I had such an amazing time at my first Alpha Women Impact Event on Thursday night.
A huge THANK YOU to my friend Nafiska for inviting me to come with her, Iva Velkosvska for setting up a beautiful, welcoming and intimate space for soul conversation and connection; Shira kane for reminding us that “inclusivity” is more than just a buzz-word and Rebecca Boatman for making us dive deep on what it is we want in a romantic partner/partnership, and what obstacles we place in our way to attracting them.
My Takeaways from Iva:
My Takeaways from Shira:
Throughout my two and a half years of going to college on Long Island I struggled a lot with being exposed to a lot of different political viewpoints. I was raised in a majority white neighborhood, but racism was sparse. In general, my neighborhood was made of mostly upper middle class white people who loved L.L.Bean moccasins, Dave Matthews Band & Bernie Sanders.
When I moved to Long Island I was exposed to racism and prejudice for the first time. Of course, not everyone on Long Island is racist. But did you know that the area where dejure segregation is most prominent in the U.S. is Nassau County?
I attended several political rallies during my time on Long Island in the city as a student journalist. I really struggled with understanding where I fit into the landscape. I was actually kicked out of a party for writing an article saying Black Lives Matter.
And something that really confused me then, and still does, is the reluctance of some individuals to simply just sit and listen to one another and what they have to say.
As a student reporter at the time I felt I had built a pretty solid reputation just from listening to people without interruption. At first it was hard to listen to the opinions or beliefs of others which differed so greatly from mine, but I realized later on that it was essential for me to develop my own belief systems and know how to communicate them with those around me in a respectful way.
So, if we stand up and show up for marginalized groups — while also listening to those who disagree with us — and also listening to those who have been hurt by our words and actions — MAYBE we can create a more harmonious world. Can’t hurt to try, right?
My biggest takeaways from Rebecca:
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