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Funsize has and will always put people first, irrespective of color, gender identity, religion, or sexuality. But this isn’t about us.

This is about George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Stephon Clark, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, and many, many others.

This is about speaking up, standing together, inciting action, and keeping that action going for as long as necessary to assist in fighting for the Black community — our friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, acquaintances — and show them that they have allies in their fight beyond the trending hashtags. …

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There are things in life of which I am certain that I want — to travel and see as much of the world as I can, to be stable, to be happy and healthy, to be well fed, to be comfortable, to always be learning, to have a fulfilling career, to love and be loved. But there was always one open question that loomed over me: do I want to be a mother? Probably not. Well, maybe one day.

Come May 2019, Anthony and I will have been married for 10 years and we’ve been able to do and accomplish a lot together: we’ve grown up with each other, learned and discovered new things together, we’ve lived in one of the greatest places on earth, New York City, and then planted our roots in another wonderful city, Austin, that we’ve now called home for 6 years, traveled all around the world, figured out how to be financially responsible, and we started a company that we’re so proud of. To be frank, we lived selfishly — our lifestyle was centered around doing what we wanted whenever we wanted. Having a child came up in conversation every now and then but our response was always “we aren’t ready for the responsibility” but what I think we were really saying was that we weren’t ready to give up our independence, freedom, and spontaneity. (Of course, our perception of being parents was skewed and those were the sacrifices we thought we would have to make.) …

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Iceland has been on our bucket list for a long time, but for some reason, it always seemed out of reach. Perhaps it was because planning that big of a trip was intimidating — we knew a trip to Iceland would be less relaxing and entail a lot of calculation.

All of that intimidation dissipated when I received an alert that round trip tickets to Reykjavik from Austin were being sold for $220 on Delta. With a baby on the way we knew it was now or never so within 5 minutes, we made the decision to book the flights.

Planning the Trip

We got to share the experience with Matthew, my brother-in-law, who has also been trying to find a way to visit Iceland. …


Natalie Armendariz

wife, mom, daughter, sister, homie. married to my @favoriteshape . partner and design director at @funsize . other things, too.

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