I know I’ve been absent lately and I apologize. A lot has been happening at the Love Household.
You all know I’ve spent basically my entire life in education and then subsequently working in jobs I have loved. The problem was never the work but the employer. I have the hardest time working for people. Anyway, is why I decided to start my own marketing firm, A.Love Marketing.
However, this post is not about my firm but someone very special who helped launch my business. Sarah Cowan, of Scrounging Mama, is a long time friend. We’ve known each other since actual diapers. I knew I could trust her when it came to my logo design.
There’s this tendency of some people in my life to constantly say they don’t know what I’m doing or my interests are all over this place.
I do not disagree. I always thought I was so weird because I feel like I could be happy doing so many things. I’ve considered countless careers. In 2008, I went to Coastal Carolina and wanted to be a teacher. I didn’t hate it. I could enjoy a life as a teacher. But I want more. I almost applied to law school. I would love to be a lawyer. I think I would excel there. I also think the US is producing more lawyers than they have jobs for so it did not fiscally make sense to take out loans for a field that is shrinking and has a surplus of qualified applicants. I have considered pursing a career in politics. I have been in marketing. I think the two go to together well. I did great in marketing. I love writing so I have an MA in Journalism.
My interests are varied but I think they are all in a relatable field. The skill set required for each is similar. To excel in any of these areas you must be motivated, educated, an effective communicator, quick on your feet, etc. I could make an endless list of the similarities.
The thing that struck me most was the commentary on which people feel they are entitled to have. Then tonight, I saw this quote from the Female Entrepreneur Association.
Originally, I began writing a piece about my commitment to a biblical marriage for this post (which will come later) but then I had an epiphany. By epiphany, I mean the Spirit touched me.
I’ve written about the world’s poor back around Thanksgiving. The majority of the piece was to introduce you to the problems outside the comfort of the United States. In the US, we have programs to help those in need. There are always food drives, clothing drives, homeless shelters, etc. The United States may not be perfect, but we are trying.
The problem is that 95% of the population lives outside the United States.
I know what you’re thinking. “We have people living in poverty in the United States. We should be helping them.”
I would not disagree with you. We should be doing more for those at home. However, there is an international affairs budget in place. It already exists. It is minuscule in comparison to the total budget for the year. It takes up less than half a percent of the budget.
This is where we come in. The Borgen Project is an organization that is seeking to help the world’s less fortunate.
There are a few things you can do to help those in need.
You can call congress. It takes a grand total of 15 seconds. Normally, it is an intern that answers the phone and they keep track of what constituents care about.
You can email congress. This is incredibly easy! The Borgen Project already drafted the email. You just have to add your name and hit send.
Most importantly, you can donate. I am trying to raise $500 to help the world’s poor. A large portion of people in third world countries live on less than $2.50 a day! Imagine what $500 could do for them!
Today, I had a very unusual experience in Church. Due to my current foot situation, I’m walking a whole lot slower and therefore I’ve been stopped by more people in Church than normal. Usually Alex and I are ready for our post Church nap so we’re out quickly.
Well today is Fast Sunday so we really wanted to be on our way home quickly, we were absolutely starving. Due to my slow nature that did not happen. We were stopped by a lot of people, most of whom were so sweet and offered a helping hand if need be. I felt so much love and support.
However, this was not everyone’s disposition. An older member stopped to see how I was doing since breaking my foot. After talking about my foot they were talking about how Alex and I are the odd couple. That struck me for a minute. I didn’t know we were odd and I was curious to know in what sense she thought we were odd.
This member proceeded to tell me it was strange that we were a young couple with no kids and that made us stand out. They told me it was probably difficult for other young couples in the Ward because it would be hard to relate to us because of our lack of children and the focus we have on our education.
This has been a topic weighing heavily on me lately: the issue of gender equality. Hopefully by the time you finish reading this piece I will not be name called as per usual. I am not trying to set back women’s rights by any means. However, I am going to say it, the sexes are not equal, at least in regard to roles they can fulfill. I do not mean that they should not be treated equally, I mean biologically, physically, spiritually, emotionally, etc. they are not equal and therefor cannot be completely treated as such.
Hear me out on this one. Let’s start with the most basic of comparisons, biology. Students at Northwestern University found that “male and female brains operate differently at a molecular level.” The study was conducted to determine how each sex responds to brain disorders and the medications used to treat such disorders. This is one of many, many studies done on the physical evidence that separates the sexes. When doing research I found 3.2 million results via an academic search tool in .5 seconds that discussed the biological differences in men and women. It is out there for all to read. (more…)
Earlier, I wrote about being busy and how it is the new happy. I believe being busy because you are working toward something will make you happy. I think that type of stress is healthy. I welcome that type of stress. I thrive on it.
Then we have the type of stress that does not make us happy. The type that is completely unnecessary. The type that has give me two ulcers this week. This I do not welcome.
I think there comes a point where we have to stop and re-evaluate what is happening in our lives. Determine what is controllable, what is working for us and what is not helping the situation.