too much or too fast. Or Don't bend, bend 1/4 of the time, raise your leg, don't do yoga because you might break open your incision.... they are endless, follow them.

4. Allow people in your life. 
If there is anything that I have learned the hard way is that there will be people who want to help you and be there for you. You just have to say ok. For instance the last time I was going through treatments for my spine, I had friends who would be there for me, but I never let them in. I had men wanting to take care of me and I pushed them away. I learned not to push anyone away. And I also learned that there are the type of people who really and truly want to help you will stay and make sure that you get help too. It goes both ways. Recently, (a few years) I began to be with a group of friends that taught me what friendship was, they found out what was wrong with me, came to me to the ER when I told them I was going through hard time, and other friends came with me to the doctors. They taught me that I needed to tell someone what was going on and allow them to be with me through the hard times. 
You learn who wants to be in your life through the hard times. You learn who wants you in their life after surgery. 

5. Keep your mind busy. 
Just because you can't move, or shouldn't move or are told not to move, that does NOT mean that you cannot keep your mind busy. Other than getting a GREAT 8 hours or more of sleep. While you are up, in some pain, reading a book always allows your mind to be distracted from pain. Puzzles from the newspaper, writing down your thoughts, poetry. If your thoughts are too dark, call someone to talk to and make you laugh. You know who your funny friends are, reach out and allow them to make you happy. I recommend that you keep your spirits up. Your mood does have a lot to do with how you heal. If you need to go to therapy, then go. Also, there are some therapist that go to your home, if you cannot go to them for some reason. 

6. Music. 
Listen to music that makes you glad you are alive, and that you like. If the music you listen to is negative and about how you will not do well.... well guess what? Yup, it won't help you. 

7. Family. 
Some are good, some are no good. You know them better, trust your instinct. I know I've counted on my family for a lot of my life. I love them and sometimes you would be surprised who in your family will be there when times get hard. 

8.  Less stress 
Its time to have less stress... if you are not allergic, place some candles in the evening and medicate/Pray whatever you feel comfortable with. 

9. Listen to your doctors. And go to appointments. 

10. Listen to your doctors. 


Smile (if you want to…) 

Jes Sofia