The Reason to “Period” Blog

img_8475Here it is, my first post about the menstrual experience. There is a reason that i am doing this to write about my period. There are many woman, including myself, who have experienced a sense of period shaming at one point or another.

A couple of months ago I was out shopping and noticed two men snickering and laughing at a woman who was buying tampons. I do not know if she noticed them, but I sure did. In the past, when I have been out shopping for tampons and pads I have experienced the stares, glares, and laughter from others. This does not happen all the time, but there tends to be a stigma surrounding woman when they are spotted buying something for a “problem” that is completely natural.

IMG_9603.JPGYes, that is right a problem. There are parts of the world where a period is viewed as a problem. I had a friend who had worked overseas in Uganda where young girls stayed home while they were menstruating. There are countries in Asia, like Indonesia and Taiwan where women are recommended to go on an unpaid medical leave. Imagine being told you can’t come to work for a full week because of something completely natural.

A period is a sign of womanhood. It is something that cannot be controlled. There tends to be a stigma that comes down to women and their period. In television shows there are jokes when a period is mentioned by name and tiptoeing around when in dialogue to avoid saying it. Ultimately, the “problem” that happens once a month for women should be accepted, not mocked and/or shamed.

Three Kings Day

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January 6th is the twelfth and final day of Christmas. On this day the Three Wise Men reached the manger where Jesus lay with Mary and Joseph. Today is the day of the Epiphany! A day for rejoicing as the three gifts were given to the Son of God and the Prince of Peace.

Being a Mermaid

IMG_1496.jpgWinter is a very cold season for us all. It leads to us staying inside not wanting to leave the house because of the snow and ice. There are many who don’t get fresh air and choose to binge watch Netflix and HBO. Ultimately, winter is a season that, for me, can be depressing.

A new way I found to be warm and feel better during this cold season is using a new mermaid blanket. When I put this blanket on I forget some of the problems I had. There are fins for both my feet in this pink sparkly blanket.

IMG_1495.jpgI know it sounds like playing dress up, but I recently just got the mermaid blanket. The warmth and joy it provides during this dreary season is something that I love. It puts a smile on my face even though I am just pretending to be something I am not. It sounds like dress up, but when you can’t go outside and Netflix or HBO doesn’t cooperate with you becoming a mermaid, for me, is the perfect fit.

Cheers to 2019

IMG_9466.JPGA couple of days ago a new year started. Many people are going out there claiming new year new me. They are making resolutions about losing weight, making new friends and learning new skills. For me I don’t have really a resolution for 2019. I don’t view a new year as a new start to anything. But, I do plan on making changes and switching things up a bit with my blog.

Something new I am planning on blogging about is my period. Over the last couple of years I have heard about period shaming around the world. There are countries like Nepal and India where women are encouraged, sometimes forced, to leave their home for the duration of their menstrual cycle. There are stories of girls as young as twelve being sexually assaulted as they are being forced to sleep out in the open away from the comfort of their home. A friend of mine introduced to me to this problem world wide telling me that she was brought to tears by their stories. There is no reason for a woman to be shamed because her body is doing something completely natural.

I do hope to do some blogging more as in 2018 I took some time away. This year I hope to reconnect and expand on my blog through commenting and taking the courses offered by WordPress. Cheers to 2019! Hopefully, it is a great one for all.

New Year’s Eve

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Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Out with the old and in with the new as a whole new year starts. I hope you all stay safe tonight. I will be staying home to watch the ball drop at midnight.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas!!! I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends. The season of giving is almost over in the cold of December. A day to finally relax and enjoy each other.

However, I hope you don’t forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. Remember today is the day we honor the birth of Christ. Away in a manger in Bethlehem He was born to Mary. All who was there to celebrate were farm animals and Joseph. The Three Kings had begun their trek to see the baby in the manger. The Star in the sky shown bright to announce the birth of Gods son in a most humble birth.

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“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:10-2:14

A Favorite Christmas Pastime

Image may contain: one or more peopleAh yes, Christmas Eve is almost here. Everyone is just finishing the shopping and schools are getting ready to close. There are families who are getting ready to have the famous annual family dinner. Everyone has their favorite pastime, mine involves a certain story. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has been told over and over again from movies to plays to music the story of Ebenezer Scrooge still lives on.

Image may contain: 3 people, people smilingThe story of an old miser who hates Christmas having the epiphany over one night after being visited by four spirits. The first one Jacob Marley his business partner in life who was just as bad as him. Jacob comes to warn him of the forthcoming spirits and his the importance of changing his ways. The Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge hist past. This is the first time we are introduced to a happy Ebenezer who found love and life with the holiday of Christmas but lost it through his own fault. The Ghost of Christmas Presents shows Scrooge the plight of his employee Bob Cratchit’s family. Through him seeing the Cratchit’s he meets Tiny Tim becoming distraught upon hearing that he will die if he is not cured. From there on he is shown his only living relative Fred happily celebrating and raising a glass to his health. Then the dreaded Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come arrives. He shows Scrooge the consequences of his actions. Tiny Tim has died leaving a miserable Bob Cratchit. No one, not even his nephew Fred who continued to meet with Scrooge cared. No one cared that he died in the doom and gloom of the Christmas season.

Image may contain: one or more peopleOnly after these visits does Scrooge wake up donating to the poor and singing Christmas carols to the shock of his neighbors. He makes a surprise visit to his nephew Fred where he is warmly welcomed. Finally, he helps Bob Cratchit and his family with the finances for Tiny Tim. In the end, Tiny Tim does not die as the book clearly states leaving to a happy Scrooge and the world around him.

Image may contain: people sitting, table and indoorThere are reason’s A Christmas Carol lives on with us today. There are those who think it is because the rich and poor coming together. There are those who believe it comes from one man’s journey to finding the true meaning of the holiday season. Then, there are those who like a good spooky story. Then there are those who love watching the Muppet’s sing and dance in the popular 1992 film a Muppet’s Christmas Carol. The film adaptations and plays have added their own spin on the popular book.

For me, reading A Christmas Carol before going to bed is on Christmas Eve is something I love. I curl up in my bed before starting to watch 90’s Nickelodeon Christmas specials and read the book. It is not too long, in fact A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken’s is just the length for a quick read before Christmas morn. Being reminded of the importance of the holiday season comes from this book as it transformed the way we look at Christmas many years ago.

Gone with the Holiday Season

No automatic alt text available.A week from tomorrow is Christmas day. A week from tonight families all over will be gathering for special dinners, going to church and children to bed anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa Clause. The malls and department stores are filled with last minute shoppers grabbing last minute things for preparation.

The month of December is one that is filled with joy and excitement. However, like many others, I find it hard to find time for myself to rest and relax. I had blog posts planned to post, but the time got away from me. Alas, December is filled with rushing around that can lead to stress. Between the decorating and finding the perfect Christmas tree to getting the gifts and baking the cookies December is one hectic month.

As 2018 closes for good, a new year approaches. December is ending with holiday cheer. Hopefully, come January, things will go back to what they once were. December is a month filled with joy and delight combined with stress and rushing around. Never the less, the holidays are almost over at the end of the year.

Pearl Harbor

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Yesterday marked seventy-seven years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. On December 7th, 1941 the United States was attacked launching the country into World War II. Years have passed since the Japanese surprise attack and the United States has since made their peace with Japan. Never the less, December 7th, 1941 is a day where many men died.

Thanksgiving Thoughts

IMG_9596.JPGThis past Thursday in United States the annual holiday of Thanksgiving was held. Family and friends from all around gathered to enjoy a feast with: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turnip, and pumpkin. Others, like me, got up early in the morning to watch the Macy’s Day Parade in their pajamas on the couch. But, Thanksgiving is about more than food and a parade. It is about being thankful.

IMG_9595.JPGThink about all that you have in your life that others don’t. Do you have a roof over your head? Food on the table? Do you have a place to lay your head at night with heat? The meaning of Thanksgiving is being thankful for what we have. There are many people around the world who do not have these things. There are people who are living here in the United States who have to worry about where their next meal comes from. There are those who have to live pay check to pay check just to make sure they have a roof over their head at night. Just today I saw an article online where they talked about states with the highest homeless population. Some of these places like Washington D.C. and New York face frigid temperatures below zero in the winter. Other places like Hawaii and California face relentless heatwaves in the summer.

IMG_9805.JPGIn this digital age sometimes it is hard to remember that we already have enough. Think about it for a minute. Think about the fact that when our grandparents were growing up they didn’t have a television in their house. When my parents were growing up there was no such thing as computers. And lets face it, the usage of block where you can make phone calls, watch television, keep up with social media, and take videos on only came out a little over a decade ago. I can remember being a teenager with texting charges being a problem among my classmates who blew up their parents phone bill. I can remember having a iPod and a flip phone. There was no way I could listen to a watch a video, let alone listen to a song, without getting charged. In other words, unlike teenagers today, I couldn’t do either of those things without my allowance taking a hit.

IMG_9600.JPGAll in all, Thanksgiving is a day where unplugging happens. There is so much more to be thankful for that we tend to lose sight of it with technology. Technology that is really brand new to this day in age. Being thankful on Thanksgiving is a time to remember what we have, rather than what we do have.