I hope everyone is enjoying these spring days I sure have been. Getting to take Preston for walks without bundling him up has been such a joy. The past two weeks have been busy and I feel like a lot is going on right now — both positive and negative. First off, I am so disturbed by the new Georgia voting laws that will ultimately make it difficult for minorities to vote, aka voter suppression. The restrictions on absentee voting, ID requirements, and the ban of distribution of food and drink by non-poll workers will have a huge impact on voter turnout for future elections. Thank goodness people have been using their platform to speak out against Georgia, like the MLB moving the all-star tournament from Georgia. Talk about a power move! On the plus side, I recently got into Bit Clout which I’m excited about, more on that in this Hannah’s List. Have a beautiful weekend, friends! Talk soon.
What I’m Processing: Friendship, Infertility & Moving Forward
This is a personal issue for me. As many of you may know, I suffered a miscarriage before Preston came along and it completely shaped the way I view pregnancy and carrying a child. Since going through this experience, I became obsessed with learning more about miscarrying and how many women struggle with infertility. As I dive deeper into my research, I came across this unique article detailing the struggle of two best friends in their journeys to become pregnant and how their separate experiences affected their friendship. Did you know that “in the U.S. alone, around 12 percent of women ages 15 to 44 struggle with infertility?” It’s a heartbreaking statistic, and I always start to question why it’s only now being spoken about. Miscarriages and infertility have long been an issue among women, but it seems that only recently more women have spoken out about their struggle. Not only is it a devastating experience to go through with your spouse, but it’s a chain reaction that affects family, and evidently, friendship. I encourage you to read this story and take a deeper dive into the vastness of the repercussions women experience when struggling with infertility.
What I'm Watching: Ray McGuire's Mother, Wiletha McGuire
Ray McGuire is running for mayor of New York City, and as if I didn’t already love him enough, I am even more excited at the prospect of him being NYC’s choice after watching this video of his incredible mother, Wiletha. Wiletha is 95 years YOUNG and is a powerful representation of a strong, female role model who we can all learn from. I truly could quote everything she says in this video, but my favorite segment is her speaking of the most important values she has instilled in Ray. “Whatever you start, you finish. Take care of yourself but be kind to others. You keep on doing what you know is right. You stick to what you believe. You do what you believe. You keep your word. If you promise to do something, do it and not make excuses.” (and that just covers 15 seconds of the 2:53 video!!) What I love most about this video is that it’s a reminder to me that whatever your political views may be and who you choose to vote for in any election, it is so refreshing to be inspired by truly wonderful people who display the utmost respect and kindness to others. I have replayed this video over and over and never fail to have a smile across my face or tears running down my eyes. Thank you, Wiletha, for being an inspiration and spending your life thus far radiating your beautiful light on the world!
What I’m Loving: Earth & Star
Okay, you guys know how much I love my caffeine. My mornings aren’t the same without my special latte. However, with a newborn and work, making a handcrafted, delicious latte every morning is a luxury that is often left to weekends. I have been loving these oat milk lattes from Earth & Star. They are made with lion’s mane, reishi, cordyceps, and Chaga, which are all great functional mushroom extracts. I have been on the functional mushroom train for a while now and I’m really happy that more brands are coming out with great, quality products using them. The Earth & Star lattes and cold brew taste SO good and are perfect for the on-the-go. You can check them out here and let me know what you think of them!
What’s On My Radar: Georgia Voting Laws
So...what is going on in Georgia? This Wall Street Journal article summarizes it in an easy, to-the-point way, but as we know, it’s hard not to have an opinion on the matter. Let’s not beat around the bush: the purpose of these new laws is to inhibit minority voter turnout in Georgia. As we know, the overwhelming number of minority voters in this past election is credited to turning Georgia blue and winning control of the Senate. My ears perked up when I first learned of these laws and the potential intentions behind them. I’m not going to lie, it frustrates me that minority representation continues to get looped into politics. I continuously question why the two subjects have to be synonymous. We are living in a historical time of push-back and I am not naive to the fact that these issues will continue to rise, so we must continue to fight. As always, I encourage you to take a few minutes and educate yourself on what’s going on in Georgia. Because as always, if we don’t take the time to learn, how will we ever grow?
What I’m Excited About: BitClout
Alright, you guys…you know I gotta keep up with the times. So, I’m excited to tell you I’m on BitClout!For those of you who haven’t heard about it, BitClout is (yet another) social media platform that allows you to buy and sell tokens speculate based on people’s real reputations, and get the full scoops. It’s completely anonymous, so you’re getting the info you’re intrigued by without having to tell us who you are. It’s completely anonymous, so you’re getting the info you’re intrigued by without having to tell us who you are. So far the platform really reminds me of Twitter. It’s still early days for BitClout but I am really excited to see where this goes. Give me a follow and ask me some questions!