Read most any blog, travel article or book about being an Alaskan and you wouldn't really think of someone like me. And that's pretty ridiculous considering I was born and raised here in the Last Frontier.
I was born and lived my entire childhood in Dutch Harbor. As a teenager I met my husband, another person born and raised in Alaska, in Anchorage. I married here and I've raised a family here for 17 years. I couldn't be more Alaskan if I tried.
Like most Alaskans I am incredibly proud of my home state. So much so I've built my business around the Alaska lifestyle. I sell multiple products in my boutique proudly screaming ALASKA LIFE! I stock everything from earrings to hoodies, leggings to hats with our fine state emblazoned on them. Shoot! Even my logo is a Crab, which we are definitely known for!
I can't wait for PFD day and I know to avoid Costco that week. I know what break up means, and refer to the rest of the USA as the lower 48. And I dread checking shipping on Amazon for fear of those dreaded words every Alaskan knows. I hate that stupid bus and I have plenty of moose stories of my own.
I've traveled the state extensively, mostly due to my prior job. I've seen a side of this state many Alaskans haven't seen and probably don't care to.
And I absolutely worship the very lifeblood of this country all it's own; coffee.
But according to the general public outside, I'm an oddity. I'm not an outdoorsman. I don't hunt or ski or camp or fish. Shoot, I don't even eat fish! I don't carry bear spray when I drive out of the city. I don't sit in hot tubs in Chena with frozen hair watching the light show. I'm not a big fan of reindeer sausage; I'd rather have french fries. And I NEVER go camping. Ever. I get my hair and nails done regularly and I don't carry a gun everywhere I go. I'm comfortably glamorous and proud of being a little bit prissy.
I haven't even driven the Alcan! Of course, why would I? I'm already here. HAHAHA!
But I don't think I'm unique. I know plenty of women just like me. I think it's silly that we aren't represented in the glorious writings about our finest state. Of course, that would take some of the mystique out of the perception by non-Alaskans, wouldn't it? But needless to say, we do exist in numbers greater than might be expected. And ladies, I'm here to represent!
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Sina Sena is a small island, Alaska girl, who has BIG goals! She is a novice coffee connoisseur loves romance novels and is always down to eat sweets! She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they are trying to not get run over by their three boys! As a mom she believes that it is important to maintain her own identity and knows she is better because she works hard everyday to pursue her own goals. If you ever want to talk business, it is what makes her want to leap out of bed everyday (except in the winter, because Alaska is freaking cold then)!