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Black Friday Remix

A bit of a throw back Thursday today, tounnamed-1 last week when I got to visit The Whitney Plantation museum.
Originally known as Habitation Haydel, is located less than an hour from New Orleans in Louisiana. Several years ago, the Whitney Plantation was turned into a museum dedicated to preserving and memorializing the lives of
the slaves who lived on and built that plantation themselves, as well as those throughout the South. I was horrified to learn that this is the only such museum in the United States.

The bulk of plantation museums focus on farming and life as a white person on the plantation, glossing over the grizzly past the built plantation life.


The museum hosts wonderfully rich, moving tours daily. If you’re ever in the New Orleans area, I would highly recommend taking a few hours to make it out to this spot. Be sure to get tickets in advance, as the tours usually sell out.

In the meantime, enjoy some photos from my time at the Whitney, and read more on the history of Whitney Plantation here.



Holiday Blues

Happy post-Thanksgiving! For me, today is the Sunday post Thanksgiving, as I took Monday off to avoid holiday traffic heading home. And much as I appreciate having time off, getting to travel for fun instead of work and the privileges I have that allowed me to enjoy the past few days, I’m a little bit down.

It’s that dreary, have to go back to work and reality feeling that always gets me feeling a little glum after the holidays. Spending time with family makes it even worse, because as we’ve gotten older we’ve all spread out, so it seems now that holidays are the only time we get to catch up and hang out, which I absolutely adore. Again, I am very privileged in that I get to enjoy these things. I get paid vacation and holiday days, my bosses cover for me when I take days off so I really don’t have to work, etc.

I spent turkey day in New Orleans, LA with my father. He recently moved out to Arizona, and as I’m on the East Coast we needed a good half way point. We both love NOLA and the Air Bnb rates were great, so we decided to go for it. As it’s only about a 5 1/2 hour drive, I made the trek in my little Mazda 3 instead of flying, and therefore had an awful lot of audio time to fill in my 11+ hours of driving.

A friend and coworker introduced me to Mavenly.co  not too long ago, and I’ve become enamored with their content. I devoured perhaps 6-8 hours of podcasts, combing through their archives and constantly finding new inspiration and dozens of women I want to learn more about and work with. The last podcast on my drive touched a little bit on content creation, focusing on the line between creating content just for the sake of creating and creating content because you’re really fired up and excited to write a new post.

Well, the general consensus was that when you’re new, it’s best to force yourself to write regularly. I kind of knew that already – it’s a lot of what NaNoWriMo is all about – but hearing it discussed was just the kick in the pants I needed to put together a post today. That is why I’m drafting a stream of consciousness post for the evening. I have some cool ideas for posts moving forward, but they need to be better thought out and researched, and I am just not feeling up to a labor intensive post.

Hope everyone Stateside had a fantastic Thanksgiving, filled without too much consumerism pressures or overfilled bellies, lots of laughs and fun with family, and perhaps a couple Cyber Monday thrills that you’ll love gifting over the next month.

Before I sign off, I’ll have some exciting news to share in the next couples of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for details on other places you may be able to find me!