On Saturday, February 25, thousands of Palestinians gathered in Manger Square, across the street from the Church of the Nativity commemorating the location of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, Palestine. There, in Manger Square, a large screen was erected so Bethlehemites can cheer on their local hero, Yacoub Shaheen, who was competing against other Arabs in a show called Arab Idol.
Some people are perfectly content keeping their heads down in a cubicle their entire lives. Other people are like Amor. They go from corporate employee to owning Miami Tattoo Co and fighting human trafficking. Yes, you heard that right. Amor owns Miami Tattoo Co and fights human trafficking through DeliverFund.
I could not believe that Human Trafficking was occurring in our country. I was of the side that believed it only happened in other countries. I was immediately torn and from that day on I began to raise awareness about Human Trafficking in our country and in my city, Miami.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Amor about her life, Miami Tattoo Co, and her work as an Abolitionist.
What would you do if you knew you could never fail? That’s one of those cheesy business motivation pictures that I noticed in someone’s office years ago, but it’s stuck with me. What would I do if I knew I could never fail? Does that mean that by not taking a risk on something, I’m allowing fear to dominate my life? I don’t know but I do know this, there are people that take big risks, and I respect them greatly for it.
Leadership is risky. Moving into the unknown or putting yourself on the line can have terrible consequences, or great ones.
I think the riskiest thing you can do is stay within your comfort zone – Kat
I recently corresponded with a friend of mine who is doing something pretty risky and pretty incredible! Her name is Kat Sotolongo and she’s a Videographer for Mercy Ships.
Within the first two weeks of January, I was asked numerous times by numerous people how I can appear so calm through a storm. What do I do to destress? What are some practical ways to destress yourself? They wanted to know how I can be so calm with so much to do in so little time. One of my coworkers says it’s just my personality, she says that I have a calming effect. I’m just naturally destressed, maybe.
Although when I think about it, I haven’t always been able to find practical ways to destress during crazy times. There were times in my life when I felt overwhelmed, desperate, and anxious. I’ve done things over the years and have developed “coping mechanisms” that allow me to keep calm and carry on.
I’d like to share with you 9 Practical Ways to Destress.
Have you ever walked by the American Airlines Admiral’s Club and wondered what it was like inside?
Or, has one of those employees at those credit card booths ever pitched their card to you?
Sometimes I hear the pilot make the American Airlines Admiral’s Club credit card pitch and I almost feed bad for them. An experienced, highly trained, highly educated professional, making a credit card pitch over a speaker.
Still, I gave in. In early 2016, I found myself looking at a year with so much airport travel, and with credit card benefits bursting at the seams, I signed up for the American Airlines Citi Executive World Elite MasterCard. That’s the credit card that gives you access to American Airlines Admiral’s Clubs worldwide.
Here’s what happened.
Have you ever had a pair of shoes that felt like they were custom made for your feet? Maybe they weren’t even that expensive, but they were so comfortable, you could’ve worn them every day. Maybe you did wear them every day.
Fit is a strange thing. It’s malleable, not rigid. Over the years, I’ve had numerous pairs of shoes that fit me like a glove. Rarely, though, did it start off like that. Most of the time, the shoes started off fitting somewhat average or a little above average. Over time, the more I wore them, the more comfortable they got.
Things adjusted. The shoes adjust and I believe our preferences adjust.
Nigeria just marked 1,000 days since the Chibok girls’ abduction by Boko Haram fighters on April 14, 2014. Some of them have been released, 21 have managed to escape since their abduction, however, 200 girls still remain in captivity.
For a background on this story, read Boko Haram – Bring Back More of Our Girls.
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly said that he remains committed to ensuring the schoolgirls will be reunited with their families’ soon.
The tears never dry, the ache is in our hearts – President Buhari