A couple of weeks ago, I published a podcast about work/life balance, taking a pause to reflect on the path we are on to re-evaluate whether we'd like to proceed as planned or redirect and get in deeper touch with our values. I referenced the 1970's television show, Wonder Woman as a reminder of not only our duality as modern women (working woman/superhero), but also the meditative and solo ways that we can connect to our true self to tread further along our life path. Check it out and let me know in the comments below how you pull back and recharge your emotional and physical batteries and reset your lifestyle GPS.
One New Year holiday some many moons ago, I walked up and down a temple and shrine decorated mountain in Miyajima, Japan lighting candles, making offerings, and collecting Omamori (small brocade bag style amulets that may contain a prayer, religious inscription of invocation) to bless the new year. I recall the last temple I visited where I inscribed on a big white candle, all of my wishes and aspirations for that year. The list was long. Mega. A very long and beautiful story short, I had trouble lighting my candle - a sign to the Gods that my prayers may not be honored. My the grace of a kind man (he jumped in on my third try and shielded the flame from the brisk wind) and his family (they were praying as hard as I was), my candle burned bright on the mountain and for those 12 months. My take-away, my ask(s) were big and I would likely need help, a community of like-minded and supportive people to mentor, protect and cheer me on.
Spring has sprung, pastels, florals and all things pretty surround us like chirping birds and fresh air. As we shed the excess layers and ideally the excess winter plump that kept us warm and cozy during all those snowstorms, our excess baggage, those heavy suedes and latticed leathers (oh how I love my vintage BV saddle bag) are no longer needed. And would totally clash with that Vetta swing dress. You know the one I’m talking about. So let’s focus on the bags. Better yet, lets look at how other cool green mujer are going to stuff all their stuff into those little purses.
My daughter and I “say prayers” as an extension of her bedtime ritual. Given, she and I have a mixed religious background (which is code for we celebrate Passover and Christmas) our prayer sessions are more gratitude-connected than specific God-centered. It works for us and the sentiment is more practical and authentic. My daughter in her super independent and loquacious self, recently put a kibosh on my guided Thank-you’s by crafting her own list of people, places and things worthy of bedtime mention. She is generous with her gratitude. Besides her me, her grandparents, aunt, teachers and besties, Minny Mouse and Sophia The First often make the cut.
by Contributing Essayist, Katharine Ransom
The first time I realized I might not be able to finish my terminal degree was on the morning of November 9th. I was absolutely distraught: When I started this program, I assumed Hillary would win the election and all would continue as usual. Over the next few weeks, I tried to maintain hope that something or someone would prevent Trump from taking office. I successfully completed my first semester with a 3.9 GPA and tried to hold onto that hope. As time passed, and opportunities for the future I planned on slipped away, my desire to continue down this road of academia continued to dwindle. My background in Economics and Business tells me that many of Trump’s policies will not be good for the economy; and I don’t mean that neo-liberal policies are the solution to the world’s problems. He does not consider the struggles of women, minorities, the LGBTQ, or disabled persons in his policies. He does not consider how hard some of us have to fight, every day, just to make it through.
In case you missed the 3-Day Challenge - How to Be Your Own Kind of Activist, you can listen in on our new podcast!
Check it out and work with me to develop key traits of being a successful social impact leader.
Day 1 - Knowing your vision and your mission. What causes or issues pull at your soul and beg for your attention. Get clear on who you want to serve and whether (or how) they want you advocating on their behalf.
Day 2 - Discover a few strategies to help you teach, not preach and how to rise to a leadership role from within and/or be willing to follow. Learn the signs of real collaboration and how to redirect your focus on the people, not the personalities within the group.
Day 3 - Step up start your own projects!
A Day Without Women (being concerned with things that don't support the good of and well-being for women)
Historically, art, fashion, and design have significantly contributed to global stances and images of social change. Consider the usual suspects – military uniforms, insignias, affirming-Afros, burning bras and poppy-adorned gypsy shirts and the slogan tee. There are of course the less obvious contributors – metal from corset boning used in WW1, camouflage makeup worn in WW2, fair-trade accessories, and vegan shoes. Only in the last two decades, however, has fashion, as a collective industry taken a proactive step to promote social change while also aiding the world in healing from traumas it endures. These days, most of us share our sartorial activism in our Matt&Nat bags, pink hats, and capsule wardrobes. Let’s take a minute to wax reflective about some of the pioneering fashion activists and consider the potential options of today’s fashionable social voice.
My other day job is as an educator; specifically an international school educator of the arts and English (literature and writing). I've launched film festivals, produced a bilingual production of The Vagina Monologues, exhibited artwork and co-chaired arts and culture boards missioned to present, create and share meaningful works of art within select communities and globally. The arts have power and influence and an intuitive urge to be relevant. It's through this relevance, this connection with viewers, readers and listeners that the message, the word, sound and image transcends time, space and eases into a universality that is timeless. This year's Oscars remind me of that power and influence and the responsibility we have as audience to see, hear and speak that which is true. Even if brutally so.
Meet Kailah, our Beauty Contributor who is also the founder & chief product tester at MG Naturals the 100% titanium dioxide free cosmetic company. She loves all things beauty & skincare and since the birth of her first daughter she's become passionate about living a more conscious, low toxin, healthy life - hence the launch of MG Naturals. You will find her in Sunny Queensland with her three barefoot beach loving girls and Ella the dog.
I am an un-ashamedly girly girl & so are my girls.
With that little secret out of the closet. I can now tell you how much we love lip gloss. I have probably owned a pot of every colour known to man; from shocking pink to clear, to full on glitter (I kid you not!). You name it I have had it. Gloss fixes everything – right?
Well after reading about all of the nasties that go into lip gloss, I thought our little love affair was over. That was until we started making my own lip gloss & fell in love all over again.