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First Love Yourself

 

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Happy March! (This is from my “Wings & Dreams” calendar. You can still purchase one on sale in my shop.)

As Lucille Ball said, ” Love yourself first, and all the rest falls into line.”
It’s pretty difficult to accomplish what your heart desires if you don’t feel as if you are worth it. 
It’s tough to offer love to others if you feel really cruddy about yourself.
It’s almost impossible to be confident and positive if you really don’t like yourself.
What can you do today to nurture your soul? As women we nurture everyone else, but not ourselves.
Speak up for your right to take time to do something that nurtures YOU. (Convince yourself you are worthy of it. It will make you a better person, dissolve resentment, and empower you!)
Tell me below what you are going to do for yourself today. Me? I just got my heart rate up for 15 minutes. Go me! Now let’s see if I keep with it! Cheer me on.

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When One of us Soars, We ALL Rise

When one of us soars we all rise.

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Taken For Granted

America has come a long way, but there is still a lot to be accomplished toward equality for all genders, races, sexual orientations, and religions. Every. single. one. of the freedoms we have been given was gained because people fought for them and gave their lives to guard or promote them. 

I believe that we become dulled to the privilege. We hear about people being denied “basic” human rights–in other countries as well as here in America. Yet, what does it really cost us? This post is recognizing the history of only one aspect of  our human rights–women’s right to vote. 

Perhaps this idea would be better addressed in the voting month of November, but my friend posted this on her blog, Voice of Pearls, and I just had to post it too from my perspective. 

Lady Gaga is a very talented artist, and portrays women’s suffrage in a slightly humorous, quirky way in her video Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage while still conveying the torment and abuse our suffragists endured. Thank goodness those women never gave up, persisting until our right to vote was secured! 

and so she lit the way

Unfortunately, because we’ve grown up with these rights, we expect to always have them–and more. “Entitlement” is an attitude I see exhibited among those who haven’t had to fight for their freedoms (and those who have become dulled to the privileges). Do NOT take for granted our rights and our freedoms! 

Enjoy the video and please consider that equality for all Americans needs every American’s vote.

Thanks for reading!! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Passionista Mimi

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She Caused A Mind-Shift

The first problem is to unlearn. Gloria Steinem

It’s her birthday. Celebrate her.

Celebrate WOMEN!

http://www.upworthy.com/feminist-history-lesson-who-gloria-steinem-is-and-why-shes-an-awesome-role-model?c=ufb1

At the time Gloria began her fight toward equal rights for women, she feels that people believed our rights were gender roles dictated by biology, God, or something. But now most people, Americans at least, know that humans deserve equal rights and treatment. It’s a total mind-shift from the seventies. There is still a lot of room for growth and improvement regarding how equality for women is implemented, but at least there is recognition of women’s right to have it.

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This Is What Eighty Looks Like

Gloria Steinem

ON Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80.

Do not bother to call. She’s planning to celebrate in Botswana. “I thought: ‘What do I really want to do on my birthday?’ First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants.”

Very few people have aged as publicly. It’s been four decades since she told a reporter, “This is what 40 looks like.”…….

Read more about this fascinating woman who has valiantly fought against discrimination of women for six decades. She is truly someone who believes in the empowerment of women (and all people). This is a great article about her.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/opinion/sunday/collins-this-is-what-80-looks-like.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0