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Why I Strike

March 15, 2017     Like This Post!

Every day that passes, I get more and more frustrated with what’s going on out in the world. The women’s strike was last week and as you could imagine, there was backlash and condescending questioning of what the point was and if anything was actually accomplished.

Growing up, it was me and my two brothers. I grew up with parent’s who were old fashioned in the sense where women stay at home and men go out and work. I was raised to be the “girl of the house” helping my mom with chores while my brothers played their video games. Being in a house with brothers, I made it very clear that it’s all or none of us that will do the chores, and I fought against the double standard up until I moved out.

My parents lightened up when I left for college, but their old school mindset and traditional ways got the best of them sometimes. My dad told me recently that he raised me like that so I can grow up to be a “tough cookie”. I can’t tell if he was sincere or if he was making up excuses. Whatever the case, I was surrounded by the double standard, and fought tooth and nail to be acknowledged as an equal.

Since I was five, I’ve been conscious of double standards and sexism, and while my stories and memories are nothing compared to what other women have dealt with, I still fight for equality and against the double standard. Things need to change, and everyone who speaks up can make a difference.

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2016 Ain’t the Worst Year Ever, Gang!

Guest post written by Victoria

December 31, 2016     Like This Post!

Basing an opinion entirely on the outrage of the almighty Internet, one might come to the conclusion that 2016 was the worst year in the history of time. Perhaps my glasses run a little on the rose tinted side of the spectrum but I’m not too sure I buy into the hype.

Maybe the magical lens through which I view the world clouds my logical judgement and my mildly Yoda-like state of Zen gives me a different perspective but from where I sit, I view the last 365 days as some really freaking awesome ones. Some of the best, really.

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Why I Create

September 13, 2016     Like This Post!

I’ll be honest. In general, I’m all around very self conscious. As much as I try to be confident about my appearance and attitude, criticism and judgements affects me more than I’d like to admit. I’m sure a lot of people can relate.

Recently, I’ve come to realize that the crowd I’ve been surrounding myself with has a much different taste than me. I feel like I’m losing connection with people who believe in hobbies, and those who don’t criticize others for having said hobbies. Or I guess, this is “growing up”? ♫ ♪
I’ve been struggling to find time to tend to myself and my hobbies which play such an important role in my life. It’s what helps me wind down from a long day at work, giving me some me-time while letting my brain relax. Instead, my after-work moments have been spent out and about a little more than usual. I can’t complain about my crowd of people since it is me making the decision to hang around them, but I can’t help but feel if I’m spending my time all wrong by being such a homebody. I guess I’m just questioning everything about myself.

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Family Doppelgängers

September 12, 2015     Like This Post!

When I was in Greece, I couldn’t help but take advantage by asking family about stories from my parent’s youth. Accompanied with the stories were old photo albums that were loaded with photos I’ve never seen before. I’ve only seen my dad’s baby photo and his army photo when he was in his early twenties. Those two and that’s it, so it was a treat to see more than just those two photos.

Of course, there were a few gems that stood out that made me think “he/she looks like [insert name]” and I created little collages since I got a kick out of it.
It’s not very hard to entertain me.

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For The Love Of Coloring Books

August 2, 2015     Like This Post!

Tibetan coloring book

(A coloring book I purchased in Portland featuring Tibetan art.)

As I have written previously about rediscovering your hobbies, I still feel that everyone forgets about the simple things in life. I think it’s important to take a step back and give love to the things that make you happy. As you can see, I’m big into the arts as it has been with me throughout my life journey, and it will be with me till the end. I will always preach for the arts.

I will also preach for coloring books. Sounds silly? Well, hear me out.

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