Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

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This week we are celebrating strong women who are an inspiration to all!

I, like many, am so sad to see the Obamas leaving the White House. I love this family. I love their class, grace and elegance.  They have made me proud of where I am from and have done amazing things for America. While I love all of the Obamas I am partial to Michelle. She has been an excellent first lady and it is sad to see her go. Over the past few weeks I have been reading many articles bidding them farewell as they transition from the first family to citizens and this Buzzfeed article really made me appreciate them that much more. I may have even teared up a bit! These are such wonderful photos of Michelle living her life as our first lady.

As you know, I love Beyoncé! I love everything about her. I aspire to be like her. I wish we were friends. I just love her so much! When I saw that she interviewed her sister Solange I could not wait to read it. Two powerful sisters talking about life and success, and really, what could be better? This interview does not disappoint! It is fun banter between two loving people who really admire and encourage one another. The support these two show each other is unreal. I love their positive messages to women and the example they set for others.  I only hope my sister and I can become like Beyoncé and Solange.

As a child of the 90s I was (and still am) absolutely obsessed with the show Recess. While my favorite character was always Spinelli, I really did love their teacher. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher when I got older so I believe I paid extra attention to teachers in TV shows. Miss Grotke set an excellent example on what it means to be an educator. The students respected her, she was so cool, and she dropped major truth bombs on them. Miss Grotke challenged her students to question what they knew and never accept anything at face value.

Over the years I have grown to love Chelsea Handler. She cracks me up! A few years ago I even got the opportunity to see her live in Minnesota. This year she went from being someone who pokes fun at celebrities to being someone who advocates for change. Chelsea was a great supporter of Hillary in the election and even went so far to say she would flee the country if Trump won. When Trump won Chelsea did something incredible. She didn’t run. She stood up to fight. I recently watched the series Chelsea Does on Netflix. I had originally been putting it off thinking I don’t really need to watch Chelsea do drugs. I thought it was just going to be like her other things, things I had grown tired of. I was wrong. Her episode on race was so powerful and moving. She really worked to discuss various issues and listen to what people had to say. I watched the whole series in one day and was only left wanting more. Please tell me there will be another season! After I finished, I began watching her new show Chelsea. Chelsea didn’t focus on celebrity life and the fluff of Hollywood. Chelsea focused on making a change and talking about politics. She brings on guests of substance who make a difference in the world. She talks about current global issues and she is funny as hell! If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch either yet, you need to!

My last favorite of the week brings me to the average American woman. Tomorrow many women from across the United States will participate in the Women’s March.  The goal of the march is to send a message to the new administration that women’s rights are human rights. Women’s rights are obviously a big deal to me, because I am a human. I believe that they should be a big deal to all people. When we take away rights from one group of people it concerns all people. Their Unity Principles are listed on their website in detail and are: Ending Violence, Reproductive Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Worker’s Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Immigrant Rights, and Environmental Justice. I believe that women must stand together and stand up for one another. Many groups have been marginalized during this election season. I believe we must take care of each other and take a stand for what is right.

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