Today I've had my #AmericanDream moment 💗 My heart was pounding coming back to the ship, 6 years after I swore that I'd never do it again 🙈 Back then I was just another Ukrainian girl, lucky to have a job that I didn't necessarily like. In my 4 years on ships I went from scraping food waste to taking formal portraits and both roles were very very hard. Like everyone else on the ship, I would do 6-8 months contracts without a single day off, often working 16-hour days. I remember back then looking at guest performers who would come to the ship to do a show for one night or one week and think "These people are SO LUCKY. I wish I could do what they do". Needless to say, coming back to the ship as a guest performer this afternoon meant the whole world to me. This was totally unplanned - mainly, because I couldn't even imagine things turn out this way. I'm feeling so much right now that could write a book just about all realizations I've had today. I feel like my life has come a full circle 🌐🛳️🙏 Thank you @svetlanajazz and #TheDelanceyFive for making another dream of mine come true and a deep bow to every person out there working hard on all the ships sailing around. I see you and I applaud you 👀👏🌊 #fullcircle#immigrantstruggle#cometomycabina#shiplife#princesscruises#travelingshowgirl#CaravanFanDance
with @angelikigianna Today I was at Theater 68 watching Nick the Greek, written and starred by Angeliki Giannakopoulos. Fantastic! The one woman-show telling the story of a Greek immigrant family to America, Angeliki’s, is beautifully performed. It is invigorating and reminds us of the many sacrifices immigrants and their loved ones have had to endure and continue doing so. Next show on June 3. Location to be determined. Keep your eyes and ears open!
Later, friends ❤️. LA #greektalent#theater68#angelikigiannakopoulos#immigrantstruggle#losangelestheater#tellingstories#greekamerican
The eldest of 5, she lost her baby sister to a tragic childhood accident. Coming from a poverty struck household due to the backlash of the 1947 India/Pakistan partition, she nonetheless gruelingly and successfully completed her Nursing eduction. As soon as she was ready to see the fruits of her labor, her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She was the captain of her Bhangra team, top NCC rifle shooter, and an all around BABE. She singlehandedly worked and supported her family of six throughout her twenties. Fighting societal & cultural norms, she fell in love with my father who is from a different caste. They got married, he left India to begin his family's immigration journey. She was left with a baby in her belly and in-laws that didn't like her very much (at that time ). It's 1984. The baby has been out of her belly for a year, but she's got something else in her belly now- knots of anxiety because there are rioters outside her home in Rajouri Garden, New Delhi. She and her sister, both disguised as men and armed with weapons (in their late 20s) kept her nuclear family safe during this period of methodical and intentional ethnic cleaning performed by the Indian government. She left her home of 35+ years and emigrated to America with her two babies to reunite with her husband. As soon as she was able to let out a sigh of relief, her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Fast forward to now and this picture: bet y'all could never tell what she been through. That's resilience. That's a woman. Here's to celebrating all the fierce women in this world, and all the guardian angels of this world who fulfill the role of a mother despite a blood connection. I love you so much mama.
Was helping mama dukes clean out some stuff from her closets and I found an old picture album with me in it. '92 chillin deep in the cut with the homie Mr. bunny rabbit. Goddamn, that was when my entire family lived in a single bedroom in a boarding house. #immigrantstruggle was real.
Looking for #TBT pictures is a pain cus the pictures I can use are from the last year (which isn't really a throwback) or anything before 9th grade. nearly everything from 09-14 was with the ex. And before that I had this weird "Fat bandgeek"phase in highschool and I made it a mission to not have my picture taken. Oh well baby pictures it is. #korean#badoledays