Hi! It’s Carletta, Crystal and Julie! We are each from a different race and background, and we are collecting stories from our interviewed guests. With each story, we will identify the common threads that each one of us can utilize to increase our empathy as we dive into the well-worn shoes of others. As we grow as a community, we will learn how to actively advocate for ourselves and others while becoming our truest selves without apology.
Documentary Photography: Capturing The Beautiful Mess
Kristin Watkins is a documentary family photographer in Atlanta, GA. Her goal is to photograph families as they are in their natural habitat and to capture the little snippets of everyday life that makes each family unique. She offers day-in-the-life photo sessions that are completely unposed and unscripted. Through this experience, she herself has learned valuable lessons about parenting and how that looks different for each family. She is the parent of four kids, two of whom are Black and one who is non-binary. She is an avid reader, believes the West Wing was the best TV show ever, and lives for Cadbury Egg season every year.
Extraordinarily Ourselves - A Mom’s Story About Autism
Irene Garza is a Mexican American Woman born in Burley, Idaho. She moved to Yuma, Arizona in 1999. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and an advocate. For over thirty years, she has worked in both the health and early childhood fields, and has volunteered on many local community and state boards and councils. In the years 2008 through 2020, Irene served as Vice Chair on the First Things First Regional Council. From 2009 to 2011, she served on the Western Arizona Council of Governments Head Start Parent Board. Since 2016, she currently serves on the Yuma County Early Childhood Collaborative Leadership Team. Irene has been married to her husband, Jorge, for 23 years. Together they have two amazing teenage boys, Jorge Jr. and Rudy Frez. Irene considers herself a full time mom with many part time responsibilities. In her local community, she is an advocate for parents who have children with special needs. Irene believes that every child deserves the opportunity to live long, happy, healthy lives.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion: Broadening Your Lens
Meet our guest Sheree Haggan! Sheree is a powerful speaker and activist who specializes in cultural innovation for small-town communities and businesses. She currently works as a Diversity Program Manager for Google. She co-founded the Blog Dear Kind Person and is continuously building content to support people in their journey of allyship.
A lesbian woman of color and diversity expert, she is the anomaly for a rural upbringing. Sheree has the ability to empathize with people at all stages of their journey towards inclusion.
Coupling personal experience with years of expertise, she is able to relate to and strategically combat systemic bias and oppression. She provides people with the tools they need to broaden their lens of understanding and build businesses where people of all backgrounds can succeed and know that they belong.
Enneagram: Using Motivation To Create Growth
For the past decade, Chelsea has worked with individuals, companies, non-profits, and leadership teams offering streamlined strategies to help them achieve their goals. She quickly realized that the strength of organizations directly correlated to the fulfillment of its individuals—individuals who each needed unique attention according to their unique personality type.
With a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership, an Associate's in Sociology, and her certification as an enneagram coach through the "Your Enneagram Coach" intensive, Chelsea wields an impressive set of skills in deciphering the many factors that make up an enneagram type. In this deconstruction, she is able to identify both the roadblocks and the bridges of each unique personality and offer concrete, doable solutions to overcoming those obstacles and capitalizing on strengths.
Accept Yourself, Love Yourself!
Meet Emely! She is a fashion and skincare influencer extraordinaire that helps bring visibility to the plus size and queer communities. Through her blogs and social media posts, she motivates others by sharing her struggles with diversity, promotes plus size and queer inclusivity, and empowers women.
When she is not creating content for her business, she spends time with her wife of five years and her adorable husky Bruno.
"It is extremely important to me to help others realize that we can love ourselves as we are right now.” Emely Turnish
Being Black While Living In America: Past, Present & Future Part 2
Being Black While Living In America: Past, Present & Future Part 2, highlights a critical conversation between Carletta’s husband, Phil Miller and accomplished soloist, songwriter and public policy expert G.P. Jackson. The two of them discuss the importance of equity and social justice and why it matters. We find out how the intersection of G.P.’s public policy background, his awareness to eradicate disparity be a change agent birthed this message that resided within him to bring you his song, Letter To A Nation.
Letter to A Nation is a powerful, thought-provoking and hopeful message addressing how COVID-19, violence, and social injustice have impacted the Black communities in America and is a starting point to begin healing.
Listend to “Winkei or Wenke” and loved it. This particular episode included two people in my life that I love more than life itself. Julie, one of the hosts of the blog and Jenny Buchanan the guest of the blog. I listened to each of their familiar voices and was transported to a special place. It’s the place all mothers get to go when their children are given a special honor. I have been to several of those special celebrations but this show getting to hear both of them and the pride I felt in being their Mother easily brought tears to my eyes. They have matured into the most beautiful souls and raising my gorgeous grandchildren to be the second generation of mini me’s who exude that same quality. I truly felt blessed to listen to all of you and appreciate what these conversations are meant to do for all women. Keep up the good job. I love you both and so proud of my daughters for choosing such lovely women to be friends with.
So much love
You can tell these ladies are very passionate about being the change they want to see in the world. This is what we need more of...open discussion about the things that really impact our lives. Wishing you continued success C, C, & J!
This is amazing, wonderful and very much needed! Please keep sharing, keep being a part of the change we need to unite, no more division. #enoughisenough