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I-Am-MalalaFrom time to time, I’ve written about Malala Yousafazi, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace prize winner. She’s such an inspiration and definitely a healing woman!

She recently celebrated her 18th birthday and she honored the world by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon’s Bekan Valley (near Syria’s border).

Serving more than 200 Syrian girls, ages 14-18, Malala says, “I am honored to mark my 18th birthday with the brave and inspiring girls of Syria. I am here on behalf of the 28 million children who are kept from the classroom because of armed conflict. Their courage and dedication to continue their schooling in difficult conditions inspires people around the world and it is our duty to stand by them. On this day, I have a message for the leaders of this country, this region and the world — you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria’s children. This is a heartbreaking tragedy — the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades.”

And here’s what she says about turning 18: “My life of being a child will come to an end. But I vow to continue to fight for the rights of children. I think there’s no limit of age … to speak of children’s rights. My father has been doing it as a teacher and I will continue to do it as a woman. As an adult, you can be the voice of children.”

What were you doing when you turned 18? I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t a world-class activist or opening schools for refugee girls in the most troubled spot in the world. How inspiring to stay updated on this truly amazing young lady…

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Girl Power!!

GirlfriendsRecently, I was watching a TV show called “My Kid Would Never Do That….” It was the first time I’d watched and I saw something fascinating that I believe is worthy of sharing on this blog.

The set-up was actors playing various roles + male and female teens to react and respond to various situations with the parents observing their teens’ behavior. The monitor, Natalie Morales of NBC, also interviewed the parents and a common response was “My child is very responsible, knows right from wrong and takes appropriate action when necessary, etc.”

For this particular episode, the issue was centered on taking advantage of women (especially when alcohol is involved) and date rape. (Perhaps this topic was chosen because of the recent escalated accountability college campuses across the country are feeling about this issue.)

What I observed was both the boys and girls reacted in appropriate ways to some of the awful situations they were being placed in. However, while you could see in the boys’ eyes that many knew they should respond, many of them snickered, were nervous and frozen into complacency, not taking any action. It was the GIRLS who spoke up and took action! I think this is called Girl Power!! I found it comforting to watch these girls “have each others’ backs!” with special meaning to you go girl!!

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My Dad’s Caregivers

Tribe or movement of people & contd supportLast summer, my Dad decided it was time for him to have some help dressing and undressing, and showering in the evening. It has taken several months to get the right “team” of helpers/caregivers.

I’ve now met all of them … and they are a WONDERFUL group of women! These women are all about service – humble, caring, compassionate and knowledgeable. They also treat my Dad so special! They add such high quality to his life. I am filled with gratitude for each of them … it gives new meaning to “women as healers!”

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Interesting quote!

Peace Corps LogoI saw this quote by Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of Peace Corps, in a recent Reader’s Digest magazine:  There are 12 presidents in Africa who credit a Peace Corps volunteer with starting them on the path to their presidency.” Wow … isn’t that amazing?!

I’ve always thought it would be an exciting adventure to be a Peace Corps representative … and now after reading this, it’s a tremendous opportunity to make a difference/impact lives.

My desire to go on Peace Corps started right after I graduated with my undergraduate degree. Shortly after finishing college, I was an International Four-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) program representative on a six-month assignment and my host country was Switzerland. It was a unique experience because we lived with host families and worked/played/experienced “real life” right alongside of them. It was a cultural immersion – language, customs, mores and values; really a life-changing experience for me! And it certainly piqued my interest in international relations. Upon returning, Peace Corps was “on my radar” but it wasn’t the right time since I needed to settle back into the U.S. culture and work.

Life happens … all these years later, I’m still asking:  Should I apply for a Peace Corps adventure and if so, when? Reading this quote has brought it to the forefront again! In the meantime, may the Peace Corps volunteers continue blessing those they touch and making a huge impact. The world can certainly use peace-loving leadership and presidencies for every nation. A dream started by President Kennedy all those years ago, it’s a lesson in dreaming, creating and manifesting peace, harmony and goodwill around the globe.

Any other “closet” Peace Corps folks, besides me?! When are we going to go? Definitely worth contemplating…

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BioMatInc Web ImageAs I’ve posted here before, I am a distributor of a product that I love called the BioMat. I am excited to announce a new website:  www.BioMatInc.com. It is always a fun, creative process to write, develop and design new websites. This one was no exception! We are envisioning it to be a beautiful portal sharing information about this amazing product and facilitating ordering for thousands of customers. Check it out and let us know what you think!

 

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In early Jimmy CarterMarch, former President Jimmy Carter flew into the Twin Cities as a speaker for a Nobel Peace Prize forum. He spoke about human rights and democracy, and specifically about the treatment of women and girls as the #1 human rights violation in the world. “We have more cases of human slavery now than existed in the 19th century and earlier times,” said former President Carter. He continued, “Organized religion, including Catholics and Baptists, don’t consider women equal to men, enabling low pay and even physical abuse. As long as a top religion says that women are inferior, this gives a freedom of action to a husband who wants to abuse his wife.”

He’s 90 and in his retirement, yet he has visited 142 countries, brokered peace deals and elections, and worked to eradicate disease in the developing world. He has dedicated his post-White House career to causes where light needs to shine. In 2002, more than 20 years after he left the presidential office, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts.

Women as Healers is a “platform” to discuss these feminist issues and women’s rights. It is heart-warming to watch someone with so much clout, credibility and diplomatic experience share our vision and continue to work diligently to make the world a better place. While we usually say, “You Go Girl!!,” this time we’re saying, “Yes Man … Go, Go, GO!!”

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Quote from Lori Greiner!

Lori GreinerI love Shark Tank … do you?! On the March 6th episode, the sharks were fighting over one of the products and Lori Greiner said, referring to Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec, “A man with his money is no match to a woman on a mission!!” I don’t believe it was scripted; it just flew out of her mouth and she meant it with every cell in her body. What a fantastic quote, right?! Love it …

And that’s what the “Women as Healers” book is all about … women on a mission. Click here for inspiration and fulfilling your mission.

 

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Ask her more…

Oscars LogoWell, it began the night of the Oscars when Robin Roberts was interviewing a VP from People magazine, talking about Reese Witherspoon’s hash tag #AskHerMore. It caught my attention … what is this about?

About 15 minutes later, they interviewed Reese on the red carpet. She said, “Yes, there’s lots of pretty dresses here tonight. AND this year, we have 44 women up for awards. We’re smart, wise, talented … and we’re so much more than just our beautiful dresses. Ask us … we’d love to talk!” WOW!

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Pro BioMat Set with New ControllerWhew! It has been a few weeks of intense energy for me … how about you?! It began Monday morning, January 26th with a notification that the BioMat prices were increasing, effective on Valentine’s. (The BioMat is a product that I love and rep.)

The price increase is always a chance for customers “on the fence” to decide … and many of them decided to take an important step in their health by purchasing. Definitely an exciting time!

At the same time all of this was going on, I was building a new website for the product (www.BioMatInc.com). Yes, this is my third website!! So much fun doing WomenAsHealers.com and MusicalReflections.com, I needed to do another one, too ;-) !!

So has the intensity sub-sided? I think I’ll go reflect about that on the BioMat! Check out the new site if you are interested in a powerful healing tool…

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EqualityDuring the Oscars last month, I had the sound muted for much of the time. But I happened to hear Patricia Arquette’s speech after receiving the Oscar for best supporting actress in Boyhood. Here’s what she said – a powerful statement about women’s equality:  “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America!”

Did it make everyone happy? No! Of course, there was some backlash and here’s how she responded the next day. “It’s time for women. Equal means equal. The truth is the older women get, the less money they make. The highest percentage of children living in poverty are in female-headed households. It’s inexcusable. We go around the world talking about equal rights for women in other countries … and we don’t have equal rights for women in America. The truth is even though we sort of feel like we have equal rights in America, there are huge issues that are at play that really do affect women.”

She was definitely supported by Meryl Streep, J-Lo and many others in the audience. I was cheering her on from my living room. It’s 2015 … time to get ‘er done!!  :-)

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