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[100 DAYS] DAY 8: RESPECT EMPOWER INCLUDE

Respect. Empower. Include. Though every concern and demand couldn’t be met, no voice was considered unvalued. I have never seen a push for more bipartisan partnership than with you. It was and still is a thread in all of your messaging. And it’s admirable. You’ve respected differences in opinion, even when some of those opposites did not respect you.  You empowered us by telling us … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 8: RESPECT EMPOWER INCLUDE

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[100 DAYS] DAY 7: WE ARE MALALA

I just finished reading the powerful story of a young girl who raised her voice in the fight for education. In it she wrote: “After I won the national peace award the year before, I had done many TV interviews and in one of them, I had been asked to name my favorite politicians. I had chosen Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khā, Benazir Bhutto, and President Barack … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 7: WE ARE MALALA

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[100 DAYS] DAY 6: PETE SOUZA

Dear President Obama, Thank you for introducing us to Pete Souza. Of course Mr. Souza has been capturing both important and candid life moments for years. But, to put it plainly, I simply was unaware. While Chicago is my favorite city, I don’t receive the Chicago Tribue. I also was too young to remember Reagan as president, so Mr. Souza’s first presidential appointment as White … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 6: PETE SOUZA

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[100 DAYS] DAY 5: PHONE H O M E

Sometimes we can have a love/hate relationship with a place. For me, I could be extremely tired and want to go home and sleep in my own bed, but “home” was 2283.1 miles away in Seattle. Instead, a couple of us “Westside Crew” folks would run over to BoJangles to pick up a to-go bag of processed sustenance which afforded us a brief moment of fresh air, … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 5: PHONE H O M E

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[100 DAYS] DAY 3: RECENTLY…

When I took a leave from my job in 2008 to work on President Obama’s first presidential campaign, naturally there were several things running through my mind. One being would my job really hold my position for me? I was a recent University of Washington graduate and trying to make my way onto the corporate ladder. I say onto because as an employee of Nordstrom, I learned … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 3: RECENTLY…

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[100 DAYS] DAY 2: HEY, WHAT’S UP?

By October 2008, I received many phone calls on my neon green Samsung slider phone. None had underpromised, over-delivered like the one I received asking me to join Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change. My friend, Jesse, from college had been campaigning with Obama for months and was looking to rally troops to fill a secondary office in Charlotte. I remember reading Jesse’s letter of interest … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 2: HEY, WHAT’S UP?

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[100 DAYS] DAY 1: THANK YOU, OBAMA.

Dear President Barack Obama, Today is day one of one hundred days that I will use this platform to express my gratitude for what you have done for this country, this world, and for me. I find it deeply important that you, your family and administration, and all those who organized to Barack-the-Vote know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you made an impact that … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 1: THANK YOU, OBAMA.

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WHISTLE & WILD

Hey Y’all! Amanda here––owner of Whistle & Wild Online Boutique. Now if you would’ve told me last year that I would quit my full-time job to start up my own business…

Well, I would have probably believed you, but would still have had some major doubts.

You see, it was right after Black Friday and into the holiday season when I was working in retail management, just as I have been for many years. I loved my job, I mean really loved it. I stood with the company on so many things and besides the daily redundancy, I really had no major complaints. So why would I quit? Continue reading “WHISTLE & WILD”