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“You must do the thing you think you cannot do…” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Before I became a full time Journalist and Author, I graduated from four tough leadership programs. They all taught me the same thing in different ways – a leader must always be taking on new and challenging adventures.
I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone again in these coming weeks with my trip to all three of my “hometowns” – NYC where I grew up, Richmond, Virginia where I became a trained leader and D.C., where it all comes together (that scrappy girl from the South Bronx, mixed with the former corporate exec!), as I visit members of Congress while advocating for Puerto Rico and Net Neutrality.
Along the way, I will be documenting my experiences and all that I see as a Photojournalist contributor for USA Today’s website. I’ll chronicle the event where I’m the featured Author at La Casa Azul Bookstore in Spanish Harlem, my visit with my adult children (where I feel most centered and in balance) and, my meeting with the Congressman of Puerto Rico’s staff, where I’ll once again advocate for equal voting rights for the island’s residents. 
In the middle of this very cold and uncomfortable Winter, it’d be more comfortable just staying home under my blanket until Spring arrives. But alas, there is just too much work that needs to be done to try and make this world a better place. So, instead, I’m heading out to do those things I never thought I could do; knowing now that I must, at least, try.  NEWYORICANGIRL