It’s currently 9 degrees as I type this from the comfort of a warm corner table inside Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA. Somehow the weekend getaway I planned 4 months ago lined up with the coldest two days of the year along with 13 inches of snow… Regardless, it is beautiful and the sun is shining. Not a bad place to be at all.
Every time I come to Boston, I am enamored with the rich history and diversity of the people who call this city home. The Massachusetts Statehouse is always a must see when I spend time here. Knowing how much history of our nation has taken place in those walls is enough to humble anyone. It also doesn’t hurt that Cheers is a short walk from the Statehouse…
The New Year has already gotten off to a fantastic start. The second day of 2018, I attended a meeting on Galveston Island with many other candidates running for a variety of positions around the state. Many of the Democratic candidates for governor were in attendance and it was truly an honor to even be in the same room with them. These extraordinary men and women have done some incredible things for our state and cities and to have the opportunity to converse with them has been a highlight of this journey along the campaign trail.
I will be hosting my first event as a candidate on January 16th, the long awaited campaign kick off party. I will be hosting this event at one of my favorite spots on the island, Rumors Beach Bar on the Seawall at 7 pm! It will hopefully be a fabulous night of karaoke and a great chance for local voters to learn a little bit more about who I am and what change I would like to see brought to House District 23.
As someone who commutes upwards of 3 hours a day, I have found that I enjoy my time alone just as much as I enjoy being a true extrovert. I gain strength from conversing with people and gain just as much strength from recharging and having time to be alone with my thoughts. I found a journal in a shop in Quincy Market this weekend that challenges you to do something that scares you at least once a day. The first page of the journal explains how this challenge is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt who was a shy and frightened girl that was thrust into the public eye after she married FDR. This immediately spoke to me and I took it as a sign to take charge of the anxieties I feel towards public speaking and self doubt. There is already a new energy radiating from me today and I am ready to battle the elements that have affected my social attitude for many years. The desire to serve my community is greater than any fears I have ever had.
I hope I get to see all of you at the campaign kick off party next week. It will be very exciting to meet new faces of District 23, and surrounding areas, and get to know what issues are important to all of you. The state of Texas has not worked for the people in many years and now is the time to change.
As Robert Burns said, “Now’s the day, and now’s the hour.”
Thank you all so much for your continued support. I take solace in the fact that there are people who devote so much time and energy to make the world a better place in a world that seems so full of despair in recent days.
Happy New Year! Let’s turn Texas blue in 2018!