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Voting and Legacy

8 Nov

It blows my mind that there are currently women alive who weren’t born with the right to vote. And yet today, women in the U.S. not only have the right to vote, but there’s a woman on the ballot for the top ticket.

No matter where your political affinities lie, that’s rather remarkable, don’t you think? And it’s thanks to a whole host of fierce women who fought and earned it.

Inspiring Women Suffrage History Halloween CostumeAs we (hopefully) close the chapter on much of the anxiety and infighting of the past many months, let’s take a moment to extend some mutual respect for those who committed their legacy to securing a more equal future for all U.S. citizens.

How best to honor them?

Why, voting of course!

Better yet, get your kids excited about voting. Let’s pass the torch of our foremothers to a generation who can continue to make strides in equality. One day, it will be up to their vote.

With respect and gratitude…

Jane Addams (1860–1935) – social activist, president Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Nina E. Allender (1873–1957) – speaker, organizer and cartoonist
Naomi Anderson (b. 1863) – black suffragist, temperance advocate
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) – co-founder and leader National Women’s Suffrage Association, created the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association
Annie Arniel (1873–1924) – member of the Silent Sentinels, arrested eight times in direct actions
Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862–1931) – African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and early leader in the civil rights movement  Continue reading

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Top 10 “Doable” Quotes

14 Apr

 

Top 10 Doable Quotes Deborah ReberWhat is that “someday” project you’ve been wanting to tackle?

My writing coach (turned online friend) Deborah Reber recently published an impactful little book called DoableThough it’s marketed to teen girls, anyone can use its no-nonsense approach to stop wanting and start doing.

Included below are 10 of my favorite quotes from the book.

Whatever it is that lingers inside of you, waiting to be done, I hope Debbie’s words will light a fire under you, as they have me.

If they do, consider picking up her book yourself. It’s a quick read—plus cheerleader, to-do list, and life coach all in one!

Also, if you’re a fan of free stuff, you can download her Doable Workbook, Task Sheet, Life Hacking Guide, and more for nothing more than the cost of your printer’s ink. What have you got to lose? (One less day of waiting, that’s what.)  Continue reading

Being a Big Sister

10 Apr

Hawaii Hylland ThreeAny parent-to-be can’t help but worry (at least a little) about the great unknown of transitioning from one child to two.

In addition to logistics like sleeping arrangements, meltdown management, and nap juggling, there are the uncertainties of adding another person into the family dynamic.

As one parent explained it, you’re not just adding one child, you’re adding three relationships (mom-kid, dad-kid, and kid-kid). Mind you, that’s in addition to shaking up the three relationships you’ve already established…

But even with all that uncertainty hanging in the ether, my heart sings with the promise of two magical little words:
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“You Can’t Eat Beauty.”

27 Mar
© Carbon-Fibre Media, Flickr Creative Commons

© Carbon-Fibre Media, Flickr Creative Commons

This is Lupita Nyong’o.

You may know her as the Oscar winner from 12 Years a Slave.

But it was her speech on beauty that many of us found more Oscar-worthy—especially us moms already battling the pretty princess phenomenon with our little girls.

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It’s a Boy! It’s a Girl! Who Cares?

3 Mar

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“What? You’re not going to find out the baby’s sex? I couldn’t do it!”

That is the single most common response I get when people ask me what I’m having.

So let me clarify: It’s not that I don’t want to know. I don’t want others to know. At least not yet.

From the moment someone’s expecting, “It’s a Boy! It’s a Girl!” is the slogan du jour—on invites, balloons, cards, baby shower decorations, onesies, you name it.

The sexy topic of pregnancy is, well, sex (or gender to be more precise). Continue reading

You Might Be Third Trimester If…

20 Feb

Third TrimesterWarning: The situations you’re about to read are real. Third Trimester is not to be taken likely. If you or someone you love experiences any of these symptoms, enact relaxation measures immediately: sit, raise feet, and eat something immediately—preferably chocolate.

You Might Be Third Trimester If…

  • You return home from a night out with friends and touch-up paint the trim of your whole house.
  • Those cute little flutter kicks have evolved into a Alien-movie undulations. Continue reading

Where Are the Girls?

6 Jan

DifferentKidsNecklacesI recently encountered a video (see below), which contained some rather startling facts about TV and movies for kids age 11 and under.

  • For every one female, there are four males.
  • The males get the action parts, while the females stay home.
  • Females make up only 17% of crowd scenes. Hmmm. That’s funny because, last I checked, females make up half of the world’s population.

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