The year of woman

Women are taking over the world and I love it!

From the music industry, hair businesses, makeup artists, actresses, directors, producers, journalist, entrepreneurs, chefs, graphic designers and the list goes on.

There’s nothing a woman can’t do. And when we start something, we complete it to the best of our abilities making master pieces. Women of all races and backgrounds are making history like never before.

Women making history

  • Tracy Ellis Ross: First time an African American women won best actress in a TV comedy Golden Globe sine 1983
  • Kerry Washington: The first African American women since 1974 to headline a network TV drama 
  • Michelle Obama: Just because she’s perfect and the best First Lady we ever had!
  • Serena Williams: the most number of Grand Slam title wins over ANY ATHLETE period.
  • Ava DuVernay: The first African-American woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards
  • Mellody Hobson: President of Ariel Investments, LLC, a Chicago investment firm managing over $3 billion in assets.
  • Regina Gwynn, Esosa Ighodaro, and Lauren Washington: Held the first Black women talk tech 
  • Cardi B:  The fifteenth musician in history to land three top 10 songs in the same charting frame
  • Tierra Guinn: Working for NASA and keeping a 5.0 GPA at MIT
  • Beyonce and Solange: The only sisters to have #1 albums in the same year
  • Mikaila Ulmer: 11- year- old gets $11 million deal with Whole Foods for her BeeSweet Lemonade
  • Tiffany Haddish: First African American women to host SNL

These are just a few women and a few of their accomplishments, but the list can go on for days because women are just that great at everything!

Don’t believe everything you see on social media

Everything posted online isn’t always accurate. It’s best to do your own research about a topic if you aren’t 100% sure it’s correct.

Don’t automatically believe whatever someone posts unless they are a creditable source. There’s times when people lie or make false statements about something or someone to discredit or embarrass them and make them look bad.

For example, there’s always a new story every week about a different celebrity being pregnant or some false claims towards them. When those stories aren’t often true. But when an article is posted online, people already think it’s true just because it’s online.

People don’t realize how lies and negative information could affect someone’s life. Someone could lose their job, family, friends and even money depending on the situation.

Cause and effect plays such an important role in every situation and it can make or break a person. So, watch what you say, post and read about someone. Put yourself in that person’s shoes and think about how that lie or rumor could affect you.

You Don’t Know

There’s always someone who states “if that was me, I would’ve did…”

People tend to always say how they would’ve handled a situation differently than someone else if that was them. But you really don’t know what you would do until that same thing actually happened to you.

For example, if you’re in an area and a random shooting takes place, you never really know how you’re going to react in a situation like that.

I know I’ve said several times myself that if I ever experienced a shooting, I would run or drop to the ground. But when I experienced it, I stood there frozen in disbelief that it was actually happening.

My point is, you shouldn’t judge how someone handles and situation and tell them how you would handle it unless you actually experienced that same thing first hand. And lets not forget, every person is different and handles things differently.

So instead of judging or telling them how you would handle it, be a good friend, spouse or family member and support them.

Family Holiday Activities

During the holidays there’s so many events and activities any family could do together to have a great time.

  • Make gingerbread houses
  • Going to Winter Wonder Fest at Navy Pier
  • Ice skating in Grant Park
  • Making snow angels and having snow ball fights in your yard
  • Bake cookies together
  • Play board or card games
  • Watch movies and make hot chocolate
  • Play the Wii, Xbox, Play Station, etc. against each other

The list goes on, so let’s stay safe and have fun with our family!

Happy Holidays!

Will it ever be completed?

Construction in Chicago can be time consuming and cost effective to many people. You can’t go to any neighborhood across the city without seeing some type of construction being done.

From pot holes getting fixed in the middle of the street, train stations getting remodeled, to expressways being rebuilt, the construction is never ending. When there is a specific website created just to inform residents across Chicago about all construction projects, you know it’s a big deal.

Chicago Construction News was created in 2015 notifying residents of construction in their area and how long it will take for that specific project to be completed. The site also informs contractors, architects and engineers information through articles, photos and videos about potential opportunities and tips to complete their own projects.

The site is beneficial in a few ways because residents are able to see how a specific project can affect their everyday lives as well as provide potential jobs for many. But those construction projects can also cause problems for everyone as well.

For instance, if a school bus has to drive down a narrow street to pick up children for school but there are cones, signs and gates up for construction, it will be hard to navigate a bus through that. That will then lead to children getting picked up and dropped off late to school. It will then cause a never ending chain reaction of tardiness for multiple people.

The most common construction across the city is on expressways. From Lake Shore Drive, the Kennedy expressway, to the Bishop Ford, there’s no way to avoid it no matter where you’re trying to go. Some construction only takes place at night which is convenient for people commuting to work. But other expressways have construction throughout the day and can last from weeks, to months and even years.

Then again, some construction is necessary when roads are getting expanded to more lanes but the time it takes to complete takes a toll on almost everyone.

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