#Bringbackourgirls

Dear readers, Hello! It’s me Astu. I am writing you today to bring about attention to a topic that has not only confirmed that women are still second class citizens but that Africa has a long way to go. Over three weeks ago, 234 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram….

Day Trip

Yesterday, I woke up and went into DC. I went straight to the MLK library did some reading and went right over to the one of the “Smithsonians”, I learned a lot! For example, when in a museum you do not wear your backpack on your back but rather hold it by the handle and…

To live by . . .

Lately, I have been thinking I haven’t been living my life to its fullest potential and this post came just in time. #goodhabitsshortie Courtesy of onlinecounselingcollege: 1. Set yourself some daily goals. Keep them realistic and achievable. That will give direction – so you don’t fritter your time. 2. Read inspirational books and blogs; hang…

Happy President’s Day!

Happy Monday! Happy President’s Day! Take away some inspiration from the messages below! Astu Mengesha – Stay Down Blaze Up

A Message from Chris Terry

I follow an amazingly motivational Instagram account and I recently linked with the owner and he has agreed to send over some positive messages once a week. Enjoy and stay motivated my friends. “There’s no reason for a plan B! If you have a plan B, C, D & soon then that sends a message…

Meet Narel Argaw

“Art is all about expression, you will value your art when you drop a little part of you in it. You will be patient enough to perfect it.” Born and raised in Ethiopia, Narel moved to the United states at the age of 12. He attributes a lot of his foundation to his father, who discovered his…

Note from Astu

Lately, with the growth of my blog, I have been so focused on interviewing, interviewing, and more interviewing. I have, effectively, stepped away from what my original goal was with the creation of the blog. With that said, I want, you, the reader to know that SDBUP will continue to give you “life” with amazing interactions with…

Group by Group

[Late post] I am sitting at my favorite chain coffee shop, Starbucks, and like always I am unintentionally observing the different groups of people. I have been here for about 3 hours, do not judge me, but I was cranking some work out for school and work was rough today. Anyway, I am not sure…