Fall is definitely in the air! That is not to say that you have to put away your classic white T shirts. They look great all year round but take a look at how great the classic black T shirt can look. Cute and casual, or sharp and work appropriate. Our organic cotton T shirts are ethically made and support women's economic empowerment. They're a good thing!
Why do some women and girls sell themselves short when it comes to relationships with their male partners? I wonder if it has something to do with how they were raised? If girls are brought up in a loving family where their fathers value them and treat them with kindness, love and the respect, would they not expect the same in relationships with their husbands and boyfriends?
Dad's, please love your daughters and treat them, and their mothers, with kindness and respect so that they go on to have healthy relationships with the men in their lives. Your sons will learn too, from your example.
There is a saying "That any man can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy"
It is such an amazing gift to be a parent.
Happy Father's Day to the lucky Dads out there!
I must admit, I have found motherhood to be a very humbling experience. Prior to having children, I read books, attended seminars and tried to learn as much as I could about being a 'good' parent. After all, they don't teach this stuff in school! I vowed I would do a lot of things differently than my parents had (the parts I didn't like) and would carry on the traditions that I enjoyed. It all sounds pretty good in theory, right? Then along comes your first child and out the window go many of those best intentions!
All in all things have worked out fairly well in the end, although we are never really done, are we? I can't imagine how difficult it must be for single moms. It certainly takes a village to raise a child.
Keep up the good work Mom's. I know we all have our children's best interests at heart and we are doing the best we know how!
I am reading a teriffic book and I would like to share it with you! It is called the Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. I heard about it at the SheTalks YVR event that I attended recently. Getting through a novel is a struggle for me but I can devour non fiction like this: books written by, or about, strong, economically independent women and philosophical books on life and personal growth.
Brené writes about being our authentic selves. We all want to be loved and accepted for who we truly are. We long to feel we are 'good enough' but often times we are are own worst critics. For many of us, figuring this out and being true to who we truly are can be a lifelong journey. Maybe this is why 'Wisdom' is often associated with age.
For me this book has been a real page turner. I like to treat myself to one chapter a day and savour it, highlighter in hand. I thought you might enjoy it too.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. It started as a Socialist political event in Europe to promote equal rights, including suffrage for women, and was celebrated for the first time in Europe on March 8th in 1914 but not until 1975 in the West! We have come a long way but still have so far to go. This year, the UN's theme is “Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" envision a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination. Empowering women economically will certainly help us get there.
Happy International Women's Day!
February 25, 2015 is Pink Shirt Day a.k.a. Anti Bullying Day....Seriously? Do we really need to mark a special day on the calendar to remind people not to be bullies? How sad is that?
It surprises me that after decades of teaching kids that bullying is unacceptable, there are still bullies amongst us, young, and old enough to know better. We understand that "hurting people hurt people" and sadly, many of us are hurting and feel the need to be acknowledged. But, if bullies would choose to make a conscious decision to treat people the way they themselves would like to be treated, maybe things would change. Who wants to be ridiculed, injured, frightened, robbed, enslaved, belittled, tortured, killed....? Would bullies behave differently if the shoe were on the other foot?
Let's keep our egos in check and radiate kindness, compassion and tolerance every day of the year.
It is the start of a new year! For me, this means HOPE. Hope for the endless, wonderful possibilities that I perceive to be in store for all of us..... I am a self proclaimed eternal optimist!
I love mornings because they, like the new year, fill me with hope for what lies ahead, a reason to get up and start my day. When parents name their daughter HOPE, imagine the joy, the optimism, the possibility of promise, the love, that parents bestow upon their baby girl. What a beautiful choice.
What would life be like without HOPE? It is not something we ever want to lose. I think it would be a good word to put on a T-Shirt and have some conversation about, you?
Wishing all a Happy, Hopeful, 2015
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and at 17 years old, the youngest ever Nobel Prize recipient in any category. She was awarded the 2014 Peace Prize for her efforts in advocating for girls' rights to education in Pakistan.
On October 9, 2012, at the age of 14, Malala was riding the bus on her way home from school when a Taliban gunman boarded the vehicle and shot her in the head.....Unbelievable! When the shooting occurred she had already been an activist for three years. Such a wise and gentle soul in such a young person. There is definitely something special about this girl.
Thankfully, against all odds, she has recovered and triumphed! Malala will be one to watch as thanks to her efforts, awareness of the struggle for girls' educational rights has reached an all time high.
Wear Your Wisdom is an concept that has been in the works for about five years. My sons were in high school when I realized that it was only a matter of time before my job as chauffeur and chief cook and bottle washer would become redundant. I would be "Let Go" so to speak.
Right....then this would be "My Time", an opportunity to pursue my passions. Hmmm, after so many years of my family being my passion, I had forgotten exactly what my passions were. I knew I liked being creative, selling online, and being environmentally responsible. Over the years I had come to realize that women and girls are the largest oppressed group on the planet. There are many reasons for this: cultural, religious, physical, complacency, ignorance, ego, power, but for me the biggie is financial. Where there is money, there is power and freedom of choice. Most women have neither.
Five years ago I could not find asupplier I could trust to consistently deliver a high quality product. I was looking for a North American manufacturer to ensure my T-shirts were ethically made and it was important to me that the the T-Shirts be made from 100% organic cotton. These two conditions would minimize environmental impact. I was so happy to discover Me to We Style, what an incredible Canadian company!
The other important component to me was to create awareness that the economic empowerment of women is important. Rather than start my own, I looked for an organization that empowered women and girls through their programmes. The Canadian Women's Foundation supports women and girls and provides them with the skills they need to become self sufficient. I donate to them monthly on a personal level and hope to be able raise money through the sale of my T-Shirts to support them even more.
Finally, it all came together and here we are. An organization with a conscience that supports Women's Economic Empowerment.
I know this will be an interesting and challenging journey and I embrace it!