It’s Not Just About Walking, You Have To Talk Too

Ever since I remember, my modus operandi (MO) has been to give people the benefit of the doubt. At times, it has presented me as naive or gullible but allowing people to be as great as they want to be has always been a right I respect.

To enable this right, I have perhaps given more than I should have to facilitate their success. This has taken me on the path to learn a new lesson, the truth of: Walk the Talk.

I learned that I am a person that walks the walk.

How did I learn this? I learned this by realizing that there are people that talk the talk and they do it extremely well.

I see this a lot in the political and professional world. The talkers and the walkers are not always the same and this lends to an ease of disengaging with the ethics of walking the talk. However, my closest experience with talking the talk was when I suddenly came into a parenting role of an older child at a time when it was prime that I learn this lesson. The child was an expert at talking the talk. This led me to learn to define boundaries. I was open to the talk but I wanted to see results so I established my new truth. I said, “Don’t tell me, JUST DO IT!”

My point was and still is that a great amount of energy (if not cost)  is expelled telling about it and Just Do It, as we grew to know later, is always the final proof.

I have learned that walking the walk is a sin of humility but sure gets things done. It provides personal pleasure and great rewards in achievement, personal achievement. However, if our work is to be shared at any given point in time, then the talking part is key to facilitate how we or others leverage our walk.

Lilibeth Andre Walks the Talk

Lilibeth Andre Walks the Talk

About eight years ago I realized that I can set the walk, and talk the walk for others but was still haunted by the humility handicap of thinking that my walk would set me free. I realized that if I wanted to share the walk I was walking I needed to learn to talk too.

By talking, others become aware of your walk. Even though you may have a lifetime of walking the walk, that’s just the world we live in.

Another benefit of talking the walk is that you can find others who are of the same journey and follow an amazing path, and you can become enriched with sharing your walk and learning from theirs because, as we advance in our way, reinventing the wheel is not something we care to do much of so often.

So here I am as I learn more about talking my walk without sacrificing the time I prefer to walk my walk.

And you, what is your approach? Do you walk your talk?






Los Angeles and Las Vegas-Summer News

Saturday, June 28, 2014, Las VegasThe Lady of The Turquoise Pendant receives the First Place Award for Best Educational Young Adult Book presented by Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards.


Finalist-The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant

First Place Winner-The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant

The International Latino Book Awards occurred on June 28th in Las Vegas as part of the American Library Association 2014 Conference. The Awards were held at the Clark County-Las Vegas Library Theater. Over the last 16 years the International Latino Book Awards has grown to become the largest Latino literary and cultural awards in the USA. Amongst this year’s 231 honorees were well known authors like Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Allende, Rudy Anaya, Mary J. Andrade, Edna Iturralde, all of whom are past ILBA Award Winners. Other honorees include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and celebrities like TV chef Pati Jinich, the late singer and actress Jenni Rivera, singer Linda Ronstadt, screenwriter Rick Najera, and TV personality Lilliana Vasquez. Winners were from across the USA and from 18 countries outside the USA.


Sunday, July 6, 2014, Los Angeles – The original oil paintings of the three Fridas (Yellow Frida, Frida Teal, and Princess Frida) will be included in the Frida Kahlo exhibition opening at ChimMaya Art Gallery.

Lilibeth Andre, Yellow Frida, Oil, 16x12

Lilibeth Andre, Yellow Frida, Oil, 16×12

Each of these paintings is 16 x 12 inches and held in a 3 inch frame. They represent color versions of classical Frida Kahlo black and white photographic portraits. The paintings are an expression of composition, color, and texture that successfully manifest the strong Mexican flavor of the celebrated artist through the forceful work by Lilibeth Andre.

The Reception for this event takes place from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, at ChimMaya Art Gallery located at 5283 E. Beverly Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California.










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