On this Inaugural day, I think it’s time I lay my cards out on the table. I have kept my thoughts and political and personal beliefs to myself in recent months, mainly due to an overwhelming amount of negativity I see. My hope in doing so, those who know me and happen to like me, can see that the world is much more than black and white, liberal and conservative, republican and democrat. That at the heart of it all we are all Americans trying to get our piece of the American dream. We (at least most of us) are just people trying to do the right thing for our little tribes and hopefully making the world as a whole a little better. Perhaps before being quick to label someone who may sit across the line from you with insulting and derogatory labels,  you will realize we have more common thread than you may believe. And this goes both ways. So here it goes… this is who I am.

I am a woman. A short, kind of round, pink haired wife, mother, sister, daughter, favorite auntie, and all around kick ass, take no prisoners, mama bear – woman. I take pride in being a woman. I am proud to be soft, squishy, pretty, feminine, sexy, sweet, smart, funny, sensitive, yet still strong and firm standing. I don’t think sending my Mister off with a hot breakfast and a lunch is demeaning. I take pride in trying (although I falter) a nice home, craft pretty things, I cook most of the meals, and I am a whip out your boob and breastfeed your baby kind of mom. I work full-time running my own consulting business and I am in the midst of launching a new business. I celebrate womanhood.

Politically speaking, I fall pretty squarely on the Conservative Republican team. I believe in family. I believe that the traditional “nuclear” family is an awesome thing. I believe many societal problems we have stem from a breakdown of the family and a lessening in the importance of respecting ones elders and authority. I was a single mother for a solid decade before I met the love of my life, so I know the struggles of having to be everything. I believe babies are tiny humans while still in the womb. I believe in helping others in a way that empowers them to rise up and become independent, contributing members of society. I am a proud first generation immigrant, I was born in the Philippines and became a proud citizen of this great land through my parents who applied to come here, worked hard, waited, proved their worthyness and struggled to become Americans and give their family a better life. I am proud they came over by working with the system not against it.

I am a fan of nature and the connection to the earth. I’ve been an advocate for local, fresh seasonal food for far longer than it has been “en vogue” – I raise my kids to know where their food comes from, where their family comes from, our connection to the earth and how to respect that connection.

My over arching belief is simple. More personal responsibility, Less government. Be awesome. Work hard, play hard, be proud of your successes, learn from your mistakes, help your fellow man and make the world a better place we you finally leave this earth. You do your thing and I will do mine, and as long as you don’t get in the way of my liberties – I won’t stand in the way of yours.

Today I watched the inauguration. I am fascinated and proud of the peaceful transfer of power that takes place. I love the ceremony and grandeur of it all. I am touched by watching women I admire like Ivanka Trump – with a baby on her hip dressed to the nines. I swoon over the clothes and hair and refinement of it all. And as with all major events in this nation – no matter what party is hosting – I love knowing I witnessed a slice of history.

I don’t profess to understand everyone or everything – but I know LOVE. And what gets me up in the morning is simple. The love I have for myself, my Mr, my children, my family, my friends and other loved ones. The deep love I have for them all is what truly brings me joy. I am happy to discuss anything in a positive manner. Have a question, ask. Have a comment – do so with an open heart and kindness and I will listen. If you have a question or want to know my stand on an issue, I am happy to share.