Can I Avoid Disaster?

I think every 20 something should read this; such beautiful writing. Society would like us all to be ‘perfect’ and it is just not how reality is. Everybody has there ups and downs, some people’s downs are bigger than others, but we all have our journey to fulfill and we are all faced with fears to overcome in all shapes and sizes.

“You are beautiful right now. I don’t care about your shape or your hair or your personal hygiene habits. Right this minute you are gorgeous.” – this is a beautiful sentiment and something we should all learn to truly believe however young or old.

The SisterWives

It is too easy to get caught up in the process, sometimes, of what we do. We forget why we started in the first place. This letter, from Sarah, arrived for us one day, and we all wondered what we might have to say to someone who was so earnestly seeking advice.

Quite a bit, it turns out. Today, we will hear from Michelle, who wrapped her arms around it in the way that only she can.

Thanks, Sarah.For reminding us.

DearSarah

I’m Sarah. I’m 23. And I was wondering if you could help me answer a few questions.

Some background: I’m working on recovering from the frighteningly non-unique mess that is childhood sexual abuse followed by self harm. And I want to be beautiful, and strong, and kind. But stereotypically, early to mid 20 something’s are kind of the opposite of all of those things. I don’t want to suck…

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Why women talk less

A really interesting read, definitely one to think on.

language: a feminist guide

This week on Newsnight, Evan Davis talked to three women about all-male panels—a subject made topical by the recent popularity of a tumblr set up to name and shame them. Why, he asked, are women so often un- or under-represented in public forums? Are they reluctant to put themselves forward? Are they deterred by the adversarial nature of the proceedings?

The women offered some alternative suggestions. Women don’t get asked, or if they do it’s assumed you only need one. Women aren’t seen as experts, unless the subject is a ‘women’s issue’. The age-old prejudice against women speaking in public means that any woman who dares to voice her opinions can expect to be deluged with abuse and threats.

But while all-male panels are obviously a problem, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. Just ensuring that women are represented on a panel does not guarantee their voices will…

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A smile to be proud of!

The smile I now have is a real smile and the person behind it no longer has anything to hide. Ulcerative Colitis is the hidden disease that changed my life for the better, made me the person I am today, but took me through struggles that I never thought would end.

I was rushed into hospital in 2011 at 19 years old after fainting due to blood loss….I had no idea what was happening to me.

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis a few days after being in hospital and looked set to face a life with this disease.

I want to share my story to show that there is hope for those who have UC. There can be light at the end of the tunnel…..you do not have to suffer in silence or hide behind a forced smile forever.

UC has played a huge part in making me the person I am, it has taught me a huge amount about myself but it no longer rules my life.