Best Three Ways to Recognize International Women’s Day (March 8)

International Women’s Day is on Saturday March 8.

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For those of you that  don’t know about the day, it is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

This makes it  one extremely powerful day!  A day in which women should be celebrated.  This year’s theme is INSPIRING CHANGE. 

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts      of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem

That is why I believed that this day deserved some attention (which I always find lacking in the news).    Women are the cornerstone of society and contribute so much to everyone’s daily lives.  For me, it will be a day of reflection and a day to learn and appreciate the challenges and struggles that other women are experiencing in the world.

So I wanted to share some of the best three ways to Recognize International Women’s Day on March 8:

1.  Let everyone you know (or don’t know) that March 8th is International Women’s Day

2.  Find a woman who had inspired change in this world and learn more about her. 

3.  Celebrate the day – in a way which is special and honors all of the women in the world

If you are like me, you are hooked Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. and I encourage you to use those mediums to shout it (metaphorically) to the world that it’s International Women’s Day on March 8.

Visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/default.asp#.Uxkd4XyYbIU

Follow https://twitter.com/womensday @womensday@UN_Women @WomenforWomen @SayNO_Unite @UN and all and any other relevant group that is promoting the day.  You won’t believe the information you will find in all of those tweets.  Its amazing (and can uplift the spirit) and maybe cause people to take action against the injustices.

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/internationalwomensday-1406777

For my second best of three – I wanted to focus on a woman or women that truly inspiring or inspired change.  Find one and research them,  Find out all about them.  Make them a project that you want to work on.

For my last best, I think that this is a day that needs to be celebrated.  If you are a woman – make it a special day when you do something for yourself and others.  If you have children, let them know about the day and make it a celebration of women – find a way to celebrate it – make it a tradition in your family.  If you are a man, you can celebrate it too.

Dedicated to all of the women in the world.  

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Best Three Things I’m Looking Foward Too!

tipstagram_self8It has been awhile since I’ve blogged.  Life has a way of getting messing with my plans but I’m back and I wanted my first post of 2014 to be about the things that I’m looking forward too in 2014 (and beyond).

2013 was a year of ups and downs. Good things happened (like a trip to Las Vegas and the acceptance of a new job) but also some bad things happen (usually involving house problems) but I’ve persevered – because that is sometimes the only way…to pull up those metaphorical pants and get on with things.

So for the start of 2014, I sat myself down and did a big self-evaluation.  A self-evaluation that looked at all of the aspects of my life and how I can continue or approve upon them…it was also a little soul searching because as the year was winding down – I realized that I had lost touch with it .  No, nothing bad just that I hadn’t been paying it much attention.  Feeding the soul is something that I think gets overlooked in our lives and mine need some TLC.   That is why I did the self-evaluation – I needed to have things to look forward to and to strive for.

So here is my best three:

1.  Volunteering

2. Taking ME time

3.  Starting something new

Volunteering.  Something that I always say I want to do but end up making up so many excuses why I can’t.  Not this year.  This year, I’m looking at volunteering opportunities in my community and going to sign myself up.  I think this is something that not enough people do (and should be).  So many organizations need help.  So the question I asked myself, WHY NOT?  What is actually preventing me from NOT volunteering?  I honestly couldn’t come up with anything so now its on the top of my list to look forward too this year.

Taking capital M-E time.  This is something that I also seem to forgot to do or make excuses not to do.  This doesn’t mean I need to book spa time…no this just means that I need to focus on things that make me happy – that separate me from my the world.  For me, this means a solitary walk, listening to music, reading, playing a video game, doing crafts…it doesn’t cost money…its just for me.   I don’t do this enough and this is something I’m changing and looking forward too.

Starting something new.  If you’re like me, I usually start something but never finish it.  Or I have so many great ideas, I start but again never pursue.  That is changing this year.  This year I’m going to start a novel.  I’m going to start some new craft projects (from start to end).  I’m going to learn computer programming.  I’m not letting anything stand in my way.  No excuses.

Best Three Things that I’m Thankful For

As I get older I’ve begun to look back on my life and realize that I’m truly a blessed person.  I don’t use the word as a religious term but one that I use to help describe the amount of things in my life that I’m thankful for.  In context, there are still lots of things I don’t have but as the years start to climb, I’ve realized that they are just things – things I want but not things I necessarily need.  However, the things that I’m thankful for are truly the things that I need and want in my life.

In a society that is materialistic, vain and consumer driven, its nice to step back from all of that and simply look at my life and see the things that I would be devastated without and the things that I wouldn’t even notice were missing if they were.  That is why I’ve dedicated this post to the best three things that I’m thankful for.

1.  My family

2. The roof over my head and food in my belly

3.  My freedom

I think a lot of people would have their family as the first thing to be thankful for – so I’m not alone.  I have to say it (and I know other may disagree) but my family is the greatest.

I have been blessed with a father and mother who are the epitome of the ultimate parents.  They have raised me, clothed me, fed me and loved me.  They allowed me to grow, allowed me to make good and bad choices – while always there in the background when I needed them.  They always put my needs before their own.  They taught me manners, values, ethics.  They believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.  They encouraged me, guided me and provided me with every opportunity they could.  They are what every parents should be and I’m lucky to have them.  My siblings, I know would echo my words and sentiments.

I was also blessed with an older brother and sister.  A brother that was always interested in showing me all the things out there in the world and of course an older sister that always looked out for me and is not only a sister but also my best friend.

Full Siblings

Full Siblings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have also been lucky to find the love of my life and someone that rounds out my family.  He means everything to me and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful that he had the patience to wait for me because I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

The second thing that I’m thankful for is the roof over my head (my house) and the food in my belly.  I once went to a lecture that a local university was sponsoring about the life of a Holocaust survivor.  I can still remember the silence of the room as an older man took to the stage and looked up at the audience and said “None of you know what its like to be so hungry, to be humiliated, to have everything taken away…”   They were words I never forgot.  He went on to talk about being hungry and as he talked, he broke down and started crying.  I never forgot that.  That is why I’m thankful to have a house that shelters me from the elements and I’m so thankful that I have never had to feel hungry.

The last thing that I’m thankful for is my freedom.  There is nothing else I can say to that.