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Juan of Words
Juan Alanis & Anjelica Cazares
A Latino podcast made in Houston, Texas with Juan Alanis and Anjelica Cazares.
3 days ago
Our Experience with COVID
It has been a minute since our last episode, but we are back today with a new podcast for you all. This time we are talking about our experience with COVID recently. Please keep in mind this is our personal account of this experience and in no way any medical advice. Hope your new year is off to a good start!
Nov 25, 2021
The Truth About The Truth
"You can't handle the truth!" Or can we? We talk about white lies, not so white lies, and everything in between when it comes to "being honest" in this conversation. Take a listen and let us know how you truly feel about the truth.
1 hr 1 min
Nov 10, 2021
We continue our trek through the southwestern United States with a stop at the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico. There we found a cliff at the top of the mountains where we set up to have a conversation with you all, and to share some of the amazing views we were witnessing.
Nov 4, 2021
Live from Utah!
We filmed this episode live from Hurricane, Utah during our recent travels. And we talk candidly about some of the "profiling" we experienced while in Arizona as Latinos and Mexican-Americans.
Oct 28, 2021
Here and Now in 2021
Things are starting to open up again. People are eager to get together, and we are seeing more and more people on the road too. As we get into the last quarter of 2021, we check in on how things are here and now in this part of the global pandemic.
Oct 21, 2021
Latina Leadership Series
You all have heard us reference Anjelica's Latina Leadership Series before. Today, we wanted to spend a big part of the show discussing it even further and giving you the full story behind this exciting series.
Oct 14, 2021
Puro Chisme for Halloween
Since Halloween is right around the corner, we get into some of the shows we grew up watching that used to scare us as kids. We also talk about a few current topics that we have been paying attention to recently.
Oct 10, 2021
21 Questions: Part Two
If you enjoyed part 1 of our 2-part series, "21 Questions," this is the final installment, where we go through some of the best questions yet.
Oct 5, 2021
What's the 411 with #ComcastRISE?
Comcast is offering 600 - $10,000.00 grants in six cities across the United States, including Houston. The grants available are intended for BIPOC small business owners and the application deadline is October 14th. Juan speaks with Toni Beck, Vice President External Affairs, Comcast Houston; Paul Gor, Director of Community Development, Asian Chamber of Commerce in Houston; and Tammi Wallace, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, on this episode. Get full details and apply at: comcastrise.com.
Oct 2, 2021
21 Questions : Part One
We take turns answering random questions on this first part of our two-part series that we are calling "21 Questions." Take a listen and share your answers with us too if you're so inspired.
Sep 21, 2021
More and more this word is coming up in our conversation with others. Technically, I guess, you could say we are "Empty Nesters" ... and we are trying to figure out what that means now. Take a listen to our conversation about this now.
Sep 2, 2021
Lone Star College's Puente Program
On this episode, we connect with a few folks from Houston's Lone Star College as they share about their Latino outreach initiative known as the Puente Program.
Aug 27, 2021
Lover's Road Trip: Part Three
And we finally make it to Disneyland California on this final episode of our three part Lover's Road Trip series! We hope you have stuck with us through the adventure, and that you found it funny at least, or informative.
Aug 19, 2021
Lover's Road Trip: Part Two
On this leg of our trip we hit sunny San Diego, Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, and all the beautiful cool weather in California. Join us as we discuss part two of our recent Texas to Cali road trip!
1 hr 9 min
Aug 12, 2021
Lover's Road Trip: Part One
On this episode we are on the road. Headed for San Diego and So Cal in California, but making few stops along the way in New Mexico and Texas. This is part one of our three part series sharing our experiences on the road from this Texas to Cali trip.
Jul 3, 2021
The 7 Kinds of Love
We get into everything from Eros to Stergo, and the rest of the seven kinds of love according to the research Anjelica conducted on the topic. It leads to some really interesting conversation about how we connect to each other and those in our lives as well.
1 hr 10 min
Jun 18, 2021
The Swedish Tradition of Fika
Or the closely related ciesta or merienda. We talk about this unique Swedish tradition, and also confess some of our most "real" guilty pleasures. Juan also shares some exciting personal news.
1 hr 5 min
Jun 6, 2021
Is There Such A Thing As Aging Gracefully?
Now bare with us for a moment... we do share our take on reaching 40 and what it feels like to be entering a new stage in our lives on this episode. However, we do fully acknowledge that our age may be showing. Join us for this fun conversation and let us know how you're feeling about your own stage at this point in your life.
May 30, 2021
On this episode we talk about Graduation 2021, and the excitement of what might be next for grads, for us, and for all of you on the same boat as us at this stage of our lives.
May 18, 2021
Mexican slang! Or Spanish words we say en español that can have a completely different meaning depending on how you use them. We talk about some of our favorite Mexi-Vocabulario words Juan has written about over the years.
May 2, 2021
Grief and Hope
We're joined by our friend Leticia Manzano of the Houston Area Women's Center, and artist and creator of the one-woman performance "Delejos," Julie Piñero for this episode of the podcast in which we discuss grief and hope.
Mar 18, 2021
One Year Anniversary
Last year in March we started this podcast. On this episode, for our one year anniversary, we take a look back at some of the most telling episodes about who we are and share what we remember about recording each episode.
Mar 11, 2021
We are finally ready to talk about it, y'all... the Texas freeze!! In this new podcast episode we go into detail about what it was like for us in Houston with no power and no water... but a lot of ICE!
Feb 3, 2021
It is almost second nature for us, and until recently we had forgotten that the actual term for what we were doing was code switching. We talk about this, and about getting vaccinated for COVID-19 on this episode.
1 hr 9 min
Jan 24, 2021
Do It For The Culture
What does this expression actually mean? Apparently it has shifted over the years, and in this episode we get into our own interpretations of this common phrase. We also talk about "selling out" and who gets to decide how that label is used.
Jan 17, 2021
Dreams. Dreams. Dreams.
Or nightmares in some cases. Juan recounts a vivid dream he had recently that has stayed with him for the last few days, which leads us into a conversation about interpreting our dreams and nightmares. We also touch on our first impressions of the new social media audio app Clubhouse. But first we go into what happened at the Capitol on January 6.
1 hr 13 min
Jan 5, 2021
For the commenter who sent us a message about how great we are about communicating with each other, this one is for you. We thought it would make sense to share how much of a work in progress communication has been and is in our marriage and relationship.
1 hr 11 min
Dec 29, 2020
Getting Ready for the New Year
Can you believe it? This is the last week of 2020! And yeah, while we don't know what will come next in 2021, on this episode we spend some time discussing how it feels to be at the end of what has been such an unpredictable year. We also talk a little bit about what it means to be a "hater."
1 hr 1 min
Dec 17, 2020
Selena the Netflix Series
We break down our thoughts on the new Netflix series about the life and times of Selena, as well as the Black Eyed Peas latest collab with Shakira, which also happens to mention Selena. This leads us into a more in depth conversation about Mexican American identity vs. Latinx and Latino.
1 hr 24 min
Dec 4, 2020
Margarita and Mexican Identity
Something came up while we were in Hot Springs last week. It made us take a step back to talk about our own identities as first generation Mexican-Americans. We would love to hear from you about your own self-identity stories.
1 hr 10 min
Nov 25, 2020
Gratitude and Growth
This Thanksgiving feels a lot different from other years, and it also reminds us that 2021 is literally right around the corner now. We talk a little bit about our expectations for the New Year, as well as what we are most thankful for in 2020.
Nov 20, 2020
Anjelica is getting ready for her session at an upcoming conference in Houston, and she decided to share some of her business basics tips on this episode. Take a listen and let us know if you would add any more tips!
Nov 11, 2020
Road Trips and Life Lessons
We are live, from Arkansas, in this episode. And since we are on the road we decided to talk a little bit about our travels via car. Anjelica also shares some very important life lessons she has learned.
1 hr 9 min
Oct 28, 2020
Welcome to the Halloween episode of our podcast! This holiday has always been one that we enjoy a lot as a family. And even though the last few years have been a little different, this year we decided to dress up, and record an episode for you all. Happy Halloween!
1 hr 9 min
Oct 26, 2020
Latina and in Charge
What does it mean to be Latina and in charge? What are the challenges still impeding Latinas' path to leadership? We talk about this topic and more about Anjelica's IGTV series that directly addresses these topics in a lot more detail. Watch it now and share with a friend!
1 hr 1 min
Oct 22, 2020
We're talking about it on this episode. Juan shares why he is still a little resistant to the terminology, while Anjelica goes into detail about the origins and the increasing spotlight on terms like gaslighting and toxic masculinity.
1 hr 8 min
Oct 8, 2020
Get To Know Us - Tag
We realize that some of you may be new to who we are, and some may just not know us all that well. Consider this a reintroduction. This was a fun Q&A session between us!
Oct 1, 2020
Emotional Wellness Month
We go pretty deep in this episode to kick off Emotional Wellness Month on the first day of October. Listen and share with a friend or with anyone experiencing an emotional wellness issue.
1 hr 28 min
Sep 22, 2020
INTERVIEW: Rolando Rodriguez
Our guest this week is Rolando Rodriguez, Co-Founder of Trill Multicultural here in Houston. We talk about equity, marketing, and getting comfortable with using your voice as a New Majority business owner.
Sep 18, 2020
Loyalty, Sincerity, and Honesty. Three of the characteristics we discuss on this episode all about friendships. How to make them. How to keep them. And how to strive to be better friends.
1 hr 7 min
Sep 9, 2020
INTERVIEW: Tirzo Ponce
In this episode Anjelica interviews an old classmate from the charter school they both graduated from. Tirzo Ponce opens about his life then and now, and the lessons he has learned along the way.
1 hr 5 min
Aug 30, 2020
Romance and Jealousy
Is jealousy part of romance? Can being celado be romantic? We couldn't let this month end without talking a little bit about the subject of romance. And somehow that also led us to jealousy. Listen now and weigh in with your thoughts.
1 hr 13 min
Aug 28, 2020
Gen Y Meet Gen Z
In this multigenerational conversation, Edgar and Anjelica breakdown a few of the key differences between Millennials and Gen Z. Plus Edgar talks about getting ready for college and growing up with us as parents.
1 hr 18 min
Aug 16, 2020
For Erika and Moises
Erika Cazares is Anjelica's sister. Moises Alanis is Juan's father. We do our best on this episode to honor their memory, and hopefully to share what our grieving process has been like.
1 hr 12 min
Aug 8, 2020
Riding the Water: A Conversation with Jay Cherin
At the charter school for at-risk youth Anjelica graduated from, Jay Cherin was a teacher. Two decades later they connected for a little walk down memory lane, and some pretty inspiring analogies. This is that conversation in full.
Aug 5, 2020
Fear, Embarrassment, and Shame
Things got a little intense in this conversation when we started talking about our pasts and our relationships with our parents. We focus on three things this episode: Fear, Embarrassment, and Shame.
1 hr 31 min
Aug 1, 2020
He says he grew up with these superstitions. Some of them are kind of funny, others just a little weird. Tune in for a fun conversation on Juan's Mexican superstitions.
Jul 28, 2020
Networking Like a Pro
Over the years in business we have learned a thing or two about networking. In this episode, Anjelica shares some of her best tips on making genuine connections with new people.
Jul 24, 2020
The Story of How We Met
According to us, we each have our versions of how we met. This started out as Juan's version of the story, but hey, I'm the one telling it, right?
Jul 21, 2020
How we deal with it and how we come to terms with it. Failure is the topic of our conversation on this candid episode of our podcast.
Jul 16, 2020
Into the Wilderness
Here's an excerpt from the blog post I'm reading this time: "As human beings we have a tendency to look back at our pasts and contemplate what could have or should have been different. Maybe it would have changed the course of our life in one way or another. Perhaps if that one defining moment hadn’t taken place, or it would have happened when we were more prepared, we could have dealt with it better."
Jul 14, 2020
Houston, We Have a Problem
The pandemic has affected all of us, including our teenagers. We discuss what students might expect this upcoming school year, as well as the latest about the situation in Houston.
Jul 10, 2020
Bartering with Gorditas
Another blog post read on this episode of Hey, But Did You Know? I'm reading from the blog post "Bartering with Gorditas." Hope you enjoy!
Jul 7, 2020
Personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. That's the definition, and that's what we are talking about this week.
Jul 3, 2020
This was a blog post Juan wrote in 2011, about "Growing Up, Growing Old, and Holding on to the Niño Terco."
Jul 1, 2020
The Never Ending Case of COVID
Things in Houston are getting serious. In this episode we share some of the things we are missing the most while social distancing, and a few other updates.
Jun 27, 2020
Introducing Blog Readings - Hey, But Did You Know?
I have been wanting to bring Juan's written words to video for this podcast since we started. So, let me introduce you to a blog reading series we are starting as part of Hey, But Did You Know?
Jun 25, 2020
Prieta - Hey, But Did You Know?
Recently Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio sparked renewed conversation about the often controversial word "prieta" on social media. For this first episode of our "Hey, But Did You Know?" series we are touching on the word briefly. Have a listen.
Jun 23, 2020
Finish by Jon Acuff
On our latest podcast episode we are talking about the book 'Finish' by Jon Acuff, which is all about helping people get better on actually finishing deadlines. We will tell you how the advice is going in a few weeks, but in the meantime, take a listen and let us know what you think.
Jun 19, 2020
Last week we were in the Rio Grande Valley. This is where Juan grew up and spent his childhood, and it had been more than 30 years since he had visited. On this episode we recount the trip.
Jun 2, 2020
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
The book 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck' by Mark Manson is what we are discussing on this episode of the Juan of Words - Podcast. If you're into self-help books or practical life advice, take a listen.
May 27, 2020
They say depression is something we will all experience in our lifetime. However, not everyone will experience it in the same way. Join us this episode for a conversation about Anjelica's personal journey through depression.
May 18, 2020
Online Shopping and Opening Up
On episode 14 we are talking online shopping before getting into a more-serious-than-usual conversation about our relationship and the four basic needs of a relationship, according to the Worldwide Marriage Encounters.
1 hr 26 min
May 14, 2020
Vanity Metrics in Social Media: Featuring Planoly
While in Austin for Social Media Week, Anjelica spoke to Priscilla Castro who is Director of Marketing for Planoly after her session titled, Social Media Strategy Mapping. If you've heard the rumors about likes going away on Instagram, you'll want to listen to this interview to hear why that may not be such a bad thing after all.
May 12, 2020
La Divina Latina: A Conversation with Sheila Lopez
This episode Anjelica sits down with "Creator of #Chingonatude" and digital influencer Sheila Lopez, better know as @ladivina.latina on Instagram for a conversation on confidence, self-love, and women supporting women.
May 6, 2020
Week 8 and Counting
This is week eight of our quarantine and we are feeling it. Apologies in advance because this episode is a little random, but the eight weeks is catching up to us already. How is your social distancing going?
1 hr 3 min
Apr 29, 2020
What is Social Engineering?
More than likely, it's not what you're thinking. For our 10th official episode - woo hoo! - we talk about the meaning of this expression. If you are anything like us, you might have your own interpretation of this terminology. We'd love to hear what it is!
Apr 24, 2020
Tuna Fish Potato Salad & Marriage
Yes, we said it! Tuna fish potato salad. Juan thinks it is a thing - is it? We also end up talking about communication and trying to do a better job of communicating with each other in our marriage. It's been a process, y'all. It is a process!
Apr 20, 2020
To Be An Influencer During a Pandemic
Like it or not, the influencer market is changing. As we all have begun to normalize the unusualness of being in a pandemic, people's attitudes towards what they now consider of interest is also different.
Apr 16, 2020
According to psychologists, toxic positivity is "the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations." It was a new term for Juan and we decided to have a conversation about it in this episode.
Apr 14, 2020
Essential Jobs and Skills
What does essential mean? As we consider the long term effects of this pandemic on our local, national, and global economy, on this episode we explore the topic of "essential jobs and skills" in times of crisis or economic depression.
Apr 7, 2020
Over-Shopping at the Grocery Store
Or not, depending on which one of us you ask. On this episode of the Juan of Words podcast we are talking about our latest trip to the grocery store and how we ended up spending way above our normal budget for groceries.
Apr 4, 2020
Good Stuff in the Times of COVID
From Walmart to John Krasinski, and even the potato boss, this episode we are talking about all the things that have made us smile in the times of COVID.
Mar 31, 2020
Mental Health and Social Distancing
Facing one more month of social distancing, a lot of people may be starting to feel the pinch of stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. On this podcast episode we dive into a conversation about mental health in week three of this pandemic experience we are living with all of you from Houston.
Mar 25, 2020
Stay Home, Work Safe in Houston
On week two of our self-isolation experience in Houston, the city has officially issued a Stay Home, Work Safe initiative through April 3, 2020. On today's episode we share how we are coping with the "new normal," what we are noticing on social media from brands, individuals and influencers, and our overall thoughts on saying something when it counts.
Mar 20, 2020
Coronavirus and Quarantine in Houston
This was our first outing since Houston was asked to avoid gatherings of 10 people or more. We were recording live from the parking lot of a Walmart in El Campo, Texas.