Reaching your goals is challenging. Create a structure that keeps you on target by using language you relate to everyday. Create a focus that you can apply in every setting!
Personal growth is challenging and requires the ability to rise above the obstacles that tether us down. It requires great insight and the ability to tolerate the pain that self-reflection can bring. Learning to do the work often means we need a guide who has our back and help us see what is hard for us to look at.
As a writing major in college (with a minor in being an idiot) I Googled many things about grammar, but there was one brain-buster I often went back to: What’s the difference between “affect” and “effect”? Thanks to this Grammar Girl article I finally overcame my idiocy and mastered what I eventually came to understand, is a simple difference .
Reese, a 17 year old female high school student, came out to her friends and family as bisexual a couple of years ago. Most of her family told her it was “just a phase” and now her friends ask her, “Are you sure you’re bisexual?” and “Are you still bisexual, you haven’t dated any girls?” These questions may seem innocent and inquisitive, but they dismiss Reese’s feelings and her friends are essentially telling her that doesn’t know herself. These questions and comments are microaggressions, intentional or unintentional insults, slights and/or derogatory questions and comments at target marginalized groups of people; in this case LGBTQ people.
The #MeToo campaign, Women’s Marches and the current news cycles are flooded with women pushing back on the patriarchy and controls placed on women. Women’s bodies are being controlled, not wholly by themselves, but by pharmaceutical companies, doctors, the media, and insurance companies. What is considered normal and natural during menstruation is determined by the family care doctor, OBGYN, or fertility specialist who learns about medications to treat symptoms defined as problems by the pharmaceutical companies. The pharmaceutical companies then go on to promote these drugs — life enhancers — in the media and through a focused campaign to get the medical community to prescribe them. Little did the American public realize that menstruation has become a multi-billion dollar a year business.
Diets don’t work. You’ve heard it before and likely know it to be true. Still, you fall victim to the trap – eat this, get thin, live happily ever after. Has it worked yet? No. But maybe this time will be different, right? It won’t be. You may need to circle around the diet cycle a few times before you truly believe diets don’t work.
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