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Highlights of 2018

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Oh what a difference a year makes, and what a year it has been. I used to wonder if writing a post on highlights was something that people would want to read; I wondered whether i was being too celebratory of my own accomplishments- would people wonder or think I’m tooting my own horn, and find that annoying? Well, I realized that if they do feel that way, then they are not being supportive- and that’s OK I don’t need people like that in my circle. I believe in celebrating my
own accomplishments and others’ too— if you have good news, I want to celebrate you too!
This post helps me think about all I’ve accomplished – and how far I’ve come.

Highlights of 2018

I started the year celebrating paid leave in NY!

On Jan 1st 2017 NY became one of the few states to offer paid leave in the United States.
I had been advocating a writing about this for a long time, so I was thrilled when the law came into effect. I was also able to take some weeks off to be with Sofia before she turned one, a true gift.


 I spoke at the Working People’s Day of Action in NYC


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One of the things I’m most proud of is using my voice in support of mothers and children, especially #paidleave Today I got to do just that at the Working People’s Day of Action and it felt amazing. whoever knew sharing my story would lead to such amazing moments, thank you @GermieNYC and @jeffrae for this amazing pic. #Repost @germienyc ・・・ “Having a child shouldn’t mean not being able to pay your rent, or buy groceries. . Having a child shouldn’t be seen as something that only benefits the parents. The children that are born today are the future workers, teachers, innovators, of tomorrow.”, @ladydeelg (😘). . #unrigthesystem #itsaboutfreedom #union, #1u, #nyc1u, #paidleave, #paidleaveny, #paidfamilyleave, #paidleaveworks #aworkingclassheroissomethingtobe #latina

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I quit my job.

After almost 8 years I decided to quit my 9-5 to pursue work on my own terms. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, I struggled with it for a long time, and I prepared my brain for it for months. To make that decision I spent a lot of time analyzing, over analyzing, thinking… I spent months listening to inspirational YouTube videos. (Follow Evan Carmichael, love his compilations).

We marched in support of immigrant families!

My son and I joined thousands who marched across Brooklyn Bridge to say #EndFamilySeparation and #keepfamiliestogether.

I joined the PTA.

I’m super excited to have joined the PTA this year. Our goals are to raise funds for additional programming (for example, we brought Kidspire and Chess to our kids!) and also to build a sense of community in our school.

One of the highlights of the year so far was to bring the book fair! It brought back so many memories from when I was a little girl! And of course, the Fall Festival which was adorbs.



I launched my podcast, Parenting and Politics.

 After months debating whether I should do it or not, I decided to go for it, and on Nov. 1st the first episode of my podcast, Parenting and Politics, went live. The podcast is for parents who want to make a difference, and we look at parenting through a political lens. Right now it is available on ITunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. Check it out on Instagram and Twitter.

I went to Florida to GOTV work with MomsRising.

I got a really cool opportunity to work on a GOTV initiative with MomsRising in the battle ground state of Florida.
With my friend Francisco who was working with Latino Justice to report any issues at the polls in Orlando
With my lovely colleagues Xochitl and Khadija from MomsRising

I got to see the new show GLORIA: A LIFE about Gloria Steinem and I got to see her again!

OK, 2019 I’m ready for you… bring it!

Diana Limongi
Diana a mom, activist, nonprofit professional, podcaster and writer from Queens, NY. She writes about motherhood, activism, raising my multilingual kids, culture and travel. She and her multicultural family live in Queens, NY.

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