My life on the road, traveling the NASCAR circuit. (Daytona, Miami, Martinsville, Charlotte & Kansas)

On  keeping with my promise to share more about my life on "Just Bri", I'm starting a new series of posts about my life on the road. I work for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. If you don't follow the sport, it's comparable to the minor leagues in baseball. Our schedule has 22 races a season, which means I'm on the road a lot. I love what I do because every day is different, which I think is something that helps keep me passionate about my career.

I've been involved in the sport in some way, shape or form since I was 17, so it's easy to take for granted how cool my "every day life" can be. With these posts I'll try to give you a behind the scenes look at what you can't catch just by watching the sport on TV.

We've had three races already this season, plus a media tour in Miami and a test here in Charlotte so this post is a bit of a catch-up. Moving forward I'll try to post once per race. I hope y'all enjoy!
  1. As a PR rep you sometimes wear lots of hats. At Daytona in January this included lugging around an extra firesuit and helmet for media availability.
  2. It rained the entire race-day in Daytona and I prayed for it to stop so we could race and so I could get back to Charlotte to see my parents. I snapped a picture of the most beautiful sunset over the race track as the rain began to clear.
  3. Boarding a plane to Miami while I finished some post-race work from the weekend before. Sometimes our trips are back to back so you learn to use your time wisely.
  4. Behind the scenes at Telemundo filming a segment for "Titulares y Mas.
  5. At the Yahoo! Deportes offices in Miami. As a Hispanic PR rep this was one of my favorite moments.
  6. Waiting for the Sprint Cup Series race to end at Martinsville Speedway so that we could finally race. It had rained all weekend long.
  7. Celebrity chef Lorena Garcia cooked some delicious Mexican food for the race track that our team was able to taste test.
  8. Two of the drivers for my team about to be introduced at Kansas Speedway before the race.
  9. Two crew members from my team watching the final laps of the race at Kansas Speedway. After what had been a long and eventful race all of us were holding our breathe at the end.

10 Things People Love Saying To Latinas

I get all kinds of remarks when people find out that I'm Hispanic. The fact that I don't "look Mexican" (whatever that means) sends people into a state of shock and evokes a nasty case of diarrhea-of-the-mouth.

By this point I've heard it all. I know that the majority of the time people don't mean to be offensive with their comments, but sometimes they make me cringe. I've compiled for you a list of the most frequent things I hear as an American-Latina...

"You don't look Mexican"...What does that mean? What am I supposed to look like? Latin American people all look different, just like people in the United States do.

"Can you say something in Spanish?"...Yes, I can say almost as many things in Spanish as I can in English. Do I want to stand here and say random words to you in Spanish? Not really.

"Do you mean New Mexico?"...I always get this comment when I tell people I grew up in Mexico City. No I don't mean New Mexico the state, I mean Mexico, the country directly south of us.

"You probably made straight "A's" in Spanish class"... I wish I would have. Did you make straight "A's" in English class?

You're not really Mexican, so you don't get it....I've gotten this comment from both Hispanic and non-Hispanic people. Because I'm multicultural (American-Latina) people assume I can't fully relate to one culture or the other.

It shouldn't take you long to translate that document... If you want me to literally translate it word for word then no, that shouldn't take long. If you want the document to make sense, then that might take a while.

You're probably really good at salsa dancing... This one makes me laugh because I consider myself to be rhythmically-challenged, I wish I could move like Shakira but unfortunately "my hips don't lie".

I bet you tan really easily... Nope. I actually have relatively fair skin and burn to a crisp if I don't wear sunscreen.

Is your family Spanish?...Spanish people are from Spain, the country. My dad is from Mexico, so he's Mexican.

Don't you just love J. Lo?...Whyyyyyyyy does it always have to be J. Lo? Let me tell you about Julieta Venegas, Belinda or Paulina Rubio.

Bachelorette Weekend in Nashville

I've been feeling a bit frustrated with the blogging world. Lately it seems like you're not a "real blogger" unless your pictures are perfectly staged and splashed with gold glitter, fancy quotes and fresh flowers. I have fun sharing makeup finds and outfits I've styled, because let's face it, I'm about as girly as it gets. Honestly though, I've never been one for following the crowd. So pictures of macaroons and peonies, although beautiful to look at, aren't an honest reflection of my daily life, which is what I want my blog to be about. I've realized that the most unique thing I have to offer to the blogging world is my life, and my experiences, so that's what you'll be seeing a lot more of around here. Life isn't perfect, so I don't want to make my blog look that way in order to feel accepted.

Now that I got that off my chest...
One of my "little sisters" from my college sorority days is getting married in a few weeks, so we headed to Nashville for her bachelorette party. Jordan and I lived together my senior year of college, and we have one of those rare friendships where you can not talk to the person for a few weeks or months but quickly pick right back up where you left off. I wouldn't have missed her special weekend for the world, but I was a little nervous because I didn't know some of the girls going on the trip. Such a girl thing to be worried about, I know.
Well, it was a great weekend! Nine of us piled into two rooms and did all the typical things you do during bachelorette weekends. We found the best brunch spots, which included lots of Bloody Mary's and the most delicious breakfast I've ever had (a quesadilla covered in scrambled eggs and salsa from Jackson's). We walked along the river, wandered in and out of all the country bars and some girls even bought boots. When in Nashville, right?
We tried to visit The Bluebird Cafe, but I think it's become pretty popular since the show "Nashville" and kind of hard to get in. A picture in front of The Bluebird still counts right?
Lately I've realized that the friends I have now will be the ones who will be there for me during the next milestones in my life - weddings, babies, etc. It's so cool that I've known these girls throughout different chapters and I can't wait to support each other during these next ones. Jordan is the first one of my close friends to get married, and I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of her bachelorette weekend. I can't wait to watch her walk down the isle in a few weeks!
Nashville, you're pretty fun. This Texas girl can't wait to visit again soon.

What You're Really Celebrating On Cinco De Mayo...

Happy Cinco de Mayo friends!

I know that the fifth of May has turned into many American's favorite day of the year. The holiday where it's acceptable in the United States to consume large amounts of Mexican food and drink Margaritas without feeling one ounce of guilt. Now, I'm a big supporter of any reason to celebrate, but as a Mexican-American I feel the need to correct a common misconception among many people.

Cinco de Mayo IS NOT Mexico's Independence Day. Are you shocked? Independence day in Mexico is actually the 16th of September. What you're really celebrating on Cinco de Mayo is the Battle of Puebla, when Mexican armies defeated French forces (in Puebla, a State in Mexico), on May 5th of 1862.
So friends, I hope you're consuming large amounts of guacamole and enjoying a margarita or two this evening (I know I will be) and enjoy celebrating the real reason we have a holiday known as "Cinco de Mayo".

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