Women’s March – January 21, 2017.

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After marching and protesting at yesterday’s Women’s March on C-U Official, I feel more proud and empowered than ever before. I am incredibly proud of my local Champaign-Urbana community. Our march brought in 5,000 women, men and children and it was an extraordinary sight to witness and be a part of. I am proud of my brother, my friends, my co-workers and other family members who marched with me yesterday. I am proud of my Dad and Connie for marching in Palm Springs, CA while they were on vacation. I am proud of anyone and everyone who supported the march and who was with us in spirit but couldn’t be there in person (shout out to my Mom, Ben and my Little, Sarina). But most of all, I am proud to be a woman and to be surrounded with other women in my community, standing up for what is right and what we deserve.

I am still riding on the highs of yesterday, but I know that I need to find ways to keep this momentum going. I will do so by continuing to let my voice be heard. I will not back down, be quiet or be shamed for voicing what I know is right; that every human being deserves to be treated equally, no matter their sex, the color of their skin or where they come from. Even though I still have anger and passion inside of me, I will try my best to express my beliefs with kindness, respect and of course, a little humor (political puns, anyone?). I can only hope that those who disagree with me will do the same.

I want to thank the Champaign County Young Democrats for hosting a wonderful event at West Side Park yesterday. Thank you to the speakers who gave us so many strong and beautiful words to use as fuel to march and continue forward. Thank you to all of the volunteers for helping with the event and giving us words of encouragement and beautiful smiles as we marched. Thank you to the protesters that stood beside me and my friends as we were heckled by what might have been the one Trump supporter at the event. Thank you to everyone who came out and marched with us, both in Champaign-Urbana and around the world, and those who were there with us in spirit.

This is just the beginning.

 

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Goodbye, 2016.

2016. What a year. I think many people can agree that 2016 was an over all bad year for the world.  Many iconic celebrities and public figures passed away this year.  The United States presidential election coverage was insane and was unlike any other election that we have ever experienced before.  And of course, the fact that Donald Trump will be our president in 2017…well let’s just say I’m not thrilled about it.

But I am not here to get political or depressed on my own blog. This is my safe space where I can write my thoughts and feelings on anything and everything I chose to, and I have a feeling that I am going to be needing to use this space more than ever in the coming year. But for now, I am going to reflect on the highlights of my 2016 year:

We saw Black Sabbath live in concert for their final tour. I got to treat Ben, my Dad and my brother to this experience as a belated Christmas present and they loved it.


Ben and I stayed in our first Airbnb as treat for our birthdays; a tree house in Schaumburg, Illinois! It was a wonderful day trip.


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I got a major haircut for my birthday. It was significant since I had been growing my hair out for the past 5 years. I debated on doing it for a long time and decided to go for it. I am still very happy that I did.

I went to Medieval Times twice this year!  Once on my birthday and another on my Dad’s birthday. I hadn’t been since my family went when I was 6 years old, and I have to say, it was still a lot of fun.

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I FINALLY SAW BEYONCE IN CONCERT!  And it was as awesome and amazing as I thought it would be. The only down side was that it POURED rain when we were there and we had to wait an extra hour for the show to begin. But I still think it was worth it.

Ben and I also saw The Lumineers perform in concert!  This is a band that has been with us since the beginning of our relationship. We have bonded over many of their songs so it was wonderful to see them live together.

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We also saw two of my very favorite comedians perform live this year. We saw Louis C.K. in June and Nick Offerman in November. I love these two men so much and we had a great time laughing at their new jokes.

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Ben and I also made it a point to visit Nashville, Tennessee over the 4th of July weekend. I had been wanting to see this city for a while, so being able to finally do it this year felt so good. I particularly loved visiting the Johnny Cash Museum and Jack White’s record company, Third Man Records. We had a great weekend there and we will definitely be visiting again soon!

Ben and I also celebrated our 5 year anniversary this year! We went on a weekend getaway to Michigan with my Mom, her bulldog, Toby and our two Great Danes, Charlotte and Quincy.  It was quite a trip, but luckily, all of the dogs behaved and got along well together! And our dogs did well with surviving their first road trip. I am hoping to do more trips with our dogs and with our families in the future.

I also made the challenging decision of trading in my beloved Tom Cruise PT Cruiser for a new-to-me Ford Escape. I had a lot of mixed emotions about buying a car on my own, but ultimately, it was the right decision and I love my “new” vehicle!

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Even though the election season did not end the way I wanted it to, I was able to vote for the first female United States presidential nominee. And I still think that is pretty fantastic.

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I also began writing articles and taking photographs for my local online magazine, Smile Politely.  This is not something that I had previously planned on doing as a part-time hobby, but I really enjoy it and I look forward to continuing to do more with Smile Politely in 2017. If you are interested in reading any of my past articles, you can do so here.

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And those are my favorite highlights and accomplishments of 2016! When I look back at these moments, 2016 doesn’t seem like a bad year at all. That being said, I am very much looking forward to starting fresh in 2017. I already have some exciting plans in the works and I can’t wait to see how much I can accomplish this next year.

2017, let’s do this thang.

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Let’s do this.

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Back around New Year’s Eve 2014 (or just a few weeks ago), I told myself that 2015 would be the year that I push myself out of my comfort zone and say yes to life more often.  And one thing I am finally saying yes to is starting this blog.

I have been a long time fan of blogs like A Beautiful Mess, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Joy The Baker, but the thought of having my own blog is a little overwhelming.  But all the more reason to just go for it, right?  I am not expecting this blog to be anywhere near as good as my previously mentioned blog idols, but I am excited to see where it leads me to in my own life.

Now, you may be wondering why I have decided to name my blog All Caps Necessary.  It’s because 2015 is the year that I want to begin being bold, living adventurously, and taking more risks.  And not being scared of doing this, but being excited and ready for the challenges that await me.  Basically, living my life with the caps lock on.

I believe I can make 2015 my best year yet, so I will!  Let’s do this.