- May 25, 2011
It's true, but I have to say I was about the "safe, responsible." You saw right through me! Hahaha. We are pretty boring people considering we're in our mid-20s. Too cheap to buy too many drinks, either. There was an extended encounter with a rope swing of questionable safety at the lake, but that's about it. The wedding circuit that comes after college does present great opportunities for cheap road trips!Sounds like a really fun trip! You will talk about that adventure for years! I hope my kids can have fun crazy (safe, responsible) trips with friends like that in the future!
Hope you got a chance to do scrapbooking today--the odds seemed to be in your favor?
I love this question! My family has very classic New York City roots, meaning that most of my family came through Ellis Island 2-4 generations back, including my grandfather (from Hungary). I'm pretty evenly German, Irish, Hungarian, and Danish/English (split among the grandparents). Until my parents' generation, everyone stayed in New York down-state.Question of the Day 8/24/2012: Today's question is about taking a look at who we are, and what makes us that way. Weight loss is really about knowing yourself. I work at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Museum in Hartford, CT and one of the messages we promote is over coming racism and inequality, and promoting an understanding of other people's beliefs, ethnicities, and cultural backround. I think this is important in today's world especially. During my weight loss journey, I have found that I've needed to look at myself and who I am and where I come from in order to truly appreciate the journey I've come on and the journey I'm taking.
So my question today has to do with your heritage! Tell us about your heritage, where you come from, where your family comes from? Do you see your heritage as a positive aspect to your journey or a negative one, or does it not really impact you at all. Are you proud of your heritage or do you not like to share it with people?
Being in New York City makes me feel very connected to my roots, even though I grew up outside the city. I know I'll leave the city when the time is right just like my ancestors did, but in the meanwhile I think it's really important to contribute to the community here and make the most of the diverse cultures that are here. I get an incredible mix of foods here from Asian and Latino markets, and I've learned a lot about different food traditions here. This definitely makes me excited to cook well and eat well and take care of myself, so that's a huge asset in the weight loss journey!
Well, Matt and I both work now at an organization that runs alternative to incarceration programs. I do analysis for our youth programs, and about 68% of our young clients are black and about 27% are Hispanic. I'm very proud to work at the organization, because the mass incarceration of young men of color directly contributes to the inequality in income and educational achievement among black and Hispanic families.Bonus Question: many people suffer everyday because of their heritage, the color of their skin, their beliefs, and their culture? Are there any groups you work with or vounteere with that combat these types of prejudices? Are there any you wish you did work with?
In New York, all crimes committed by 16 year olds are prosecuted in adult court, which means that a 16 year old who steals an iPod at 16 could be in court for years on that arrest being monitored and, when sentencing finally occurs, they could have a felony record for the rest of their lives. Felons have an incredibly hard time getting work (especially in a bad economy) and aren't allowed to vote, which disenfranchises a significant percentage of communities of color. Young people of color in urban communities are especially vulnerable to arrests and convictions for crimes that, in the suburbs, would never make it to court. So I'm really proud to work for a place that offers access to education and treatment for young people who deserve a chance. Also, these alternatives are MUCH cheaper than jail or prison and lead to improved recidivism rates, meaning that the youth who don't go to jail or prison are less likely to reoffend and go back into the system.
Anyway, so if it isn't obvious, I feel really passionately about social justice along racial and socio-economic lines. I don't have a lot of time to do more volunteer work right now, but when I do get more involved I think I would like to work on things that I enjoy in a more extra-curricular way since my 9-to-5 is pretty intense, like getting involved with the Big Give for Wish Trips, teaching nutritious cooking or promoting vegan food, or working at an animal shelter (if I could handle that emotionally). I think it'd also be really great to be a foster or adoptive family one day, too.