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Talking About Self-Care

by Hannah Joyce

Let’s talk about self-care. First I want to make it clear that self-care is NOT selfish. We all practice self-care in different ways. There is no one right way to practice self-care. Self-care can be anything from simply doing the basics or treating yourself to a bubble bath.

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Why is self-care important?

  • Your body needs rest (Physical Health)
  • Your mind needs rest (Mental Health)
  • We need to take care of ourselves so that we can help others

Two years ago I had never heard of the term ‘self-care’, it was first introduced to me when I began training to volunteer at a crisis center for victims of domestic and sexual violence. At the time I was seventeen, I had the mindset that I could handle anything until the first day of training ended. I was mentally exhausted. We had gone over intense stuff that day. 

My heart hurt for people suffering from domestic/sexual violence, and my mind was crushed from all the information I had learned that day. I went home, and I did nothing. I couldn’t think straight, my mind my racing with all the information I had learned. I wanted to help the people affected by these terrible things but if I couldn’t even do my homework, how could I help others?

This is where self-care is essential. I had to find a way to wind down and refresh my soul.

Let’s talk about ways someone can practice self-care,

  • Take a hot shower – I find that the warm water running down my body is relaxing. While I shower, nothing else is important. All I am focusing on is that shower.
  • Take a bath – I have a friend that deals with a lot of chronic pain and taking a bath is apart of her daily routine. Without it, she says she wouldn’t be able to function.
  • Read a good book – In life we get so caught up in the daily activities that we may not make time to sit down and read that book we have been eyeing. Cozy up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea and just lose yourself in a book.
  • Treat yourself to a spa night either at home or at an actual spa – self-care does not need to be expensive. There are a ton of home spa ideas at the tip of your fingertips on Pinterest.

Lastly, I want to leave you with some encouragement. You are enough, we all need to take time for ourselves whether that is taking a shower or reading a book. It is a necessity. There is no shame in practicing self-care.
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Poetry Contest: When You Fall

by  Laura Santner

Child,
You will fall
And oh will you fall far sometimes
And not know where to go
And not know where you went
And not know how to speak
But child,
You will learn
Take it all in
And write your sorrows
To find your joy again
Show yourself hope
That got caught in your heart
It’s ok to be uncertain
It’s ok to feel alone
Gather your strength
And I promise child
You will pick yourself back up
And rise
And shine
You will have these moments
And remember that despair is fleeting
Look beyond your dark days
Love your limitations
And think
Because new doors will open every dawn
And discoveries will be made
My child, oh child
You can be that star you dream of
But you must dare to dream it to begin

Happy Any Kind Of Celebration!

IMG_4530.JPGThe last days of the year can be overwhelming, happy and/or sad. However, it is a good moment to reflect what we went thru, to give back and write down our next years’ resolutions. Independent of your beliefs, I invite all of you to be respectful to and accept each other. Also, be thankful for everything good that happened to you.
Even though, we know that a lot of you went and/or going thru a lot this year. That you might be out there: fleeing in a war, perishing in poverty and/or being abused, and I ask whoever or whatever you believe that enlighten and protect you and your family.

Wishing a better year for all of those that is perishing and everybody else.

I thank everyone that supported the blog and the social media channels on the last three months. We are a new group that together will try to make the best to promote gender equality and women empowerment’s.

I hope God give me strength to continue this project and help local communities and also people’s around the World. We had people from India, USA, Brazil, Ecuador, and Israel reading our blog. I do expect to reach people from more places. Be free to share your opinions and thoughts thru poetry and/or other forms of art. The blog is here for me and for you.

Here and there we expect to promote equality. We Are All The Same and we inspire for a better life. Be respectful, be kind, and respect each other.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Kwanza!

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Happy any kind of celebration!!!

Love,

Vanessa Daniela

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My Name Is Brooke Axtell and I Was Sex Trafficked at Age 7 in the US

“My Name Is Brooke Axtell and I Was Sex Trafficked at Age 7 in the US” is the first episode of the series called “Real Women, Real Stories”. The series gives voice to women that were trafficked and their journey to reach their personal goals.

 

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Brooke Axtell is the Director of Communications and Survivor Leadership at Allies Against Slavery, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking.

According to The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. 55% of them are women and girls and 26% are children.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline and Polaris BeFree TextLine statistics reports that the Hotline receives around 100 calls per day and have registered more than 29,800 cases in the last year.

If you need help contact please contact:

The National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888

Polaris BeFree Textline Text “BeFree” (233733)

#wearethesame Urging to place women’s empowerment

 

We Are All The Same Project ideas started with my sketchbook, #weareathesame, that I made for The Sketchbook Project organized by the Brooklyn Art Library.

#weareallthesame is a piece that tries to translate the pain and the blood of every single woman who is suffering from sexual exploitation and domestic violence. Every person who touches this book is literally going to be marked. I hope that attention-getting effect pushes each individual to speak out about these issues.

I witnessed domestic violence in my family, and it is very challenging to talk about it. The victims and the aggressors of my life were people that I love and I loved (passed away). In summary, the internal mental and emotional scars are going to be carried with me for my entire life; these memories are translated to people around me thru my speech and anxiety. Speaking out thru art and media is fighting against domestic violence and human trafficking.** It is also an urging to place gender equality and women’s empowerment paramount within our society.

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Every time that I meet my friends from college, they remind me how crazy I was for reporting illegal transsexual prostitution, writing about drug trafficking, and dreaming about covering national and international wars. The dream never happened. I believe that my choices were for the best in order to heal various personal issues.

However, an outstanding opportunity to be working for the research department of Half the Sky a few years ago made my urge of speaking out about society issues awaken even further. Working for only six months, I had the opportunity to speak with people from different cultures and classes who were trafficked, who suffered all kinds of abuse at home and on the street. So many stories were told to me, and so deeply moved me, that I decided to do my own research after I finished that project. My friends from college, and I, applied for a different fund in Brazil to report stories of women that were forced into slavery in the sex tourism industry, girls who were trafficked into Spain and many more sad stories of kids who are sexually abused by their parents by the age of 5.

Shocked, by how some people can be so cruel, combined with my own experiences of witnessing domestic violence, made me create this project to speak up about the abuses, but those negative actions also promoted the gender equality and women’s empowerment I am driven to make a reality now! My personal goal is to study deeply how race, sexual inequality, history, women’s behaviors and combined projects are the sequential result of an abusive society.

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5 Helpful Ideas For When You are Struggling — MakeItUltra™

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“Equality is better for everyone”

Sandi Toksvig talks about Women’s  Equality on TED Talk. The Broadcast personality and politician encourages women to get involved into political leadership.

“Equality is better for everyone.”

Come on people, let’s activate! Let’s change the world! I know we can do it, and it wants doing!”

Find the link below for the complete talk.

Sandi Toksvig

 

 

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I follow MakeItUltra and I believe this post is going to help us to manage our thoughts. We should learn how to redirect our mind from negative to positive thoughts. A positive mindset will help us to engage in prosperous activities and support our healing process.

Inspire for a better life.

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