On February 14, 2013, people from all across to world gathered in dance to help to put an end to violence against women. From the time I heard about this, I wanted to participate. Organized by V-Day, One Billion Rising is defined as:
A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being* » Read more..
Do you ever feel like you are walking around with a mask on? What I mean is, sometimes do you feel like you have to be everything to everyone and you never have time to just be yourself? That is exactly how I feel at times. Life has this way of putting us into a daily mode of doing what we have to do and putting on a face that we might not truly feel. A mask is what I call it. There are times that we all feel vulnerable sad or weak; but we might not want to convey that emotion to our children. There are days that we feel frightened, nervous or confused; but we might now want our co-workers or bosses to notice it. So we put on a mask. A mask to hide all of those feelings from those who truly do not need to know. We mask ourselves with strength and courageousness to make it thought those times. » Read more..
Many people in my close circle told me that I was out of mind when I decided to go back to school at 40 years old. Of course I thought differently. Just because I am older, I can not continue my education? I can not continue to work towards fulfilling my dreams? I think not. To simply sum it all up short and sweet, this quote from novelist and poet C.S. Lewis says it all.
As I got older, I started to realize some new passions of mine. Trying to ensure I excel in the field I have chosen, I made the decision to go back to school. I was hesitant at first, knowing that in a few years I will have to figure out how to pay for my son’s college education. Although I have been saving for a while, I know that I do not have anywhere near to amount of money I will need to make sure he can go to college without being in a ton of debt. After weighing the pros and the cons however, I decided that if I make this investment in myself now, I will be able to better provide for my son in the future. » Read more..
Although I have blocked much of the negativity from my Facebook account, it is everywhere. Since the re-election of President Obama, people have managed to divide this country even further. I have broken them down to a few different personalities that I will outline later but right now I am on a mission. Despite all of the rhetoric, I still believe that the United States of America is the best country on earth and I still believe in us. Maybe I am crazy but my gut tells me that others feel the same. It is time for American to come back together and stop all of the noise and nonsense. Now more than ever, we need to stand united and it is time for our elected officials to be leaders.
This is why on a limb last night, I started a petition of my own. After seeing petition after petition about seceding from the union, paying your taxes before you secede,get out now and strip the citizenship from the people that want to secede petitions last night – just to name a few – I was feed up. Others want to secede from the nation, I want to help unite it. The people who we elected to be our leaders need to lead in the ending of the nonsense and they need to do it now! » Read more..
I really can not believe that this year has gone by so fast. I guess there is a lot of truth to our parents telling us that time goes by faster as you get older. Tonight I am at home with my son as I am most New Year’s Eve’s cooking and watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve. I never was one for going out for New Year’s, even in my younger years. Of course this day makes us think of what we did in the year that we are saying good bye to and what we want accomplish in the upcoming year. In many years past I, as have many others, made resolutions for the new year. Our resolutions usually consist of things like losing weight, quitting smoking, eating healthier, etc. Normally however, after about a month or so, all of those things are forgotten about. We try…yes we do…but are we just setting ourselves up for disappointment?
Why start off the new year with goals that might be lofty or those that you really have not set your mind to yet. Why not take this time of new beginnings to think about things that are not necessarily those that just benefit you. There are a few unselfish things that I have thought about that need improvement in my life. I share in hopes that it will make others think about what needs improvement in theirs too. » Read more..
Today I ran across this article from trusted AARP about making new friends. If you are anything like me, trusting people is very difficult. I have chosen at this time in my life to keep the small amount of close friends that I have and do not often reach out to obtain new ones. I am not sure, however, if this is always the best option. Sometimes I feel a little silly trying to bond with someone now but according to this article, it is never too late!
Never Too Old to Find New Friends
15 ways to connect with others and form fulfilling relationships
by: Mary Mohler | from: AARP | April 1, 2011
When you were in school, you had no problem making friends. Ditto for those years when you were a parent of growing kids. But now that you’ve reached a new stage of life — and maybe have relocated or retired — making new acquaintances can be a little trickier.
Also see: Be a Better Friend
Not only do you have fewer opportunities to meet new people, but “there’s also a little more resistance to forming new relationships later in life, and your skills can get a bit rusty,” says Marla Paul, author of The Friendship Crisis: Finding, Making, and Keeping Friends When You’re Not a Kid Anymore. Besides, you may feel just plain awkward.
Still, it’s important to make the effort. Close relationships with others are vital to your health — physical, mental and emotional — your self-esteem and even your longevity, according to recent research. So if watching Grey’s Anatomy is the highlight of your week, or you find yourself enthusiastically chatting with telemarketers, you probably need to make some new connections. Here are 15 things that can help you. » Read more..
I had my son almost 2 months to the day of my 30th birthday and I shared with you in my very first post on this blog how that made me feel. I was going through some type of identity crisis. Not only was I a little depressed but I really did not know who I was anymore. I had this new identity of “mother” and now that was what I was supposed to be right? I did not take much time thinking about what I was going to wear and often wore my hair up. I stopped most of my hobbies and never spent any time with friends. I jumped right into the mother role but I forgot about another important person…ME! I find that many parents, especially mothers, spend so much time taking care of their children that they forget to also focus on themselves. Being a parent does require a lot of sacrifice. This is something that all good parents know but we are no good to our children if we are not at our best. As parents, we have to take time out for ourselves. Fortunately for me, I learned this fairly quickly. » Read more..