Black History Month Spotlight: Wangari Maathai

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Happy Black History Month! I wanted to spotlight different women this month as a way to honor them, remember them and hopefully inspire other women. My second spotlight of the month is Wangari Maathai. The next spotlight will be Lorraine Hansberry.

In my opinion, Wangari Maathai is one of the most notable women in this generation who does not get as much recognition as she deserves. She is the first Black woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.

Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya and became the first woman in East and Central Africa to receive a doctoral degree (Nobel Peace Prize). She served on the National Council of Women in Kenya and it was during this time that she founded the Green Belt Movement (Green Belt Movement).

The Green Belt Movement is an organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to work towards conserving the environment and improving their lives. Maathai founded the environmental organization to address the issue of having streams drying up, food supplies being less secure. By planting seedlings, the women are able to store rainwater, provide food and firewood and receive a monetary token for their work (Green Belt Movement).

Conservation work wasn’t her only passion, Maathai was also an advocate for human rights, AIDS prevention and women’s issues. She addressed these issues in front of the United Nations General Assembly frequently. In 2002 she was elected to Kenya’s National Assembly and in 2003 she was appointed Assistant Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife (Britannica). In 2004 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first Black woman to receive the award.

Since being award the Nobel Peace Prize, Maathai published an autobiography of her journey. She was also appointed the Goodwill Ambassador to the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem. In 2006 she founded the Nobel Women’s Initiative (Green Belt Movement).

Maathai passed away in 2011 due to ovarian cancer.

Here are some books to read more about her:

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Earlier this month I was nominated by The Newbury Girl for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am extremely honored for this recognition.

Sunshine Blogger Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate (at least) 11 blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions

Newbury Girl Questions

1.What is your biggest blogger goal for 2019?

My biggest blogger goal for 2019 is to continue to create meaningful content. I want my content to be relatable.

2. What is the best advice you received as a blogger?

The biggest advice I received as a blogger was to not burnout. As a new blogger there is a desire to put out a lot of content to gain followers fast, but then you risk burning out and running out of ideas. I’ve been taking it slow and only blogging once or twice a week (slow and steady eh?) (I’m not Canadian I just wanted to say eh.) 

3. What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

I’ve got some really great trips planned this year and I’ve been working a lot on my own personal journey. I did a lot of soul searching last year and now this year is my time to heal and grow and repair myself.

4. What was your least favorite song from 2018?

Honestly any song by Cardi B, not because I don’t like her but because I cannot understand any of the lyrics.

Who was the first artist/musician you saw in concert?

DO I ADMIT WHO I FIRST SAW OR DO I LIE? This is so Seattle of me but the first concert I saw was Modest Mouse in 7th grade. Hahahah okay bye.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I’m such a night owl it’s crazy. I love the night, make me get up at 6am and I’ll be dead.

Pick one: Netflix, Hulu, or HBO?

Oh this is hard, but HBO. Unless I have Hulu with HBO added on, then I choose Hulu with HBO.

Pick one: Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter?

Yo why you gotta make me choose. I love them all, no discrimination. But if I really had to choose Instagram is great. I can use it show off my amateur photography skills.

If you could wake up tomorrow speaking another language, what would it be?

Chinese 100% it’s my mother language and my only regret that I can’t speak it. 

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or living, who would it be?

Oh Thurgood Marshall for sure. He’s one of the most fascinating person I’ve ever read about.

Share your favorite post from 2018. Why is this your favorite?

My favorite blog post is Vancouver Day Trip because it was such a fun trip and I had a blast. Also who doesn’t love road trips? And shoutout to Chelsea for reading my blog, always supporting me and being a great friend. 

My Questions (all travel related)

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
  2. If you live anywhere, where would it be?
  3. What is your favorite travel memory?
  4. After a long day of traveling, what is the first thing you do once you get there?
  5. Do your prefer road-tripping or flying?
  6. What is the most adventurous food you’ve tried while traveling?
  7. How do you choose the next place you are going visit?
  8. If you could only travel to one country which one would it be?
  9. What do you think is the biggest barrier for why people don’t travel as much?
  10. If you could only travel with one person for the rest of your life, who would you choose?
  11. What’s your favorite comfort food when you are traveling?

My Nominations:

  1. Bill @ A Silly Place 
  2. Cynthia @ Adventuring Woman
  3. Irine @ Travel with Irine
  4. Allie @ Allie Wanders
  5. 1Adventure Traveler
  6. Analytical Traveler
  7. Lily @ Anchoring Away
  8. Madelene @ InBetweenSC
  9. Angelica’s Travels
  10. The Impulsive Traveler
  11. Captain Jetson

Black History Month Spotlight: Ida B. Wells

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Happy Black History Month! I wanted to spotlight different women this month as a way to honor them, remember them and hopefully inspire other women. My first spotlight is Ida B. Wells.

I choose Ida B. Wells as my first spotlight. Ida B. Wells was considered one of the most famous African-American woman in the United States during her time. She was a powerful journalist that pioneered reporting techniques that are still implemented today (NYT obituary).

Wells was born into slavery in Mississippi. After yellow fever swept through her town, killing her brother and her parents, Wells moved her siblings to Memphis and worked as a teacher to provide for them (Women’s History). After her move to Memphis, Wells was arrested for sitting in an all-white Women train car, despite having a ticket. Wells sued and won her case, however it was overturned in the Tennessee Appeals Court.

In Memphis, Wells co-founded a newspaper called The Free Speech and Headlight. Through this newspaper, she wrote articles condemning violence against blacks, disenfranchisement, poor schools and other issues that plagued black people south. A pivotal moment in Wells’ life was when her close friend Thomas Moss was lynched in Memphis. Wells would become known for her famous anti-lynching campaign that followed this traumatizing event (Jim Crow Stories). The lynching of Moss is known as The People’s Grocery Lynching and happened on March 2, 1982. To read more about it, you can go here (JSTOR).

Through her newspaper, Wells questioned the reason behind lynchings and to expose the violence the black people faced in the South. Her writings were published abroad and in 200 black weeklies (NYTimes). Her lynching profiles was what she became more famous for, but she was also one of the first activist to implement economic boycotts. These forms of boycotts were made famously by the sit-in and the Montgomery Bus Boycott that happened later.

Another big accomplishment that is often attributed to other people is her help with founding the National Association of Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and National Association of Colored Women (NYTimes). Wells accomplished a lot in her lifetime, but was eventually pushed out for activist like Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.

Her life was filled with activism, bringing attention to black violence in the south and empowering black people. She was a powerful woman who didn’t backdown in the face of violence and threats. She is often forgotten about during the stories of the Civil Rights Movement.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about Ida B. Wells and our next spotlight will be Wangari Maathai so stay tuned next week to learn about the first Black Woman Nobel Peace Prize Winner.

Here are some books about Ida B. Wells if you want to read more about her.

Special Thanks

Last week I posted about my MeToo moment and the support was overwhelming and amazing. It’s always nerve-wracking and scary to post something so vulnerable. I was nervous that I would be judged. I was wrong and this is my thank you to everyone who reached out, who called me, who texted me. You showed me how much love is in the world and how much you love me. Your support while I get through this makes every bad day easier, it makes my darkness feel brighter.

This is also a special thank you to those who emailed me with your own stories. I know that cannot have been easy. Just remember, you do not owe anyone your story. It is yours to tell and do not ever feel rushed or pressured to tell it. You will when you a ready.

I got some questions asking how you can be there for a friend or family member who has been affected by sexual assault so I’m going to address some things that I think are important. I am no means a professional and if you have any questions, RAINN.org has some great resources to check out.

  1. acknowledge their pain.  – Do not try and empathize.
  2. Ask them what they need from you – this can be hard because you want to try and give advice or help them but don’t know how. The best way is to say “what can I do for you, what do you need from me?” this allows them to tell you specifically what they need.
  3. Patience – this is the hardest part because healing and recovering takes time and is different for every person. There will be bad days, and some of them can last a week, a month or just a few hours. It can vary depending on what triggers it. You have to be patient and caring when this happens and this can be hard because you do not fully grasp or understand what is going on and you don’t like watching your loved one in this bad spot. Being patient is crucial to supporting them and helping them.
  4. Love them – this seems so obvious but the biggest fear of revealing our sexual assault is being judged and shunned. Showing them that you still love them, still want to be with them and hang out with them helps alleviate this fear.

I made a playlist that will hopefully inspire you to be a bomb friend and supporter.

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Black History Month

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Today is the start of Black History Month and I wanted to do something a little different this month. This month I want to spotlight different women who were important women to Black History, with some being specific to the in the United States.

These women were pivotal people in their area of expertise, with the Civil Rights Movements and broke barriers wherever they went.

I wanted to spotlight women because they are often the forgotten people in all the stories. We hear of NASA sending someone to the moon, but we’ve only just learned of Katherine Johnson and her work towards making the launch successful. I want to say thanks to my friends who responded to my messages and gave me the names of some of these women.

Here are a list of women I am going to spotlight:

  • Ida B. Wells
  • Wangari Maathai
  • Ruthie Bridges
  • Fannie Lou Hammer
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Lorraine Hansberry
  • Bell Hooks
  • Hattie McDaniel

I’m excited to launch these spotlights and I hope you follow along this month. If there are any women you think should be spotlight, please let know!

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Last Night’s MeToo Moment

*Please note the following blog post talks about sensitive issues that may be a trigger for some people* Additionally, due to the nature of this post, any comments that are derogatory, inflammatory or rude will be deleted.

I initially had a different blog post scheduled for today but after last night’s episode, I decided I wanted to address the episode and my response to it.

For those who watch The Bachelor, and myself included, I enjoy it for its frivolous nature, the crazy dates and ridiculous drama. Yesterday, on The Bachelor, contestant Caelynn opened up to Colton about being raped during her sophomore year of college.

While this was happening, I was speechless, heartbroken and devastated. I commend Caelynn’s bravery for going on national television and revealing such a personal and intimate detail of her life. Once again, sexual violence has been brought to the forefront of national television and needs to be addressed. It’s disgusting and frustrating how incredibly common sexual violence/assault is. The #MeToo movement showed how many women experience sexual violence and yet we still have to fight to be heard and to not be judged. Christine Blasey Ford is a perfect example of being shamed, ridiculed and not believed after she courageously came forward with her story.

I felt compelled to write this blog post in support of Caelynn, to let her know and other women know that they are not alone. To tell your story on national television, to relive it not only while you’re telling your story, but also again when it airs, I admire you and commend you for your courage.  As I watched Caelynn reveal her story to Colton, part of me cried for her and everything she experienced, part of me was angered that this is still an issue and part of me admired the open and honest conversation that I wish I could have.

My story is also a MeToo story, my story is that I am statistic. My story is also not ready to be told. I’m not saying this to be allusive or mysterious, but because I’m still working through a lot of things. I’m okay though, I have finally told my story to my loved ones and I am getting the support I need. I’ve started therapy and I’ve made a lot of progress, but I’m not ready to expose my scars, my pain and my tribulations. There’s no roadmap on how to recover, there’s not a guidebook that tells you how to overcome such an emotional scarring event in your life. Everyone takes their own time to process and heal.

For those who have not experienced sexual violence, I ask that you don’t question or judge why it happened, rather that you support us, love us and allow us to heal at our own time and pace. For those who are victims of sexual violence, know you are not alone, that there are resources available for you and RAINN is a great resource to start at.

After I tweeted my anger and frustration over how common sexual violence is against women, I discovered and found Leah Griffin’s twitter account. For many who don’t know, she is also a survivor of sexual assault and is now a champion for rape survivors. To catch up on her work, read this article in Seattle Weekly. 

For those who want to help, there is currently a Bill in Congress right now called The Survivors Access to Supportive Care Act.

You can help us and other survivors by calling your Representatives and Senators and urge them to pass SB3203 and HR6387 (these are the Bill numbers The Survivors Access to Supportive Care Act).

Thank you for reading this.

Lively Ambassador

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I am really excited to announce that I am a WearLively ambassador! I have never felt more proud or excited to be part of an amazing group of people. This is an incredible company that has

Our goal as a brand is to empower women with images that embrace body positivity. We want our girls to come to the site and feel amazing, feel included in our conversation, feel inspired to continue doing the things they love to do.

–  Michelle Cordeiro Grant (hypebae)

WearLively was founded by a former Victoria Secret employee Michelle Corderio Grant. Her mission is to be inclusive to all women, all sizes and walks of life. This is completely refreshing and amazing. WearLively is a company that is run by women for women. Part of their mission is to empower women and that is something every woman can get behind.

Additionally, their products are free from animal testing. I have been slowly transitioning all my products to make sure they are cruelty free and I’m really proud and excited to own their newest fragrence Jasmine Sea Sun.

As an Ambassador I help promote their products, get first look at new products and help them with new ideas.  I’m proud to be a Lively Ambassador and if you go check out their website and decide you want to purchase anything you can use my code for a $10 off discount. My code is AMB-aseattlefoodie or click here to head to the website.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Today is an important day for many reasons. For the last few years, racial tensions in U.S. have heightened. Almost weekly we read different incidents where cops are being called on black people for the most mundane issues. It shows that there are still a lot more work that needs to be addressed and worked towards if there’s ever going to be any sort of civility towards each other.

For people who are not black, being an educated ally is important. Understanding the history of racial tensions between black people and white people is vital to being an ally. Additionally, as there are new “hidden” barriers that black people face, it is important to understand and recognize these barriers.

As someone who wants to be an ally, I’ve taken it upon myself to become as educated as possible. Below are a lists of different books and podcasts that can help you become a better ally and supporter to black people. I’d love to know if there are any other books or podcasts so if you have any suggestions please let me know! And for a little humor, scroll all the way down to hear a segment by Michael Che.



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Currently listening to: Podcast Edition

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If you follow me on twitter you know I’ve finally entered the foray of online dating. It’s been interesting to say the least. I’ve had quite a few guys send me messages that are eyebrow raising. Many of them I have screenshots of and sent them around to friends and they garnered quite a lot of chuckles (but due to the respect of these men, I will not be posting them on here, as much as I would love to).

However, I’ve felt quite exhausted with all of it and decided, after only being on it for a few weeks, that I needed to take a break. So I’ve placed my profiles on hold and am instead diving into the world of podcasts and finding new ones I can now spend my time on instead of endless swiping.

The first podcast that I have listened to, thanks to my fellow FA and soul dating sister Jeanette,  is u up?

U, up? is by Betches Media and is such a funny and honest podcast. Jordana Abraham and comedian Jared Freid talk about the ins and outs of dating, online dating and give brutally honest dating advice. It’s funny and amusing but also very interesting. The episode I started with was the one with the co-founder of Hinge on it. This episodes talked about different statistics (based on Hinge users). Another episode talks about why millennials have less sex. They bring on a variety of different people and talks about a variety of different topics.

As someone who hasn’t been able to put their dating experience into words, this podcast does it all. If you’re dating, trying to date or just fascinated with the current dating culture, I suggest you listen to this podcast.

I give it a 4/5 because sometimes they ramble too much and their episodes tend to be on the longer side.

4 Star

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Being a Flight Attendant: Reserve Life

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I get a lot of questions about my job, naturally as this job is very different then what other people are used to. I thought I’d do a quick blog post about what life is like as a reserve flight attendant.

Something that I think really boggles people’s minds is reserve life. For a normal desk job, if you call out sick, the company continues to spin its wheel and you come back to work when you get better and it is all good. For an airline, if a flight attendant calls out sick, then that flight cannot go. The reason is, the FAA requires 1 flight attendant for every 50 seats. Most airlines have it down to the minimum flight attendants so if one calls out they need another one to work that flight or else they have to cancel. Introducing your reserve flight attendants.

Reserves are flight attendants who just sit by and hangout and wait to be called. It’s literally a game of, do I go or do I stay?  I’m currently a reserve flight attendant but it varies per airline. For my airline it’s based on seniority so because I’m pretty junior I’m on reserve until more flight attendants are hired below me.

As a reserve flight attendant I do not have a set schedule or know where I am going. Instead, I know I am on call 18 days out of the month (with 12 days off). Most of the time I am notified the night before my reserve block starts, but sometimes I have a 2 hour call out which means I have 2 hours to get to the airport to work a flight. While on reserve I literally have my suitcase packed in my trunk and I always carry my uniform around with me if I go hangout with friends.

Reserve life can be exciting because you can go to some awesome places. On reserve I’ve gone to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Cabo, New York, Boston, etc. But sometimes it’s tiring because you just want to be home and inevitably the days that you want to be home are the days that you get assigned a trip. Reserves are pretty much required for the airline industry to function but it’s definitely a tough part of the job that makes you appreciate having a set schedule.

While reserve life is hard, I do really love my job and really don’t mind it. I hope this post gives you a little more insight to the airline world and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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