According to Jess

  • Jessica Rosado

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣As I’ve dissected many experiences from my past where I’ve either experienced judgement based on the color of my skin or have benefited from privileges I hadn’t ever realized, I am grateful for a new level of awareness I hadn’t had before.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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In order to understand why we feel what we feel and what drives our emotions, we have to be made aware of where it all stems from first. Growth and healing starts with awareness and acceptance. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣With that said, I realized a lot of my feelings of unworthiness came from growing up in predominantly white areas, constantly feeling like I could never fit in no matter how hard I tried. Growing up, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 seemed more beautiful, more successful, and all-around 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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In order to actively advocate, we need to understand the experiences that have shaped our current thought-processes and remove toxic ideas.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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I was so hesitant to post this picture for a number of reasons. Would people judge me for my moments of reflection? Would people discredit my experiences? Would people notice I’ve gained weight? And the list goes on.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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Wild right? All these thoughts framed around posting a photo and the opinions other people 𝘮𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 have. It’s enough to drive you crazy and silence yourself in a corner. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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It was through this thought process that I realized something: 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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I needed to quiet my own noise and get back to the hope that drives me and the faith that leads me. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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As I speak from the heart, I own the fact that I am a 𝐛𝐞𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧 Puerto Rican woman, I am 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐲 of 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐞, and 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲, and I will not allow my past experiences or anyone who crosses my path, tell me otherwise. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

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So, don’t let any negative thought- whether it comes from yourself or someone else, misguide you in who you are and the promises God has for you.

Today, I choose to be silent. Through that silence, I aim to develop understanding for a community that I do not share the same experience with. I aim to develop a deeper compassion for what anger in the fatal reality of injustice feels like. I aim to remind myself that while I am a woman of color and may have had my fair share of prejudices and racism growing up into adulthood, it will still never equate to or be allowed to subdue the African American experience. ⁣⁣

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When it comes to my disagreement with looting and violence as a form of protest, I remind myself of 3 things: ⁣⁣

1) There is a small percentage of this happening in our nation, though media would have us think otherwise. ⁣⁣

2) I cannot allow my disagreement with looting and violence speak louder and take away from my original anger and frustration in not just police brutality but systemic oppression overall.⁣⁣

3) Judgement is not solidarity. ⁣⁣

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So today, I remind myself that while my emotions run high, faith courses through my veins at an even greater rate. It is through faith, understanding, compassion, empathy, and love that I choose to operate from. ⁣⁣

May God continue to allow our hearts to hear and our minds to see. ⁣

If I haven’t been transparent enough, let me be undoubtedly clear, I stand with you today and always. ⁣⁣


Love,

Jess

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#blacklivesmatter #blackouttuesday #enoughisenough #womenofcolor #womenofaith 

  • Jessica Rosado

Jessie's Cookbook features delicious homemade recipes right from my kitchen. Today's tasty meal is a fun breakfast idea I like to call Toad's Avocado Toast. It's traditional toad in the hole with an avocado toast twist, along with my favorite whipped coffee recipe. This is a recipe for breakfast I really love.

Recipe for Toad's Avocado Toast

Serving Size: 1 to 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


Ingredients:

- 2 slices of bread

- 2 eggs

- 1 Avocado

- 1 tablespoon of butter

- Seasonings to Taste (I recommend cracked pepper, sea salt, and red pepper flakes)


Directions:

Step 1: Cut circular holes in both slices with either a round glass or cookie cutter.

Step 2: Spread butter on both sides of each slice.

Step 3: In a medium sized pan, melt butter on medium heat and places slices in the pan.

Step 4: Add crack an egg in each bread hole and cook for a bout 2 to 3 minutes on each side or for your fried egg preference.

Step 5: Mash avocado and place on each completed toad in the hole.

Step 6: Add desired seasoning to Toad's Avocado Toast.


Recipe for Whipped Coffee

Serving Size: 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


Ingredients:

- 2 tablespoons of Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee

- 2 tablespoons of sugar or alternative sweetener to sweeten coffee

- 1 tablespoon of warm water

- 1 1/2 cups of desired milk

- 1 cup of ice


Directions:

Step 1: In a small mixing bowl add instant coffee and water and mix until whipped to a creamy consistency.

Step 2: In your favorite cup add ice and milk.

Step 3: Add whipped coffee on top of your cup. Stir altogether and add sugar to sweeten.


Once your coffee is done, you are ready to enjoy your breakfast. Bon appetit!