The only thing I am more passionate about than coffee is storytelling.
I initially didn’t like the taste of coffee. What I loved was sitting in a coffee shop; a space for focus and productivity, the hum of conversation and clinking of spoons, and the way the space lends itself to great conversation and companionship like not much else does. I went to one coffee shop after the next. Cup after cup. Now, I never go without my daily brew.
But one thing that has always been prominent in my life is my love for people and discovering their story. I listen well. What I quickly came to realize is that everyone has a story, but some voices are louder than others. Every individual has something to teach, and everyone has something to learn, no matter your background. Sometimes, the quietest among us need a megaphone.
I've already visited most of the prominent coffee shops in Houston, so I've decided to share my experiences on the blog. And when they're willing, I'll be sharing the stories of my close friends and and academic leaders at University of Houston.
When I look at a cup of coffee, I see much more than a drink. It’s a conversation. It’s an opportunity to connect. A chance to be productive. A second shot at waking up. (Shot. Get it? Shot? I'll leave.) Get ready for some awesome coffee shop stories - the Creme de la Em.
And now, so we're not complete strangers, let me give you five quick facts about me.
- I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Traffic, mosquitos, and humidity, yes - but I still love this city, and I'm always finding ways to get involved in the community to make it a better place.
- I'm a student at the University of Houston, but not for much longer. I graduate in December with a degree in Marketing, a minor in sales, and a certificate in entrepreneurship and leadership, and I made a whole bunch of mistakes to get where I am but I couldn't have done it without the crazy and amazing support network I have on campus.
- My go-to coffee favorite changes all the time, but right now, it's a cortado. And I made the mistake of ordering an espresso once, and only once.
- Every year the women in my family come together for a giant reunion called the Quilting Bee. We have themed meals, games, and giveaways, and at the end of the weekend, one lucky family member will win a quilt. The winner makes a quilt and brings it the next year to raffle off. I won this summer. I have quilting in my future.
- I was a child actor. You're looking at Alice from Alice in Wonderland, circa 2007. I do give autographs.
It's nice to meet you. Here's a preview of what's to come.
Note: Literally hundreds of cups of coffee have been consumed in the making of this blog post. And there are hundreds more to come.
That's the Creme de la Em.
You can find Noha Sahnoune here. Her blog posts shed some light on what it's like to be a successful young Muslim woman in America.
You can find Anne Yu (drinking coffee next to the sloth) here. Amazing photography, and lots of stories from her travels.
You can read about me and Maria's adventures at Slowpokes here. (link coming 8/13)
You can read Emily Abraham's touching story here. (link coming 7/30)