How traveling empowered me

How traveling empowered me

How traveling empowered me   Question: What is the most empowering thing you have ever done? For me the answer was a tie: 1. Giving birth to my sons 2. Breastfeeding them I had completely different birthing experiences with my children, but breastfeeding was relatively easy for me. I was very fortunate. Breastfeeding and childbirth made me feel powerful as a woman. To know that you have created a human life and then proceed to nourish that child with the body from whence it came is really, really cool. The human body is AMAZING. The downside to breastfeeding is that it is somewhat of a hot topic in the United States. Overwhelmingly I have been greeted with support, but there are many women who haven’t been as fortunate as I have been. Some women are told to cover up, we are marketed products to conceal ourselves and shield others from witnessing a very normal and very powerful part of motherhood and infancy. Why? Don’t ask the French, Spanish, Italians or Germans. They don’t know why it’s an issue either…. As we continued to travel I continued to become a more confident and empowered woman because: I could walk through the streets of Barcelona at night by myself or with my children without the fear of who might be lurking around the corner. Despite being warned of the turbulence abroad and constantly being on the receiving end of cautionary tales about robberies and terrorism, we were always safe. There were no cat calls, no gawking at my breasts, no staring when I fed Griffin. No one told me to smile...

By the Ocean

Bonjour from Cannes, France! We arrived here in Cannes on August 30th after a whirlwind thirty days in Barcelona. Before we left the Gothic Quarter we knew Cannes was going to be a completely new experience just judging by the Air BnB we had rented months prior. This apartment was located just steps from a small beach peninsula while the busy beaches of Barcelona were almost a twenty minute walk from our little apartment in the city center. When Gregg and I decided to come to France we immediately fell in love with the pictures and, I mean, how could you not? Look at this view! We are located on the side of the coast that attracts fewer tourists because it is a little further from the main tourist-y street La Croisette which houses all of the super posh, super expensive restaurants, hotels and shops. Our little nook of Cannes has a lot of retired French men and women and a few families here and there. Every morning and through the afternoon you see these ladies and gents taking casual strolls through the shallow water exercising, gossiping and doing an overall patrol of the beach. You might be thinking, a patrol? What does she mean by they’re patrolling the beach? I have learned that the French, among many of their positive attributes, are very involved in their community and the “better” of their community.  For example, I have been asked AT LEAST ten times “où est son chapeau” or “where is his hat?” The one time I didn’t have one with me I was shamed at the grocery store,...