This F-Word Deserves a Second Chance

Feminism had to start with women proving their worth, pushing boundaries, which inevitably meant going against norms and competing against men. And for the extreme things that had to be done, it somehow left a bad taste to the word and the cause.

But now that feminism got the world’s attention, it has evolved into what it is fundamentally about –equality. It’s not changing its tune, it is going back to what it’s really about.

We stand for feminism because we want women to have equal access to opportunities. We want to be successful in whatever it is we choose to pursue or however it is we define our success. We are not asking that you make us successful. The last thing we want is to be patronized for being a woman. We just want to have the chance and the choice to make ourselves whoever it is we aspire to be.

Feminism is not a bad word. Feminism is not pushing men away, it is inviting everyone to stand for gender equality.

If you stand for gender equality, you are a feminist. If you stand for human rights, you are a feminist.

 

 

Today is International Women’s Day. Celebrate the women in your life. Recognize women. Speak up for the injustice that women face. Respect the struggles that women battle everyday. Do something to help the women around you make themselves successful. Let them break glass ceilings. Let them lean in. At the very least, get to know a woman.

For more stories about women — SHE-LOGY.

2015 in review

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being part of this blog’s journey and my journey. I miss blogging so much, and most especially the friends I made here, and the many opportunities to learn. I wish I can go back at it this year. (I’m working on it!)

Happy New Year! Here’s wishing all of us a productive 2016!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

SilverLiningMama is “under construction”.

Hello! It’s been 3 months since I went off of the blogging world cold turkey. It was abrupt, unplanned, unintentional. What was supposedly a week-long break from blogging went on and on until I decided I will only return when I have this big “Courage Challenge” out of my way. I realized I can only feel authentic about my Courage journey if I actually do the stuff I’m too scared to try.

Obviously, it took me a lot of time (and guts!) to go through those “courage” projects. I’m still not finished! But I thought of dropping by the blog today to leave this little note. I want to say thank you to everyone who left a message, who emailed me or kept in touch in my Instagram (which I have kept active throughout this blog-break).Thank you, too, for the award nominations!! I cannot fully express how much I appreciate the concern, and most of all the friendship that goes beyond the blogosphere. You are the main reason why I cannot ever let go of my blog!

I intend to be back (in full force!) before September ends. 🙂 Wish me luck on my remaining Courage projects. If you’re ever on Instagram, do keep in touch @ silverliningmama.

As always, good vibes! I look forward to connecting to all of you my blogging friends.

Anger

Poor anger management is a sign of a deeper issue, usually unresolved issues, unhappiness, discontent, bitterness, isolation. It’s a cry for help.

An angry person does not need lessons, judgments, punishments. An angry person needs love, a hug, a reassuring, non-judgmental “whatever it is, I’m here to listen”…validation.

An angry person, when left to this consuming emotion, may inflict pain, flee, or give up on life altogether.

What are you doing to the angry person nearest you?

A Special Summer Program for Kids

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Summer is coming. Along with it comes the summer camps and the different programs from swimming to soccer that we adults think our children will benefit from as they grow.

But here’s a good question for us, parents, as we busy ourselves with classes, practices, and recitals, of our children. Do they have time to daydream? 

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Make the Ordinary Come Alive

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This is a mindset, a way of life, that is worth learning for any adult, too. I subscribe to this philosophy, as can be hinted in my personal manifesto particularly about finding meaning in the mundane.  Continue reading

SHE READS: The Tooth Book

 

We read this in the kids’ waiting room at her dentist’s office this morning. I like how there are so many opportunities to nurture a reader and how our reading time has extended beyond bedtime and beyond our home. Thanks to establishments who stack books for the young bookworms.
The book highlights the different creatures who have teeth and who have none. (It made me think how zebras seem to have the best toothy grins in the animal kingdom. Right?) That thought captured the attention of the 3-year old, who drifted in her imagination thinking about other animals and whether they have teeth or none.

It’s a good “distraction” book at a dentist’s waiting room for anxious little patients. Unfortunately, nothing in it to reassure them that dentist visits are fun. I guess it hardly is. (thankfully the dentist and her team were used to nervous kids and know how to deal with it).

 

Saying Yes to Your Self

“Every moment I spend wrapped up in doubt takes me further away from who I am and who I’m meant to be. Every minute I let fear take over and win makes me die a little more inside. If I live and exist with doubt I’m not honoring my true, authentic self. “

Read the full story in jsackmom’s blog titled “Situation“.

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I’m not going to stay where I am.

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“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”

– J.P. Morgan