September 14, 2010

Ted Talks: Embrace Your Inner Girl

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Ted Talks is “a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.” This website is filled with the most inspiring, courageous, persuasive and any other positive adjective one can use to describe, speeches from people all over the world.

One such person is Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, a play that recounts stories from hundreds of women about their bodies, their sexual experiences, and yes, their vaginas. Since its start in ’96 it has been translated into more than 45 languages and performed in more than 120 countries.

Here, Eve talks about her concept of the “girl cell.” The inner cell that everyone, women and men, have. In her words this cell is, “compassion, and it’s empathy, and it’s passion itself, and it’s vulnerability, and it’s openness and it’s intensity and it’s association, and it’s relationship, and it is intuitive.”

She continues the explanation saying, “And then let’s think how compassion informs wisdom, and that vulnerability is our greatest strength, and that emotions have inherent logic, which lead to radical, appropriate, saving action. And then let’s remember that we’ve been taught the exact opposite by the powers that be, that compassion clouds your thinking, that it gets in the way, that vulnerability is weakness, that emotions are not to be trusted, and you’re not supposed to take things personally, which is one of my favorites.

I think the whole world has essentially been brought up not to be a girl. How do we bring up boys? What does it mean to be a boy? To be a boy really means not to be a girl. To be a man means not to be a girl. To be a woman means not to be a girl. To be strong means not to be a girl. To be a leader means not to be a girl. I actually think that being a girl is so powerful that we’ve had to train everyone not to be that. ”

Wow. And the whole speech is like that! She continues with horrific yet powerful stories of girls she has met during her career and their stories as well as what this did to transform her and what it means to be a girl. I know that it is a longer video, but I promise it is completely worth it!! At the very least listen to the beginning or click here to read the interactive script.

Concluding with an excerpt from her new book she explains her reading with this:
“But I really want to do it for each and every person here, to value the girl in us, to value the part that cries, to value the part that’s emotional, to value the part that’s vulnerable, to understand that’s where the future lies.”

Something that doesn’t tell us to stop feeling? I think I can get used to that!

~Gina

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September 5, 2010

This Is Your Life

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Simple, powerful, uplifting. via Holstee Love it!

August 7, 2010

Ciao Tutti!

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Ciao Belle!!!

Okay, so here’s the deal. Most of you know that I’m currently in Italy right now. As a result of the traveling, eating, drinking, and just generally enjoying life I’m doing so much of there hasn’t been an update in awhile! I just wanted to let everyone know that BecauseIamaWoman will continue and I promise to update with many more interesting and informative posts once I’m in a more stable position!!!

Expect a return around September readers! I only hope you’re willing to keep reading!

~Gina

May 20, 2010

Yes!

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Readers-

Lately I’ve been feeling blah about myself. Nothing too bad, no worries. The only reason I’m posting this is because I don’t want you to think that by any means I always think positively or always feel great about my work/my actions/my body. Thats ok though, because in the end I’ll always turn/try to turn the positive way instead. 🙂

Now for the star of the post! Jessica!

How AMAZING is this? This little girl knows how to do it! Stand in front of your mirror and sing, dance, scream what you love! Make that mirror your friend instead of your constant foe. Anyway, I really liked this short video and the adorable and adorably brilliant little girl.

Your disgustingly corny friend,
Gina

May 16, 2010

Sunday Wrap-Up

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Well hello,

After an eventful and hilarious weekend with three of my best friends I can honestly say I wish it wasn’t time for a sunday wrap up yet. Unfortunately it is so take some time to enjoy these random tidbits before you start your Monday:

1. This truly is random, but I follow this blog a lot. I don’t typically like ones that are diary-like but the “I Am Being” often force me to think about things differently and definitely has a unique perspective. Not to mention that the writer is living a life I would love to have and can easily envision.

2. This article I found through the recently mentioned Catalyst website. “The truth about a mother’s role in her daughter’s success,” its conclusion is why I decided to include it in sunday wrap up. I also liked the quote “My rebelliousness fuels me.”

3. The “Before I Die I Want To….” Project. Created by Nicole Kenney and ks rives, this project asks people all across the US as well as India what they want to do before they die, then a polaroid is snapped and 5, 10, 20 years later the creators find the person and ask if they have completed or are working on their goal. This project has many facets to it but as someone who adores lists and has a Bucket List of her own (maybe Ill share it someday!) I found the concept fascinating!

Have a great week loves!
~Gina

May 3, 2010

Sunday Wrap-up!

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Hi loves,

I’ve decided to add another weekly theme post. yay! Too often throughout the week I come across countless inspiring/interesting/positive stories that do not get posted either because they are not particularly for or about women, or because they are not big enough to merit an entire entry. My answer to this? Sunday Wrap-ups! Every Sunday I will post links of articles or pictures or anything that I feel needs to be shared! I’ll give a brief summary of them and you can click and choose at your own will!

So here goes:

1. This post from my favorite blog site, Superforest, takes a little bit to get to the main story of Kevin Hines and his amazing second chance but the point made in the beginning is worth paying attention to. Often when we think of a happy life or an inspirational story, we mistake that to mean that every moment has to be happy and positive, when we all know this is not the case. Life has its ups and downs and in the words of the author, “it is important to remember that sometimes the greatest inspiration comes from the moments of deepest despair.”

2. Time magazines “A brief history of cougars” is a fun photo essay about women over 40 who are interested in younger men. This link just has 17 pictures and is a great way to destress a little! Catherine the Great’s lover was 40 years younger!! Who wouldn’t want to know that? haha

3. Ok ok, its an article I wrote. BUT not only was it written by a woman (me) it is ABOUT a remarkable woman, Dr. Mary Anne Flournoy. The article definitely isn’t without its flaws, but focus on the life of Dr. Flournoy, as she truly has contributed in nearly every justice issue we face. Whether it was discrimination, politics, poverty, or the environment, she has been an activist for it. Cross your fingers that we will have a blog post learning more about this amazing woman, particularly with her work for women in politics!

Thats all for now! Have an AMAZING week loves!

~Gina

April 18, 2010

What I Love

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Morning readers!

I love a lot of things, I’m talking a really large amount of things (I bet you do too if you took the time to think about it) but what I love today is yoga. I know I’ve talked about it in previous posts but even since then my practice has grown considerably. I go to “power yoga” (the title the gym decided to give it to warn people that its more than your basic yoga class) twice a week from 4:10-5:30.

I’ve been a yoga fan for years now, but classes at the YMCA were on-again off-again because frankly, they weren’t really cutting it. As a student of Ohio University I have “free” access to the many programs offered by their gym, which includes many different yoga classes.

Power Yoga is different from the other yoga classes, and for once offers something that I had unknowingly been searching for in my other classes- a mental aspect. Yoga is practiced by many as simply another work-out. A new way to get some strength training and gain sculpted arms and a sexy butt. Don’t get me wrong, yoga has a bajillion health benefits, but as my new teacher says, we’re not only working on our sexy butts, we’re working on our sexy hearts.

My roommates and friends know the importance of my yoga classes, missing them is hard as a regular school/work week can bring more than enough stress and tension. Yoga class is where I relieve that. Sure I often count it as my strength training and a workout, but that is not the thing that continually brings me back.

For me, it is my time of the week to calm myself, look inward, and challenge my body physically. The days that are the hardest are sometimes the easiest mentally because you are forced to remain in the present moment when you’re doing complicated and difficult poses. Others are calmer with some restorative work for the muscles which tends to restore my mind as well.

If yoga is not your thing then no worries, I’m writing this post to share with others one thing that I really love. (I can actually do the pose picture below! ha that was an exciting day!) Everyone has something, or needs something that they really love. Something that eases stress and leaves you feeling better afterwards!

I encourage you to take some time to look at the linked articles from Women’s Health, they have an entire section of their website dedicated to both the physical AND mental aspects of yoga. And as always share! How do you feel about yoga? What do you love?

Loving yoga and you,
~Gina

March 18, 2010

Lonely Glasses!

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Hi all!

Well, finals week is nearly over, thank goodness!! And in my brain-is-fried, just-want-to-be-home, procrastinating state of mind I stumbled over something pleasant and unique! They are “lonely glasses” from Jess Atkinson, a designer based in Toronto, Canada.

In the words of the designer they are, “a pair of non-prescription glasses that function as an anti-lonely device, giving the user the feeling of being surrounded by people when worn.”

I love the simplicity and goofiness! Anytime you’re feeling lonely just put them on and your loved ones will surround you 🙂

Have you ever stumbled across anything that is simply “feel good” stuff? We would love it if you shared!! Websites, stories, random-everyday things, anything! My personal list includes picture texts of my nephew, finding great new music, chocolate milk and pennies on heads, among others.

Here’s to finding joy in the little things!

~Gina