How To Make An Impact In 2017

As a blogger, visual content, and storyteller, you have the platform to inspire and motivate others. The impact of a blogger is far more effective as ever. Bloggers are most than just posing for a selfie. Bloggers are influencers.

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Amidst the political, social, and cultural differences we have experienced this year, we still have the opportunity to come together and study all sides. Embrace our differences. We can have healthy debates on differences while understanding each other. Remember that you're not alone. There is always someone else experiencing your same sentiments.

Hope, joy, and prosperity are attributes we all want to experience. There is no shame in 'making it to the top.' However at what cost? We come from various economic backgrounds and strive for a better future. Would you rather see a stronger union for all then a divisive community? Break down the barriers of those stepping on others for the sake of elevating their success. Speak on behalf of those who may not have the voice to be heard. Speak on behalf of those who have been living in oppression and want nothing but to be heard. With differences, comes knowledge which can result in compassion.

As we move into 2017, take the time to reflect and reach impactful strides. What type of causes gets you to spark action? Next year and all the years following is the time to act on compassion. It's a chance for bloggers to banish negativity and exude hope.

Wishing you all a healthy and positive new year!

By Maritza Diaz

What Is Your Insta-story?

Are you utilizing Instagram's Story feature? The Snapchat-inspired feature allows you to film, photograph, and colorize your content. 

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Instagram stories are displayed based on an algorithm. Meaning, the more you engage with another user, the better chance you’ll see their story. Instagram already commands a captive audience of 300 million users. As for Snapchat, there are about 150 million users. It’ll benefit your brand to start using Instagram Stories because of its’ reach of a wider audience.

The ability to create an Insta-story is brand friendly. It’s another way to communicate your message especially with video. Recently, Instagram Stories have given the user the ability to download the video file to your smartphone.  With the options of filters, colored text, and secrecy settings, the user can now add more to their ‘vision board’ of beautiful imagery.

Instastories are just as fun and engaging as other social media platforms. Perhaps, you’re a Snapchat addict that won’t let go of the puppy filter. We won’t be surprised if Instagram adds quirky animal filters to sway the user

How do you engage through Insta-story?

 

Get More from Your Money with #MasConHRBlock

We all love money, but talking finances and taxes is a whole different story! We can't wait to spend the cash, but when it comes time to put our financials and budgets in order we run scared. Three of our top Latina influencers shared stories, tips and ideas to help you save and earn more in places you didn't think possible. Check them out on the H&R Block Talk Blog.

How To Save Cash On Common Splurges

Crafty Chica

When it comes to money and daily life – relax, you don’t have to cut out all things decadent, just find a new perspective. These are the guidelines I use when I’m working on building my balance. They work for me and I hope they do the same for you!

3 Smart Ways To Make Money With Social Media

Alexandra Ramirez

As many people know, social media can be a lucrative business that allows you to connect with people and gain influence. You can also make money while working from home. Who doesn’t want to stay home and make extra money online?

How To Save On Your Next Family Vacation

Jeannette Kaplun

Planning a family vacation can be an exciting, yet daunting task, especially if you’re trying to save as much money as you can. Travel expenses can quickly add up, but the good news is that with a bit of planning, you can go on a family vacation that won’t break the bank. 

For more of these great money making and saving tips follow #MasConHRBlock

Pine-Sol wants to give you $500!

Calling all Makers of Home!

Win a $500 gift card to use toward cleaning services to keep your house spiffy clean:

Families look VERY different today. It’s time to redefine the word homemaker and celebrate modern families who create clean and happy homes for those they love. 

Using the hashtag #MakersOfHome on Instagram, show us your own definition of a “Maker of Home” between Nov 17 – Dec 19 for the chance to win!
 

Here’s how it works:

  • Follow @WeAllGrowLatina on Instagram.
  • Post your very own #MakersOfHome picture! Share a picture on Instagram that reflects your happy home and who helps to keep it that way. 
  • You must use the hashtags #MakersOfHome and #LatinaBloggers in your entries and tag @WeAllGrowLatina.
  • You may post as many entries as you’d like.
  • All eligible entries must be in by December 19th, 2016 by 9pm PST / 12am EST
  • We will randomly select and announce a winner on December 21st, 2016.

In order for your image to count as an entry, you must follow the instructions and guidelines.

Giveaway Rules:

  • You must be 18 and older to participate.
  • You must be a legal U.S. resident physically residing within the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States or the District of Columbia.
  • You must be a member of #WeAllGrow Latina Network. You can join HERE.
  • You must be the rightful owner of the email address and/or social media account associated with the entry.
  • Winner will be notified via email and Instagram tag and will have 72 hours to respond. If there is no response we will select another winner at random.
  • All decisions are final.
  • Void where prohibited.

Visit www.pinesol.com/makersofhome to see some storiesFamilies look VERY different today. It’s time to redefine the word homemaker and celebrate modern families who create clean and happy homes for those they love. 

We can’t wait to see your pictures, comments and tags!

#MakersOfHome Bilingual Twitter Party with Pine-Sol

What do you think of when you hear the word “homemaker”? Perhaps images from the 1950’s are what come to mind. However, families have changed a lot since, and we know that today, 75 percent of moms work outside the home,  single dads head 2.6 million households and grandparents are raising 2.4 million kids and every day, there are 1300 new blended families creating new stepparents.

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These statistics show that the term needed some updating.  Pine-Sol® has announced the launch of the ‘Makers of Home’ campaign that highlights the evolution of the idea of ‘homemaker’ and celebrates the members of our families who work to make our homes clean and happy every day. In some homes it might be dad or stepdad, in others it might be abuela.

Join us for a fun hour-long chat where we’ll talk what makes your home unique and full of love!

#MakersOfHome Bilingual Twitter Party

Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 5pm PST / 8pm EST

Where: On Twitter with the hashtag #MakersOfHome

Co-Hosts: @thepositivemom_ @hello_splendid @amiyrahmartin @growupbilingual @laliquin

Moderators:  @weallgrowlatina @laflowers

Special Guest: @christinamilian

Prizes: One (1) grand prize winners receives a $250 gift card. Two (2) winners receive a $100 gift card and one (1) winner receives a $50 gift card.

To be eligible to win, RSVP via the Rafflecopter below, follow @PineSolCleaners,  join the party and participate during the hour with an original tweet (RT’s not eligible) using the #MakersOfHome hashtag. Winners will be chosen at random amongst those who participate and respond correctly to the giveaway questions during the announced timeframes. For full Terms and Conditions click HERE

Pre-Party Prizes! RSVP, invite your Amigas and WIN!

We want this party to start right now, so we have a $25 gift card for two winners. To enter the #StartWithHealthy pre-party giveaway all you have to do is RSVP with your Twitter handle via the Rafflecopter widget below and send out a tweet inviting your friends to join us.

 

Why Video Is A Must for Your Brand

Although video is not a new concept for content marketing, it's definitely transforming the world of storytelling. This is not to say to go out and purchase a whole video production. Video is changing the way we capture stories. And utilizing video in short form can be useful in broadening your reach.

Stronger Engagement

Visual content marketing evokes stronger emotion. Simply filming a 60 second Instagram video is enough to grab the viewer. Being able to add music is one of the few attributes to effectively connect with your audience. The viewer is able to catch expressions in video better than a stand-still image.

Improves Your Blog's SEO

Adding video to your content marketing will improve your SEO. As video is considered rich media, it's definitely preferred by search engine algorithms. If you're a YouTuber, then there is a better chance of getting noticed. Since Google owns YouTube, can you be sure to be searchable as Google constantly adjusts its algorithms. In your searches, it's not just words that show up, it's video.

Video Is On The Rise

Instagram adding its' feature of “Your Story” is indicative that adding video is powerful. Users share video content more so than any other content. Bloggers have a great chance of gaining more viewers by adding more video to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Video will certainly convert users to customers. If you have an e-book or any other product launch, be sure to add video to the mix. Within five years, 80 percent of online traffic will be online video.

How does video help your brand?

Choose Your Words Wisely

As important it is to create positive circumstances, it's just as important to attract pleasant emotions. The power of words can help to shift your emotion in any situation. Choosing words of affirmations can help with your daily work life and create better relationships.

Being mindful of what you say can elevate your day as well as others. Certain words used a daily basis can shift your mindset and can also influence others to be let into positive space rather than remaining into a negative space.

Speak Confidently

When speaking of your projects, be proud of it. Often times, we may feel shy about talking about our latest project. Expressing your excitement about your latest adventure can be done in a confident and humble way.

Would've, Could've, Should've

Do you find yourself saying, “I should've gone to the gym" or "I could've created a better video for YouTube.” We're our own worst critics. Using words such as would've, could've, should've brings a negative connotation. Replace those words with “I will feel better by going to the gym" or “I'm going to create a great video to inspire others.” As words are replaced, there's a shift in the energy of your words.

Affirmations

Running the rate race is tricky. It's normal to have a bad day. However, it's damaging to your spirit to let the bad day take over. In the morning, choose an affirmation that will keep you going. This affirmation is a simple sentence easy to remember. Writing it down on a post-it and stick it to your computer. If you fall off track, observe the post-it.

Be kind to yourself. Remember you're number one!

Snack Time Recipes with Nabisco

This Hispanic Heritage Month, Latina Bloggers celebrated with Nabisco!

The Let’s Merienda! campaign celebrated the tradition Latina moms grew up with and the memories that made their childhood so sweet. Nabisco provided a variety of fun and delicious Latino-inspired recipes that were just right to treat the family during merienda. These recipes are easy to make and feature the family’s Nabisco favorites: Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Ritz and Honey Maid. Latina Bloggers put their own spin on the Nabisco recipes and shared with their readers. If you're looking for easy, tasty snack ideas, check out the recipes below. 

Shredded Chipotle Chicken RITZwich by My Colombian Recipes 

"I loved the combination of chicken with chipotle, cilantro cheddar cheese and guacamole. These little bites have a wonderful texture, lots of flavor, are very colorful, and they can be served cold or warm. " Read full recipe here ... 

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Churro Muffins by Sweet Life Bake

"My mami often made us a special snack or treat that we would enjoy right after school. It served as an opportunity to visit together and relax after a long day of work or school. And it helped to keep our bellies from grumbling while we waited for mami to start dinner." Read full recipe here ...

Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Flan Cake by My Latina Table 

"School is back in session which means that I have a little bit more time at home while my oldest son is in school all day. I miss him a lot and so does his little brother, so I am always trying to look for ways to stay busy! One thing that I love to do to pass the time is creating new recipes and modifying recipes that I find online. Usually I focus on meals that we can have for dinner, but every once in a while I like to try out recipes that we can have for dessert or a snack at anytime!" Read full recipe here ... 

Oreo Churro Bites with Dulce de Leche by Smart Little Cookie

"Our love for the sweet dessert has just been enhanced times ten with this Oreo Churro Bites with Dulce de Leche recipe. I mean can you believe it!?" Read full recipe here ... 

Cinnamon Pudding with Honey Maid Cookies and Bananas by En Mi Cocina Hoy  

"As you may know, here in Houston my girls recently went back to school. After the first days of excitement from seeing their friends again, energy starts running low and they come home tired and cranky. I love having something special as a snack or merienda, such as these cinnamon puddings with Honey Maid cookies and banana because I know it will put a smile on their faces. My grandmother used to do the same with me." Read full recipe here ...  

Create A Social Media Presence That Gets You Hired

Whether you're a blogger looking to collaborate with brands or looking for a job, your online presence needs to be on fleek! Be proactive and study your messaging. This will enable you to define your audience. You don't have to use all social media platforms. Using what makes sense to you will be enough. Since this is about grabbing potential work, then utilize LinkedIn. Soon there-after, use other channels that you're comfortable with showing your work.

Be Consistent and Persistent

Create a bio that coincides with your work and/or your blog. Make sure to stand out and use searchable key-words. Ensure all your bios are up-to-date across all your relevant social media platforms. Make sure all profile photos are the same.

Google Yourself

At this point, you have created a positive online presence. However, Google yourself to make sure that you haven't been caught in a negative light. Set up Google alerts with your name and your blogs' name. Another tip is to Google yourself on images, video and etc. It's a good idea to cover all bases!

Keep It Positive

No one likes Negative Nelly. Be mindful of what you say. Keep it in mind that social media doesn't detect tone. So choose words and topics that inspire. Stay away from being a downer. Rather than venting online, call your friends to be a sound-board.

What others tips are best for getting hired?

#WeAllGrowMIA Sisterhood

Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life. - Rabindranath Tagore

As quickly as the rain poured down on the morning of #WeAllGrowMIA, it disappeared leaving us with a rainbow of beautiful faces ready to take in a day of growth and laughter.

The sun shone down on Little River Studios just in time for breakfast with Honey Bunches of Oats, where everything from parfaits to their tasty dulce de leche cereal treats was served to make sure our guests were fueled for the day.

Chase kicked off the day with their #BossLadies panel featuring Adriana Epelboim-Levy, Adriana Castro, Irma Martinez, Martha Luna, Sascha Barboza and moderator Brittney Castro. We learned that managing finances plays a huge role in the future success of a business, and that no matter the obstacles you must carry on and pursue what you envision for yourself.

Luz Maria Doria charmed all the attendees with her candor and wit prior to sharing the stage with Gaby Espino. This hour was filled with humor and real talk about having a sense of self even when things don’t go as planned.

Nikki Novo inspired attendees by helping them identify their uniqueness and providing them with the tools they need to stand out from the crowd in today’s noisy digital world.

While she shared her tips, Astrid Rivera, Carmen Ordoñez, Giselle Schreiner, Valentina Patruno, Valentina Tamayo and moderator Susan Stipcianos, talked about the do’s and don’ts of moving into television or radio from blogging. Attendees really got to experience why being professional and down to earth with a great sense of humor leads to successful partnerships.

How to monetize your social media following and grow a 7-figure business pretty much sums up the reason why no one missed Ingrid Macher's panel. As a trusted voice in the health and nutrition world, she shared her tips for growing a following and turning it into the business of your dreams. You can watch Ingrid's broadcast here. Be prepared to take notes!

Gaby Guzmán and Nadia Payan shared their tips for owning your brand and growing your tribe. Attendees learned how to define their strengths and use them to develop their social media language. 

With all these business tips at our fingertips, we mustn’t forget that looking the part and having a great photos is all part of the game as well. Daniela Ramirez and and Gabriel Sanchez helped attendees get comfortable in front of the camera with a fun and interactive streetstyle photo session.

If there’s one thing you must watch today, it’s the Behind the Screens Facebook Live Broadcast. Not only will you will laugh but you’ll learn that using social media for fun is the secret sauce to growing an audience.

Camila Canabal, Candela Ferro, Chiqui Delgado, Yarel Ramos along with moderator Cristy Marrero lit up the stage to share their tips and secrets for translating their fame into a relatable social media presence.

#WeAllGrowMIA sessions ended with a fun keynote chat with Alejandra Espinosa and Cristy Marrero. Alejandra shared her journey into Hollywood and how pursuing what she’s passionate about has been instrumental to her success and happiness.

In between sessions, attendees were able to partake in a variety of activities, which included shopping of course! Latina Makers Market was in full bloom with everything from crowns, jewelry and organic soaps!

Thank you to Hype Girls, Hello Chiqui, Papel & Co., Vinta Soul, Kat Kat

The energy at #WeAllGrowMIA was uplifting, and attendees felt right at home. However, none of this would have been possible without our sponsors.

Special thanks to Honey Bunches of Oats for fueling the day, Dove for keeping everyone flawless, HOLA! USA for the fun picture booth, Chase for celebrating #BossLadies, Gaby Espino for the beautiful glam room, Palmar for the pick-me-up, Hitched for keeping us hydrated, Shea Moisture for the refreshing cocktail hour, Hype for the fun take-me-home, Chandon for serving it up with class, West Elm for the bomb.com stage, Gilded Group for the one-of-a-kind details, Nubian Heritage for the massages and Disney for the unforgettable picture ops! We had a great time. Ask Elena of Avalor!

We love our #WeAllGrowMIA attendees, and can’t wait to do it all again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Become a #SuaveBeliever with Suave Professionals®

Finding hair care products shouldn't be that hard or expensive. The new Suave Professionals Hair Care Line offers a range of hair care products that work as well as premium salon brands so you can live beautifully every single day. Some of our lovely Influencers shared why they love using Suave Professionals and how they became a #SuaveBeliever.  Check out their videos on Instagram! 

For more about Suave Professionals be sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or check out #SuaveBeliever.

Is Twitter Out of The Social Media Game?

In 2015, Twitter had lost 2 million users. With stiff competition from other social media platforms, Twitter is always finding ways to stay on top. They’ve added moments to their feed. Which helps you find the best of Twitter, regardless of who you follow. As Twitter tries to find its way back into the game, users are losing interest.

 

According to Twitter’s CEO, the social media platform is losing users because of trolls. With constant abuse to individuals, some find it distasteful to view a barrage of insults. Twitter has policies in place to remove those who are abusing others via Twitter.

 

Now, Twitter is still benefiting bloggers and brands with Twitter chats and parties. It was evident as Twitter was very engaging on #Debatenight. There were lots to be said on such an eventful night.

It’s still an ideal way to chatting in an instant. The ability to chat with others in an easy way and appealing to those creating digital relationships.

Twitter is still just as powerful and so far I don’t see it going away anytime soon.

 

Meet the #WeAllGrowFAMILIA Mentors

#WeAllGrowFAMILIA, hosted by Munchkin, is our first venture into creating a one-day, invite-only niche event specifically for Latina millennial mom and dad influencers. We couldn't be happier with the response from both influencers and brands that have joined us as sponsors. Check them all out here!

The agenda for the day is jam packed with keynotes and panels all on carefully curated topics that will inspire, educate and inform creators and entrepreneurs in the parenting space so that we're all on top of of our game!

One of the favorite sessions in our events are the Mentor Roundtables and we're delivering for #WeAllGrowFAMILIA!

Our nine #WeAllGrowFAMILIA Mentors bring so much diverse experience in PR, digital media, traditional media, editorial, blogging y mucho más!

Make sure to follow along on October 22nd via the hashtag #WeAllGrowFAMILIA and our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at @weallgrowlatina. ¡No te lo quieres perder!

Nesquik is the Perfect Post Game Snack #StirImagination

After a tough practice or game, studies suggest that low-fat chocolate milk, like Nesquik, may contain the ideal 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates-to-protein that can help restore tired muscles.  As the captain of the Mexico national football team, Rafa Marquez knows the importance of eating right and getting essential vitamins and minerals within 30 minutes of prolonged activity. He look to low fat chocolate milk, like Nesquik, to nourish and restore my tired muscles.

Our Latina Influecers share ways they help their kids replenish fluids and nutrients withe Nesquik after a tough game and #StirImagination.

Mama Contemporanea

Mis niños son muy activos, nadan, corren bicicleta, juegan desde que llegan de la escuela, tanto así que aveces no tengo energía para seguirles el ritmo, además Chloe va a clases de gimnasia y Chris practica fútbol. Chocolate con leche baja en grasa, como Nesquik, proporciona la cantidad adecuada de carbohidratos y proteínas que un atleta necesita para la recuperación después de practicar cualquier deporte. 

Conservamom

As part of the ongoing nutrition and health efforts, Nesquik ready-to-drink chocolate milk is free of artificial colors and sweeteners making Nesquik a good choice for moms and dads looking for a satiating snack for the whole team. It’s also a great snack for after school or before they get ready to tackle homework after a long day.

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Nourishing and restoring tired muscles is essential to any post-game recovery routine. As a child, I thought that the parents giving us treats after each game were simply trying to say, “Nice job!” after a game well played. As a mom myself, I now realize the importance of replenishing the fluids and nutrients lost to sweat. With our girls, I have seen their tired bodies trying to recoup after a hard played game and am glad to have Nesquik ready-to-drink chocolate milk on hand to give them.

 

Be sure to follow #StirImagination for more on Nesquik as a post-game snack or visit the Nesquik Facebook

ESTO. ES. TODO. Con Honey Bunches of Oats

There is a multiplicity of tastes and textures found in Honey Bunches of Oats – from the crispy flakes to the unmistakable crunchy oat clusters and the sweet touch of honey – for an experience that isn’t just one thing, it’s EVERYTHING. To show fans they mean EVERYTHING to them, Honey Bunches of Oats launched a new site to give fans the opportunity to star in their own “THIS. IS. EVERYTHING.”/"ESTO. ES. TODO." video. Check out our Latina Influencers as they share their videos, plus be sure you enter for a chance to win $10,000!

The Party Parents

We LOVE-LOVE-LOVE Honey Bunches of Oats in this house! I first started my love of this cereal as a late night pregnancy craving many moons ago and have not stopped my tradition. I was looking for something healthy but flavorful to satisfy my intense cravings. I’m a big crunchy oat clusters and honey fan so this was a match made in heaven. 

 

La Familia Perfecta

Hay algo que no puedo negar: tengo debilidad por los cereales!!! Me parece un desayuno delicioso, rápido, nutritivo, y divertido para toda la familia. 

New Mom in a New Era

With the help of Honey Bunches of oats, a crispy, crunchy & wholesome cereal I was given the opportunity to really reflect on what This is everything really is & in turn I really felt like I was part of the brand & that I mattered. This cereal is a little bit of everything, and a little bit of everybody. I love that it taste delicious but is also so good for you too & good enough to feed to my whole family.  

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Domesticated Me

My mom always tried to reach for something that was wholesome and also quick and easy to serve. Not having to spend so much time in preparation meant more time to catch up with me. That’s why a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oates remains one my favorite breakfast meals from childhood.

 

Visit the Honey Bunches Esto Es Todo Website to watch all the fun videos and enter to win! You can also follow Honey Bunches of Oats on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tips for Healthy and Beautiful Skin #PielSanaEsBella

We all have beautiful skin, but how do we keep it healthy and radiant? We teamed up with Neutrogena to show the importance of selecting the right skincare for your skin type and that addresses your concerns. 

We teamed up with 29 beauty and lifestyle bloggers and asked them to share their beauty secrets and tips when selecting a beauty regime.  Here's what they had to say! 

#PielSanaEsBella

KikaRocha

"Para lograr una piel radiante y saludable es muy importante seguir un regimen diario y también utilizar los productos adecuados de acuerdo a las necesidades de nuestra piel."

Blame it on Mei

"During my twenties it was all sun (yes sun!) and games, especially living in Miami where a trip to the beach was, and still is, the weekend norm.  With time, I’ve noticed minor but evident changes to my skin, like dark sun spots, small wrinkles and, more recently, it has become very dry. I’ve tried several drug-store and luxury products, but haven’t seen the results they claim to deliver. After several failed attempts I had sadly given up, until I came across NEUTROGENA® Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer and Hydro Boost Gel-Cream."

Yanira Garza

Let me tell you that I feel gorgeous come the summer. My skin literally glows of honey goodness and makeup, while fun, is totally optional. Not to brag but yeah, like Queen Bey says, I’m feeling myself. That golden goodness that comes from this melanin is the type people bottle up. But as I get older (and hopefully wiser), I know my skin isn’t what it use to be and the “healing process” from the summer damage needs some assistance. That golden goodness comes at a price I’m not sure I can afford anymore. So in an effort to please my now angry skin, I’m going to baby it up and show it some love with a few easy steps.

For more great tips be sure to check out #PielSanaEsBella on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

#WeAllGrow Summit Call for Speakers is Open!

Summit call for speakers

It's that time of year when we get to be in awe of all your fabulous ideas and expertise! The call for speakers for #WeAllGrow Summit 2017 is officially open!

Starting now until October 24th at midnight EST you can go to this form to submit a pitch for a workshop or a panel session. The more thought out and descriptive your pitch is, the higher the chances of getting selected. The type of sessions we're looking for are very hands-on, skills-based, educational and inspirational from an expert point of view -- and you're all experts at something!

You can submit as many pitches as you'd like, but make sure they're all different and appealing.

We so wish we could select every single pitch we receive from the over 100 that we usually get, but we only have 12 to 14 sessions happening on March 3rd and 4th. 

This is yet another moment of growth for you to dive right into. ¡No lo pienses mucho!