Hope in the Future

Is anyone else utterly exhausted from all of the political messiness going on right now? I have never in my 32 years seen this much division. It’s really tough to see.

Maybe I have lived a sheltered life, maybe I am a bit naive, but I truly do not feel like I have less rights just because I am a woman. I was raised knowing I could be anything I wanted to be, that I could do anything I wanted to do, and I could go where I wanted to go. I was also taught that those things would not be given to me on a silver platter, you have to work for what you want.

I feel sad for the people who feel like we have no hope in our country. The people who feel like because the person they wanted in office didn’t win, all of their rights are stripped away.

We live in an amazing place at an amazing time. Our voices can be heard. Men aren’t out to get you and the president is not your enemy. You don’t have to feel hopeless, God’s got this, ya’ll!!

Ok, I think I’m done. Here is a picture of a baby goat to make you feel better. Enjoy.

xoxo
HP

 

 

what defines you…

I have been listening to some podcasts lately, and this week I came across Lena Dunham’s podcast series “Women of the Hour”, specifically her episode title Body.

She interviewed different women discussing specific things about them that they may find troubling, things that they like about themselves, things that they have lived with their entire lives. She would wrap up each discussion by asking them a question, “Are you your…?” whatever it may be. “Are you your disability?” “Are you your hair?”

That got me thinking. What defines me?

Are you your infertility?

I would like to think not. I am a wife. A daughter. A sister. A friend. A child of God. A hard worker. A good nap taker. An excellent bottle of wine picker.

My biggest fear is that people only think of me as what I am lacking.

We were having a birthday gathering at work this morning, and I got so frustrated about something, that seems a little silly now, but it really got me thinking. We were all sitting around and two ladies  were talking (mostly complaining) about their kids. Obviously this is not a bad thing, but I feel that whatever we are talking about the conversation goes directly back to their children. What they did to get in trouble, how busy they are, how tired they are making them. I came to the realization that I don’t truly know these women, that their entire lives seem to revolve around their kids.

Are you your children?

Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I hope to not one day be wrapped up in something so much that I lose everything about who I am. I hope that I will be able to hold an adult conversation that doesn’t revolve around school districts, and meet the parent nights and what is the appropriate age to buy my child an IPAD.

*side note. I don’t even own an IPAD. 3 year olds have IPADS these days….

I digress.

This question is something that we can ask of anyone, really.

Are you your job?
Are you your illness?
Are you your money?

The good news that I keep telling myself everyday is that my identity doesn’t have to fit into one box, one category, one definition. No we haven’t been able to have a baby, but I am NOT my infertility. Yes I do like what I do for a living but I am NOT just my job. I do have a pup that I love but I am NOT just a dog mom. (JK on that last one…kind of.)

So here’s to defining out lives however we want, in as many different ways as we want, at any time that we want!

xoxo
HP

Who Run the World?

Good morning, pretties! Is it just me, or has it been A WEEK. Whew…this weekend can’t get here quick enough. I see some serious weekend patio time in my future.

Earlier this week I noticed across the internet that March 8 was International Women’s Day. Honestly, didn’t know this was even a day. But, I am a women and I jumped on board.

Now, I don’t typically think of myself as a feminist. Well, the way society defines feminism. But I do believe that we should all build each other up. Support each other. If you want to stay at home and raise a family, good for you. That is one of the hardest jobs out there (with the worst pay 😉 ). If you want to run a company, go girl! If you want to work behind the scenes of a company as support, support away my friend. Remember, companies can’t run properly without administrative staff!

I was lucky enough to hear two AMAZING women in ministry speak this week. I kicked last weekend off at a women’s conference at my church. Our guest speaker was Lysa Turkherst. Then on Tuesday, we were able to be a part of an event that hosted Jen Hatmaker. Guys, they are both rockstars. They are bold, hilarious, Godly, beautiful women who get up and speak God’s promise every day. And not to mention they do it while raising families, running their own ministries, writing books, kicking butt and taking names. If I can’t get on board with that version of feminism, then I have no hope.

Ladies, we live in a time where we can do anything. We can speak freely. We can do whatever we want to do! We can have babies and careers. We can start our own ministries! And we can do it all in bright lipstick and high heels if we want!

It needs to begin while our girls are young. If I didn’t have a strong mom (and grandmother and great grandmother) in my life showing me what women can do, and a Dad who made me feel worthy and like I could take on the world, I assume I wouldn’t feel the way I do today. Support is everything!

My prayer for us today is to be BOLD! Be Loud! We are God’s daughters, and he is proud of us! That’s a truth that we should never forget!

Ok, hope I didn’t get to soap boxy. Because  honestly I couldn’t go one day without the support of my man!! So, cheers to our fellas too!!

Everyone have a great Thursday! Go do something girlie…just cause we can 😉 #girlpower

xoxo
HP

 

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