The Aftermath

November 21, 2016

The past two weeks have been somewhat of a blur. If you read my election day post, I was prepared to elect our first female president, and I had no doubt in my mind that this was going to happen. In fact, from the day that Hillary Clinton announced that she was running for president, I assumed that she would be our next POTUS. There was never a doubt in my mind.

But, like many others, I was shocked by the results of the election. I kept thinking to myself, “This isn’t happening.”

I cried in bed, scared for our country and those who have been threatened and insulted over the election cycle. When I arrived at work, I shut my door because I was overcome with emotion. But soon I realized that spending my time crying and being afraid would do nothing. I feel like I experienced the stages of grief within just a few hours, and then started looking for ways to make an impact.

I’ve tried really hard to not allow myself to wallow or be paralyzed with fear. As politically aware as I am, I’m not nearly as active as I should be in volunteering and donating. I hate to think that my laziness attributed to the election of this awful man, but I know there are so many reasons (mostly out of my control) that he will be our next president. Complacency won’t get the best of me once again.

I wish I had more words of encouragement, but I believe that the anger spurned within us now is just the motivation we need to hold politicians accountable in the next election. Believe it or not, I have no problem with having a Republican president. However, I do not believe one political party should have control over both the Congress and the Presidency. We need to stop vilifying each other and begin working together. A government that works together, on both sides of the aisle, without polarizing each other, will truly make America great again.

I’m With Her

November 8, 2016

(Before I start, I just want to say: if you disagree with me, that’s okay. I’ve made up my mind and I’m sure you’ve made up yours. I’m just sharing my perspective and my story. Please keep negative comments to yourself.)

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It was 2007. I was a high school senior in my government and economics class, and the upcoming presidential election came up. Hillary Clinton announced her intent to run on January 20, and we all had opinions. When our teacher asked why we would or would not want a female as president, I remember a girl in our class speaking up about how she didn’t believe that women could be trusted to run our country. “What happens during ‘that time of the month?’ She could push the nuclear button with no hesitation because she’s too emotional,” said this girl whose name I still remember.

I remember listening in horror. Are women actually that much more emotional than men? Do we really not think that women are just as capable as men? That moment, I realized that I supported Hillary Clinton for president.

When June 2008 came around, I remember my boyfriend at the time (now husband) and I had just checked into our hotel room for a beach vacation. I sat on the edge of the bed watching Hillary deliver the last speech of her 2008 campaign for president. I had tears in my eyes, but I knew it wasn’t over for her. I still had hope.

Fast forward to April 2015: we all knew it was coming. My “Ready for Hillary” bumper sticker had been on my car for at least two months at this point and I had purchased a “Madam President” magnet during our trip to DC a year earlier. As I watched the video declaring her intent to run once again, I remembered that hope that I had in 2007.

As I watched the video declaring her intent to run once again, I remembered that hope that I had in 2007. Hope that we might finally be able to break the glass ceiling and a woman might hold the highest office in the country. Hope that little girls all across America might realize that they too can aspire to do anything they set their minds to. Hope that our country could come together and elect the most qualified person to ever run for the office of the President of the United States.

We all know that the past year and a half has been hard for us all. This election has been nasty and I’ll be honest, I’m ready for it to be over just as much as the next person. But I hope that what this election has done is encourage us all to be more involved in politics at every level. That hope I was referring to? It doesn’t end today, even if Hillary wins tonight. Your part isn’t done. There are elections every two years, believe it or not, and it’s important for you to vote in every single one of them. And heck, if you don’t feel like people are doing their part, run for an office!

Although we are all jaded by politics at this very moment, I encourage us all, Republican and Democrat, Libertarian and Independent, to come together and support the next president, whoever it may be. One person cannot run the country alone, and it is up to all of us to make the country what we want it to be. You can’t sit back and expect things to happen. You have to MAKE things happen. Please don’t let this election deter you from getting involved in the future. We must all work together to make America better and stronger together.

As for me, I’m With Her. Tonight, I hope to celebrate the first woman elected to the presidency of the United States of America.

Charlotte Blogger Meetup at The Gallery South End

October 19, 2016

Long time, no see! A small hiatus on the blog followed by an amazing meet up with some of the best bloggers and influencers in Charlotte seems to be just the cure for my blogger blues.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to meet these lovely ladies (and gentlemen!) at The Gallery South End. To be honest I was extremely nervous going into it. What do I wear? Do I bring blogger business cards? Who is going to be there? All of that fear melted away when I saw Joey from Bliss Creative. I’ve known Joey for about four years now through the blogging world and had the chance to meet her in person a few months ago. People like Joey are few and far between. This woman is a rockstar and she encourages everyone she meets to find the inner rockstar within themselves. She is so stinkin’ supportive!

The Gallery was a gorgeous venue for our meetup. A cafe plus art gallery with beautiful paintings on top of white-painted brick walls and adorable furniture? It looked like it had jumped straight off of my screen from Pinterest and into the real. Ana, the owner of The Gallery, welcomed us with open arms and showered us with lots of delicious food and mimosas.

The other partner for the event was CLTivate. This non-profit was created by Zack, whose story is so inspiring. He moved to Charlotte a few years ago and his cause is close to my heart. I’m so happy to have met him! We all got CLTivate tees in our swag bags and I’ve worn mine so many times already. It reminds me just how awesome this city is and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Overall I’m just so happy to have finally found like-minded people in Charlotte. Being away from my Houston community has been harder than I thought it would be and I’ve missed connecting with these young creative minds. I hope it’s not the last time we all get together! (Photos by Rabi Majid)

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Fall 2016 TV Preview

September 19, 2016

It’s finally here! New TV shows are premiering this week and I can’t wait to start watching them all. Historically I haven’t been great at picking winners (My picks for Fall 2014 included a few that have stuck around and a few that were canceled after just a few episodes.) so I try to watch at least the first episode of anything I think looks good. It’s going to be extra hard this year because GASP, we don’t currently have a DVR. Needless to say, some extra planning is totally necessary.

So, let’s check out what’s premiering this fall on the various networks. Note that this list is all kinds of biased/sarcastic and may not include everything you’re looking for! It’s just my take on things. If you’re looking for more straight info, visit TV Guide’s Fall Preview. Also note that I did not include midseason premieres due to length, but hope to share those in a few months!

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How to Save Money at the Movies

September 7, 2016

Last year Nick and I saw 27 movies in theaters and this year we’ve seen 34 so far.

Just let that sink in for a second. Yes, I know we are insane.

A lot of people ask us how we see so many new releases, and we always tell them its about getting familiar with your local theater chain. Before we dive into the details, I wanted to explain exactly why we are so interested in movies. (You can read more about this challenge here.)

A few years ago Nick and I realized that we were very lacking in our movie knowledge. Growing up we tended to watch the same movies repeatedly and never really explored any of the classics. Plus, tons of movies were being released each month that just added to the list of movies we hadn’t seen. In February 2015, we noticed that our local Cinemark location was doing an Oscar Movie Week, with all eight Best Picture nominees being shown once or twice over one week. We decided to accept the challenge and saw every movie, finishing the last one (Birdman) just hours before it won Best Picture at the Oscars. As you might imagine, seeing eight movies in one week quickly turned trips to the movie theater into a habit. We started seeing movies more frequently and before we knew it, we were seeing one or two movies a week. I’m proud to call myself a movie junkie, but we still have a long way to go!

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