Category Archives: Life


Life Chats – Move 2018 Update

Another #lifechats video updating you on the move 2018 situation. It’s been stressful, no place to live yet, but we are (hopefully) making progress! #move2018 #liferocks


Life Chats – Move Update

A new #lifechats video is up and ready to be seen. In this one I update you on the progress of the impending move, the options, the stressors and how I’m coping. #liferocks I hope you like it.


Life Chats – Office Move

A new #lifechats video is up. Here I update you on the most recent move out of my office, and how all that went, as well as my job situation and the impending move out of state. I hope you like it! #liferocks


What I’m Into – June 2018

A new What I’m Into video is up, these are things I’ve been loving in the month of June. Some books, candy, shoes and of course, makeup! Hope you enjoy it! #favorites #makeuprocks


Life Chats – Job Update

I just posted a new #lifechats video, this one is an update on my job situation. It’s also an update on the last #lifechats video I posted on Transitions. I hope you enjoy it!


Life Chats – Pondering Transitions

I’m going through a transitional period right now, and along the way, I gained some insight about myself and about how to best handle all the uncertainties. I thought I’d share my ponderings. I hope you enjoy this new Life Chats video and gain some insights from it as well. #liferocks


About Me – On Having Kids

Another About Me video is up! In this one I go into why I find myself in my forties without children. I explain how I have viewed having kid during the different decades of my life and how that has changed over time and why that has been the case. I hope you like it and learn a little bit more about me. But also, I hope it helps you gain a different take on having children and perhaps even expand your understanding of how and why some of us end up making the choices we make.



Life Chats – Own Your Definition

I created a Life Chats playlist onto my personal channel on YouTube, and just made live my first video, in which I talk about owing your definition of self, and what I’ve learn this past year about dealing with other’s opinions of me. Check it out and let me know how you deal with people’s perceptions and opinions of yourself.


“New” Personal YouTube Channel

I’m revamping my personal YouTube channel! Can you believe I started it, or at least created it, back in September of 2006?! Initially, I had videos of Sophie around age 3, singing her favorite Little Mermaid tunes. She was obsessed with everything Ariel back then. And, I also had a few other family-related videos, of Cas cooking and Max being Max. But I made all those private and they are not for public viewing anymore.

The only video I left on the “new” personal channel is one of me explaining why I was flying back to NYC to vote in the 2013 Venezuelan presidential elections because despite all the years I have lived in the US, I’m still very much so Venezuelan. That is the first video for the Me playlist.

I’ve created 5 playlist categories to start me off. I will be recording videos for these categories and will be posting them as frequently as I can, given I still have a full-time job with teaching, writing for publication and presentations due; I’m still pursuing a hypnotherapy certification; I still have my professional Dr. Jennifer Mata channel to work on, and I am revamping my Mata Consulting business as well. So there is definitely a lot on my plate, and I’m loving it!

So here is the link to my first video, an intro to what the channel will bring for viewing pleasure and explanation of what the 5 main playlists (for now) will contain. I hope it’s an enjoyable adventure for all of my people who come into this community, let’s YouTube!

Happy New Year!

A few weeks too late and a dollar or more too short, huh? I know, I know. I have been absent for too long here. I want to commit to writing here if not daily, at least weekly again, but every time I set that goal for myself I drop it within weeks. Thus, I’m not going to set that as a goal, I’m just going to write when the mood hits my fancy. So here we are, a new year, a new beginning, right? Well, it feels like it to some degree in some areas of my life. In some other areas, it seems like it’s the same-old-same-old… although I have to say because my life is very soon to be in flux, the anticipation of change has me feeling excited in a way that nothing really does feel the same or old.

I do want to update you on my birthday weekend and my parents’ 2-week visit, back in the Fall. That Galena 3-day trip was the highlight of 2017. As I look back at the year, I think both visiting Nick in Pittsburg (the last post I shared) and then going away on a road trip to Galena with Mike, the boys, and my parents, were the overall best things of 2017. December in Miami wasn’t too bad either, so I guess the trips, the get-aways, the being and doing something different was what I truly enjoyed and thus best remember of the year. Sophie’s visit and all the fun outings we had is also something I remember about 2017 with fondness. And also Mike and I embracing the Keto Cleanse in September, changing the way we eat, losing weight and essentially changing my relationship with food, was also a decent highlight. I guess change was name of game in 2017, and I embraced it wholeheartedly, and now look back on it fondly.

It seems contradictory though because I frequently say I don’t like change. I think I have a complex relationship with change. I like the reassurance of routine, to know what’s coming next and not having the anxiety of anticipation for the future. Thus when things run as they should, as expected, in time and shape, I feel secure. But I also get bored of sameness with time. I tend to think 4 to 5 years is my limit with sameness, and thinking about the years I have now in Chicago (almost 8), I seem to be overdue for a major overhaul. I like sameness until I’m bored with it and I don’t like it anymore. And right now, for some years now, I’ve been needing a change, a big one. A change of work, a change of address, a change of perspective in life. A big change in my daily routine. And I think, in fact, I know, 2018 will bring that with it: a big, unequivocal change for me in several of the buckets of my life.

I’ll let you know how things progress. I’m sure I’ll get the urge to write about it as it happens, so I’m positive I’ll be back here often this year, much more so than the previous one. I’m still wary of how much to share in this space and trying to find a balance in my voice when I merge the professional with the personal. But I know I can do it, and if I waver, if I have doubts, I can always write about that as well. So, I’ll be back. I’ll keep you posted as the ball of change continues to roll, particularly when I begin to glean where the ball is taking us next.  Here’s to 2018, and the changes it will bring!