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Paulette Erato hosts La Vida Más Chévere de Childfree Latina, 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. Let's get rid of the cultural brainwashing and make decisions and life ...
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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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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! "Where are you from?" is a question asked all too often of people who are visibly "not white." So what does it mean to be American in a melting pot of immigrants? Picking up where we left off last time, guest Amanda reflects back on her 5 years in Japan and we touch on certain taboo topics like: race vs ethni…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! Continuing the study of the parallels in various cultures, we're celebrating AAPI month by exploring the world of childfree adulthood with Amanda from Six Degrees of Cats podcast in Part 1 of this two-part episode. Where do Latinidad and East Asian/Midwestern cultures overlap? You'd be surprised! And despite …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! Since host and childfree Latina Paulette Erato was ironically born on Mexican Mother's Day (which is always observed on May 10th), she's turning May into a celebration of The Otherhood, aka Non-Mom May! Non-Mom May is a fiesta dedicated to amplifying the stories of women and non-binary individuals living fulf…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! Self-proclaimed and proud black sheep Shweta Ramkumar sits down with resident childfree Latina Paulette Erato to discuss the parallels between Southern Asian and Latine cultures. And while both cultures can be conservative, sexist, and patriarchal, both women have been fortunate to have supportive families wh…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! What's it like to have a sibling that doesn't want kids? Batman enthusiast, professional marketer, sports/pop culture podcaster, and baby brother Erik Fontanez joins his childfree sister Paulette Erato to discuss this question. It's a candid and lighthearted discussion about the dynamics of being a childfree …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! Ever fantasize about moving abroad, and what that could look like in your life? Childfree couple Paulette and Ryan did just that, trading their Los Angeles-based routine for a new adventure in Puerto Rico. But moving to a tropical paradise wasn't all sausages and rainbows. The couple gets real about the unexp…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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. …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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? L…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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—than…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 i…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 motivatio…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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-releas…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 Pau…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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,…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 i…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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, …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 alon…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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, …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 Authenti…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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, hel…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 grandpare…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 th…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 an…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 litt…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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,…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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,…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 t…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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.…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 childfre…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 w…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 centerin…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! "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 ag…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 o…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 bout…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 especia…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 …
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 J…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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 crea…
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Wanna share your thoughts? Send a text! 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)…
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