Teen Dating Violence & Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.  I know, it's a topic we all love to discuss and hear about, right? And February may be over as a Domestic Violence Awareness month but it is topic and cause that is never far from my heart because it is part of my story. Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year?  Sexual assault is in there too. What’s even more alarming is that 81% of parents believe teen-dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.  I know my parents didn't. No one talked about it then and they still aren't talking about it enough today. I believe that it’s important to educate adolescents about abuse from partners, but it’s just as important to teach … [Read more...]

Fifty Shades of Save Your Money

Maybe you haven't heard but there is a little movie premiering this weekend.  Oh, wait. What's that? It is the dull roar of millions of fans stampeding to the theaters in hopes of being titillated once again by the acting ability of Jamie Dornan as he portrays Christian Grey.  That's right; I'm talking about Fifty Shades of Grey.  Are you ready?  Are you ready for this? … [Read more...]

Is a Mud Run For You?

Mud Runs by victoriamason on Polyvore Last week, I wrote an fitness post about mud runs on Social Moms and a few days later I was asked if I wanted to talk further about the topic. Typically, the answer would be no. As many of my friends have waded the muddy waters and climbed over walls I have stayed away from such runs. The idea of having to pack extra clothes, and basically scale a wall or submerge myself in mud as I belly crawl under wire did not appeal to any part of me. … [Read more...]

Whatcha Wearing Wednesday – My Fight, My Cause

I believe in not always going with the status quo.  It wasn't always that way. There were many times that no matter what I thought or how I fought, how much noise I made, I felt muted. No one saw the signs, no one saw the bruises. And in a strange way, that often takes a lot to understand, neither did I. I could think of my time being abused by someone who I thought loved me as lost years, but I refuse. Instead, I believe it made me stronger. I got over it. I somehow found the strength that was so many times dormant to say no. No more. One day, I just broke away. I didn't know the damage that had been done to me and wouldn't for a while. when I did I was lucky to have the support needed, the resources to get away and being to heal. It took far longer than I would ever think to … [Read more...]