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Honor the women

Today we honor women and the impact they have on this world.  It’s International Women’s Day.  I didn’t really know why or the reasoning behind this day so I thought I would look it up.  Here is what I found:

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.  

And I found that each year there is a theme.  This year, the theme is “Balance for Better.”  The 2019 initiative is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements, according to the International Women’s Day website.

In honor of today I want to thank all those that had to suffer to make our voices be heard.  Those that have marched, sacrificed and fought to bring the rights I enjoy every day into fruition.  I can go get a job.  I can cash my own paycheck.  I can drive a car.  I can marry or divorce whom I choose.  And so many, many more things that I take for granted because of the millions of women that have gone before me to create these freedoms.

Thank you to all the women who are still fighting oppression in countries I have never been to.  Stay strong and know that there are many supporting you and taking up your cause.  International Women’s Day is proof of how far women have come to better this world for themselves and all.  How we continue to be the heart; to be strong in the face of adversary and to rise up!  Not against others; but together.

Enjoy and honor your women today.  Take special care with the older women who know challenges us younger gals will never have to face.  Thank them.

I love these two quotes from Maya Angelou:

“You have tried to destroy me and though I perish daily, I shall not be moved.” 

“I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.” 

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Sunday self care (5)

Today is Veterans day here in the US. We honor those who have served to protect and defend our nation and it’s people. I’m so grateful to live in a country where I’m free to make my own choices and live the life I chose. We are so used to having our freedoms we don’t often think enough about the sacrifices made to obtain and keep them. Today we do. Flags go up, cemeteries are visited and decorated and we thank our veterans.

As I’m getting to enjoy a weekend with daughter at college, I wasn’t thinking much about this. But because of others sacrifices, I was able to drive my own car, 5 hours away from home, by myself, eat where I choose, walk around the park, enjoy a lovely afternoon and evening… At complete peace about my safety.

To all those who don’t have this luxury and it should be a right but I acknowledge it isn’t for some… May you continue to find ways to be free. May you continue to seek personal ways to find that peace within yourself. I hope all those who don’t have these same “freedoms”, keep pushing and fighting for them.

Today I honor all veterans and remember my freedoms are due to their sacrifices.