Blogging, Speaking, Walking & Rolling: An Update for Good

This year, I feel I’ve especially committed myself to doing whatever God has in store for me. If it’s not meant to be, it’s because He has better plans for me than I could have made for myself. 

As it turns out, the purposes of those plans often overlap with each other– creating just a little confusion in my life! But I need not be too stressed about it– it’s all for good. 🙂 

So here’s the lowdown on what I’ll be up to in the coming weeks and months: 

  • In just 10 days, I’ll be speaking at CFLBlogCon, formerly known as the Central Florida Blogger Conference, on the topic of “Blogging for a Cause.” (I know, right up my alley, isn’t it?) I’m very excited to be invited to speak at a conference that was founded last year. The very talented organizing team is doing a fabulous job of bringing together bloggers, entrepreneurs, and social media diehards from all walks of life to present a diverse, educational, and entertaining program throughout the day. Check out the Official CFLBlogCon guide for more details!
  • The CFLBlogCon team is also debuting its Blogging for Good program this year, and it aims to raise awareness and funds for some great organizations, among them the Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida, and the Valencia Foundation. While almost everyone already knows why I support the first organization, you might be wondering about the second one. Well, I’m a graduate of Valencia College, and while I completed my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida, Valencia will always hold a special place in my heart as my first college alma mater. The foundation is committed to improving education for all students, and they have often given me a platform to promote my cause. Of course, I would encourage you all to support the SBACFL through this program, as well. Please visit this link to find out how you can make a difference for good.
  • My goal is to continue the work I began last year as a Team Captain for the Central Florida Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida. So, I need your help. Can we exceed our goals from last year and raise the bar? Team Holdin’ Out for a Hero is at it again, and we need more members, and more fundraising. We need all team members to be actively seeking out donations. That being said, any way you can promote it would be awesome. 

  • While I can’t share all the details with you yet, I know I’ll be speaking on a panel at the LATISM ’12 conference in Houston in October!! Yay. I can’t tell you all how excited I am, but because I’ll be in Houston– dun dun dun— I’ll unfortunately be missing out on attending the Walk-N-Roll in person! 🙁 So that’s why I’ll need extra support from you all to make my dream of raising even more funds a reality. We can do this. I do know I’ll be speaking on a health-related panel, so I will definitely be plugging The Cause. 🙂

So that’s life on the cause front for now. Stay tuned for even more updates. Thanks again to all of you who posted comments, supportive Tweets and wall posts on Facebook in celebration of our 3-year anniversary. Rest assured I read and appreciated them all so much!!



Laurita ♥

Holdin’ Out Hosts a Blogoversary Surprise Party– for YOU!

Break out the champagne. Throw the confetti. Start blowing up the *non-latex* balloons (spina bifida inside-joke, hehe!). 

Holdin’ Out for a Hero turns THREE. Can you believe it!? 

It’s hard to imagine now, but three years ago today, I was a senior at the University of Central Florida, starting out the year and confused as ever as to what I would be doing after graduation. If someone had tried to explain to me what my life would be like three years later, I would have laughed at them. 

But life changes. God had a new plan for my life. And the plan surprised me

Now, it’s time for me to surprise YOU. In wild celebration of three years of Holdin’ Out, I’m throwing you a party– online. Please join me tonight for Holdin’ Out for a Hero’s first-ever livestream!! (Can you tell I’m just a tad excited?) 

During our livestream, starting at 7 p.m. EST, you will be able to see me LIVE on video, talking to you from Orlando, Florida. Here is the link, and we will be going LIVE at 7 p.m. eastern time. And, you can connect to Twitter and Facebook and send me your questions, comments, and virtual birthday cupcakes (yes, please!!)

Also, on Twitter, let’s use the hashtag #HoldinOutforSB. 

Here are a few ideas as to what you all might want to share tonight (but the sky is the limit):

  • How reading/following Holdin’ Out for a Hero has impacted your life
  • What your initial thoughts/impressions were about the blog 
  • When you started following Holdin’ Out for a Hero– and how you heard about it 
  • Your own efforts to promote awareness of Spina Bifida 
  • Your own definition of the word “hero”– what it means to you 
  • Any questions you might have for me! (Keep it clean and G-rated, people!) 
  • What you think the next step will be for The Cause 


I’m serious. Not even the sky limits us, probably! 

I want to thank you all, because you’ve been such a huge inspiration to me. 

Get the cake and candles ready and cue the karaoke machine!! 



Laurita ♥ 

Summer of Blogs

Why did I decide to title my post “Summer of Blogs”? Well, because it seems that, lately, my entire life is revolving around what I’m doing or what I’m not doing with my blogs!

Earlier this month, I survived a near-disaster with Holdin’ Out for a Hero when, in a desperate attempt to re-design, I deleted WordPress. Smart, huh? Thank God I was able to contact my web host and they were very patient and understanding, and got my site restored.

I’m looking into some upcoming changes for this site, that will hopefully be well-received by my readers! But first, I need to learn a little bit more about how exactly to go about this, so I don’t get my site into trouble again. 😉

Also, by God’s grace, I’m attending the BlogHer ’12 conference next week– in New York City!!! (Can I get a *woot woot*?) And– I leave for NYC tomorrow afternoon! (Can you say, “packing panic attack mode”?)


I'm going to Sparkle at BlogHer '12

In spite of all the stress, lack of sleep, and constant worries (health setbacks that I’ve already written about, plus the silly stuff!), I can’t imagine a sweeter time in my life than the present. 

Besides going to BlogHer in NYC, I’ll be extended the trip for a few more days to visit a country I’ve never seen before– Canada!! That’s right, I’m crossing the northern border this time, and, more specifically, I’ll be staying in a city I’ve always dreamed of visiting– Montreal, which is in the French-speaking province of Quebec. (C’est magnifique!) 

Needless to say, I’m super excited about this unexpected twist in my summer plans. 

Another “unexpected twist” I’ll have to deal with when I return is starting physical therapy. I know, I know, I promised you guys I’d get this all squared away soon! But finding a place that’s close to home and is covered by my insurance, etc., is easier said than done. I don’t want to jump into this headfirst (actually, one shouldn’t jump into anything headfirst, unless, of course, you’re Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps!). This is important, and I take it very seriously. So, I need to do a little more research. 

Finally, I’m still reveling in the awesome news that I’ve been invited to take part in a fun,  fabulous new event during BlogHer– a fashion show featuring 18 bloggers as models!! Yep, that’s right. I’ll be strutting my stuff on the runway, not slipping on recently-waxed floors. At least, that is the hope. My goal is to always show people that I don’t have a “disability” (except in the respect that everyone has challenges!), but rather that I have many abilities, among them, my world-renowned sense of style. Okay, maybe not “world-renowned”– still, it’s definitely there! 

If you’re attending the BlogHer ’12 conference this week, I’d love for you to be there, cheering me on, along with my fellow fab models! I haven’t met a single one of them in person, but from our recent online exchanges, I can already tell we’ll end up being friends. 

 So, this is basically what’s left of my summer, in a big, fat nutshell– colossal Web site mishaps, crunch-time, for BlogHer ’12, couture, and Canada. 

All this totally beats dealing with sunburn and sand in my shoes. 




Laurita ♥


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