Some Winning in 2017

I think it’s fair to say that 2017 has not been politically enthusing. With so much more controversy than triumph, I’m really happy to congratulate the following new members of our establishment as of yesterday’s Election Day 2017. Thank you for representing Americans and the change we want to see in our government. Please feel free to send me the names of any of those I’m missing! (Appearing in alphabetical order.)


Hala Ayala
Virginia House of Delegates


Brendon Barber
Mayor of Georgetown, SC


Ashley Bennet
New Jersey Freeholder


Ravi Singh Bhalla
Major of Hoboken, NJ


Melvin Carter
Mayor of St. Paul, MN


Justin Fairfax
Lieutenant Governor Elect of VA


Kelly Fowler
Virginia House of Delegates


Elizabeth Guzman
Virginia House of Delegates


Andrea Jenkins
City Council of Minneapolis, MN


Vi Lyles
Mayor of Charlottesville, NC


Sheila Oliver
Lieutenant Governor Elect of NJ


Danica Roem
Virginia House of Delegates


Mazahir Salih
City Council of Iowa City


Kathy Tran
Virginia House of Delegates


Braxton Winston
City Council of Charlotte, VA

History in the making!

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#ClearTheShelters on 8.19.17

It’s that time of year again!

This is the 3rd annual Clear The Shelters event where participating animal shelters will waive adoption fees in an attempt to literally clear the shelters. This has been a successful incentive in getting families out adopting since it doesn’t come with a high initial price tag. When pets come from facilities like these, they are more likely to be prepared for a home. They usually have up-to-date vaccinations and are spayed or neutered. Not only that but animal shelters have plenty of resources to help with new pets and information that’s more local to you. Petco now offers a Free New Pet Parent Starter Guide that has a bunch of coupons for supplies you may wanna check out.

Interested in giving a furry friend a home? Click here to find a participating animal shelter!

David Baron on TED Talks

With the total solar eclipse only 10 days away, I wanted to share this TED talks video featuring David Baron (author of American Eclipse) and his personal recount of watching a live total solar eclipse. If you had a chance to read my post Total Solar Eclipse ’17 Thoughts then you’ll understand why I want you to watch this video. I can’t sum it up quite like he did so I encourage you guys to open your mind & heart for this 12-minute watch. The best recap I can give it (because I feel somewhat obliged) is a total solar eclipse gives you the ability to see your place in this world and know that you’re apart of something larger than life itself. Enjoy!

#NetNeutrality

Net Neutrality supports “that the internet remains free of corporate control.”
– Senator Bernie Sanders


Click here to get involved!

Watch the video below for more information on Net Neutrality and what it means to you & the world wide web as we know it. You can get involved!

Summer Solstice Message

It’s officially the first day of the summer season. We’re entering that time of year where having fun and relaxing are the goal with family, friends, or on your own. So far, 2017 has been extremely thought provoking for society as a whole. While I totally encourage this time of relaxing we should do so with a continued sense of awareness & self-growth. There is a much needed balance between working hard at passions & finding one’s inner peace. Make this summer worth it by honing in on your talents, hobbies, and whatever your passion is. Self-discovery is requires on-going work and the real secret is knowing that we’re all ever-changing beings. Trying new things helps to build confidence but also lessens fear of the future. Do what you love this summer and grow all the while!

A message from StayBlooming.com!

World Environment Day 2017

Today is…

I’m going this to use this very appropriate week to spread awareness about oceanic pollution. I say appropriate because not only is today World Environment Day but this Thursday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. So today I’ll be sharing information on the environmental problem of oceanic pollution and over the week I’ll go over some ways we can help locally.

I’ll share a bit of personal background about myself. I have studied biology, environmental science, and environmental policy in higher educational institutions. (I struggled with changes of heart in majors like so many of us do…) But I’m not only familiar with those things because of learning about them, it’s also based on a natural passion and real love for the world. Personal indeed because I absolutely thrive when surrounded by nature and natural elements. Some of my dreams and aspirations include helping create a sustainable planet for us and future generations to come. Personal indeed but it is my passion and what feels like my life force.

Moving forward.

National Geographic published this article Deepest Place on Earth Contains ‘Extraordinary’ Pollution Levels back in February 2017. Please take a moment to read if you can, if not, I’ve tried to summarize the info so you can continue reading. When I initially read the article, I was completely devastated by my own naive thinking. How could I honestly believe that the Mariana Trench would be untouched by human impact?

For starters, the Mariana Trench is the deepest known place of the ocean. It lies in the western Pacific Ocean, closer to the continent of Asia. With it being the deepest place in the ocean, it’s easy to get caught up thinking that it’s too remote for dangerous pollution to reach. But it’s quite the contrary and National Geographic has brought to light the extremely high levels of toxic pollutants built up in this area.

It’s needless to say that the source of this pollution is the industrialization in nearby countries over extended periods of time. It’s partly due to catastrophic weather that displaces chemicals that wouldn’t otherwise be in the ocean. But also, water flow is naturally slow there and it does not help the state of the Mariana Trench. There has been scientific evidence supporting high levels of toxins in animals living in those depths. But to fully grasp how this is an issue, you must understand the inter-connectedness of the ocean. The food “chain” or “web” that humans thrive on is connected to the ecosystems of the ocean and land alike.

This is an open-ended post because this could not possibly have an immediate resolution. The only “fixing” comes in creating awareness in conversations, preventing pollution, and changing our current behaviors to always consider where human impact will end up. Stay tuned for tomorrrow’s continued talk about oceanic pollution and how one woman in Costa Rica is trying to help via social media.

Stay green my friends!