DIY, Food, Style, & Influential Women

Back in October, I joined Hope for Women Magazine as a freelance writer. My first post ever was my Cheesecake Stuffed Apples, a recipe I personally enjoy for the fall season. Since then, I’ve been active in writing multiple articles.

I’ve mostly remained within my food niche, posting a recipe nearly every holiday season:

I’m currently working on some recipes that will bring the Irish Luck to the St. Patrick’s Day season. I’ve already got a couple lined up ready to be shared. I’ve honestly enjoyed taking a break from Ball Bearings and serious writings. It’s refreshing to just find a recipe, try it, and write about it for future cooks. There’s something so relaxing about cooking, and I want to share the excitement I feel when I’m in the kitchen.

However, I’ve also expanded my writing repertoire with a few one-shot articles:

I was lucky Hope for Women was open to my article ideas. All three of these articles were fun to write. As I’ve mentioned on my blog, I’m currently engaged and deep in the wedding planning process. One unique item I became heavily invested in planning was the centerpieces. After all, every guest will see one and have it in their face throughout the night. So why not make it fun? In my DIY, I explore how to put together unique centerpieces for a unique wedding!

ASMR snuck its way into my life a couple months ago because I clicked on a YouTube video featuring Buzzfeed employees visiting the Whisper Lodge. Now, my world is filled with it. For those who don’t know, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a relaxation phenomenon. ASMR is said to feel like a tingling sensation spreading through your head, typically moving down your spine and body (like a “brain orgasm”). There’s a growing subculture of insomnia and anxiety-plagued people who find solace in these kinds of repetitive sounds.

In my article, I explored some of the research behind ASMR, where it is headed in the future, and provided multiple links to ASMR artists who I personally enjoy. More ASMR YouTubers can be found on my blog, where I have a separate blog post.

My last post featured a safety luxury purse brand called Aubry Lane. It is the first of its kind—a company that merges luxury fashion and safety technology to help empower women and keep them safe. Emergency cellular, GPS, and SMS notification technology is combined into a small cell phone/panic button that is hidden inside a specially-designed pocket within your chosen bag. Aubry Lane is not a person, but every woman who wants to feel empowered. Their mission is to empower all women and make them feel safer no matter the environment. With their multiple product designs, there’s something for every style and every occasion.

I felt like I was making an effort to help women by learning more about this company and writing about it. With 1:5 women being victims of sexual assault, and 54% of victims of sexual assault being between the ages of 18 – 35, I felt it was important to share this new brand.

Finally, March will be all about Yes Sisters!

Women are powerful – we are amazing! What does it mean to be a Yes Sister? Who are some of the most powerful women you know? What are some common traits they share? How do you consciously choose to surround yourself with women who affirm, encourage and challenge you?

These are the prompts the writers have been given for March, and I am beyond thrilled. I’ve already made a pitch to write a story about one influential women, but I was also graced with the honor of writing about one influential woman who sadly passed away in late February.

Barbara “B.” Smith — restaurateur, model, and author — passed away on Saturday at the age of 70 after her long battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, but she didn’t let it stop her; a proud, distinguished woman, she moved to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was the epitome of what a Yes Sister is, and undoubtedly was a Yes Sister for others around the world, both personally and indirectly.

She was a beacon of hope and positivity for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and an amazing role model for women to look up to. You can learn more about her life and legacy by reading my full article, “Whatever You Do, Do It with Style!”: B. Smith’s Legacy Remains.

I’ve got more articles in the works for future, and I am so enthused over the future that I have with Hope for Women Magazine. So stay tuned for future content updates!

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