¡Buen día! I’m Paulette Erato

Host of La Vida Más Chévere and a childfree Latina

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I’m also a lot of things that have nothing to do with being childfree, like:

  • right-handed
  • a photographer
  • lover of food and drink
  • curly haired
  • a plant-enthusiast and wife
  • and more

In fact I think being childfree is the least interesting thing about me! But it is a core identity. And finding other childfree Latinas or Latines like me hasn’t always been easy.

Our culture, as Latin Americans, is good at keeping us callados, quiet. We’re already minorities within minorities that also straddle two cultures (especially for those of us living in the United States).

But then we’re routinely slandered and made to believe there’s something wrong with us!

In a society that values a certain type of “family”—one that we’re never going to produce—it’s easy to feel invisible, lonely, and even ashamed.

Refusing to conform to societal norms puts us at odds con nuestra cultura, with our culture. But also knowing that bearing and raising children is not meant for us is a massive measure of self-awareness, boundaries, and frankly, peak adulting!

Yay us!!

So while I think being childfree is as natural for me as having curly hair, brown eyes, and being right-handed, I do try to make sure that part of me is visible. If only so that other childfree Latines looking for examples of a thriving life outside society’s expectations can use me as a model.

I did a deeper dive on this topic in episode 15 of my first podcast, The Maker Muse Podcast for Childfree Latines, which you can listen to here:

If you want even more examples of childfree Latinas who are kicking ass in the living their best lives department, check out season 2 of that podcast. There’s 11 women you might want to hear about!

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More Podcast Appearances

The journey to living my vida más chévere has been quite the adventure! And is always ongoing.

You can hear part of this on my podcast. But if you’re all caught up on this one, check me out on some others:

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Claiming Zero

Ep 154: Meet Childfree Guest, Paulette

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Life Curious Podcast

3.4 Challenging Norms: Navigating the Child-Free Latina Experience with Paulette Erato

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Keeping Up with Chaos: From the Booth & Beyond

Parenting isn’t Always the Default, Child Free Life | Paulette Erato

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NFS Podcast

Sunny Talk EP.14 “La Vida Más Chévere” With Paulette Erato

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My Most Authentic Life

Embracing a Childfree Life and Reclaiming Latine Identity | E41 Paulette Erato

Buena Vibra Podcast

Buena Vibra with Dra. Ortiz and Guest: Paulette Erato

Also on YouTube

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MProper Mimi

Live, Laugh, Love through a Childfree Lens

Also on YouTube

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Mindset Mantra

How Setting Boundaries Can Propel Your Personal Growth

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Eff That: Breaking the Rules of Online Business

Unlock Your Creative Potential with Paulette Erato

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How to Podcast Series

Episode 64 – Paulette Erato – Rebranding Your Show, Women In Podcasting And Transcriptions

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The Podcast For Podcasters Podcast

Finding Your Podcast’s Niche with The Maker Muse’s Paulette Erato

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Table for Four: A Family Conversation Podcast

Season 3 Episode 13: Child Free People

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Master Mic

“The Maker Muse” with Paulette Erato

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The Popcorn Brain Creative

How to Silence Your Inner Critic with Paulette Erato

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Self-Care with Kelsie

Creativity, Capitalism, and Child-Free Life with Paulette Erato

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Blogging Breakthroughs with Faith Mariah

Decisions Are Not Life Sentences & Other Things We All Need To Hear More with Paulette Erato

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All Things Relax with Sandi D.

Episode 12: Benchmarks Are Bullsh*t, Paulette Erato

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Love to Sew Podcast

Episode 127: Sewing Challenges with Paulette Erato