She Leaves a Little Sparkle Wherever She Goes

These famous words were said by the inspiring fashion designer and businesswoman, Katherine (Kate)  Spade. Kate_Spade_logo.png

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The world was shocked yesterday morning when the news announced the passing of the founder of this iconic brand. As people around the world grieved over this loss they also celebrated her life and the impact that she has had.

Kate Spade brought street fashion and high-end fashion together through her hand bags. Her brand has influenced women around the world. When purchasing one of her handbags there’s alway a sweet quote that will simply put a smile on your face.

Women dream about purchasing their first Kate Spade bag. On the day of her passing tweets flooded the internet about how special it was to finally get or receive one of her bags.

Through everything that she has done whether that be in the fashion industry or her personal life she had used it as a platform to send a message. Through her handbags is has been a symbol for women to know that they can and should be her authentic self. Through her passing many have spoken about how real mental illness is and how important it is to help those around you.

I remember when I first received my first Kate Spade bag. I cried, because I was so excited, then I smiled because inside the bag there was a note that said “she has a way with words, red lipstick, and making an entrance.” That is the kind of response I imagine that she was looking for when creating this brand.

Yesterday we lost a fashion icon, but her beautiful legacy will live forever. Thank you Kate Spade for the impact that you have made in my life and women’s lives.

 

 

 

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Saving dogs may save your company

Airlines are falling into a major issue recently, killing dogs.

United Airlines and Delta airlines are facing lawsuits because dogs that have been on their flights have been found dead upon landing.

In March of this year United employees forced a passenger to put their dog in the overhead compartment, even though they were allowed to out to put the dog under the seat, and once they landed the dog had passed. United has a track record of these problems and this has impacted their company severely. 

In recent news it has come out that Delta airlines has had the same type of problem. A Pomeranian was found dead in his carrier in a cargo facility in Detroit Metropolitan Airport. This dog was making it’s way from Phoenix to New Jersey to meet with his family but sadly did not make it.

This is a huge problem for companies that simply cannot be ignored anymore. Owners have spoken out about how they see their pets as family, not just some animals they own. Loss of a pet can immensely impact people, and sway them away from flying the airlines ever again. Emotional damage is something that does not go away over night and forgiveness does not come easily either.

These companies have made efforts to right their wrongs in these situations but sadly condolences will not bring back their beloved pets and change the minds of fliers.

If I were on the PR team of these companies I would be worried about where the future of the company is going because changing policies may not be the game changer.

“What is clear is that its brand will continue to suffer if it does not start treating its animal passengers, as well as it human ones, better.”

 

Little fish. Big sea.

“Jasmine, you’re white for a black girl,” “Jasmine, you’re pretty for a black girl,” “Your mom must be white,” “Why do your parents never come to school things together?” “Why does your hair look so different?”

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My sister and I

I grew up in what I would say a fairly diverse city, but I went to school in a town about 15 minutes away from where I lived. Silverdale, the town I went to school at, had a population that was majority caucasian and being mixed in a majority caucasian school was intimidating. Bremerton, where I lived, was filled with many different people due to the military base that was nearby. Who knew that being only 15 minutes away from home would have an impact on my life that would effect me forever.

Through middle school I tried so hard to defend myself from what was said to me. The constant questioning about me being mixed, my family life, and simply not being from the area. Once high school came around I was tired. Tired of explaining why my hair was not straight like most girls. I was tired of explaining why my parents were never together. Tired of trying to fit in with everyone because I was from a different area.

Growing up I never felt understood by my peers. School was not easy for me, but writing always had been a subject I knew that I could succeed in. I just wanted to share real stories and different perspectives of life with people. Writing became my outlet as a kid, and continued into my college years.

As I came to college I struggled to find my voice, but writing gave me the opportunity to find it. Little fish in a big sea kind of feeling. At the end of my junior year I made a big decision that would change the trajectory of my future and give me the opportunity to let my voice be heard.

My big decision was letting go of a business degree with hopes of making six figures a year to pursuing public relations ( btw you can still make six figures in PR) and not knowing what the future would look like for me. At the time I felt like a complete idiot. Anyone in college knows that changing your major going into your senior year of college is like academic suicide. I just knew that I had to do it.

My experiences growing up have led me to want to purse public relations. I want people’s or companies’ images to reflect who they are, not who the world wants them to be.

No matter how much this world tries to label me and put me in a box I know that my voice is bigger, and I hope that my passion will influence others.

So this is a personal thank you to all of those who made ignorant comments to me when I was younger. I feel am ready to take over the world because of you.

She’s not a regular mom. She’s a cool mom!

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.” -Unknown

This is my mom, Nicole. She is my very best friend and my favorite person. Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate all that mother’s are and do. Sunday morning I was scrolling through the internet and I found stories about mothers, so I wanted to share a little bit with you about mine.

My mom was young when she had me. She wasn’t entirely ready for motherhood, but when she found out she was pregnant with me she relentlessly took it on. My mom raised two girls on her own while working two jobs, working towards getting a Bachelor’s degree, and keeping food on the table.

In my eyes my mom did it all. She was my superhero. I watched her struggle and as I have gotten older I have began to understand her hardships but she never showed it.

That’s the kind of mom that I have. She is the woman that opens her home to those who need help. The woman who keeps a smile on your face even when she feels like she can barely keep one on her own. The woman who will go the extra mile to be there for you. The woman who will empower you. The woman who will give you the love you never knew you needed.

To all the moms and mother figures you deserve so much more than a day, you deserve more than just a card, more than flowers, more than a nice text – you deserve the world, and so much more.

To all the moms and mother figures thank you for always being there for everyone. You deserve more than just a day. You deserve a lifetime of thank yous, and I love yous.

 

 

 

Why Concerts?

The mosh pits, the beaming lights, the fan girls, and the loud beats that come with attending a concert can actually help you live longer.

A study conducted in the UK showed that 20 minutes at a gig can lead to a 21 percent increase in [a] feeling of well-being and while watching live music, feelings of self-worth and being close to others both improved by 25 percent. Mental stimulation was the most affected with an improvement by 75 percent.

There are many people in the world who wonder why people go to concerts. You pay a lot of money to watch someone perform when you could just listen at home, so what’s the catch?

From my experience concerts are more than simply idolizing someone. People attend concerts because they are up lifting. Concerts unite people. Music unties people. Concerts bring a sense of belonging for everyone. To the core of all humans people want to be happy and feel like they belong somewhere.

In my twenty two years of life I have attended two music festivals and over ten concerts. I’ve seen performers such as:

  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Beyonce
  • Kehlani
  • Lil Wayne
  • Drake

Some artists that have had a huge influence on the world.

As I have encouraged people to travel, I encourage people to travel and go to concerts. It brings people together from all walks of life. So, forget about the money, time, and prior planning stress because the long term benefits will definitely be worth it!

Racial Imposter Syndrome

I have an extremely diverse family. Races ranging from Caucasian, African-American, Panamanian, Cuban, and Filipino. I am African-American and Caucasian, and recently I learned about a loosely used term called racial imposter syndrome. Racial imposter syndrome is when a multiracial or multicultural person does not feel like they can fit in with their “people.”

I grew up in Bremerton, a city I would say is fairly diverse but I went to school in the next town over. Silverdale, the town I went to school at, has a population that is majority Caucasian and being of mixed races in a majority Caucasian school was intimidating.

“Jasmine, you’re white for a black girl,” “Jasmine, you’re pretty for a black girl,” “Your mom must be white,” were some of the comments that my peers would say to me. I constantly did not feel like I fit in at school, and back home I did not fit in as well because I went to school with “white” kids.

For most of my life I felt like I sat in the middle of both cultures constantly trying to figure out who I could belong to. Once I left home for college this identity issue became more prominent in my mind and for the first time I finally felt like I could talk about it.

In college everyone is trying to find how they want to identify themselves. I still facedScreen Shot 2018-01-23 at 7.41.24 PM horrendous comments like I had received in high school, but I finally was not afraid to speak up about my identity. I identify as a black woman, even though my DNA shows I am more Caucasian. I identify with my father’s culture as well as American culture. I am treated like every other African-America. In my college town I am looked at in unpleasant ways, followed around, and sometimes ignored. That still does not make me ashamed of my identity.

What I have learned in my early twenties is that the world will constantly make you feel as if you do not belong somewhere. Whether that be in your job, classroom, and even with your own people. In regards to someone feeling like a racial imposter remember that there are people in the world who feel just like you. I am one of them. You are not alone.

We must have an open mind to everyone’s story because they are all different. The United States specifically has a traditional understanding of races. We must encourage those around us to learn how to talk about identities and be more inclined to open up to those of multi or other races.

From Seattle to the World

In 1971, when the first Starbucks store opened, many people more than likely did not think that it would grow and have the success that it does today. Now, in 2018, a little coffee shop that sits on 1st and Pike in Seattle brings in thousands of people to see the historical building.

As of 2017, there are 27,339 Starbucks stores around the world. To put this into perspective, there were 15,011 Starbucks stores in 2007. The number of stores has nearly doubled over the last ten years.

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Starbucks continues to be a leader in the coffee industry because they make every visit an experience for all their customers. Starbucks has created a collectible mug that represents each state. There are even some cities that have mugs dedicated to them as well.

Beyond that, Starbucks has created the ultimate coffee experience by giving customers the opportunity to visit the Starbucks Roastery. The Roastery is a place where a customer can experience the entire process of coffee making, from the unroasted bean to the cup. They display the roasting process, the burlap sacks the coffee comes in, and the many ways that the coffee is brewed.

This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the roastery in Seattle, and I felt ashamed that I had not visited sooner, since I have lived in Seattle my entire life.

The building is filled with the aroma of coffee and fresh baked goods. You can enjoy a coffee cocktail, sit at the experience bar, where you can watch how the coffee is brewed, or even have a conversation with a coffee expert about where the coffee you drink originates from.

This year, Starbucks will open another roastery in New York City, and soon expand to Milan and Shanghai.

Starbucks is doing it right. Their business continues to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.