Morning talks with water in coffee mugs.
Andre Molina is my husband and I am his wife. I am Mrs. Molina
How crazy is that. Ashley Marie Osorio, got fucking married.
These past 4 years have been nothing short of wild as fuck, and beautiful.
Andre & I are so lucky to have so many amazing people in our lives. Celebrating our 4 year anniversary with meeting him at the courthouse is something of my dreams.
We still plan to have a wedding in 2019. But we did this for us. We wanted that intimate moment together and I will NEVER EVER EVER EVER forget it.
I am so mad at myself that I forgot to take off my fucking watch. ugh ignore that. lol
Brass Monkey, NYC.
In the midst of the madness.
I found myself having to create a method of self care.
Surrounding myself with positivity, the people I love, and the people that love me. Cutting out things that I do not appreciate or like. Unfriending secret bigots, reminding some of their privileges and understanding my own.
Self care in this time is crucial.
Reading about the victims that lost their lives to the very hands that are there to protect.
Countless heartbreaking stories of mothers, fathers, brothers sisters, daughters, sons and cousins lives coming up short.
In the fog of the politically correct, I see those who are drenched in blood asking why, while others are saying ‘let the trash take themselves out.’ Reading the status’s of people I sat next to in class, or shared a beer pong table say things like Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter.
I find myself infuriated and questioning. How do you say that without knowing what it means. Do you mean to be spiteful? Do you mean to be hateful? Where does it come from. Your mother? I know her. Your father? He’s a good man.
Where does it come from, deep inside your soul and your mind. Do you really think this is okay? Where is your compassion? Where is your justice? Does death have to come knocking on your front door for you to understand? Does it have to reach into you family tree and pluck some out?
What about stopping police brutality is so offensive to you? What about proclaiming Black Lives matter is so offensive to you?
I’m sorry I wont ask you anymore questions.
I wrote this up one night a few months ago, but didn’t post it because I’m a wimp. Hence the title, Growing Guts.
It’s easier for me to write how I feel, or even talk to people in real life.
But almost impossible for me to post it. Especially when events are so fresh. When my feelings are so unorganized.
But After the election I found myself feeling the same way again. Overwhelmed. Like I couldn’t breath right. A certain terrible thickness in my chest. Like I have had a xxs bra on for months.
I’m not sure why people who are my friends voted Trump. I’d truly like to believe that they are not outright racists because they know my family. I’ve brought these people into my home. Call me naïve but I truly do not believe that ALL white people secretly feel some type of way about POC. Or was I always just the exception?
However with those that have stated they voted for Trump, it just really opened my eyes. You may not see what Trump represents because it doesn’t touch you the same way to touches me. You can say you went with him because of his candidness. You can say you went with him because of his economic policies.
But at the end, you chose money, you chose ‘candidness’ over people.
You picked a man that gave the already dangerous racist ass people, the okay to feel like they don’t have to hide it anymore.
And I don’t think I will ever be able to accept that. You are still my friend, but I will be a little bit more cautious.
That is my process of self care at this point.
Proof haha because I’m all about showing receipts! A screenshot of my drafts lol So to those that say stop being dramatic about Self Care.
It’s a real thing, and this election wasn’t the beginning of it.
Lil Epic Design is a unique design company that focuses on creating one-of-a-kind, yet affordable, events for people on the go. Situated in the heart of Chicago, Lil Epic Design is a team of young, driven and creative women. Their team brings their spunky personalities with sophisticated style to all projects while staying within budget, timeline and theme. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Aka~~~~~~~~ they can plan and host the most bomb ass parties,weddings,event etc you could ever imagine!
The Lil Epic ladies were generous enough to host a fundraiser for Two Girls & Some Pads! We made inspirational cards, put together some care packs, drank a little bit and listened to some serious throw backs! It was such a fun time. Chyrel, Megan, and Kelly are the absolute best! It was really encouraging and empowering to work with such strong, intelligent women.
After the past week I was down. The election, and the events that followed really weighed on me. My work week was rough. This event was such a great way to spend a Friday night. It felt really good to be in the presence of good company and so much positivity. It was very satisfying to come together as a community and do good.
And I feel that everyone that attended felt the same way. Together we created about 120 packs that night. Gabrielle & I were so excited and overwhelmed with all the donations and people that came out for us!
Thank you again for the continued support!
You guys make me cry of happiness
** Also a good friend of mine, Matthew Pozo wrote up a prettttttyyyyyy cool article on us!
** Music by Common- Be(Intro)
This past Friday we teamed up with Gallery Café, in Wicker Park for their monthly artist show. We got to meet a bunch of really cool people, and was given a big opportunity to gain more exposure! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. So many men and women were so interested in our cause and more than willing to help.
Some of our amazing supporters came out and dropped off their donations to us, and had a drink. We talked about the cause, and got a chance to really educate a lot of people on what we are trying to achieve. We will be having another event coming up, November 11.2016! Save the date & Look out for invite.
Two Girls and Some Pads are stepping in the direction of a nonprofit organization. We want to keep up the momentum we have at the moment. We have a nice pile of care packs ready for distribution, but we still making them. The donation list is posted below, and also please contact me, with the form below, when you are ready to have your items picked up.
Also just to let you all know I am really thankful for all the support, and help!
We are creating Care packs with the necessary items, and most importantly the necessary amount of items a woman needs during her period.
It is very important to Gaby and I to express that, while we are really excited about all the packs we are able to make with your donations. That it is also understood that after donating, the problem doesn’t go away. Our organization is not the ‘end all’ solution. Two Girls and some pads is merely STEP ONE.
We appreciate you taking this huge step with us and we hope that you continue this journey. It won’t be a short one..
–Panties (New) Sizes M- XL
–Tampons, Pads, Maxi Pads ETC
–Body Wipes (individually wrapped)
–Zip lock bags- Quart sized
*Bolded items are priority
Email us at: TwoGirlsSomePads@gmail.com
We MORE THAN WILLING TO SET UP A DAY AND PICK UP TIME AND COME TO YOU– We also have donation pop up events that will be posted.
Our current pop up donation location, haha that rhymed. Is this Friday 10/28/2016 at 7:30PM @ Gallery Café in Wicker Park.