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About the CABRONA Tee

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"Every woman needs a little CABRONA in her..." - Arisbet

SEPT. 2017 NOTE: Proceeds from the sale of each shirt are donated to help the victims of Mexico city's earthquake. 

OK so to be clear, I'm not going by the literal translation here. Cabrona is translated into English as 'bitch'. I think taking on the attitude of being a bitch is destructive, to say the least. I mean cabrona in a different sense. In my opinion, cabrona has taken on a different cultural meaning over time. Let me explain.

What I DO NOT mean...

My mom taught me NOT to be a cabrona when I was young. She would say, "No seas una cabrona con tu hermano Arisbet" which, in most cases, meant I was misbehaving by being mean to my older brother. In my defense, I was only defending myself. That's not what I mean.

There is also cabrón - the male version. That translates as jerk or asshole, or a man who is vengeful or a trickster in his ways. That remains the same. I've also heard that some use it to mean a man who has been cheated on but I've never heard anyone use the word in that meaning.

There is another term, 'encabronado' or 'encabronada', which is the male and female word for the person being livid. Extreme anger as a state of being, "Está encabronada." Or to be very angry at someone. She got mad at him can be said, "Ella se encabrono con él." That's not what I mean. 

Then there's the use of the word to refer to something cool which is, "Esta cabrón". And similarly, the use is to describe when things are difficult. You would say the same thing just in a different way, "No pos...ta cabrón". That's not what I mean.

When life gives you lemons, be a cabrona.

What I mean by cabrona is in direct response to life's challenges and...unwanted crap. From injustices, or being mistreated, to dealing with really difficult life circumstances - I think it is good for a woman to be a cabrona sometimes. The CABRONA Tee is a simple reminder to who is wearing it. It means to:

  • Be fearless.
  • Be courageous.
  • Have a healthy self-confidence and self-esteem. 
  • Have a strong sense of self-identity.
  • Have a mind of your own and don't allow others to think for you, or make decisions for you.
  • Not make decisions based on feelings. 
  • Not be a push-over. 
  • Be aware enough of your surroundings to evaluate a situation accurately. 
  • Be authentic and REAL 100% of the time - to yourself and others.
  • Be able to defend yourself and not need others to do it for you. 
  • Demonstrate grit and overcome the toughest challenges. (Leave no room for a victim mentality.)
  • Be too focused on your own life goals to engage in "chisme" (gossip).
  • Work hard at becoming a better version of yourself.
  • Not allow others to mistreat you, or treat you less than you deserve.

I could list a few more but this list describes it well. I must say, like most things in life, this all develops and solidifies with time.  I think every woman has a little bit of cabrona in her and it comes up every now and then. Some of the sweetest women I know are cabronas when they need to be. You don't have to be a mean person all the time, or carry RBF to be a cabrona. Being mean, vengeful or hateful are negative and very weak traits.

You need real cabronas in your life. 

Seriously. Not only should you be one, as needed, but you need to surround yourself with some. Because they will most often remind you to get up and recover yourself back to 100% after the worst problems arise in your life. Be quick to step away from women with low self-esteem. They come with impressive college degrees by the way, so don't let that distract you. You can hear them disclose they have low self-esteem if you just listen for it. That's for another blog post. I've spoken to customers at DEVILLA who describe their friendships incredibly poorly, at every age level. Some customers I've spoken to have friends who criticize the way they look, or only call them when they need something. I've talked some into getting rid of them and getting real friends. LOL! I've talked some into leaving the guy they were talking to. Not sorry. I've encouraged some to begin job hunting for a new boss. You can't get anywhere in life if you keep dead end relationships. 

The real Cabrona was Katie, not Regina George


This is why. The woman who does the right thing even when it is difficult, owns up to her mistakes and takes time to correct herself is a true cabrona. Although she started with not identity, Katie figured out who she was and started acting like it. She stopped making decisions others wanted her to make. She embraced being her smart self. She complemented other women when she was given the stage. She was given a crown and broke it into pieces to give to other women, including her frienemy. 

If you are Latina, the real cabrona was Mari-Mar not Soraya.

Soraya is who most people would say is a cabrona. She's not. It's hard to watch scenes from the novela and not feel sorry for her! She was vengeful, scheming, placed a lot of attention on her looks, had low self-esteem and lived always on the defense. Watching it over and listening to Maria's responses you get a good sense of her solid self-value and personal empowerment to overcome every issue she faced. 

Get the popcorn ready for the fab flashback, such a good novela! Enjoy these top 10 enfrentamientos.

And of course, enjoy the shirt. 


INTERVIEW: Valarie Goff on Food, Dating, Style and Human Trafficking.

Arisbet Cantu

"Hi, my name is Valarie. Help! I'm a missionary. Kidding. Kinda. I’m the Women’s outreach specialist. I work with women who are employed in the commercial sex industry."

Home Town: Big Spring, Texas (West Texas)

College Town: Waxahachie, Texas (SAGU)

Describe yourself in 3 words: Sweet, Compassionate, Present.

Describe a typical day on the job: I wake up at 7 a.m., but I really start my day at 9 a.m. My work includes calling churches to get services booked so I can raise support. That in itself is a job. I do not get paid by FREE International, our work is based on donations. (Psst click here to support me and my work.) With the brothel ministry, I connected churches to help donate gifts for the women. I do administrative work to make the ministry happen, including coordinating mission groups that travel to Vegas from all over the nation to learn more about human trafficking. I do a lot of educating groups and individuals to increase awareness. Preventative work I do includes volunteering with organizations like the Boys and Girls club and functioning as a mentor to a select few teenage girls. Every year I coordinate the outreach for the Super Bowl, this year I functioned as the Director leading the group assigned to work the outreach effort at the Super Bowl in Houston.

What is the top misconception people have about sex trafficking: People choose that life. It's simply not true for most. 

How would you describe the average victim: Statistically, average age a girl enters into prostitution is 12 - 14 years old. But I work with older women over the age of 18. A common trend is they have a very poor, damaged perception of men.

If you could convince the working girls of one thing, what would it be? Convince them that there is hope. Because I think they don’t see that. There is hope in Jesus.

What is the toughest part of your job? Sometimes I feel the pressure of supporters and churches to see numbers of girls who have come out of the life, and it does not work that way. It takes time and dedication to each woman and each one has her own unique experience. It takes a lot of patience and not giving up when you don’t see immediate results.

Can you share an experience while at the brothel ministry that really impacted you? There was one girl who I met twice and I really gravitated towards her. She had just started in the brothel but had previous industry experience. I felt ‘oh my God, the longer you stay here you are going to change so much’ I felt I saw her heart, she was a sweet kind hearted young woman. And after that I didn’t see her again, I don’t know what happened to her. I was sad because I hoped to reach her.

What is a personal lesson you took away from doing brothel ministry? Not to make the women feel low or judged. We had an experience where we had volunteers put together gifts for the workers in the brothel. They were gifts given to the group from a donor. We did not look through them and the girls saw these cards in the bags that had prayer notes about praying for the women in the brothel. They were not supposed to go in donations for the girls, we don't know who put them in the bags. It was communicated back to us that the girls in the back read these cards and got offended. So I know on my end, in the future when I’m the one in charge to go through everything and make sure they never feel less than.

Talking Style...

How would you describe your style? I don’t know, what you saw yesterday was not me, usually I don’t go out of the house like that.

Arisbet: Guys, she drove up to Dallas, was wearing like…’I’m about to clean a very dirty house’ outfit.

Valarie: I love wedges. People know me for always being dressed up. I typically wear navy, blue, black, neutral colors. Love Shoes. A lot of times you can find me in make up, earrings, watch, blouse, jeans and wedges. That’s my go to. It looks like I put effort into it and people say OMG you look so cute, seriously throw jeans on, your shoes and a nice blouse. You can also wear a dress. In winter time, add boots with tights and a dress.

What is something you would never wear? A fanny pack.

What is an essential item in your wardrobe that you take with you when you travel? My skinny jeans and my wedges.

Who is the celebrity you admire most for style? Ooooo, the Kardashians. 

Let's Talk About MEN.

What is the first thing you notice in a man? His muscles.

What was your worst date ever? Before I was a missionary, I met a guy at my previous job who took me out on a date. We went bowling and he was very touchy, smothering me. I don’t like that, I don’t know you and like you don’t have the freedom to just do that. I was like I just want to go home to my family.

What is most challenging about dating now a days? It’s hard to find somebody on my level who is following his calling.

What have you learned so far from poor dating experiences? I learned that I cannot change a man.

What do you look for in the ideal future husband? I like men in their 30s. Someone who loves Jesus, has a sense of humor, and is supportive in what God has called me to do. Tall dark and handsome, I like Hispanic men with a full sleeve! I love tattoos on a man.

What advice would you give a fellow single woman who wants to get married? Don’t lower your standards.

What’s your favorite food? Mexican. I love, love, love chips and salsa. I love spicy food too.

What is your definition of success? It’s not living the “American Dream”, it’s fulfilling what God has called you to do.

What’s your favorite quote? “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” By anonymous.

Who do you admire the most and why? My aunt, she pushed me to pursue more in life.

What’s your greatest strength? Listening.

If you could change anything about yourself what would it be? My hair. It’s curly, I don’t like it.

What is the best food in Vegas? There are no good Mexican restaurants in Vegas, let me tell you. There is this Vietnamese restaurant Viet Noodle Bar, and they have great pho.

What did you miss the most about living in Texas? Eating at Whataburger, my friends and family.

What is the last book you read? Unreasonable Hope: Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain by Chad Veach

What is the best advice you took from your mom? Close your legs.

What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve done recently? Go to Idaho. And let me tell you, they have beautiful men there.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? I hope to be married but that’s a hard question for me. I just live in the moment, I’m open to whatever God has in store.







Style Sheet: Roma

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Fontana di Trevi in the Piazza di Trevi - Roma, Italy

Fontana di Trevi in the Piazza di Trevi - Roma, Italy

Remember the movie, 'When In Rome', about a young career woman named Beth who made a wish at the Trevi fountain when she was conflicted about meeting the right man. Having walked away from my own tragic romance, Rome was the place to go. I'll have to tell you that story later. But also, who 'walks away' from a tragic romance by flying to 3 countries? This girl.

Rome is incredible.

Get ready for an amazing time. First let me start off by saying that at luggage claim, I witnessed an Italian girl who thought she lost her luggage, and suddenly ran to my section of the luggage claim, found it and cried out with laughter, "Mama mia!!!". Yes, that happened. I thought, 'Nooooooo....she didn't.' And one experience after the other, quickly fell in love with the people. 

I've been to Sicily before, but like any other country, each area is different in Italy. I also learned that culturally, there are divisions among people depending on the area. Those from Milan, I heard, are more aristocratic than those from Rome.  The similarity is how stylish everyone is. Some of these chics walk around on cobblestone in heels! I'm not that talented. I recommend you take comfortable flats or walking shoes. It can get chilly in the evening so bring a scarf or shawl / light sweater. The Renaissance-era center of the city has beautiful structures including the Pantheon, with plenty of laid-back dining. This is where I spent my time introspecting and getting my thoughts together before heading home so of course I brought my journal. 

Hit the Streets

Walking around in Rome can be hectic but I highly recommend you just stride and stop by to grab small bites here and there to taste different things. You'll see little shops that you can just walk into and pick up food.  Definitely have some gelato and street pizza! 

Of course, be mindful of your things, especially when walking around at night. I stick with a cross body handbag that I can hold in front of me. I'm not typically paranoid so I don't hide my money in my bra or anything like that, LOL. Especially here, I didn't see the need. Men will hang around and stare if you're alone, obviously. I made it a point to just be friendly and say hi to people I encountered. Clearly, I am one in the sea of tourists with a camera. 


2nd to soccer, shopping is the sport of the Italians. I really only bought jewelry, souvenirs for friends and family and this iconic Italia sweater below. Check out the shops inside Galleria Alberto Sordi. There are also little small shops around. Seriously this Italia sweater is so comfy and keeps you so warm, I love it. The first time I bought one was in Sicily when I didn't go prepared with a jacket. As freezing as it was in that hill top the jacket kept me super warm as though I was wearing a heavy coat! I picked up two in Rome and gifted one to my little sis. This is what it looks like, and they have different options for colors: 

If you buy it from a small business shop, which is where most of these are, you can haggle to discounted prices on almost everything from this jacket to souvenirs. I spoke Spanish, hoping they think I'm from Spain. When I speak English in certain countries/areas, they really over-price everything. 

If you buy it from a small business shop, which is where most of these are, you can haggle to discounted prices on almost everything from this jacket to souvenirs. I spoke Spanish, hoping they think I'm from Spain. When I speak English in certain countries/areas, they really over-price everything. 


I booked to have a nice dinner out. I went to Baccano Ristorante, it was very delicious. I did not sit at the bar though, which is easier to do when you're alone because you get to meet people. I didn't really want to talk to anyone and just enjoy the moment and have conversations with God. So I faced an empty chair. Break ups are hard, especially when you feel you invested so much and were left with nothing. I spoke to a good guy friend prior to this trip, and here is something he shared with me which I have applied and shared with other women. I've termed it 'THE RATE OF EXCHANGE'.

He said, "If I gave you $5 and you turned around and gave me $10, I would never leave. I'd stay - or leave, then come back and know that I'll always get more than I give."


This is how I expanded on it: If you give the guy $10 (100% commitment, time, energy, etc) every time he gives you $5 (50%), he's going to keep coming back. True. The guy would realize you may even end up paying him double, $20, when he gives you the same $5 - with time. And that is what you're doing when you give more in a relationship than you get. And often, women stay stuck there for a long time, without any real commitment from him over years time. You would never engage in that type of exchange when it comes to money - it's illogical and unreasonable. So don't do it with the more valuable things in life, your heart, your love, your mind, your time, your energy - your soul. That's why many women are left feeling like they've lost themselves after a damaging relationship.

  1. Step back, write down the facts.

  2. Consider 'The Rate of Exchange'. 

  3. Make a good decision your future self will thank you for. 

I had the lasagna and some wine, as I had been eating out earlier grabbing bites here and there. The wait staff were incredibly nice, of course, great service. Stop by and check it out!

I had the lasagna and some wine, as I had been eating out earlier grabbing bites here and there. The wait staff were incredibly nice, of course, great service. Stop by and check it out!

"Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." Proverbs 4:23

During my dinner with God, I had a solid time of prayer too. And when I was done, I walked away and left those private concerns in the streets of Rome. 

Safe journeys.