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The Level Up Latina Podcast
Level Up Latina
Level Up Latina partners with working women and mommas alike to guide them in achieving fulfilling career and life goals through a truly guilt-free evolution.
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Success in Entrepreneurship with Impromptu Cosmetics Founder, Leyna Topete.
As we kick off national women's history month.... we are thrilled to highlight Leyna Topete and her incredible success as a multifaceted entrepreneur. Her story is sure to inspire you during every second of this important podcast! Leyna is the founder of Impromptu, a beauty and lifestyle brand that is ALL about living life “unscripted.” As a business-savvy Latina, Leyna has an eye for elegance and has dedicated her brand to making a positive difference in the world beyond beauty. Leyna’s own mother has been her biggest inspiration. Besides Impromptu, Leyna has two other businesses up her sleeve, Glow Getter (a monthly subscription box featuring women-owned businesses) and Her Too, a non-profit organization that helps women in the military and beyond pay for their medical bills. We are excited to have you Leyna and to learn more about your amazing brands. Your commitment to living life “unscripted” aligns very well with the Level Up Latina motto of experiencing Guilt-Free Evolution!
Feb 24, 2021
The Random Episode talking Workouts, Burnouts and More, Episode 89
The last week of the month brings the usual chitter-chatter about nothing and everything under the sun. We love our monthly random episode where we get to take the conversation anywhere we want... even if that means singing together. In this episode, we discuss our 21-day fitness goals, motherhood burnout, and what it's like navigating life after almost an entire year of quarantine. Don't miss this funloving show. As always this random episode is full of authentic friendship, a little bit of humor, and a whole lot of LOVE.
Feb 17, 2021
Mental Health and Addiction, Episode 88 with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Evelin Lemus.
You know it's a great episode if it ends up longer than an hour. Truth be told when girlfriends get to talking about the importance of mental health and therapy we just can't stop! Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Evelin Lemus, of Honor All Women Counseling shares her whole heart discussing her extensive expertise across many scopes of mental health support including women and children, families and parenting, as well as drug abuse and addiction. This episode felt heavy and light all at once as we personally went all in opening up. We hope you'll listen and open your hearts too as we inspire women to process and grow through their own journeys of self-discovery and in the pursuit of improved mental health and healing! More important, if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or strained mental health, this episode includes resources to assist those in desperate need of recovery.
1 hr 10 min
Feb 10, 2021
Why Join the Guilt-Free Squad, Episode 87
If you haven't heard about the Guilt-Free Squad this episode is for you! If you're looking for community, consistency, and coaching this one is for you, too! The founders of LUL share their vision of the future as they launch the Guilt-Free Squad community. There's something for every woman looking for growth, accountability, and friendship. We delve into the impact of this community, the need for support among first-gen. Latinas, and so much more. If your interest is peaked, or you like us, want to fill the connection void 2020 left behind... listen to learn more, and join the SQUAD today! Visit LevelUPLatina.com to get all the leveled-up details.
Feb 3, 2021
Dealing with Grief, Episode 86
Today we get to switch gears to be real, shed tears, and hold space for an amiga in mourning. Grief is such a tidal wave of emotions especially as a nation enthralled by COVID-19. Whether dealing with a tragic loss of life or grieving the parts of life that have suddenly come to a close, we all mourn at some point or another. Endings can be heavy and sad, but instead of shying away from these very real emotions, today we openly tackle them on the podcast. Even in grief there's inspiration and growth, so level up with us as we open ourselves up to the moments of loss and share touching words of healing and comfort! This is one you can't miss!
Jan 27, 2021
The Random Show: Milestone Moments, Memory Lane and Giving Up on BS , Episode 85
This random episode is dedicated to one of our founders on her milestone 40th bday. If you're looking for a feel-good episode take a listen. There will be tears, laughter, and a whole lot of advice on turning 40, turning back the hands of time, and turning the faucet off on B.S. We spent this show walking through memory lane and then some. Don't miss this one if you want to get motivated, inspired, and even hear a little bit about a big project of ours: The Guilt-Free Squad.
Jan 20, 2021
Improving Mental Health and Lack of Motivation, Episode 84
As we continue to embrace a new year, we remember that not all feel motivated and inspired by goals and resolutions. For some, a new year brings anxiety, lack of motivation, and stress. If this is you or someone you know, you can't miss this episode. This show is also full of exciting announcements of what's to come in 2021 for LUL as a company. So much of what we have in store is dedicated to a kick-butt community ready to make this year their best year yet in spite of set-backs and lacking motivation. Together, we can. Tune in today...
Jan 13, 2021
Building A Meaningful Life with Charlene Wheeless, Episode 83
Want to know how to build a career while being constantly underestimated? Need encouragement to succeed as the first and only one that looks like you in the boardroom? Unsure of how to ask for what you want? Well, we have the show for you... Today's special guest is author, trailblazer, speaker, and leader, Charlene Wheeless. Her incredible journey is filled with growth, reinvention, perseverance, and so much more. Everyone should kick-start a productive and fulfilling 2021 with this episode filled with action and principles. Charlene is a renowned communications expert with more than three decades of experience in corporate communications. As a C-suite executive and communicator for more than 20 years, Charlene has lived the experience of being a Black female at large, global organizations. The accumulation of her skills and experiences has positioned her as a cornerstone in ensuring inclusivity and diversity in corporate environments. Her experiences both in the boardroom and in life, combined with recent discussions have led her to share her insights on cultural competency. Ms. Wheeless was recently named by PRWeek magazine one of the 50 most influential PR professionals in the industry, for the third consecutive year. She has also been named to the PR Hall of Femme, the PR Global Power Book, and the 2017 National Journal “25 Influential Black Women in Business.” As a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity expert, Charlene Wheeless operates Charlene Wheeless, LLC. She also serves as a Senior Advisor for Racial Justice. This amazing woman and her journey are powerful beyond belief. Listen to this episode to believe so much more is possible for you too, especially if you want to live a big, audaciously fulfilling, and passion-driven life.
Jan 6, 2021
Setting & Accomplishing Goals, Episode 82
Goal-setting can be exciting and scary all at once. In this first of our two-part series, Setting and Accomplishing Goals, we jump into what goal-setting means to us and why. In a couple of weeks you'll listen to our take on anxiety around goal-setting, but for now, let's start with what fires us up strategically and emotionally to meet our 2021 goals. For some, this time of year we are not setting goals quite yet. For some, our focus is on new routines, rituals or habits altogether, not goals. What did 2020 teach us about prepping for 2021? What will 2021 bring? If you're pondering the same questions, do not miss this episode. Listen and learn with us! Also, get first-hand details on our upcoming Developing Your Professional Persona - Sin Verguenza workshop. Tickets on sale now (for our virtual event on 1/30/2021). Get your tickets at leveluplatina.com/events! Don't miss it!
Dec 29, 2020
The Random Show: Good Riddance 2020, Episode 81
We share some 2020 fails in this month's random episode, and as always, talk about nothing and everything under the sun to make us laugh, think, and in this month's case, humble us as we continue to master pronunciations as children of immigrants (Madam Vice President-Elect this one's dedicated to you)! In this show, we also share our standard funny stories, Happy New Year vibes, and 2021 wishes. Do not miss this one filled with only positive support for a guilt-free evolution!
Dec 16, 2020
PR Pro. Tips with Danielle Bayard Jackson of Tell Public Relations, Episode 80
Joining us today is Public Relations professional, Danielle Bayard Jackson of Tell Public Relations. Her energy engaged us from the start, but it was her very complete and tangible advice that kept us hooked until the end! This is quite possibly one of our best shows for career women hoping to not only succeed but stand out in countless endeavors! Every woman, especially women of color, should effectively utilize public relations in all areas of life, not to mention those of us venturing into entrepreneurship, those of us who are the first and only women of color in boardrooms or business meetings, and those of us elevating diversity and representation across career fields. In a nutshell, listen to this episode and by the end feel fired up to "PR the H.E.C.K" out of you!
Dec 9, 2020
The Importance of Professionalism, Episode 79
We've all seen it... poor professionalism and some downright excellent displays of it. In this episode, we share personal stories of our journey getting better professionally and some horror stories of what not to do. If you are struggling with poor professionals in your life, listen to this one to learn how to best deal with the deficiency. If you're a young professional just starting out, this is one you don't want to miss. There's truly something for everyone in today's show... and if nothing else it contains a few humble fails that might get you laughing. Tune in!!!
Dec 9, 2020
Level Up Your Money with Special Guest & Certified Financial Planner, Anna N'Jie Konte, Episode 76
This is the show we've been waiting for! With holidays around the corner and life being what it is, we are covering smart money moves with a highly-skilled certified financial planner (CFP), but not just any CFP.... today's special guest, Anna N'Jie Konte, is a strong Afro-Latina thriving in a field often void of diversity and equity. Anna breaks the mold and shares her passion for financial planning as we discuss making money work for you! We cover the importance of wealth accumulation and investing, especially as first-gen women. There's something for everyone in this show! Listen as Anna shares uncensored and practical advice as well as important steps to leveling up your money!
Dec 9, 2020
Breathwork and Healing with Ana Lilia, Episode 78
Today's episode will surely bring you a newfound appreciation for breathwork, and ultimately, healing. We are honored to have a very special guest, Ana Lilia, on the show with us. She's renowned in her field and was recently featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt as well as the Los Angeles Times. No matter who we are and what we've lived through, there's always room for expanding ourselves through mind, body, and soul-centeredness. This very important work changes everything we think we understand about healing the wounds we carry. Ana Lilia will immediately put you in a state of ease and deep peace. This is an episode you don't want to miss if you're feeling stressed, stuck, or simply curious.
Nov 25, 2020
The Random Episode, Juicy Stories Ahead, Episode 77
In this month's random episode, we share what we are most thankful for, reveal how we've survived almost a year of sheltering-in-place, family dynamics, and so much more. We keep it honest, vulnerable, and as cooky as always. Tune in for tips to survive relationship challenges, virtual holidays, and a life full of surprises during a year unlike any we've ever known. As you gather with friends and family this holiday season (or any time of year) we hope you'll take a moment to unwind, recharge, and listen to this heartfelt and heartwarming episode; and as always, don't forget to LEVEL UP!
Nov 10, 2020
Hope for a New Presidency, Episode 75
What an election season we just experienced. The moment brought it all out of us... doubt, anxiety, sadness, and joy. In this show, we share our hopes for the future as a new President-Elect is voted into office, and more importantly, the first-ever woman of color, Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris. While some might feel despair on the other side of the aisle, we invite you to keep an open mind and tune in anyway. No matter where you land on the political spectrum, we aim to share our visions for a more unified tomorrow after such a historic, and sadly contentious election.
Nov 4, 2020
Starting a Business the Right Way with Special Guest: Taylor M. Tieman, Esq. @Legalmiga
In this episode, learn from an incredible business woman's journey into law school, her experience as a Latina in the legal profession, and now the head of her own incredible company. The @legalmiga is here to help all women and guide them as first-gen. women, lawyers, and/or small business owners. There's something for everyone in today's show. This journey will inspire you to stay the course in higher. ed including graduate studies, start your own business, and start it right with adequate legal oversight, plus so, so much more! Tune in and level up your boss moves with today's special guest Taylor M. Tieman, Esq. the @legalmiga!
Oct 28, 2020
The Random Show: Talking About Everything & Nothing At All, Episode 73
Our random episode takes a few interesting turns this month. Tune in to hear us share what we do for fun these days. In the show, we chat communicating with husbands, Netflix shows, strip club visits, and learning to do the WAP dance. Yes, one of us is on it. Join us at our most random wherever you listen to your podcasts. Comment, like, and share.... what do you do for fun? How do you communicate with your loved ones? More important, did you learn the WAP dance too? As expected, we keep it 100% honest even if that means letting our guards down and being a little TMI.
Oct 21, 2020
Preparing Your Family and Finances for the Holidays, Episode 72
The holidays are here and during a global pandemic! Are you ready for this new normal? Your LUL comadres share their take on this new reality as well as their best advice on preparing for safe family gatherings, worry-free events, & gift-giving. Most importantly, listen in to keep your financial goals in order during this truly unexpected holiday season. Cozy up to listen to our Spanglish stories, our holiday mishaps, and some of our best client advice to planning the most seamless holiday season yet. Tune in wherever you stream your favorite podcasts and remember to comment, like, and subscribe. The best gift this holiday season is the gift of connection... we look forward to connecting with you on this episode and so many more at LevelUpLatina.com!
Oct 14, 2020
Voting, Leading, and Thriving w/ Special Guest Sonia Sroka of Facebook.com, Episode 71
In this episode, we are joined by Facebook's Global Head of Multicultural Communications, Sonia Sroka. A proud immigrant and Latina, Sonia shares her personal philosophies as a powerhouse in the tech field. We discuss everything from Facebook's diversity efforts, support of small businesses during a global pandemic, to informed civic engagement. Plus, we share critical election resources. It was an honor to learn from Sonia, the lessons of her upbringing, and her winning spirit. Tune in for a moving message on Latinx pride and progress and find important details on how to get voter-ready before a historic election. More on our exceptional guest: Sonia is an award-winning communications leader. In her position, Sonia is responsible for the strategy and execution of campaigns to educate and inspire multiethnic and multilingual people about Facebook’s products and tools. A proud Salvadoran (Salvadoreña), she also serves as the official Spanish-language spokesperson for Facebook shari…
Oct 7, 2020
Experiencing Imposter Syndrome, Episode 70
If there's one topic we've been asked to cover the most it's gotta be this one! So many women have discussed their journeys grappling with Imposter Syndrome. On our show, we talk about each of our experiences with it and how one of us doesn't feel it at all. Is that even possible? Do you believe Imposter Syndrome is real? Is it only an American phenomenon? Is it just something first-generation women of color feel? This episode covers individual journeys, coping skills, and even how to handle it as an entrepreneur or business teammate. It's a must-tune-into show, so don't miss it.
Sep 30, 2020
The Random Episode with Celebratory Drinks & So Much More, Episode 69
What a random episode we have for you. First off, CHEERS! In this episode, we are toasting to business milestones and recording this episode in celebration of our recently announced iTunes Apple Podcast feature. What a beautiful way to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month. This episode covers recent success stories (we are listed in the iTunes' Success Category after all), confessions from our youth, and even our usual COVID and political tangents. It wouldn't be a girlfriends podcast if we weren't all over the place with drinks in hand, hearts open wide, and opinions in plain sight. Listen now... comment, like, and share! And once again cheers to LUL and cheers to you, too!
Sep 23, 2020
A New Way to Party with the Women from Festively.com, Episode 68
Who doesn't love a good soirée? In this episode, we are joined by two incredible party pioneers who've taken the event industry by storm and supercharged it. Our special guests are the co-founders of Festively.com - two businesswomen reinventing the world of party planning. We can't wait for you to hear all about their incredible business journey, innovative online platform, and essential event coordinating tools. Aspiring entrepreneurs, event vendors, service providers, or simply fun-loving partygoers must listen & learn from the impressive duo running Festively.com.
Sep 15, 2020
Motherhood Burnout and Solutions, Episode 67
Sometimes we love motherhood and sometimes it gets the very best of us. While we're ever-grateful, we're also human and reflecting on the thankless moments, those crazy sleepless nights, our need to ask for help, and the very scary journey of letting our kids grow up and grow apart from us. We chat to the point of crying and even get an odd moment of quiet thanks to the universe getting one of us mommas to slow the heck down. Tune in if you're a mom, support a momma in your life, or look forward to becoming one someday soon.
Sep 8, 2020
The Tale of Three Unique Career Paths and Finding Our Way, Episode 66
In this listener-requested episode, we talk about each of our unique career journeys of first-gen women in Operations and Leadership, Law, and Nonprofit Executive Management. This is one you must hear until the end to get a dose of honest inspiration, especially if you're feeling stuck! As the show goes on, you'll hear as we get more and more fired-up about what we know for sure, what we learned the hard way, and what will make the career of your dreams truly possible. This is an episode that will challenge how you embrace discipline, counter familial expectations, and command compensation as first-generation women. DO NOT MISS IT!
Sep 2, 2020
Latinos in Competition with Each Other, Episode 65
At a time when our country feels so divided, we dive in to talk about how Latinos are often in competition with each other and why. We wanted to take a look at what cultural competitiveness meant to us and possibly you too! Is it comparing, judging, or distancing ourselves from the many beautiful Latino experiences across the globe? Is it something we do unconsciously or are we well aware? In this episode, we openly share tales from our upbringings and the very beliefs that may have actually divided us so that we may instead unify Latinas no matter our countries of origin, closed-minded influences, or what the media tells us about our culture's beauty standards, communities, and traditions.
Aug 26, 2020
The Random Episode, Episode 64
Our monthly random episode is here! In it, we "chat" with a very special guest who actually got a little too close to Vero, but we're not jealous. This one is so random as we talk weird twitches and even spend one too many minutes talking about farts. Tune in to hear all about how we are tackling a new normal of back-to-school in the time of COVID, religious commitments during a pandemic, husbands that actually cook, our genius, our values, and more.
Aug 19, 2020
Toxic Family Members and What If That's You?, Episode 63.
We get super personal on this episode sharing moments in our lives where toxic family dynamics have shaken us. At times, we were the toxic ones... toxic family members and even toxic friends. Join us as we majorly open up about the very ways we've coped, share how upbringings make an impact, and comment on how we've handled forgiveness in the midst of toxicity. We look forward to hearing from our listeners on this extremely juicy topic. Don't miss it.
Aug 12, 2020
Women's Health with Special Guest, Dr. Erica Montes, MD, OB/GYN
Attention ladies.... special guest, Dr. Erica Montes, MD OB/GYN covers so much goodness in this episode. On this very important show, we cover not only this Latina's inspiring journey to becoming a medical doctor but also what it's like to be an expert in her field. We talk about women's health with a special focus on being "A Modern Mujer" juggling career dreams and family aspirations. We cover topics specific to vaginal care, cancer prevention, and so much more. This is one ALL women must listen to, if not for you, do it for your vaginas! Tune in.
Aug 5, 2020
Creative Parenting, Episode 61
The women of LUL are raising 8 children between 4 months & 14 years old (4 daughters & 4 sons). With all that, there's bound to be a lot of advice, trial & error, and lessons to share from their parenting journeys. In this part two of the "momager series," we chat all things creative parenting, creative consequences, and even the difference between growing up first-gen and how that's influenced our parenting decisions today. You won't hear from three experts, but rather three women doing their very best as moms. Tune in today whether you're a momma yourself, the cool tia, an aspiring momma, or anything in between.
Jul 29, 2020
The Random Episode: Anniversaries, Broken Barriers, and More, Episode 60
Our monthly jibber-jabber is here. We get together every last week of the month to share all of our rambling, beautifully complex thoughts. We don't know it all, but we do know each other. We love opening our friendship up to you our listeners. Welcome to our most lighthearted show of every month. Spanning over 20 years of friendship and the women of LUL still have so much to share and discuss. Listen in today for a dose of random, friendship, COVID considerations, anniversary moods, and breaking barriers!
Jul 22, 2020
Therapy and Counseling in the Latinx Community with Special Guest: Dr. Norma Reyes, Episode 59
We have a very special guest on this episode of the LUL podcast discussing her journey into the field of guidance and counseling as a young Latina. Couldn't be more pleased to have Dr. Norma Reyes (based in San Antonio, Texas) on this important episode as we delve into her upbringing and career field. Norma's extensive research has focused her career on the development of Latinas. She's a wonderful example to women pursuing higher ed. and progressing! In her journey, we found so many similarities to our listeners. We chat about her rocky path into the field of counseling and the best advice for our communities grappling with taboos associated with seeking professional help and social-emotional counseling. Lots of personal tales in this one as our founders chat about their own experiences in therapy. This is one you don't want to miss!
Jul 15, 2020
Is the American Dream Dead, Episode 58
A listener asked us to talk about the American Dream, and more specifically, how that dream could very well be dead in the Latinx community. Well, we added the dead part, but you get the drift, yes? Do you think the American dream is alive & well? Is it possible and attainable for today's modern-day Latinos? On today's show, we jump into our own definitions of the American dream, how we strive for it, systemic challenges, and the difference now from when our parents immigrated to the U.S. in pursuit of an American Dream of their own. Listen and comment. Is the American Dream dead?
Jul 8, 2020
Violence Against Women (Trigger Warning), Episode 57
Trigger warning: in today's episode, we candidly discuss violence against women, both physical and sexual in nature. We would like to respectfully acknowledge we are not experts or doctors regarding this very heavy topic. We bring this topic to our show, in honor of Vanessa Guillen who violently lost her life while serving in the military. We've decided to share our thoughts on her murder and the injustices that followed in support of all women, especially those facing a world that doesn't truly do enough to protect our rights, freedoms, and safety. We invite you to listen and share. In today's show, we share the national hotline for domestic abuse: 1−800−799−7233. We would like to also share the national sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673 and encourage women enduring abuse of any kind to urgently call these hotlines and/or reach out for help from a trusted confidant (including us at LUL). As we like to always say, "no estás sola" / "you are not alone!".
Jun 30, 2020
What Wealth Looks Like For Latinas, Episode 56
The best episode recorded to date...hands down. Listen now! We flowed and we felt all the feels talking about Money & Wealth... for women, and for LATINAS! What do you think about when you think of wealth? Does it elicit fear, belonging, or maybe something completely unknown? In this very candid episode, we talk about wealth as women, and moreover, as first-gen Latinas. You don't want to miss this very real chat about changing perspectives, evolving generations, and growing to a place where wealth is more than just the material side of life.
Jun 24, 2020
The Random Show: Talking About Everything & Nothing At All, Episode 55
Bringing you our classic banter on this our monthly random episode. Talking about our lives as mommas managing summer staycations, adapting to new & weird social distancing norms, celebrating father's day, and a little something about sex after back-to-back-to-back babies. Like we said... it's the random show. Don't miss it! Listen and level up with us.
Jun 17, 2020
Truly Inspiring Leadership with Special Guest, Sylvia Banderas Coffinet of HOLA! USA Media Group, Episode 54
Today, our very special guest, Sylvia Banderas Coffinet highlights her impressive career with truly down-to-earth lessons in leadership, vision, hard work, and achievement. Learn from this trailblazing Latina powerhouse herself with "an iron will to succeed". All women striving to elevate their careers, can't miss this episode! More on our special guest: Sylvia Banderas Coffinet is the Publisher and Chief Brand Officer at HOLA! USA. Sylvia is a true American Latina success story who beat the odds. She received her undergraduate degree in Latino Studies and Spanish Literature from Columbia University and completed the Publishing School for Professionals program at Stanford University. Recognized by Forbes as a “Trailblazing Latina Executive in Media” at the age of 35, Sylvia works tirelessly on authentic representation - and telling positive and uplifting stories about Latinas! Her seasoned background includes working with People en Español, Latina, Glamour, and Town & Co…
Jun 10, 2020
What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Podcast, Episode 53
The Level Up Latina podcast turned 1-year-old last month, and after 50+ episodes, we are reflecting on all we wish we would have known, or better yet, what we learned the hard way. Our labor of love podcast is filled with juicy details on motherhood, marriage, career and so much more... in the process of crafting this show, we've grown into our dynamic, shared so much more than we ever thought we would, learned countless technical skills we never thought possible, laughed and cried. Tune in to hear about our highs and lows and definitely listen in if you ever wanted to start a podcast of your own!
Jun 2, 2020
Being Momagers: Sibling Edition, Episode 52
In this episode, we wanted to chat about everything it means to manage a household, but with heavy hearts, we kicked-off the conversation sharing frustrations about the state of our world and continued racial inequality. This conversation then led naturally into one aspect of motherhood... raising kind human beings who get to start their experiences in life as part of our homes, and in our cases, as loving siblings (for the most part)! While this pre-recorded topic is light-hearted, we've decided to add it to our podcast platforms without social media promotion. It is currently June 2nd, 2020 and June 1st-7th we're muted in solidarity with the black lives matter movement. A cause we standby, listen and learn from daily, and donate to. These momagers are muted, but not silent. #BLM
May 27, 2020
The Random Episode, LUL Turns 1 and More, Episode 51
Another month coming to a close means another random episode for you! Tune in as we catch up on Quarantine highs and lows. A few tales of testing the waters as sheltering-in-place mandates lift. How are you handling this change? We also turned 1 on May 1, 2020 and celebrated with a virtual happy hour. Sharing highlights of our first official year in review. Listen to check-in with your favorite podcast comadres... the women of Level Up Latina, LLC.
May 20, 2020
Exploring Mental Health, Episode 50
May is mental health awareness month and we know times are wilder than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. Then again, juggling motherhood, careers, and/or relationships is already tough on our mental health! How are you coping mujeres? In this episode, we cover a bit of all the emotions stirring up inside... overwhelm, busy schedules, dreaded mom guilt, and how to get in self-care during a freaking quarantine. If you're trying to balance out a busier than ever schedule and care for your mental state all at once (plus, in some cases, care for a family too) you won't want to miss this show! Listen now!
May 13, 2020
Real Talk on Racism and Social Justice in America, Episode 49
Life is heavy already and when you pile on racism and a lack of equality it sure takes a toll. In this "keeping it real" episode of the LUL podcast, we talk about our feelings around social injustices, racism, and changing times due to a contentious political climate. Join the conversation and create a dialogue for change. Comment on this podcast or share it, so together we may use more of our voices and privilege for the greater good of every American, not just some Americans.
May 6, 2020
What I Wish I Knew Before Getting Married, Episode 48
Episode 48 is for everyone considering marriage or hoping to stay in it! You might think you've heard it all, but we've got our best advice (learned sometimes the hard way) covered in this one. Couples today are under more stress than ever and if you're considering a big commitment, such as marriage or cohabiting, there's a lot to think through before the big day and beyond! Don't miss this juicy episode on love and survival...
Apr 29, 2020
The Random Episode: Still in Quarantine, Episode 47
Nothing about life is normal at present. Catch up with the #LUL ladies as we bring you our monthly installment of the random episode: COVID-19 edition. Be warned we drop f-bombs when needed and reference sex and food, like always. We just can't help it, as we are completely comfortable among amigas de toda la vida. We hope this episode inspires you to be you, too! Listen, comment and share... and catch up on all episodes of the labor of love that is The Level Up Latina podcast.
Apr 22, 2020
Making Essential Career Moves Through Thick & Thin, Episode 46
Episode 46 is slam-packed full of great content... Whether it's effectively landing the job, gracefully losing it, or wisely transitioning careers at any age, this is the show you don't want to miss. From winning resume tips, to interview skills, and the best advice everyone needs in their professional lives! Making smart and essential career transitions during the highs & lows of life will make your next career move the best one yet. Elevating your career and making the most out of your current situation is one decision, habit or life-skill away. Listen today and keep the conversation going... find us online on Facebook and Instagram: @leveluplatina.
Apr 15, 2020
Machismo & Gender Roles, Episode 45
Growing up Latinas means we witnessed a lot of machismo in our culture. We're now mothers and wives defining gender roles on our own terms. What's your take on fitting a gender role deeply influenced by culture, generational patterns, and history? In episode 45, we talk about how our upbringing impacts our marriages to Latino men and what it means to live true to ourselves in spite of comparisons, judgments, and upbringing. Join the conversation as we share our journeys filling, and often rebelling, against gender roles in daily life.
Apr 8, 2020
Empowering Women in the Trying Times of Today, Episode 44
What is your new normal? As the world grapples with a global pandemic so much has changed. The women of Level Up Latina continue to shelter in place, work from home, homeschool our children, and do our very best to remain sane during scary and uncertain times. Listen to our positive spin on how we manage this new normal, appreciate those on the front lines and keep ourselves productive in trying times. Much to discuss including completing the nationwide census, voting for change and quarantine self-care! How are you staying safe and sane during the COVID-19 outbreak? Share your tales with us on Instagram or Facebook: @leveluplatina.
Apr 1, 2020
Talking Covid-19, Sheltering In Place, and All Things Positivity, Episode 43
Episode 43 is a special edition of the Level Up Latina podcast. In one we never expected to record, we talk about our new normal as we oddly adjust to what has turned our entire world upside down. As the Covid-19 global health crisis ravages our communities, we three are working from home, counting our blessings, and coping as best we can. We share our thoughts on this scary time, our best advice to navigating it all, and our well-wishes for a better tomorrow full of kinder, more compassionate individuals. We know everyone's experiences are different, and in this episode, we simply hope to share our journeys combined with our usual positivity in hopes for a better tomorrow ahead... a tomorrow that cannot come fast enough.
Mar 24, 2020
The Random Show: Talking About Everything & Nothing At All, Sex Edition, Episode 42
Our monthly random episode is here. In it, we discuss all things kinky, novel, and guilt-free when it comes to sex. As women, and specifically Latinas, we often get put into boxes that may fill us with doubt, shame, or insecurity when dealing with sexual exploration. Listen as we share juicy details about our own sexual experiences in the hopes that more women will feel free to liberate themselves as openly as they wish! Be warned... the content in this show is for mature audiences and may offend any not in the mood to talk sex, intimacy, and raunchy adventures along the way!
Mar 18, 2020
What I Wish I'd Known Before Going Into Labor, Episode 41
In this episode, we recount our labor stories (there's 6 of those between us with one new story DUE today... come on baby Gudiel #3). There's nothing quite like giving birth. Women all have unique journeys, and while there's no right way, learning from each other is invaluable. We impart all of our lessons in this one. The details may get messy but this episode is definitely full of warm and fuzzy, motherly love!
Mar 14, 2020
Women As Breadwinners, Episode 40
In episode 40 of the #LUL podcast, we talk about the pressures and stigma from the Latino community as women who've stepped up to solely provide for ourselves, and in some cases, our entire families as major breadwinners. Mixed feelings and a whole lot of stereotypes later we work through what it feels like to go against tradition as Latinas and Key Breadwinners!
Mar 14, 2020
Breaking Up With Your Job, Episode 39
Break-ups are tough and ending one's career is no exception. In this episode, we talk about the journey of making the decision to move on, waiting too long to do so, toxic workplace environments, what it's like from the boss' chair, and more! Whether you're new to the work force, mid-career, or a veteran, there's so many lessons to take from this robust topic. Also, you just never know what you'll hear on our show, so be warned, this one will make you crave ICE CREAM!
Feb 26, 2020
The Random Show: Talking About Everything & Nothing At All, 6th Edition, Episode 38
Episode 38 has all of our random thoughts on Mexican Vacation spots, quinceñeras, schooling toddlers and teens, FOOD (duh!), road trips, Netflix and celebrating Vday! Don't miss it. We wrap the month and share exciting travel plans for one of our three partners as her sabbatical abroad comes to a close.
Feb 19, 2020
DIY Self-Care: Remedies and Wive's-Tales, Episode 37
In episode 37 of the Level Up Latina podcast, we cover all the ins and outs of DIY self-care including our mommas and grand-mommas homemade remedies and wild wives'-tales! Some tips include the use of urine on our face as well as raw egg all over one's body! Try these at your own risk. Keeping in mind, we are NOT doctors advising you to try this at home. Listen to learn about the useful do-it-yourself self-care hacks we use to find more natural, and sometimes, cost-effective ways to treat colds, intimacy needs, skin issues and more!
Feb 11, 2020
Asking for Help, Episode 36
We've all been there. We've balanced it all before... schooling, hobbies, a social life, work, marriage, and/or kids, but then suddenly it all comes crashing down. Overwhelm creeps in and if we're not careful: BOOM, we crash! Are you capable of Asking For Help before you hit a wall? Listen in as we chat along with Vero's almost 1 year old son (who insisted on chiming in too) on the many ways asking for help has made a difference, after we let go of the guilt or shame and asked for it! Today's tip of the day is a serious one! Tune in!
Feb 5, 2020
International Business Woman Lessons with special guest and entrepreneur: Lissette Padilla, Episode 35
Episode 35 is near and dear to us. Recorded in Mexico City with our powerhouse friend, and incredible business owner, Lissette Padilla. Journey with us as we all feel inspired by this amazing woman's drive to do it big as an expat living full-time in Mexico though having lived all of her life in the US. After moving abroad, she diligently made a way building a successful business from the ground up! This incredible woman is now a wildly recognized entrepreneur. This is an episode you do not want to miss. Find out more on Ms. Padilla's business via instagram: @thenailsocietyags and tune in NOW... her words of wisdom are full of honestly and heart.
Jan 29, 2020
The Random Episode, TMI Edition, Episode 34
Be warned: episode 34 is The Random Episode where once a month we talk about anything and everything... and boy do we mean ANYTHING. This one is a bit risqué or as we like to say... REAL, so listen with headphones on! We are in Mexico City TOGETHER as we discuss everything from love to children and sex, plus our favorite topic: food or maybe our favorite topic is friendship! Yes, friendship is our favorite. Our village and the love in it is more than apparent in this week's show! Listen NOW to be a part of this village and our typical feel-good vibes!
Jan 15, 2020
Resolutions, Big Audacious Scary Goals, and Baby Steps for a New Year, Episode 33
It's that time of year where everyone is thriving, tanking, or simply no where in between meeting new year goals and/or resolutions! Listen in as we inspire everyone with our "keeping it simple can-do formula" and stretch visions by sharing our very own "Big Audacious Scary Goals." This is definitely a must listen to episode if you want to level up your LIFE this decade, and beyond! Be warned the episode does include our kids.... well at least they sure try their darnedest while carrying on behind us! After all our goal is progress NOT perfection with each and every single podcast! TUNE IN NOW to feel the love!
Jan 8, 2020
The Balancing Acts of Life, Episode 32
Need tips navigating home, work and life balance? Episode 32 of the Level Up Latina podcast, The Balancing Acts of Life, is full of our best tips for avoiding the stress, burnout, & chaos of imbalance. Learn from our do's and don'ts to find the inspiration to make this year your most fulfilling yet. Remember, we can have it all, it just won't look perfect all the time! Listen now to avoid the pitfalls of over-juggling. Beautifully (and imperfectly) balance your 2020 with us!
Dec 26, 2019
The Random Show: Talking About Everything & Nothing At All, 4th Edition, Episode 31
Our monthly episode about everything and anything that comes to mind, is now live! This fan favorite is filled with our personalities inside and out, daily stories, struggles, and laugh out loud madness. Amigas, tune in now. Be warned: we talk food (per usual, you'll get hungry so have a torta handy please), relationships & sex, family & holidays, and so, so much more! Listen now!
Dec 18, 2019
Financial Management & Lessons Learned, Episode 30
Talking all things finances on episode 30 of the #LUL podcast! As the holidays approach, it's easy to throw budgets out the window, accumulate debt, and mean well in doing so! Listen to this cautionary tale of why we should manage income and expenses ALL YEAR LONG! We vulnerably share from our financial mishaps to help other women avoid the same pitfalls. Whether you're newly entering the working-world, single, married, or well into adulthood, this episode is full of GREAT TIPS everyone needs! Don't miss it.
Dec 11, 2019
Husbands And Marriage On Our Terms, Episode 29
This one is dedicated to our better halves... our husbands, what makes us the same, different, and oh so imperfectly, perfect for each other. Listen for relationship inspiration whether married or not. Lessons a plenty on episode 29 of the #lul podcast all about Husbands and Marriage on our Terms!
Dec 4, 2019
Making Difficult Decisions & Having Tough Conversations, Episode 28
Making Difficult Decisions & Having Tough Conversations is episode 28 of the Level Up Latina Podcast. In it we cover juicy work topics and even juicier relationship tales on making tough decisions, having difficult conversations, and even the aftermath of avoiding both! We've all been there and the stories we share in this episode are real, raw and relatable. Tune in for some inspiration. Comment, like & share!
Nov 27, 2019
The Random Show: Talking About Everything & Nothing At All, 3rd Edition, Episode 27
It's that time of the month where we chat about anything and everything! Listen in as we give our best holiday advice to survive the tough stuff. Plus, our tip of the day includes challenging your happiness in the workplace. It's a fun one! Listen in and comment on your highlights. We hope you'll enjoy The Random Episode, 3rd Edition, as much as we love bringing it to life for you!
Nov 20, 2019
Friendship Making and Breaking, Episode 26
As many gear up to celebrate Thanksgiving, or the now popular Friendsgiving, we decided to chat all things Friendship Making and Breaking on episode 26 of the Level Up Latina Podcast. Listen in as we go off the rails a bit enjoying candy nerds (Vero), receiving best friend kisses mid-show (Irene), and talking about the friendships we were promised (Cecy)... it's a fun one and we know you'll love it, friends; or at the very least, it'll make you want to get together with your friends (or make new ones using our tips)!
Nov 13, 2019
What I Know Now that I Wish I Knew at 25, Episode 25
Don't you ever wish you could give the younger you sage advice? On this, the 25th episode of the Level Up Latina podcast, we fill it with advice we'd give our 25-year-old selves! We are looking back on what we lived in our 20’s, what we learned, loved, and failed in! So much to learn from after almost 15 years! Tune in to hear our cautionary tales because hasn't thought: What I Know Now That I Wish I Knew at 25!?!? Share your advice with us in the comment section and tune in for some laughs, regrets, words of wisdom, and good old feel-good-20-plus-years-friendship-vibes!
Nov 6, 2019
Tips and Tricks to Surviving Parenting, Episode 24
We can't talk parenting without marrying our past with our present. Listen to this heartfelt episode where we discuss motherhood survival, our first-gen. upbringings reminding us our parents survived us too, and even catch us mid-rant yelling at our own kids... can't make this stuff up. Don't miss all the juicy Tips and Tricks of Surviving Parenting! You get so many perspectives in one episode, from a twin toddler mom, to a mother of 3 under 3, and a momma entering the teen years. Listen now!
Oct 30, 2019
The Random Show: Talking About Everything & Nothing At All, Episode 23
In this edition of The Random Episode: Talking About Everything and Nothing At All we chat about travels abroad, workplace laughs and disappointments, chipped gel nails, and sexy halloweens. We told you this is random and back by popular demand. At the end of every month we will publish another "lol warning: random episode" to let you in on our wacky lives from raising kids, building businesses, dating our spouses, elevating our careers, failing in the process, and so much more! Don't miss these laughs and maybe the occasional tears.
Oct 23, 2019
Embracing Vulnerability and Failure, Episode 22
In this episode, we talk about how we've been brought up to hide our tears and mask vulnerability. As women in business, relationships, and life overall, we've faced many failures; but, we've also learned to harness tough times, internalize lessons, and share the vulnerability that comes with struggling to succeed! Tune in for all the juicy details on how to break away from generational baggage and the stereotypes that keep many of us from Embracing Vulnerability and Failure!
Oct 15, 2019
Self-Care Routines Anyone Can Enjoy, Episode 21
We can't just talk about our go-to self-care rituals no matter how much we try. Listen to this hilarious episode where we discuss Self Care Routines Anyone Can Enjoy and end up covering it all from loud vibrators to sex in the middle of the night! What's your favorite self-care routine? Share by commenting and don't forget to subscribe to our podcast for weekly updates!
Oct 9, 2019
How Being First-Generation May Hold Us Back Personally and Professionally, Episode 20
In this episode, entitled, How Being First-Generation May Hold Us Back Personally and Professionally, we cover another hot topic. Ever found yourself held back in life, relationships, or your career based on judgements, pressures, and cultural influences? Well you are not alone. Being a trailblazer in any family can be hard, but when you're first-generation it can be even harder! Listen in as we talk about how we've dealt with breaking away from the exceptions placed on us as first-generation Latinas.
Oct 2, 2019
Mujeres in the Workplace & Networking for Success, Episode 19
This episode is full of lessons from our journeys as Mujeres in The Workplace. We cover important essentials such as how to find mentors, handling "no" in your career, and networking for success. Hear about our successful LA and SF launch parties. So much more to come from our experiences and our podcast just keeps growing & improving! You can find this podcast and all other episodes NOW on Spotify! Special thank you to this podcast's sponsor: The ERISA Law Center. A warm thank you also to Zuleyka Heredia-Jinks for her donation of two Blue Yeti mics (one being tested in part of today's show), and finally, to Serenity Bliss for not one, but two, sets of essential oil giveaways gifted in SF and LA to all of our launch party attendees!
Sep 25, 2019
LOL Warning: Talking About Everything & Nothing At All, Episode 18
Today we bring you this extremely random (LOL) episode of the Level Up Latina Podcast. Why? Because sometimes you just want to laugh about any and everything with your girlfriends! This is possibly the funnest podcast we've ever recorded. Full disclosure: we have toddler appearances (and other noises) throughout this recording because while we're not perfect, we are present. After two failed attempts at bringing you other fleshed out topics this week, and after countless technical errors, we've landed on this random episode: Talking About Everything and Nothing at All! Tune in if you want to laugh. Be warned, there's a bit of TMI in this hilarious episode where our random thoughts have us covering vaginal cleanliness, red lipstick, fighting siblings, cultural differences, and so much more.... you've been warned, this is a random one (but we know you're going to LOVE IT)!
Sep 16, 2019
Feeling Stuck and Guilty... Growing Up First-Gen., Episode 17
For any woman being first-generation is complicated! We're often stuck between two worlds paving the way as first-generation citizens, college students, and so much more. Hear about our experiences navigating it all, and how we as three first-generation Mexicans, learned to relieve the pressure, enter unchartered territories, and come out on top after Feeling Stuck and Guilty... Growing Up First-Gen.
Sep 11, 2019
Bucketlist Travel and How Easy It Can Be, Episode 16
Let the women of LUL inspire you to do more adventurous, long-term travel. Hear their essential tips and even some funny stories from their travel adventures to a combined 40 counties. In fact, one of our founders is tuning in from Mexico City, Mexico. Listen & learn all about our Bucketlist Travel Adventures and How Easy Those Can Be!
Aug 27, 2019
The Aftermath of Broken Relationships, Episode 15
Breakups are often very hard and we've all been there. Journey with us as we recount The Aftermath of Broken Relationships and the great lessons we learned including how not to break up with someone... in an email! Join us as we gab about romantic and platonic break ups! Tune in now!
Aug 21, 2019
Goal Setting To Finish The Year Strong, Episode 14
Tune in to episode 14 to fire up your fall goal-setting! Assess with us past goals, power up future ones, and get going on making this the best year yet with Goal Setting to Finish the Year Strong! We've got the best tips and tactics to share on this podcast. Listen now!
Aug 13, 2019
All The Things We Had Time For Before Kids, Episode 13
Reminisce with us as we recount All The Things We Made Time For Before Kids... some great things, some spontaneous and wild, and many that simply no longer mean much to us today, including people and places. Tune in to laugh with us as we walk down memory lane and talk about spending time doing what brings you JOY.
Aug 7, 2019
Tantrums and Other Gifts from Our Kids, Episode 12
Today we're talking TANTRUMS! As mothers, we've all been there - your kid has an absolute meltdown...in PUBLIC.
Jul 30, 2019
Level Up Latina SF Launch Party: The Recap, Episode 11
Oh what fun was had! Level Up Latina, LLC. hosted its first of two official launch parties in San Francisco and it was a blast. Tune in to this week's show to hear all about the amazing connections, women-centered vibes, and sponsorship village that made the first Level Up Latina Launch Party a huge success. And remember, the LA launch is happening in 8 short weeks!!! Be there. Also, in this podcast we share something pretty exciting happening at our SF headquarters (hint, hint... LUL is going international)!
Jul 16, 2019
Investing in Yourself, Episode 10
How often do we truly Invest In Ourselves? In this episode, we chat about all of the times "cheaping out" on us hurt and all the times investing in the best, ourselves, really paid off.
Jul 10, 2019
Growing Up in the 90s, Episode 9
Take it back with us as we reminisce about Growing Up In The 90s and lovin' college life in the early 2000s! Imagine a world without google searches, online dating, or cell phones? Listen in as we crack up about the then and now - get in a good laugh as we take it back on this #waybackwednesday!
Jul 3, 2019
Rising Above Professional Challenges, Episode 8
We've all been there. In episode 8 we discuss our 30+ years of combined experience in business, leadership, career coaching, and law. This journey wasn't always an easy one. Learn about how we rose above Challenging Work Environments and Experiences.
Jun 26, 2019
The Best Advice We've Ever Received, Episode 7
You never know where the best advice will come from. Sometimes it's even our own instinct nudging us to listen to our gut! Listen in today as we share some of The Best Advice We've Ever Received in our careers, in relationships and LIFE overall! Some of the advice you hear today just might transform you, too.
Jun 19, 2019
Parenting Tales and Surviving the Tough Times, Episode 6
In this episode, get to know the mommas who run Level Up Latina, LLC as they recount Parenting Tales Including Some of the Tough Times. Listen as they share motherhood experiences raising 7 children, ages spanning 3 mos. to 12 years old, including twin girls!
Jun 12, 2019
Love, Sex and Intimacy, Episode 5
On this juicy episode, we talk All Things Love. Go on a journey with us as we discuss making time for intimacy, keeping the flame alive, surviving relationship challenges, and evolving with your partner. Consider yourself warned, there's a bit of TMI in this podcast.
Jun 5, 2019
We All Grow: Wellness Day, Episode 4
Hear all about our amazing experience at the We All Grow: Wellness Day 2019. Please excuse our excitement as we flicked our pens and shuffled paper. We were just happy to be together, blabbing, and sharing with you! #weallgrow #doneisbetterthanperfect #wellnessday19
May 28, 2019
Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable, Episode 3
In this episode, entitled Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable, we answer questions brought to us by you - the listener. Our audience requested we talk about how to get out of our shells when asking for help, embracing different personality types, and loving ourselves in our skin (in bed or in a bikini).
May 21, 2019
Services Offered at Level Up Latina, Episode 2
Learn about specific services provided at Level Up Latina and how they can help you! There are nuggets for everyone to learn something new about taking their lives to the next level.
Apr 30, 2019
Meet the Founders of Level Up Latina, Episode 1
Get to know the story of how Level Up Latina (LUL) came to be. Meet the founders in this their very first podcast episode. Learn how LUL will get you to your next level in life.