Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 Life Moments That Built My Character #7

7// The moment I found out that my future father-in-law had passed away

Monday, April 28, 2014

10 Life Moments That Built My Character #6

6// The Catholic conservative teaches sex ed

Like I said, I grew up Catholic aka pro-life, against birth control, abstinence-all-the-way Catholic.  I did catechism classes every Wednesday at St. Mark's and was confirmed, too.  My chosen report in our mandatory health class in high school was on the negative effects of birth control and I even considered picketing in front of the Planned Parenthood that was kiddie corner from church.  Then I went to college.
In my head I'm laughing right now because I'm thinking about that Catholic fathers' video that discourages parents from sending their daughters to college because it will change them.  The narrator wasn't completely wrong on that.  College does change a young person but in so many wonderful ways.  
 I got a job as the event coordinator for a University of Wisconsin organization called Sex Out Loud, a peer-to-peer sexual health education program.  My freshman year I saw their bold posters of their programs everywhere and they did not shy away from showing dildo and vibrator drawings.  It was definitely in your face.  My freshman year I also took my first women's studies course.  I think at Wisconsin it's Gender and Women's Studies 103, aka women's health.  The course was a gamechanger.  Instead of learning about basic concepts of health like I had growing up, here was truly in- depth information about hormones, sperm, and issues that affect women today.  Hook-line-sinker...I fell in love.
 I decided to apply for SOL because I wanted a better job and I wanted to have the opportunity to learn more.  I remember saying in my interview that I may not know a lot about sexual health but I wanted to learn and I was more than happy to keep an open mind.  The experience was mind-blowing.  I actually was learning the science of sex and also a lot about how our education system fails its students in not teaching them more about having safe sex.
 It also taught me that although my original viewpoints weren't necessarily wrong, not everyone lives the same path and it's not okay to limit people from resources.  Instead of basing my personal viewpoints on others' opinions, I had solid facts and information.  Not just that, but I had the experience of working with students and learning everything that they knew about sex, from real facts to misconceptions.  It also opened opportunities for me to volunteer with domestic abuse and sexual assault awareness organizations.  I believe that now I am more helpful to the community than I was by judging others.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

10 Life Moments That Built My Character #1

We all have moments in our life that change us.
They change us to the core and shape who are as human beings and how we choose to interact with others.  I think it's safe to say that most people have more than 10 events that impacted their lives in a way that caused it to have a reaction like The Five People You Meet in Heaven, but I chose 10 as personal challenge to myself to pick and choose.  Damn...this was hard and this will be lengthy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thoughts On a Budget or When You're Just Really Cheap

Oh no...another list ;)

Thoughts I Had Once I Got Married...

Became a Grown Up...

Moved to Another State...etc.

1. Victoria's Secret panties are seriously made of the worst lace/fabric on the market. I only get to buy new underpants sparingly and you better believe I am not shelling out $7/panty for holey underpants.

2. Avoiding beauty vloggers because they are like the sirens of the internet world and before you know it, you've spent $30 on various shades of pink lipstick at CVS.

3. But you can't avoid the beauty vloggers because they have the best tips on what drugstore make-up to buy since there's no way in H-E-Double hockey sticks that you can afford NARS, MAC, Urban Decay, or any of your other besties.