Standing up for women

Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day.

It’s also a protest/strike day: A Day Without A Woman. More information can be found here.

A day for women to strike.

I have given this day, this strike a lot of thought.

If I were still in the corporate world I would absolutely take the day off without pay.

But if I don’t teach (aka work) there are consequences.

Simply put: If I don’t work I don’t get paid. And believe me, as a yoga teacher I need every penny I earn.

And it isn’t fair to my students if I don’t teach.

I teach two private office yoga classes on Wednesdays. My students have already paid me for these classes. So they would either not get yoga … but still pay for it … or not get yoga and I have to pay them back for that class.

Neither option seems like a good idea to me.

My third class on Wednesdays is a cycle class at a gym. I could get a sub. If I am not able to get a sub … I still have to teach. Plus the following Wednesday I have a sub in place as … Continue reading

Helping others as 100 strong

My home address is in Portland. But my community is Beaverton, a suburb of Portland.

I recently joined a group through the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce called 100 Strong in Beaverton.

The group is still fairly new.

The idea of the group is women in business focus on giving back through charity donations and community involvement and while also creating a mentorship program within the group.

If 1oo women give $100 once a quarter then the group can raise $40,000 a year. Every quarter a different beneficiary receives the $10,000 raised.

This quarter the funds will go to the Tualatin Hills Park Foundation Champions Too.

Champions Too is an outdoor field, which will be constructed for athletes (of all ages) with physical or development disabilities.

According to the Tualatin Hills Park Foundation website, the multipurpose athletic field complex will feature side-by-side synthetic turf fields with lights, an adjoining field made of natural grass, and an overlapping baseball diamond with 90-foot basepaths.

I love this idea, reaching out to a community that has a need. And the great thing is, everyone can use it.

I attended a fundraising breakfast on Thursday. Amy Roloff, from TLC’s Little People Big World, spoke … Continue reading

The strong women in my life

wrote this post in November 2012. My friend Bridgette suggested I repost for Mother’s Day. So I did two years ago and last year and am doing it again this year. 

This is a tribute to all the strong women and mothers (in whatever form of mom you are) I know. You have the hardest job in the world and definitely deserve more than just one day of celebrations.

For those of you who have lost their mothers, I’m so sorry. I hope you can reflect on all of the good memories you hold dear. 

Happy Mother’s Day!

I keep a notebook in my work bag where I scribble down post ideas or many times an actual post. A lot of times it is easier for me to find my voice if I jot it down on paper first and type later.

I also keep a notepad in my purse in case an idea comes and I don’t want to forget it.

I have a lot of ideas and little time to make them into something. But I have them at least documented for a post down the road. And if you have asked me about something, it is written down … Continue reading

The strong women in my life

I wrote this post back in November. My friend Bridgette suggested I repost for Mother’s Day.

This is a tribute to all the strong women and mothers (in whatever form of mom you are) I know. You have the hardest job in the world and definitely deserve more than just one day of celebrations.

Happy Mother’s Day!

I keep a notebook in my work bag where I scribble down post ideas or many times an actual post. A lot of times it is easier for me to find my voice if I jot it down on paper first and type later.

I also keep a notepad in my purse in case an idea comes and I don’t want to forget it.

I have a lot of ideas and little time to make them into something. But I have them at least documented for a post down the road. And if you have asked me about something, it is written down in the notebook or on a stickie and I will eventually get to it.

The whole job thing really gets in the way of the blog.

Anyway, today’s post actually morphed from another feverish jotting down of a … Continue reading

Basic necessities=Christmas spirit

Merry Christmas!

Or happy whatever you celebrate or don’t. Enjoy your time off with your family or friends or if you choose to spend it alone.

And for all those who have to work today, thank you.

I feel lucky for all the family I got to see over the past few days: parents, my in-laws, my brother, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles …

Are you sick of me talking about charities and donations and helping others? I doubt it. But hey, it’s my passion. And I am gonna keep talking about it and hope I rub off on others.

As I have said before we no longer exchange gifts with our families. Instead we donate to charities. We all have different organizations we like to support.

Some of the charities we and our families have supported in lieu of gifts are Brighter BeginningsPajama ProgramHeifer InternationalPlanned ParenthoodCharity Choice Gift Cards, Alameda County Food Bank, Tucson Food Bank, Emerge, Poverello House among others.

For the past year or so I have been supporting the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center in Berkeley. I collect toiletries when we travel and occasionally take them to the … Continue reading

The strong women in my life

I keep a notebook in my work bag where I scribble down post ideas or many times an actual post. A lot of times it is easier for me to find my voice if I jot it down on paper first and type later.

I also keep a notepad in my purse in case an idea comes and I don’t want to forget it.

I have a lot of ideas and little time to make them into something. But I have them at least documented for a post down the road. And if you have asked me about something, it is written down in the notebook or on a stickie and I will eventually get to it.

The whole job thing really gets in the way of the blog.

Anyway, today’s post actually morphed from another feverish jotting down of a different post, which made the blog last month.

Today’s post is a tribute to all the strong women in my life.

But the actual post is about three particular women.

I have strong women in my life.

I was lucky enough to grow up with very different, very unique and very strong women to look up to and strive … Continue reading