TRANSPARENT(s) at their FINEST

Everyone has a story, a testimonial or simply put, an experience that put them in the trajectory that they are in today.  No one is alone.  I’m thankful to capture moments like these.  I’m thankful for the people who hear my story and also oblige to share a bit of their story with me.  A piece of advice to you: never be afraid to share your story, you’d be surprised with how many people share a common story with you.

If you want to be featured as a future TRANSPARENT, email transparency.is.beautiful@gmail.com and we can set up a time for a 5 minute interview on how transparency affects you and your life along with answering some customized interview questions.

June 21st marks the first day of summer! Happy summer everyone! Whether you are playing old school summer jams all summer ’19, vacationing, or celebrating important milestones, I want to highlight you!!!  Thanks to some of my followers on Instagram who answered some of my questions as I highlight TRANSPARENTS at their FINEST through what is expected this Summer 2019.

**Before I start, demographics of responses are as followed:

  • 90% within the ‘millenial’ generation (aged 25-42), and 10% within Generation Z (aged 24 and under)
  • 97% of African American descent
  • 2% of Hispanic descent
  • 1% of European descent

What are you spending your summer 2019 on?

  • Important milestone: 55%
  • Travel: 45%

For the ones traveling, which countries? What important landmarks?

For the springtime, Asia was the top continent of travel as friends and followers were not just traveling to one specific country, but taking advantage of the affordable costs within Asia, and at a minimum visited at least three countries.  One of my followers this summer amazed me as her and her two friends are traveling to seven of the 48 Asian countries, and is currently still in Asia as we speak.  Aside from the individual response of the Asian countries visited for 2019, Europe was the top continent for travel this summer 2019, followed by the Caribbean, and Africa and South America matching for last.  Repeated countries mentioned were France, Nigeria, and Indonesia.  You guys are WELL-traveled.

The list of countries are as followed:

  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Grand Cayman
  • Spain
  • London
  • Paris, France
  • St. Lucia
  • Grenada
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Barbados
  • Nigeria
  • Ghana
  • Amsterdam
  • Japan
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
  • Belize
  • Panama
  • Brazil

What milestone are you celebrating in summer 2019?

  • Expecting baby: 10%
  • Engagement: 5%
  • Marriage: 25%
  • Graduation: 35%
  • New homeowner: 10%
  • New job: 25%

Keep on achieving!! Graduations was the top answer for milestone, and 80 percent of those who responded in graduation are further advancing their career as a future student in a higher degree (law, doctorate, or medical school) or starting residencies.  Being an overachiever is no longer underestimated; it has now become the norm.  New job and marriage matched at twenty-five percent, as I feel people are taking their good time with relationships, and not feeling as though they have to rush.  This is probably why expecting baby ranked as one of the lowest in terms of milestones for Summer 2019, as more couples are trying to attempt the traditional route of starting a family (marriage first, then baby).  Congrats to the newlyweds! Of the responses that stated they are starting a new job, 75 percent of those responses were new graduates; the remaining were either advancing in career or having a change in career (longitudinal shift).  Of the new homeowners, 50 percent are also celebrating an engagement.  This is a trend that is common in trying to establish a foundation before celebrating future milestones, such as marriage and starting a family.

Drink of Summer 2019

  • Water: 42%
  • Champagne: 37%
  • Beer: 5%
  • Wine: 16%

You would think that alcohol would be the main drink of consumption in the summer when you think about the family gatherings, cookouts, and string of events and festivals that occur from June through September, but surprisingly, water is the top drink of choice.  Is it because it is so hot and water, something you would not normally drink, becomes the most refreshing to cool off yourself?  Or are our followers trying to attempt in living a healthier life, and water becomes the drink of choice?  I’m always inspired every year as an intro to the summer season, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic that usually occurs in New Jersey, an event where you see millenials of all shades and colors come together in their fanciest suits, body-fitting sun dresses, and proper fascinators and top hats to watch the equestrian game and drink some of the finest quality of champagnes.  If I want to feel bubbly, champagne is my drink of choice and on a good movie night with the perfect Hors d’oeuvre, there is no debate for the finest glass of red wine.  I use water to simply hydrate myself and also while exercising, but other than that, I take advantage of soaking up the sun with a drink to compliment my fancy.  When I was growing up, all the adults, especially in the summer time, you could catch with a beer since I was raised in an African household with Guinness and Heineken primarily being the drink of choice.  At cookouts, to accommodate everyone, they would get the boxed wine, Franzia.  Wine coolers were also popular while growing up amongst the adults.  Now that I’m an adult, I acknowledge the generation’s efforts before me, but you can definitely catch me with wine, champagne or a good mixed drink at a day party.  With water as the top choice, we now see the shift and trend towards a healthier lifestyle, and if we live a healthier lifestyle, that will most likely prolong our lives.  I commend everyone who chose the response of water as the drink of choice.  It not only shows determination but also good discipline as most of the responses came from people who are of drinking age.  I thought it would be weird at first to have water as an option for drink of choice in summer 2019, but I stand corrected.

How many summer cookouts are you expected to attend?

  • 0: 22.5%
  • 1-2: 22.5%
  • 3-4: 44%
  • 4+: 11%

It saddened me to see that a good portion was saying they do not intend to attend any summer cookouts while the lowest rank of responses would attend more than four cookouts.  Several years back in the summer, a cookout was a requirement for me on a bi-weekly, if not a weekly basis.  Its just a constant reminder, that our lives have become so busy, that we may not have time to enjoy a simple gathering such as a cookout.  Shout out to the ones who will be focusing on the art of celebration…. simply a good time!

Have you achieved your summer 2019 body goals yet?

  • Yes: 30%
  • No: 70%

The good thing about the negative responses to this question is that there’s hope.  Summer just officially started on June 21, 2019.  You still have three months to allow yourself to reach this goal.  You can do it! For the ones who have already reached their body goal, the winter and springtime must’ve treated you nice! You were determined, and your hard work, exercise regimen and eating habits have paid off.  Bravo!  Twenty-five percent of you have an upcoming marriage and ten percent are expecting or just had a baby.  Getting that body right and the snap back is REAL! We are all rooting for you.  What did Megan The Stallion say? It’s a hot girl summer…. right?  Let’s include the men too.