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Welcome to the world of $LA we talk on all things $ports, LIFE, ART & Chill. We partnered up kinda like a Voltron🤖 2 build the best podcast, blogging, streaming & gaming network in the Galaxy☄ ... So come chill ❄as we network with other lovers of $LA(Sports, Life, Art) from all over the 🌍. We pretty much got you covered when it comes to the Network. Tune in as we spotlight people from all walks of Life. We appreciate you all for tuning in as we grow our net worth One Pod at a time and actin' ...
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Paulette Erato hosts La Vida Más Chévere: Through the Childfree Latina Lens, the only biweekly Spanglish podcast about living your best life, from the childfree Latina perspective. That life starts with dismantling the toxic cultural BS we've all grown up with in Latinidad. Like assuming everyone wants kids...or the woman should fix her partner a plate at dinner. F that! End the generational trauma and design best life for YOU instead. As a former photographer, Paulette is used to viewing th ...
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What does media bias have to do with how marginalized groups are perceived? EVERYTHING. Media bias—the way we see certain groups on TV and in movies—has a massive impact on how we view people in real life. And whether or not we see them as real human beings, or merely caricatures we don't have to care about. If people in the margins don't comport o…
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This special Valentine's week episode is dedicated to smashing The Patriarchy by tapping deep into the well of your self-love. Because if you want to live your vida mas chévere, if you want to design your best childfree Latina life, you need to have a healthy relationship with yourself. How do you get that? Listen in for practical tips on how to pr…
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Following up from the last episode about how Monica Rivera became her own best friend, this time Monica tells us how her inner critic inspired her to start her own business coaching enterprise for women of color aptly named YOU WANNA DO WHAT?! There's also the question many childfree Latinas grapple with—thanks to the toxic cultural habit that allo…
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Monica Rivera had to learn to become her own best friend. But how do you do that when you’ve lost everyone you’ve ever loved? In this two-part episode, business coach and TEDx speaker Monica shares how losing her entire biological family in a short period of time afflicted her not only with a deep grief, but also a unique kind of loneliness. And ho…
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If you hate new year's resolutions, or the idea of "new year, new me" then you might like a Word of the Year better. This episode guides you through setting an intention for your year ahead (as opposed to concrete SMART goals) via a seven-step method for finding the perfect word. It's a unique approach that includes reflecting on the previous year,…
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Want more confidence? Hack your brain! While brain hacking sounds mysterious (if not illegal—and painful!), it's simply the latest way to describe an effective neuroscientific method that rewards you with a “hit” of the happiness (or pleasure) hormone, dopamine. You can harness this to increase your motivation, which then fuels your confidence and …
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Storyteller Talia Molé, an activist, anthropologist, and artist, shares her journey confronting societal pressures, the impact of language on reproductive rights, and her mission to redefine motherhood. From fighting for a hysterectomy to battling for debt forgiveness, Talia is a powerhouse. In this re-released episode, we dive deep into the signif…
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It's celebration time! Having achieved 50 episodes, it's a great time to use this milestone moment to look back on where we've been, how we got here, and where we're going to continue this journey of living our best lives—la vida más chévere! With that are 6 recurrent themes that guide the essence of host Paulette Erato's life work, which is to hel…
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Another childfree wedding success story —this time, it's a childfree destination wedding! Bride Andrea Watt shares her experience in throwing the childfree wedding she always wanted: at sunset on the beach with only a small group of adults as guests. It doesn't sound very demanding for a bride. But of course, wedding planning is never without drama…
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Today's toxicity ripe for dismantling: the stigma around therapy. Brown people prefer not to air their dirty laundry with strangers, but bury their mental and emotional distress for fear of being labeled weak or crazy. All that does is create a cycle of pain that becomes harder and harder to break with, and is passed on to future generations. Enoug…
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As you heard last week, we're moving to Puerto Rico! So while that's happening, *new* episodes will be on pause. Because as I always tell you: rest is required! So I'm taking a break from producing new content. Don't worry, you can still get your regular dose of La Vida Más Chévere over on Substack. In fact, if you can help me get to 100 readers on…
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Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? Did you know it's part of the United States? If you didn't, you're not the only one! That's just one of the seven surprising facts packed into this week's episode, which you can consider your crash course on la isla del encanto (translation: island of enchantment). Come along on a journey that goes beyond the ster…
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Serial entrepreneur and childfree Latino Luis Octavio has something to tell you about taking risks. He gives us the play-by-play of what it took to go from being a closeted experiential marketer to launching multiple companies and brands while fully embracing who he is as DI Güey. Take a tiny risk and attend DI Güey University with us in this episo…
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It's wedding season! So let's dive into the world of weddings, particularly childfree weddings, and the significance of setting boundaries during this emotionally charged event. Weddings should be about the happy couple but can also lead to truly toxic drama that rips families apart. Everyone has an opinion, and they all think theirs is the most co…
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Have you ever wondered what life can look like after you've successfully dismantled the patriarchal bullshit our society throws at you? Fede Vargas is the living embodiment of how we can all do that. After 15+ years in the rat race and his own 18-month career break, Fede now hosts the podcast My Most Authentic Life, exploring this very topic with e…
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We've been socialized to believe that the traditional "life script" is the ultimate path to happiness. And anyone who doesn't follow it is doomed. Which puts childfree people, especially childfree Latinas y Latinas, at total odds with societal norms. But who made up those rules? What is behind these supposed ideals? The patriarchy! It dictates our …
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Just because the stereotype that childfree people have more disposable income exists, doesn't make it true. And even if it is, childfree Latinas y Latines might have the added burden of a scarcity mindset instilled upon us by our culture. Instead of generational wealth, we inherit generational trauma. Did you know that less than 0.5% of Latines in …
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Shame: everyone knows what it is because shame is a universal emotion. So how do you become shame-free? Although not Latina herself, guest Rena Martine shares her expertise in addressing shame, which is deeply rooted in Latine culture. Rena is a former DA who now works as an evidence-based intimacy coach, helping women love their bodies, experience…
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In this re-released episode, guest Rosalba Fontanez is challenging parents to love their children without expectation of grandchildren. As the mother of a childfree person herself (the host of this program!), she knows a little bit about the pressure to have kids and the toxicity of the mindset that grandparents are entitled to grandchildren. Rosal…
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Here’s a scary stat: less than 2% of the technology sector workforce is made up of Latinas. And yet tech is all across our lives. What are you reading these show notes on right now? How are you listening to this podcast? It’s all tech! Theresa Gonzales is a childfree, third-generation Mexican-American, and the CEO and producer of the podcast Latina…
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Can we break the Latina cycle of perfectionism and disappointment? How being a childfree Latina means you're already doing that! Have you ever been crushed by the weight of expectations on you as a Latina or Latine? Carried the burden of striving for perfectionism, but not once felt the relief of attaining it (even if you did somehow manage to do e…
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Pam Covarrubias has bounced between the US and Mexico her entire life. As a business coach and host of the Cafe Con Pam podcast, she has learned to stand in her power and will explain on this episode exactly what that means and what it took to get there. She also explains how embodying 2 separate countries and cultures gives her the necessary exper…
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The idea of self-care has lost all its meaning. Even we childfree Latinas think it's something we only get to have as a treat, but in reality it's something each and everyone needs every single day. It should be ingrained in your routine, a habit that's done from muscle memory. ***Support the show for as little as $3/month*** But our culture doesn'…
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Introducing La Vida Más Chévere! Still the same great content you've come to expect about overcoming cultural roadblocks and imposter syndrome, but with an even better name. That's what living la vida más chévere means: loving your childfree Latine life without shame or regret. Now a bi-weekly podcast, porque, you know. Support the show Like what y…
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If someone asked you who your biggest fan is, what would you say? Do you even know that you've got fans? Your inner critic is probably screaming no at those questions, and that's great for fueling your imposter syndrome. Not so great for building confidence. But recognizing this support system is a first step towards conquering that negative voice …
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If you've ever let your insecurities limit your ability to stretch yourself and grow, this episode is for you! And it features a story time about a guy so scared of being perceived as a sissy, he refused to use basic common sense when lifting. You'll also hear about my friend ad muse for this episode Tahmina, and learn how she fights to overcome he…
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Have you heard of this trend of creating a "word of the year?" Some people think it's woo-woo bullshit, but you know that words have power, and confidence can come from power, so why wouldn't you want some of that for yourself? Pick up the free workbook for creating your own power word, or theme for the year, and settle in for this process. I promi…
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No matter what time of year it is, overwhelm and anxiety seem to get the best of us. What if it didn't have to be that way? What if you didn't have to carry all that anxiety around all the time, burning out your central nervous system and wreaking havoc all over your body? Here are some small ways to manage that overwhelm: Choose only 3 priorities …
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Comparing ourselves to everyone else is usually a recipe for disaster. And it's also something you can choose NOT to do. But we do it anyway. Yet we don't pay attention to how others look up to us. Instead we use these comparisons to highlight our own shortcomings. What's the cure to comparisonitis? Here are 3 ways to combat that nasty habit. Remem…
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Boundaries are a good thing to have but all to often it feels like an overwhelming task to create and then enforce them against other people. Because being assertive or even confrontational can be hard! So here are some examples of how to set boundaries for yourself that don't require anyone else to agree to them. Intra-personal boundaries, the kin…
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Holiday stress feels expected, but you don’t have to put up with it if you don’t want to. Taken from a live training I did in 2021, here are 7 tips or “hacks” for fighting off the holiday stress you don’t want to have. To get the full list, plus the show notes and an episode transcript, go to TheMakerMuse.co. DM me on Instagram if you have question…
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It's (American) football season so here's a mini episode about why grown men slap each other's asses, smack helmets, and act like fools in the end zone—and why you should definitely be doing the same thing. In a word: confidence. You get it by celebrating every step in your progress towards a goal, no matter how tiny or incremental that progress mi…
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I forgot to mention that this season was coming to an end! So here's a little update about what's happening for the rest of the year, an invitation to nominate a childfree Latine to be on the show, and for you to ask questions. Plus stay tuned for mini episodes and more. This is also a great time to catch up on any episodes you missed. Start at the…
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Rosalba Fontanez has something she wants all parents of childfree people to hear: this is NOT about you, so stop putting a burden on your children to bear babies! Let's back up because Rosalba herself is a mother. She's my mother, the maker of The Maker Muse herself. And she's just as tired as all us childfree folk are of having to defend the choic…
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Ana Del Castillo is a tornado of passion. When not dropping pearls of wisdom to her followers on social media, she's dropping f-bombs about the fall of democracy. As a Cubana with Middle Eastern and Jewish roots, she's equal parts relatable and intimidating AF. Ana's unique message about being "in rightness with yourself" translates into choosing y…
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Meet Talia Molé, a fascinating storyteller and healer, for whom storytelling is medicine. It's in the stories of ourselves that we find healing. And in doing so, Talia is able to subvert the idea of modern society by distancing from patriarchal structures while pursuing the story of our ancestors and centering new ideas around motherhood. And she'l…
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"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams" is the mantra that this week's guest, Julie DeLucca-Collins, used to finish El Camino de Santiago in 2016. And when she lost her job during the pandemic, she knew helping women develop their own belief system—their confidence—was her true calling. And so her agency Go Confidently Services was born. B…
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Lorena Cooke, a Florida real estate marketer of Mexican descent, has a challenge for you. And it might force you to get out of our comfortable bubble. Think you’re up to it? Listen up and let us know how it went! As the founder and Chief Creative Officer of West Gray Marketing, Lorena started the company in order to develop marketing software and s…
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Sabrina Clementine is a construction project manager by day, and a garment construction entrepreneur by night. Born and raised in Miami, Sabrina is a Colombian-American and knows a little something about creativity and being a tía (or tití, like Bad Bunny would say). As the owner of the handmade clothing boutique Be My Clementine, Sabrina's legacy …
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Meet Isabel, a firebrand and bold Latina voice promoting the modern childfree lifestyle. This episode was recorded on the day that Roe v. Wade was overturned, and though Isabel is from Colombia, she explains how the reverberations of this landmark decision affect childfree people around the world, and especially in Latin America. We didn't hide our…
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Ever feel like you need a little more support? Like maybe the cheerleader in your head could use a louder voice? Allow me to introduce you to Breanna Aguilar, your childfree cheerleader. Breanna is a second-generation Mexican-American, childfree advocate, and a warm-hearted woman who is “here to cheer you on in life.” She wants you to succeed, and …
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Jessenia Ziennker is a self-taught cook, baker, and photographer who will dazzle you with her Foodstagram (that’s a food-focused Instagram). Raised in New York as an only child by Cuban parents, Jessenia refuses to “regift” this gift of life by having children. Instead, her impact will be left in her future Jazz Kitchen cookbook and in the lessons …
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Meet Jess Chavolla. Originally from Mexico, she's an LA-based artist, musician, marketer, small business owner, survivor, and advocate. Even though she's only in her twenties, Jess's life experience has led her to create a vision for women in unconventional fields, offering them support and resources for creating their own networks outside of the o…
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Why is not wanting to have kids such a big deal to some people? Isn't it totally normal for some people to not want them? Yes, it is normal to not want children. And since the first 14 episodes (or season 1) focused on the creative part of the childfree Latine experience, for these next 12 episodes (season 2) we're going to discuss the childfree pa…
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Welcome back to The Maker Muse Podcast with Paulette Erato. Season 2 features the voices of creative, childfree mujeres fuertes from around the world as they paint beautiful self-portraits of their unique and fulfilling lives through their stories. From welders to bakers, advocates to entrepreneurs, they're all living proof that even though we migh…
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What does showing up for yourself mean? In this mini bonus episode recorded live in my Facebook group, I talk about how it’s about sticking to the promises you make to yourself. It’s making a commitment to YOU. And how doing this in small ways consistently will prove to your brain that when you need to show up in big ways, it won’t have to worry ab…
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In this mini bonus episode recorded live in my Facebook group, I discuss how kindness is free, Western society’s portrayal of weakness is false and dangerous, and why you have to unlearn all of that BS. The podcast is on hiatus (hence this *bonus* episode), but I’d love for you to subscribe, rate, and review The Maker Muse Podcast wherever you catc…
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In the final episode of the season, we're examining the question: what the gym can teach us about progress, gains, and getting out of your comfort zone? More than you can imagine. We don't make huge gains without making even incremental progress outside of our comfort zone. And that's true both in the weight room and in the rest of your life. Check…
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Diet, cheer squads, and power tools: these are 3 more life lessons/universal truths that carry over from the gym to real life, to our artistic lives. But diet isn’t just what you eat, the cheer squad isn’t made up of the mean girls from high school, and what could possibly be the most powerful tool in your arsenal? Check out part 2 of this series, …
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Did you know that what you do in the gym carries over to your life, and not just physically? This is part one of three covering some universal truths we can find in the gym and in our approach to life. You don't have to learn them the hard way! Just listen to this episode so you'll understand why newbie gains are a privilege, being good at one thin…
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