Giraffes! My Favorite!
AFRICAN HUNTING DOGS!
A WALK THROUGH WITH THE LEMURS!
SOME COOL GRAFFITI ART
KING OF THE JUNGLE
MONKEYS & APES
Giraffes! My Favorite!
AFRICAN HUNTING DOGS!
A WALK THROUGH WITH THE LEMURS!
SOME COOL GRAFFITI ART
KING OF THE JUNGLE
MONKEYS & APES
I’m going to let y’all in on a lil secret
I called myself being adventurous this weekend
AND a couple of weekends before annnnnnd…..
I got my feelings hurt 😭✨
y’all date outside y’all race or nah???
I met think extremely NICE white guy
Peep I didn’t say cute lol
And we started taking our dogs for walks and whatnot
Explored all the trails in the Wissahickon
Smoked a lot of bud so I was like ayeeeee yassss we can get fried together no problem yassss
He drank off my water bottle one time (I was a lil thrown off)
We did share a blunt so I figured maybe that’s why he was real comfortable
Anyway, he told me he taught at a local school
(environmental sciences, lectures on
I started applauding myself on my versatility in men
Like yasssss Maya you are diverse you’re not particular at all
Finally a guy who is lecturing on sustainability and not spending hundreds of dollars at the strip club
I never dated outside of my race before but for my first time I wasn’t too mad
That was until… he started showing me affection
I’m so mean y’all
I kissed him a couple of time but nah I wasn’t feeling it too much
So like a week later we went out for sushi it was such a great date
but after he wanted me to go back to his house and I declined…
I could tell by the look on his face he was disappointed but I didn’t care in fact I ended up feeling some type of way that after a few walks and a sushi date he thought I would want to go back to his place for “more drinks and a smoke session”
Anyway anyway I just asked for a rain check on the session and asked him to take me home
so he pulls up to my apartment to drop me off and I saw him coming in for a kiss it was the most awkward thing ever…
He had food all stuck in his beard and it was just not a good look
So I kinda gave him my cheek to kiss and gave him a big hug and his reply was “oh I only get to kiss you on your cheek I want your lips”
I just stared at his sloppy beard turned off and it was just making the situation more awkward that he asked idkkk….
So I just told him I would call him later and I got out of his car and he immediately peeled off
Like ok you’re mad omg I was ctfu
until I realized I didn’t have my keys
So while I’m dumping my bag out on my front porch not believing how salty I was, he calls me…
He literally said “I felt like a little boy asking you for a kiss like I’m peterpan or something why didn’t you want to kiss me?”
I didn’t know the situation could get any more awkward…
I just replied and said “you know I’m still looking for my keys I’m not even in my house yet so I need to call you back”
But he would’ve known that if he hadn’t peeled off all mad but anyway
I found my keys and went in my house and not five seconds later I was greeted by this
Why the fuck did I tell him I like poetry
So I realized that obviously I’m not naturally affectionate toward him and although I was extremely curious I just wasn’t readyyyy and the fact he kept pointing it out was making me feel even more awkward
So I just figured I’d fall back a bit I didn’t want him to think I was leading him on and I did like him but maybe as friends and I thought maybe affection would come in time…
It gets better…
Y’all I thought I was being mean…I thought this nice guy deserves another chance
all he wants to do is shower me with affection and he’s so nice so what am I running from?
I thought I was being “that girl” the one who complains about wanting a nice guy than when she gets one she doesn’t know how to treat them blah blah blah..
So I said fuck it I’ll go out with him again and if he does the touchy-feely kissy kissy too much I’ll just
#speakup and say something and we’ll see where it goes from there…
So we walk our dogs on the trails and smoke (and I thought ok I’m in the middle of the woods with this man I better act right he out of no where stops and goes in to kiss me on my neck
Not awkward at alllllll right? I cringed and stopped him immediately
like this isn’t even the time or place like wtf it’s bugs everywhere I’m getting bit up Brownie has run off somewhere where is my puppy?
So he asked me “where is this going?” “You and me?”
Do y’all think I stayed in the woods and answered him truthfully or got out of there first?”
My crazy ass let it rip I told him that the aggressive affection was not for me…and why he expected me to make out with him every time I saw him (only knowing him a couple of weeks)
He told me how attracted he was to me and how beautiful I was so it was hard not to be aggressive
I told him I was flattered but it’s just too much especially since I don’t know him like that
I admit I might have been lying a bit bc when you like someone and you’re attracted the timeline doesn’t really matter lol
but since he’s a white man it’s all so new and I needed to take baby steps OK judge if you want but I kinda liked the newness of what we had and I just didn’t want to ruin it with all of that extra shut that’s the honest truth
So after a brief silence he asked if I was celibate or ever going to show him any type of affection
(Yikessss) bc if I wasn’t celibate then there would be no excuse for not wanting him to feel all up on me and kiss my neck and slobber on me in the woods right?
I told him I was but that was besides the point…and that it wasn’t that I didn’t like him it was just new to me.
He said ok and I felt immediately bad like maybe I was being too harsh but fuck that I’m a woman and I get to choose what and when I do things right?
I made it my mission to go on another date just to seeeeeeeee if I was trippin
So after he dropped me off we said an awkward goodbye, he kissed me on the cheek, and keys in hand, I headed toward my front door.
He calls after me and get ready for this, he runs up to give me some lavender, peppers, tomatoes and other things from his garden that he had picked for me earlier but just forgot to give to me
So I graciously accepted (even tho I still had my mind made up I was going on another date bc I still needed to see sumthn)
I changed clothes and headed out on my next date…
My other friend (black guy) picked me up we smoke and talked and had a grand time.
I asked him if he’s dated outside his race, if he was curious, would he do it again, was she affectionate, did he like it, all the questions I should’ve never asked him ctfu
He admitted he had out of curiosity but it just wasn’t his forte but his younger sister was ONLY into white guys
He explained that she was living in a fantasy world and only wanted relationships she saw on tv () that was only his opinion so I disregarded but one thing that stuck was the fact he admitted the white girl showed him another side to dating
That was true for me as well, and I had confirmed that some times people date outside of their race for different reasons (and I wasn’t alone)
I liked his thoughtfulness, his compliments, the fact that he lit up when he saw me, picked things from his garden for me, would run to his car so I wouldn’t dare touch the door…
he was vegan, he was all earthy, he’d traveled the world (current goal of mine). He’s experienced so much that I had only dreamed of and that was attractive idk it was all new and I liked him for that
BUT him touching me and saying things like “oooooh what are you doing to me” turned me off so much
So anyway, I was talking to guy #2 enjoying my second date that turned more or a friendly pow wow and I sort of came to the conclusion that I wasn’t dating either just looking to fulfill a male friendship role in my life
So remember when I said I got my feelings hurt?
As I was leaving guy number two he says “oh yeah I saw you a couple of weeks ago” and I go “oh yeah where” he was like “mad mex”
I said “oh yeah why didn’t you say anything?” then he goes on to tell me that wasn’t the first time he goes on to tell me how he’d seen me with some white guy in the park a few times too but figured he’d mind his business
Then THEN he goes on to ask me if I used to have red hair…fuck yes but everyone knows that bc my hair was red for most of last year
I’m rapping this up y’all..PROMISE lol
So moral of the story is I was annoyed with two different guys for two totally different reasons but it was so similar I could’ve gagged
On the one hand I have a white guy who is too affectionate, sort of stalker-ish but I was so into him because of the unknown, my curiosity led me to him but my fear of intimacy fucked everything up
On the other hand I had a black guy that I had been dating on and off (completely stalker-ish) but I wouldn’t have know unless I pulled it out of him…attracted to him bc of all physical (no unknown aspects)
So yeahhhhh my feelings hurt bc I realized while I was trying to see something (the something being my comfort level in dating black guys vs white guys) I realized I just have a pattern in men and it has nothing to do with race
I’m looking for something that neither guy could give me something I can only give myself
I just want someone I’m physically AND mentally attracted to but I just make up so many excuses so I’ll never find that person…
My feelings are hurt bc I realize I push people away all of the time and run after other people who do the same thing to me….
I realized I’m someone’s Anders I’m someone’s curiousity, someone’s favorite person living in the friend zone too and…
I’m actually giving out a few free copies so RT this thread if you’re really interested and I’ll DM you
“I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I mean, I don’t know who I want to be exactly.” –Me, almost a year ago.
First I wanted to be a Veterinarian, then I settled for a position as a Vet Tech, then I was destined to work in forensic, I declared Biology as my major, I was going to be a midwife, no, a prenatal nurse, No! A social worker, that’s it!! Then I thought, let me work according to my strengths, so, I’m good at writing so I might as well become a journalist. How’s the pay? Anyone can be an entrepreneur and own their own business…that’s what I’ll do to make up for the slow trickling pay! Matter of fact, I’ll travel the world and show off the “Young Loud Proud!!” So there we have it, I’ll become a writer and publish my own magazine “YLP.” (This is where I am right now. I am content with this, promise, but I’ll elaborate more on this piece.)
This is an ode to the young girls whose future(s) didn’t pan out as expected.
Get ready for a roller-coaster ride:
I’ve changed my major in college, my goals, and my ideas (of what success and happiness will look like in my life) so many times. I think it’s safe to assume that after 26 years on this earth (almost ten years (since age 16) of planning my life out) I’ve finally found what/who I want to be as a “grown up.”
It seemed to be so easy for some people. Some people dream of being a doctor and just like that they begin their journey, but for me, it’s never been that simple, and now I understand why.
I’m multi-talented, and I’m capable of creating my very own avenue to feel accomplished and fulfilled by combining my interests and strengths. It just took a while to figure out what they were and how to make myself work for me. If only I were able to identify my true passion early on instead of trying to be what everyone suggested or thought was good for me. I’m finally finding myself, recognizing my strengths and finding what makes me happy.
I realized at a young age that I had a strong passion for animals and I desired to be a part of the Veterinary care system.
I fell in love with a German Shepard named Smokey when I was six years old. My grandparents rescued him from the SPCA, and as soon as I laid eyes on him, I claimed him as my own. Shortly after we adopted our dog, he was due for a few vaccines, so I decided to tag along to his Vet visits. The feeling of helplessness swept over me as we convened in the hospital; it was fast-paced and a bit overwhelming, but it was a feeling that I will never forget.
I demanded that the Veterinarian let me assist him to do whatever it was to keep my dog in a functional status. Once it was explained to me that it was only a routine visit and my nerves calmed a bit, I began to ask a ton of questions. I saw the collaborative help from the Veterinarian and Veterinarian technicians as they worked through Smokey’s visit and I wanted in! I admired the Veterinarian and Veterinary technicians on their gentleness, kindness, efficiency, and practice.
I perused my interests in Veterinary care by attending Walter Biddle Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences, completing four years, and graduating with a diploma in animal science. While in High school I was a current member of the Horse club, the small animal science team, and also a member of the aquatics division. During high school, I had the opportunity to explore the Veterinary care field further by acquiring a part-time position at the Mount Airy Animal Hospital.
Working as a kennel assistant was my first real job when I was only 14 years old. I worked in the boarding facilities within the animal hospital, and in the three years that employed, I was able to gain an abundance of experience in caring for sick animals within the hospital and also learned a ton of lessons on the strength it takes to be young and professional at the same time.
I experienced monitoring the health status of various species such as cats, dogs, and birds. I also assisted the Veterinarian and Veterinary technicians with appointments, administration of oral medications and surgery. Also, I groomed animals, provided comfort for boarding pets and got the chance to interact with a diverse group of individuals. Attending to sick animals and giving them comfort was exactly what I envisioned myself doing in the future.
I got the first glance at what a Veterinary Technician entailed and the success of the practice within the field of Veterinary care. This was my first experience and a stepping stone to what I THOUGHT I ultimately wanted in a career.
(Honestly, after this experience I really just wanted to own my own hospital/business because working in some underdog positions, as young people, can be discouraging especially when working with people who think they’re better and may treat you like crap.) I always thought “as an employer, I want to hire young people and help them grow professionally instead of trying to tear them down.”
But anyway, after High school, I attended Widener University with a major in Biology. I wanted to major in Biology and incorporate that later into my career goal in Veterinary science but realized it was not suitable for my goals. I concluded that I enjoyed the hands-on aspect of my previous job and wanted to peruse a position closer to what I experienced. Even though I began to feel lost and like I was not on the right path, I excelled in my academics and had an overall great experience proven by my academic record and personal growth. After a year of completion, I moved on to acquire a position at the University of Pennsylvania in the hopes of gaining more experience and ultimately fulfilling my career goals.
Right now my official title is a Vet Tech Sr. -I am currently a Diagnostics Health Monitoring Technician at the University of Pennsylvania. I am responsible for the health surveillance and viral testing of sentinel animals through ULAR’S research program at the University of Penn’s campus. In my working career, I gained my LAT through AALAS and am now a certified Laboratory Animal Technologist. My interactions working alongside my successful peers at the University of Pennsylvania and Principal Investigators have had such a positive impact on me. This position has helped me develop personally and has helped my growth within Veterinary care.
I am working with animals, hanging around medical professionals, providing training and one on one support to individuals while writing my life away; I even have a hand in producing my department’s newsletter. So I have a chance to work with animals, which I am passionate about, animal care and I love to write so I should be content right? Wrong!
I once asked a question: How many times can a person reinvent themselves? I didn’t receive one response from the Twitter community so, I just assume that means as many times as you want (bish).
Perspective. It’s all about perspective. I called 2016-2017 my quarter life crisis year. For an entire year, I let so many terrible thoughts fill my head that I could never pick or stick to any one thing and the truth is that’s OK.
I realize changing your perspective and reinventing yourself is needed and growth is truly everything. I realized that although my young life hasn’t panned out exactly how I pictured it, it’s falling into place rather nicely.
I’m not saying I’m living the dream (yet) I’m only saying that I’m not as bad off as I tried to make it seem and guess what YOU’RE NOT EITHER!!! Everything takes time to fall into place but hold on girl, hold on.
How young were you when you got your first job? Where was it? How was the Interview process? What were the requirements? Were there generational differences? What was your first impression of the current staff? Are you skipping around trying to find what you’re truly passionate about? Are you like me??
I WANT TO HEAR FOR YOU! Email me: email@example.com
Lions and tigers and bears oh my!!
So, I haven’t been to the zoo in YEARS and I was so honored when I was asked to chaperone a kindergarten class yesterday (5/16/18).
Rain soaked the entire city of Philadelphia but that didn’t matter, the little kiddies ran around in their ponchos excited to see all of the animals anyway.
The Nation’s first zoo was a sight for sore eyes yesterday, although we were drenched.
In addition to viewing the animal exhibits, the kindergarteners were able to interact with some zoo keepers and ask them a ton of questions about some of their favorite animals (cheetahs, penguins, and lions).
90s babies: remember zoo keys?
They also enjoyed a cool train ride (which was only $4), and were so excited to see the free roaming animals of the zoo (mostly squirrels, geese, and the colorful peacocks).
Watch my short video clips to see some of the highlights from the class trip and also some of my favorite animals:
If you’re planning a trip for yourself to the Philly zoo it’ll run you ~$24 (adults) & ~$20 for the kids. I wish we could be like DC and have a FREE admission zoo but eh it was totally worth the money.
We are animal lovers too. #youngloudproud