Monthly Archives: November 2016

Feelings of Gratitude

As I look back on the year that I have had so far, I am so thankful for the beautiful memories I have made with some of the best people around. This year I had some huge movement in my life, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. I want to take a moment and reflect on all the things I am truly grateful for today and every day.. the memories, the opportunities, and the beautiful people surrounding me.

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Just wanted to say thank you to those individuals who have made my life so special.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone <3

xoxox

Meg

 

5 Tips for the Woman Who is Always on the Road

img_3718If your life is anything like mine, you are always on the move. I travel a lot for work, but mostly to territories throughout Florida. In other words, I pretty much live in my car.

By now, I have gotten pretty good at being out and about, but also prepared. You’ll find some of my tips below. I would love to hear any tips any of you might have for me too

1.Get Yourself a Mary Poppins Bag. 

Keep everything in this bag, and bring it everywhere. It should be big enough to hold your laptop, papers, and folders, but also have room for things like your emergency kit, sunglasses, a water bottle, ect.

2. Get Organized.

I have found that by keeping things in separated tiny bags, I am a little more organized. I keep everything in smaller bags inside of my Mary Poppins bag. This way, if  I need to bring a smaller bag with me, I can easily grab the things I do and don’t want inside. It can get so frustrating when you feel like your things are scattered across your car. If you feel yourself loosing track of things, pause and re-group. It will save you time in the long-run Also, if you’re a jewelry girl, I highly recommend grabbing yourself a great jewelry separator for all of your small easily lost or tangled items.

3. Stay Healthy.

When you are traveling a lot, your body can get run down and worn out. It’s so important to stay healthy, even when you’re on the road. Pack yourself a cooler full of healthy snacks and quick meals so you aren’t temped to run through a fast food place. Also, take your vitamins!!

4.  Pack Within One Color Family.

Packing neutrals has been key for me! I always try to pack a sweater that goes with everything, and a pair of shoes that are comfortable and that match all of my outfits, depending on how long I’ll be gone. It’s nice to be on the lighter side when you have to lug your bag from place to place. Plus, even if you pack lightly, and wear seemingly neutral pieces, you can always jazz it up with smaller accessories.

5. Bring Something that Comforts You.

Being on the road can be lonely sometimes. If you have something that reminds you of home, it can be really comforting. Maybe it’s your favorite tea, or your crystals, or your boyfriend’s hoodie, or all of them. Sometimes that little thing is just enough to cheer you up if you’re feeling down.

BONUS: The things I always keep in my Mary Poppins Bag

  • Emergency kit: band-aids, floss, chapstick, mints, Benadryl, Advil, Tums, safety pins, lotion, triple antibiotic ointment, mini deodorant, nail clippers, tweezers.
  • Laptop, charger. (Phone, Charger. Camera, charger, cord. Never assume your battery will last. It probably won’t.)
  •  Wallet, sunglasses, keys, pepper spray.
  • A pouch full of regularly needed items: Burt’s Bees, Lipsticks, Pony Tail Holders, Bobby Pins, Back-up Touch Up Makeup, Body Spray. (Also, Name tag, sticky notes, business cards, pens for work.)
  • Refillable Water bottle

Essential for travel 

A Few Words on the Election Results.

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Obviously, the party I support did not win this election. There are many things that I would like to say, and I have refrained from posting anything until I let my emotions calm down. If I have learned anything over the past week, it’s this: life doesn’t stop. Life doesn’t stop when you candidate doesn’t win, and life doesn’t stop when your mom is hospitalized. Life keeps moving, the earth still spins, and you have to keep fighting and being strong for yourself and everyone around you. Keep pushing forward America. Keep pushing for the ideas and the issues that you believe in, that is what we are founded on. Learn from your mistakes, vote in the next election to let your voice be heard. Over 90 million eligible voters didn’t vote in the 2016 Presidential Election, and that speaks volumes. We still have a ton of work to do. If we ARE going to make America great for EVERY person in this country, we all need to stand united. I know a lot of you are hurt, myself included. But we cannot let this divide ruin us. Try to have understanding from both sides. Before you spew hatred, see each other as human beings, with daily issues and problems just like yourself. Let’s work together to accomplish great things. Fellow Dems, the road doesn’t end here! Volunteer, raise funds, and support the causes you believe in!

We are the UNITED States of America.

What I am Wearing on Election Day and Why it Matters

Let me start off by saying that I am not here to tell you how to vote. Every person should know who they would like to vote for by now, and I am not the person who is going to persuade you either way.

I took advantage of Florida’s Early Voting, so I have already chosen the people I would like to represent me. But, I was conscious about what I wore to the polls. WHITE!

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Remember when I told you that I am not here to tell you how to vote? Well, I am here to tell you to VOTE! (Especially YOU, ladies!) There are a lot of people who fought very hard to earn you the right to vote, and it would be an awful shame if you didn’t even use that opportunity. There are people overseas right now defending YOUR freedom, so do them a favor and use it.

 Why did I wear white to the polls? It is a nod to the women of the suffragette movement.  White was the chosen color for demonstrations, parades, and protests for womens’ right to vote. (Other colors included purple and gold.) Wearing white is my way of being appreciative of the women who fought so hard to give their great granddaughters the right to vote. (Yes, I will be wearing white, purple, and gold on election day!)

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(Credit: History.com)

Our fight to vote spanned over several decades, and was finally recognized nationally in 1920.  That means there are women alive today that fought for our right to vote, and watched it happen before their eyes. Imagine a world where you had absolutely no say in your government. Men had every right to tell you exactly how life was going to be. If you didn’t like it, that’s too bad, and there is nothing you can do about it. Women went to jail, went on hunger strikes, were then force fed, faced brutal police officers during protests, and faced discrimination in the home and in the workplace….all to gain a vote. Unfortunately, the struggle didn’t end there. Even forty years later, African American women and men were still prevented from voting in many areas of the country.  The fight continued.  Today, the people of this country can vote no matter their sex, or the color of their skin.

However, the struggle for equality is not over… across the board. There is still discrimination that happens today against gay men and women, Hispanics, African Americans,  Asian Americans, Middle Eastern men and women… and the list goes on and on. Don’t let yourself be blinded, our minorities still face so much discrimination and inequality today. Even as a white woman, I have faced discrimination because of my sex. Even today, women only make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. (source) Even today, women are afraid to walk to their cars without pepper spray in their bags, or without carrying a weapon in fear of sexual assault. Even today, women are sexually harassed on the streets, and are taught to just ignore it, because there is nothing we can do about it. Even today, women are taught rape safety, but men are not taught not to rape. Even today, there are still debates about whether or not a woman should make choices about her own body or not. Even today, women are still taught at an early age that it is her responsibility to take care of the children and to stay in the kitchen. (Don’t believe me? Look at the types of toys assigned to little girls, and then at the toys assigned to little boys.)  There is still work to do here, ladies and gentlemen.

Even if you do not like our current political situation, the fact is that this is a historic moment for women. A woman is the nominee for one of the two major political parties of the United States. (Not only that, but there are TWO women on the ballot!)

This is a huge moment for women all over the world, and even if you don’t like her, it still proves a step in the right direction for women.

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So, I invite you to celebrate the fact that women have the right to vote, and that we are even able to vote for a woman in this Presidential Election. I will be wearing white, purple, and gold. Will you?

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If you haven’t already… get out there and VOTE VOTE VOTE! This is your opportunity to share your voice. People have protested, been beaten, been jailed, harassed, and died for your right, so USE IT!

Not sure where to vote? Check out VOTE 411

PS: To all the men and women who supported the #Appealthe19th movement on social media…. We’ve had the vote for 96 years, and we’re not going ANYWHERE!

Also: Thanks for letting me borrow your shirt, Jason 😉 <3