You Win Some, You Lose Some
Who missed me? Anyone? Have you ever felt as though you needed a sanity break? Just some time away from worrying about your blog every day, and things happening in your life? Does that make me a bad blogger? Please tell me that I'm not alone here. I had the worst case of writers block. The words just wouldn't form actual sentences. So I took a much needed break. So let's just hope that absence has made the heart grow fonder because I'm still adorable and hella funny.
Quite a bit has been happening with me since my last post. It's been a few weeks of wins, and a week of disappointment and heartbreak. I'll start with the wins. Guess where a picture of your girl landed two weeks ago? Take a guess.....I'll give you a few seconds.... (inserts Jeopardy music)...I'll give you a hint, it rhymes with Seen Togue. That is the worst hint humanly possible. Wait for it...wait for it.... Teen Vogue!!!! Your girls picture ended up on the Teen Vogue website!!!!! Woot woot! ! I almost went into cardiac arrest when my fellow blogger boo Annette Richmond messaged me to tell me that I'm all over the internets in my 2 piece swimsuit!
Now listen, let's not get too excited here. The article actually wasn't about me at all. The article was about plus size blogger Annette Richmond from Fat Girls Traveling. However, one of my instagram photos was used in the article (insert happy dance) and I couldn't be happier.
Check the article out here.
Oh and this wasn't the only website your girl was on:
When I found out that my picture was all over the internet, I was excited. I almost wanted to hire a security detail to follow me around to hold back the paparazzi. Ha! But after it sunk in a little bit, I had a little minor meltdown. I mean, my picture is on the internet with me wearing nothing but a 2 piece swimsuit!!! Oh Lord! I'm human and I'm allowed to have my insecurities. But when I think about why I started this blog;
The need to celebrate our unique bodies regardless of what size it is.
The need to not feel ashamed in the skin we're in.
And also the need to stop explaining to people why we have the right to be happy and exist as we are.
It feels like being plus size is something that we need to constantly apologize for. Someone said to me the other day after I explained to them what my blog was about "Hey, what are you worried about, plus size is in style" I know for a fact that he didn't mean any harm by that comment. But I don't want to be in style. I want to unapologetically exist. I'd just like to be a woman. Period.
It's for reasons like this that I'm ecstatic about the work Annette Richmond is doing with Fat Girls Traveling. Celebrating the beautiful unique sizes of women who love to travel.
My disappointment for the week was the cancellation of my flight to Antigua and Barbuda. When I first started this travelling journey, I vowed that I wanted to travel to as many new places as possible. I don't know what it is about Antigua though; it has always been on my bucket list. It has always been one of the more expensive islands, but I didn't care I just wanted to go. So I booked my trip. To be totally transparent, I pay for all of my trips. People assume that you can just call yourself a travel blogger and people will automatically throw free trips your way. It doesn't work like that. I'm not gonna pretend that I'm living the jetsetter life for free. My 9-5 pays for all of this! But for the first time I reached out to the hotel and asked if we could collaborate. And guess what they said? Yes! So it would have been my first sponsored post. But tragically it wasn't mean to be. The eye of Hurricane Irma hit Barbuda leaving it 95% uninhabitable. Imagine that, 95% of Barbuda is gone, and has left its residents homeless. I can't even imagine what I would do if I woke up one day and all my worldly possessions were gone. My heart broke for Barbuda, as well as all the other Caribbean islands that were affected.
But with tragedy comes triumph. This past weekend I witnessed the Toronto community come together to support the Caribbean. Led by promoter Ian Andre Espinet; 2 truckloads of donations were dropped off at Sea Jamaica for shipment to Antigua. The shipment leaves on September 23rd, so if you have items that you can donate, please drop them off at Sea Jamaica @ 39 Voyager Court N in Etobicoke before the 23rd!
Items that are needed are:
Food (dried and can)
Baby clothes (new)
Sheets (all sizes)
Large garbage bags
First aid kits
Shaving kits (men/women)
Tooth brushes and toothpaste
Also contact the Consulates for St. Martin, Anguilla, Tortola and other affected islands to find out their fundraising initiatives. Remember, this call for help is not just for Caribbean people. This is for people reading this who love to travel, and spend time on the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean. We all have to play our part.
Things You Should Know:
-I may have changed my mind about travel insurance. Cause I was on the phone for a total of 8 hours trying to get my money back from this trip because of the cancellation.
-If you apply for a travel credit card, you don't necessarily have to worry about travel insurance since the card covers you. I do not have a travel credit card. But you best believe I'm gonna get one!
-I did not end up hiring a security detail. The money would be better spent on travel. I however do walk around day and night in sunglasses so the paparazzi won't recognize me. A girl has to have a little privacy!