My 2020 travel adventures, were all scheduled and well planned. The year would begin with a visit to San Miguel de Allende with my comadres, then on to a fully hosted trip to Mexico City for a Mexican tourism conference, followed by We All Grow Summit, to connect with my tribe of Latina Creatives, in a  Palm Springs resort. I would rest up then join a 10-day tour to the state of Michoacán, with a much-anticipated visit to the artist community of Patzcuaro. I would rest a few weeks, then on to host a tour in the Baja MX region of Valle de Guadalupe, for a long soulful weekend of wine tasting and gourmet meals. As we approach fall, I look forward to Dia De Los Muertos festivities, building an altar, and enjoying the holiday with friends and family. I would close out the year in Espana, November 2020 was going to my first visit to the motherland. I partnered with a wine expert from the Granada region, to host a tour.  The anticipation of connecting with my family roots was finally going to happen! Then by early spring of 2020, 2 days before departing to San Miguel de Allende, the entire world came to a halt, as we refocused on staying healthy.

With no travel to create new memories, I needed to find a way to keep busy and motivated. I connected with my Amigas via Zoom, and we shared the same consejos;  read, watch movies, cook & journal, and most importantly stay healthy. We all agree to donate our extra resources to families in need.

We are barely mid-year, and we may begin to wonder how we will stay motivated. Sharing some great ideas to keep you connected con la cultura and remain motivated for 2021.


Reflect on past journeys, and write a journal of what made the trip so special. Was it the people, the sites, or food? Did you dance with your Amigas, as Mariachis played a party song in the Plaza? That is what I remember the most.

Organize Your Digital Photos

Create digital albums, organize by trip & share those moments almost forgotten with friends. I found a picture of myself, 22 years old, a great reminder of my younger self, and framed it!

Make Videos

Videos are fun and easy to make, try Magisto, by Vimeo,  my favorite free app to make videos. Social media loves video stories, and have fun recapturing good times.

La Cocina

Let the Mexican cook in you flourish! Pull out your cookbooks, and apron, try a new recipe, or salsa, your family will be sure to love. Better yet, call your Mama, Tia, or Abuela, ask them to share recipes. Listed below are my favorite cocineros, and their cookbooks available on Amazon.

  1. Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen – by Gonzalo Guzman and Stacy Adimando
  2. Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook – by Enrique Olvera

3.    Chicano Eats – by Esteban Castillo

4.    Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking – by Pati Jinich

  1. Rick Bayless All His Cookbooks

6.    Mexican Made Easy: Everyday Ingredients, Extraordinary Flavor – by Marcela Valladolid

Classic & Contemporary Mexican Movies You Must See
  • El Norte
  • Mi Familia
  • Frida
  • Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate
  • Coco
Classic & Contemporary Mexican Novels You Must Read
  • Macario by B. Traven
  • The Labyrinth Of Solitude by Octavio Paz
  • The Teachings Of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge by Carlos Castenada
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Leaving Tabasco by Carmen Boullosa
  • The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande 
What is on Netflix? 10 Latino themed films that will make you laugh and/or cry
  1. ROMA 2018
  2. Lorena, la de pies ligeros (Lorena, Light-Footed Woman) (2019)
  3.  How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)
  4.  Una historia de dos cocinas (A Tale of Two Kitchens) (2019)
  5.  Nadie sabrá nunca (No One Will Ever Know) (2017)
  6.  Mexicanos de Bronce (2016)
  7.  La Dictadura Perfecta (2014)
  8.  07:19 La Hora del Temblor (7:19) (2016)
  9. Bellas de Noche (2016)
  10.  Ayotzinapa, el Paso de la Tortuga (2018)
Latina Inspirational Influencers You Must Follow
  • Kathy Murillo – @craftychica
  • We All Grow Latina – @weallgrowlatina
  • Hip Latina – @hiplatina
  • Modern Latina – @modernLatina
  • Dolores Huerta Foundation – @doloreshuertafdn
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2020 will be remembered as the year of La Familia, and the importance of community.

Stay engaged with La Cultura, and let’s look forward to 2021.

Rose Mendoza


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