2019 Recap

I have nothing but love for 2019. I look forward to 2020 with a lot of gratitude and hopes.

First, Justin took up a job 1335 miles from home. We rang in 2019 in freezing Lake Placid, NY. We sold our country house in Virginia, packed up everything, and moved south to unknown territories. We stopped and enjoyed Nashville on the way. Patriots won another Super Bowl. One of my best friends got married in New Orleans. Soon after we moved into a temporary apartment, Jameson got hit by a car and dodged a bullet from it just fine. We bought a new construction home right away. I got a job working two different offices full time. We flew to Boston for Roderick’s 40th birthday bash. We took up hot yoga. I started That Deaf Girl Vlogs. We spent our 6 year anniversary back in Bluemont, VA where we got married. I became pregnant with our first child. I began Birthfit workouts in our garage gym. My dear mother had a double stroke and miraculously, thankfully survived. I began to find out scary things were happening during my pregnancy and fell into a dark place for a while but also had so many positives moving forward. We moved into our brand new home. We did a maternity shoot in heart of Waco, Texas. We saw Joe Rogan and ZBB live. We explored so much of the Fort Worth/Dallas area and have new found love for it. Thanksgiving was spent in Houston with our good friend Holly and the boys. We had an awesome remote Baby Shower. Justin received a promotion and took up Brazilian jiu jitsu. We enjoyed our first warm Christmas in Texas with Justin’s sister and our nephew.

I know there’s so many more I could add on to this blog post.

I could not think of a better way to close out the year than spend our last night alone with the three pups, surf and turf dinner and a brownie gnocchi with ice cream dessert.

This year has taught me many wonderful lessons. I’m thankful for the extreme hardships and amazing blessings.

2020, let’s do this!

Embracing VS Criticizing | Vlog

I came upon fellow deaf and hard of hearing people criticizing me for not using ASL. So I decided to put myself out there and say my thoughts.

Instead of putting others down for who they are, be okay with it. Embrace love, not hate.

First Signing Starbucks Store

Some of you may or may not have heard but Washington D.C. opened the first U.S. Sign Language Starbucks recently. Why the first in the U.S.? The first one in the world was opened in Malaysia which inspired the U.S. to open one. I have been anticipating this moment as soon as I heard about it since the end of Spring this year. First, an interactive drive-thru and now a signing store? Starbucks is known for being inclusive and welcoming for all but this is literally one of the few steps to show that if given the right tools, the deaf and hard of hearing can do anything. Still, the unemployment rate for the deaf community is too high.

This location is on 6th and H Street, Washington D.C. right near Gallaudet Univerisity.

It is amazing. To my hearing friends, please go. They have accessibility for YOU! A digital note pad for ordering and a screen that tells you your order is ready.

They have cute mugs and beautiful murals designed by a deaf artist. It’s SO COOL.

I was overwhelmed by the diversity of the store and may have cried tears of joy inside over how excited and happy to see how big of a difference this makes for the deaf and hard of hearing community. It also shows how much awareness and education the world needs to see and break the barriers of adversity in the workforce and community.

Now, to enjoy my black coffee…I know. Boring. I just love a good decent coffee. What’s your favorite Starbucks drink? Have you visited this particular location yet? If not, it’s a must to visit, order your favorite drink, take a look around yourself and soak in the delicious diversity around you.