Friday, February 16, 2018

It's Been a While: Hiking With My Sons

It has been a while since I have posted here.  Busy days, make it hard to gather my thoughts and enjoy posting on my blog.   But it is something I want to find space for.   I volunteer for the Burke County Democratic Party, have for over a year now, in different capacities.  And it does take up time and energy.  Knowing that, my word for 2018 is BALANCE.  So I have been working to maintain the balance in my life: Family, Herbal Work, Volunteerism, Exercise and Self Care.   All of those take up time, so my blogging has slipped.  It was a casualty of a

busy life.   But I really aim to get back on track.  Maybe not as much, but to post with some regularity.  Figure out how to squeeze that into my life, in some capacity.  I just really enjoy looking back through my posts, what I was thinking and doing at certain points in my life, so I want to bring that forward once again, into my future.   BALANCE...right.

So here I am, in this moment, enjoying what is before me.  I volunteer at the Democratic Party Headquarters every Thursday from 10 AM- 2 PM.   I am there on other days as well, but not regularly.  On Thursdays I am there from 10-2.   As I walked out of the headquarters building yesterday, the sunshine hit me like an old friend saying hello after a long separation.  It just seems like the rain had set in for so long, I forgot what a sun shiny, nice day felt like.  The temperature was 75 degrees and it was so beautiful.  The thought hit me to grab the boys and get outside.  So I jumped in my car and headed home, ran in the house and just blurted out "let's go hiking".   Now mind you, it was 2:30 in the afternoon so we weren't going to do any major hike, but I wanted to get out in the fresh air and leave it all behind for a little while.  As hard as it is for my oldest to be "spur of the moment", he was whole-heartedly in as was my youngest.  We were out the door before 3:00 and on our way.  We decided on Linville Falls, as it was familiar, so we knew that it was all uphill, we wouldn't have to worry as much about washed out trails from the rain.  It was short, so we wouldn't be hiking after dark.   And with all the rain, the falls should be spectacular.

Linville Falls did not disappoint.  You could hear the rushing water for the whole walk up the hill.  We met only a few people on the trail and no one was out looking over the falls while we were there.  I love it when we have peace and quiet like that.  We can just sit and enjoy watching the rushing water.   We all agreed that this was a great idea, and we all needed the getaway, even for a short time.  It was also a nice reminder of what is to come, as I plan to do a lot of hiking this year.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Speak Your Truth: The #MeToo Campaign on Social Media

This was from Representative Graig Meyer, NC House District 50, yesterday on his facebook status "Dear #MeToo,
I hear you. I see you. I believe you. I will do my best to support you.
Thank you for being willing to share your stories. Yes, I have heard from women that I know and love about their harassment and assaults. Men too. Still, the volume of your voices is striking me anew today.
You should not have to feel alone or stand alone. I commit to using my voice and my power. I have introduced legislation on sexual assault and will continue to address the issue. I know that I can do more, and I will.
#WeCanDoBetter "

I just want to say that we need more of him, everywhere. So as you vote for candidates, make sure to ask the tough questions and find out where they stand on women's issues. Then write a letter to the editor of your local paper and let everyone know how that candidate stands. If you know a woman that would make a great local, state or federal official, tell her, ask her to run for office. Then have her contact her local party leaders. They can make sure she has what she needs to run, and knows how. They will help her campaign and win. This is part of what we do to change things. This is how we get more "Graig Meyers" into office.

As you find that brave survivor inside you, remember that there are others out there that may be still struggling. You can help by volunteering your time at crisis centers, help lines, women's homeless shelters, or recovery programs. When we lift each other up, the world becomes better.

To those of you that have said the #MeToo campaign is not making a difference, it is. This is how many women find their voice. They find it one shaking #MeToo at a time. I know when I first told my story as a post on my blog, it took me days to write it. And even as I finished, I debated posting it at all. I knew some people would know exactly who I was talking about. Even as an adult, I knew that in our society, some would blame me. But that hesitant shaky voice, took that leap. I can say that after speaking my truth over and over, it has become easier, it has been empowering. It has caused a whole shift in my being. It was so worth it. So this is the first important step for so many women.

Speak out even when you think no one is listening. Speak out even when your voice shakes. Speak your truth.