Right now women’s issues and civil rights are very hot topics, especially within the United States. Tensions are high and there are a lot of expectations for women to stand up and fight against what appears to be a new patriarchal reign.
Issues range from sexual harassment, rape, and catcalling to gender wage gap, child care costs, abortion/birth control rights, and maternity leave. These are all very large issues that affect all of us, and yet it can be difficult to see how an average everyday person can make a difference or see how these issues affect them.
I have been nominated for the Liebster Blogger Award – an award for new blogs which have less than 200 followers. I was nominated by Megssaskia, a blog for “anything to do with fashion, music and travel.” Megssaskia is full of enthusiasm and is truly a joy to read. Thank you for your nomination.
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma
I was nominated by Anisha, a wonderful blogger who may very well be my long lost soul sister in writing. I thoroughly enjoyed her piece ‘The Scent of a Woman.’ Unexpected ending and beautiful prose. She describes herself as a “new blogger,” but her writing is that of an old and wise soul. Check her out and follow her.
3 Facts About Me
- I am a fierce advocate for human, civil, and women’s rights.
- I am a lover of love, beauty, femininity, and sensuality.
- I am an unstructured, fluid, spiritual being, and a Type-A professional.
My best post so far: What Am I If Not a Woman? is a post that has reached the most people, and touched many hearts.
- Animode Empire – my brother and motivator’s blog is inspiring for all.
- An Armchair Academic – this is one of the first blogs I have ever followed and I still love it. Keep on writing!
- unbolt – Love the style of writing
- Charlottesville Winter – Absolutely beautiful poetry
- Behold the Beauty – From one beauty lover to another
- Lucid Gypsy – Your energy bursts from the screen
- Poems and Petals – small poems to truly move and astound
- Rambles of a PA Student – always enthusiastic and provides wonderful feedback
- Larry Teaches School – always creates Laugh out Loud posts
- Geek Mountain State – from one Vermont Geek to another 😉
Anisha’s Questions for the nominees:
- The place where you would travel back in time to? (weird)
I would travel to the late 19th century, preferably England but Manhattan is acceptable. I love the language, fashion, and scandalous zeal of the women in the 1890’s. Women were fighting for the right to vote; were publishing books in their own name; were working in men’s professions. It is one of the most fascinating time periods for me, and I love reading historical fiction in this time period.
- What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
If I had to change anything about myself, it would be to feel more secure and confident in myself and my decisions. I do a lot for others because I love it, but I rarely do anything for myself.
- One thing you would want to do right now!
I want to spend as much time with my love before he leaves for a business trip for three and a half days.
- The last time you cried and why
Music – music always has the ability to move me to tears. It touches that fundamental part of my being. Music is what connected me to my writing, what got me through primary/secondary school, and what moves me to immense joy today.
- The one thing that makes you smile
Many things make me smile, but above all else it is love.
Sarah’s questions for nominees:
- Why do you write?
- What inspired you to start writing in a public forum such as blogging?
- What does receiving a blogging award mean to you?
- Would you be willing to partner with Feminine Vestige for featured guest blogging?
- What would you see when you look into the Mirror of Erised? (odd question)
- Put the award logo/image on your blog
- List the rules
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
- You have to nominate 10-20 people
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
- Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
- Share a link to your best post(s)
I have never been nominated for a blogging award – and then today I was nominated for two. I feel honored that my words have been able to reach people and touch them on such a fundamental and deep level. Poetry and poetic prose have always been my easiest outlet for writing – and I love that WordPress has been able to provide such an easy format to share my writing with others. What a wonderful, unique, and loving community. *raises electronic glass* here is to more future prompts, more inspired posts, more discovered bloggers, and a lot of appreciation for the art that is creative words *gulp*
Today I awoke in fog; the sleep would not leave my eyes. I prepared for my day in slow motion. I threw my hair back in a greasy ponytail, and I went. On my way to work, I listened to a book, and that helped remove some of the fog, but it lingered. Then I trained a new employee with a client; he asked so many questions. What does it mean to find a job where you help people? How can I help people when I have so little experience? How do I help these clients develop boundaries when I myself am so laid back? As I started to think about how to answer these, I felt the fog roll over me to the point where I felt like I could no longer continue with my day. His questions and the answers he needs are on the other side of the harbor, and I am in a boat lost in the fog.
When this happened, I took a minute to ask – why? Why am I letting this fog envelop my day when I can let the sun shine? I have so much to share with this person about what it means to help others – so why am I dampening this opportunity to teach? I realized that I did not take the opportunity this morning to appreciate myself. I did not wake up and lovingly acknowledge my worth as a person, as a woman, as a professional. I woke up in a fog so thick, that all I felt was a cold and alone sensation. Some might say, “But it’s Monday. You just need to get back in the swing of things.” For me, if I let that fog take over my Monday, I let it take over my week. This is unacceptable in the world of self-love.
How do we overcome this fog? How do we sound the horn so we can warn our inner selves that the fog is coming? I truly believe that acknowledging our worth and addressing ourselves at the beginning of the week is an incredibly important factor in bringing sunshine into our lives. I looked at our new employee today and thought to myself, ‘Sarah, you can help this person tremendously.’ I pushed away the fog, and I shared with him my own experiences of gaining the answers to those questions. When he thanked me and told me he appreciated my thoughts and advice, my inner self glowed.
Our weeks can blur together and become a monotonous routine that makes life seem more like a fog, where we walk through the haze with our arms outstretched hoping to not bump into anything. It is easy to lose ourselves in that fog, but if we acknowledge ourselves each day, we can become a beacon of light to shine our way to the other side of the harbor.
One more shower, just one more.
The water is hot. I need it to burn.
A woman is raped.
She is drunk.
She is unreliable.
She is the problem.
Strength, no weakness.
Smile, and no tears.
Shoulders back, don’t slouch.
Stand tall, and proud. Continue reading
It is astounding how when you dive into the fundamental issue under every problem, be that political or trivial, equality – or lack thereof – is at the base.
Equality, Judgement, Power.
I recently transitioned into a new job which has caused my last several weeks to be filled with training after training. This has not been discouraging or boring, but rather exciting as I soak in new skills to take with me when I meet and interact with my clients. I was in a ‘clinical skills’ training last week and the presenter and company clinician had us to an exercise that almost brought me to tears.