The Stride to Sac Pride

I’m not very spontaneous. I like to plan weeks in advance because last-minute decisions stress me out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a quick thinker and I know how to act on my feet and I work well in chaotic situations, but that’s my work ethic. When it comes to my personal life, I try to make it as calm as possible.

But, this weekend I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and say “yes” to a trip up north with one of my best friends, Jizelle, for Sacramento Pride.

This past weekend was her birthday and originally I planned to take her to Venice Beach pride on Friday and then have an LA day on Saturday, but Thursday evening she called and said, “Let’s go to Sacramento.” My immediate reaction was to say no but I realized that there wasn’t a reason to say it. I come from up north so I know how to get there, my brother lives in Sacramento so we had a place to stay and it’d be fun to road trip with my friend as well as see some my family. So, against all initial fears I said “Yes.”  (Bonus that she offered to take her car, which makes me feel horrible that I didn’t want to drive, but I just came from NorCal a few weeks ago and I didn’t want that wear-and-tear again so soon)

We also picked my niece Marissa (it was just her birthday on the 1st), which made me feel complete because we’re all best friends. Jizelle has gotten along with so much of my family and it means the absolute world to me. Gina, know that I love you.

Marissa (left), Jizelle (center), and myself (right).

Marissa (left), Jizelle (center), and myself (right).

Now, Sacramento Pride was cute. It wasn’t huge, it wasn’t hectic, but it was beautiful. For starters, Sac itself was stunning, definitely deserving of its title as “The City of Trees.” There was more people than I thought there’d be and it was so amazing to the community of the state capitol was so welcoming and filled with the love. Check out some of the pictures I was able to snag of this beautiful day.

PS. Jizelle, thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone and letting me come with you. I had such an amazing time and I can’t wait to our next adventure. Here’s to many more!