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 to Say to People that ask when you’re going to have kids

First let me say, this is a post that might offend some parents and the people that ask this type of question (usually its people that are currently pregnant or have kids already – hence the parents).  It is not my intention to offend at all (however it might happen).  I do apologize to anyone that I offend.

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This is a topic that is a constant annoyance and I wanted to put it out there in the hopes that people will understand just how annoying it is to constantly be asked or have to hear “When are you going to have kids?” or “Are you planning to have kids?” “How long have you been married – oh, no kids yet?” or  “Do you want kids?”  I could go on with all the things I’ve heard.  Honestly this really is the thing that bothers me the most – sure I’m bothered by the lack of a clear vision for climate change or when ‘men’ leave the toilet seat up, but being asked about when I plan to have kids is the highest bother on my list of things that bother me.

I don’t have kids.  Would I like them – YES, more than you can imagine.  Will kids be a possibility for me – NO, I don’t think they will.  That is something that I have to deal with on a daily basis.  It’s painful.  It’s heart wrenching.  I just wished that people would realize that there are so many reasons, many of them personal, as to why people might not have children and that they keep their mouth shut.

 

So in order to minimize my pain, I try and find the humor and think of the greatest things to say to the people that ask me these questions.  It might not be the best way to deal with it but it really shuts up the ‘stupid’ people and their questions.

1.  Kids?  Yikes that would screw with my sex life.  Don’t want to mess with that.

2.  I have kids.  Their names are Penny and Mars.  I have to feed them, walk them and love them.

3.  When world peace has been achieved.

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Best Three Reasons Not to be Polite for a Change

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All of our lives, we are told to be polite.  Drilled into our heads as children that we need to be courteous and polite to others.  Parents use the famous saying of “Don’t forget to say “PLEASE” and “THANK YOU.”  These are values that are ingrained in us and that we carry into adulthood.  Yet along the way, some people forget the basics – they no longer think they need to say please and thank you to others.  It becomes a distant memory in their minds.  They’ve carved out new values and those teachings about being polite fly right out the window.

There are a lot of these people.  I encounter them on a daily basis.  It’s amazing really the amount of people…and that is why I started to think about this topic.  I explored the reasoning behind why I need to be polite.  Sure my parents told me to be but why I’m I still polite.  I’m an adult.  I make my own decisions, I pay bills, I work, and yet I’m always polite.

That is why this post is a departure for me and I’m venturing into new territory – to a place where I advocate reason why you don’t need to be polite.

1.  It gets annoying when you never get a thank you or thanks back for doing something polite

2. People stare at you strangely when you say please and thank you

3.  Its exhausting being so polite

I don’t know how many times I’ve done something nice and polite – open the door for someone; get out of my seat for someone on the bus; let a car in front of me on a jammed-packed road full of traffic…I could go on and on with these examples and I would say about 5% of the time (that is 5% out of 100%) someone will say thank you.

People do stare at you strangely when you say please and thank you.  It seems likes its a crazy foreign language that they have never heard before.  I get this a lot.

Always saying thank you and please is definitely exhausting.  There are a lot of reasons where you need to say it and it just gets to be so tough to keep it up.

All in all, I’m still going to be polite (that is how my parents raised me) and something I believe makes me who I am but sometimes I really like the best three reasons why not to be polite for a change.

Best Three Things about Summer

If you are like me and have to deal with the different seasons Mother Nature dishes out, when it gets close to summer, there is excitment in the air.

No matter where you are in the world, the fact that summer has a power over people.  A way to make us feel better.  I don’t know whether it’s the weather (and all the warm days and nights), the longer days (that is always a bonus) or could it be the fact that we are able to get away from our day to day lives and take vacations or just extra long weekends.  There is just something about summer and that is why I wanted to pay it tribute for this post.  It was hard to pcik three best things in this case because there are so many things that help make summer great.  I did my best with the ones that I chose.

1.  BBQ

2.  Just Being Outdoors

3.  Sandals

Yes, BBQ is my number one choice as the best thing of summer.   For me, I don’t think even turn on my oven all summer.  All that meal planning that needs to take place during the year – out the door when summetime arrives.  I always know what I’m having for dinner – BBQ!  It’s great, easy and tastes so amazing.  Aaaahhhh my mouth is watering as I write this.

My second choice is the ability to just be outdoors.  The warm weather allows you to do so much things outside and that is what summer is meant for.  Road trips, camping, lounging on the beach, going for a swim and whatever else you like to do.  I’m happy sitting in my backyard with a cold drink and a book.

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My last choice could have easily been number one.  Summer and sandals go together like salt and pepper.  Being able to always wear them, never having your feet confined to shoes and sox, getting pedicures…thanks to summer for the sandal!  Whatever preference of sandal you have (and yes, as many other women, I have a large amount of sandals that are in my closet and I’m not going to feel guilty because I wear them all!)

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Best Three Things to Do if I Win the Lottery

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Admit it.  We all dream about it.  Winning the lottery!  Having our numbers come up.  I know the odds are like 1 in 300 million (depending on the size of the lotto prize) that you could win but there is always a little part of your brain that thinks…what if…That part of my brain that keeps pushing the ‘what if’ to the forefront and my brain already has the majority plans for that money figured out and today was one of those days when ‘WHAT IF’ was pushing hard in my brain.

My day just started bad.  Managers yelling, coffee spilling all over my desk, a colleague having the loudest conversation possible about her son’s sex life. It was a bad day all around.  That is what prompted me to think of the posting for this blog.

1.  Quit my job (and give no notice)

2.  Treat my family

3.  Travel the world

Yes the first thing would be to quit my job.  Some people might find that funny that I put that first but its one of the things that would give me a great deal of satisfaction.  For me, this would be easy.  I just wouldn’t show up.  No explanation.  I wouldn’t take their calls.  Nothing.  I know that seems petty and mean but at that point I wouldn’t care (maybe a little bit and I would let the people I liked know but only them).

Treat my family.  That would be an amazing thing to be able to provide my family with anything their hearts desired and to hopefully make them happy.  I know what some people will say, having money might not make them happy but it could.  Giving them the freedom to never have to worry about bills or mortgages or whatever else they’ve had to worry about when it comes to money.  That is what would bring me the most amount of job.  Taking that worry away.

The last thing is also pretty straight forward for me if I won the lottery.  I would love to travel the world.  Have no set agenda or timetable.  To simply take my time, see as much as I can, enjoy the world and all it has to offer.  Paris, London, St. Petersburg, Hong Kong, Toyko, Sydney…so many places to name (and I would try and see them all).

Its nice to dream – ‘What If’