Wordless Wednesday: Off to Change the World with ONE at the #AYASummit

I’m leaving on a jet plane this morning and heading to Washington DC where I will be attending the Aya Summit hosted by ONE. You can follow my journey on Twitter and Facebook. I will be meeting up with many world changers – including some very good friends that I cannot wait to hug – and will most certainly be blogging about the experience when I get back. 

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Wordless Wednesday (10.22.14): Off to Change the World with ONE at the #AYASummit

The Mother of All Meltdowns is One (and $0.99 today)! #MOAM

The Mother of All Meltdowns is turning 1

It seems like just yesterday I was telling you about my very first book, The Mother of All MeltdownsAlong with 29 other amazing writers and moms, I shared my worst moment as a mother. The one where I cried, yelled and swore at my kids after a daycare pickup gone wrong.

Yeah. That one. I try not to think about it too much. (And, who am I kidding, I’ve had a few meltdowns since the book came out.)

Moms are human, though we’re often expected to be superhuman. We do our best. At the end of the day if our kids are happy, somewhat well-adjusted and know they are loved, we’ve done our job.

The most important thing to remember as a mother is you are not alone. We all have our crazy meltdown stories, whether we admit it or not.

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A lot has happened in a year. My kids are both in school, so they are no longer in daycare. Heck, I don’t even have the same name.

Reflecting back on my experience with this book, I think what I’ve most enjoyed about being involved with it is the community that it has created. We, as contributors, became great friends and supporters of each other in parenting, blogging and life.

Those that read our stories – whether they laughed, cried or cringed – could relate deeply with at least one of our tales. Hearing people tell me their own crazy daycare / meltdown stories erased any anxiety over sharing my bad mothering moment.

It’s the book that reveals the reality of mothering, the less than angelic side. If you haven’t read it already (what????), you can download it today (October 20) for just $0.99. Get it for all the mothers in your life. I promise she will relate. It’s the perfect gift for expecting moms. It may also serve as birth control for those women without children. (I’ve also been told that men enjoy it as well!)

I leave you with an author’s Q & A I did last November with Stephanie over at the When Crazy Meets Exhaustion blog.

Do you have a good meltdown story?

Philanthropy Friday: Talking #Inequality for #BAD2014

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

Note: Yes, I realize I am publishing my Philanthropy Friday post on a Thursday. But it’s Blog Action Day, so I moved Friday up. If only we could do that in real life.
bad2014Blog Action Day is an online global event that has taken place on October 16 since 2007. Each year, bloggers around the world unite by posting about one issue on the same day in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion. The issue is different each year. Last year the topic was Human Rights. I participated in #BAD2013 and shared human rights stories from a great nonprofit partner, Opportunity International.

Blogs from 111 countries are taking part in Blog Action Day this year with the topic of Inequality.

I suspect the term inequality brings up different things for different people depending on age, gender, race. ethnicity, background and other defining qualities we have as human beings on this planet. For me, the word inequality brings to mind the wage gap between men and women in the United States. While I am certainly thankful to have the opportunity to work for myself and lead a comfortable life on my own terms, it boggles my mind that women in this country still don’t earn equal pay.

Oxfam International, a Blog Action Day partner, tweeted this eye-opening graph that shows women won’t see equal pay until the year 2075. (I wish that were a typo.)

Looking on Twitter, there is a lot of discussion around income inequality in general. The wealth gap exists in the United States and around the globe. From Oxfam International’s website:

Earlier this year, Oxfam revealed that 85 people have as much wealth as half of the people on the planet combined. This growing gap between the rich and the rest is preventing millions of people from lifting themselves out of poverty. But extreme inequality is not inevitable – it is the result of years of deliberate policies and rules that have been rigged in favour of the few. We know that these rules can be changed to benefit everyone, and that together, we can tackle inequality.

In my travels to education myself on the topic of inequality I also found the following clip from the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver show. John Oliver discusses America’s growing wealth gap and why it may be a problem in the future. It’s a longer video to watch, but I found it informative and humorous.

I believe one of the simplest ways to give back is to engage in conversations like this and use our voice to share our unique ideas, thoughts and beliefs. Or at least share information that can help us form opinions and solutions.

What does inequality mean to you? How should it be addressed locally and/or globally?

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