I would like to start off this post with a quick apology. I have blogged each and every day at the Tickety Blog since the beginning of January and had never anticipated that I would need to take time off. I have even posted about the benefits of keeping a “cushion” of pre-written posts, just in case you are in need of a few days away from your computer.
What can I say?? I guess I used up my cushion.
There are quite a few things going on on the home front right now that have kept me away from the blog. Firstly, I have been dealing with a change in my medication that has made getting up and out of bed very difficult some days. That process is beginning to smooth itself out, which I am very thankful for.
Secondly, I am right in the middle of the process of applying for my second round of funding for the Tickety Boutique. I have some more work to do on my plan, which has been a huge distraction and very time consuming. I should be ready to submit my plan and application for the April committee near the end of March.
This being said, I have decided to take some of the pressure off of myself, when it comes to the Tickety Blog. Until I have gotten my business plan off of my plate, I will not make it an obligation to post everyday.
I think that it is reasonable that I post at least three times a week, starting next week. Likely on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.. or something like that.
I will also likely stay away from articles that require a great deal of study and research, like my business and blogging tips pieces. Instead, I will amp up my craft, blogger, and business profiles and maybe even throw in an update or two of crafts that I am personally working on.
I’ve been elbow deep in craft lately!
I have been working on some R&D on crafts and other handmade projects, that may one day end up in the accessory section of the new and improved Tickety Boutique! So fun!
All that being said, let’s get down to the real business of this post! And that is International Women’s Day!
I have always really enjoyed International Women’s Day. In elementary school, it meant that you got to learn about some fantastic lady, who did some amazing thing in history.
In high school, there might be a women speaker who visits your classroom to speak to you about how fulfilled she is.
I don’t want to sound like I am belittling this one day of ours, but I have to say that International Women’s Day isn’t really handled well in our elementary and high school systems.
Personally, I think that this day could be better utilized if we initiated a discussion with our young students about the very real struggles they are surely are facing in their lives, in regards to equality, sexism, body image, sexuality, to simply name a few.
The entire curriculum should touch on these issues, as they relate to women and girls. We should be learning, every day, how we can treat each other better. Men to women and women to women.
Now that we are deep in the age of the internet and we have access to the alternate universe of entities like Facebook, International Women’s Day has become a lot more educational, entertaining, and important to me.
These days, we are able to seek out and find information that strikes us as relevant. We can find these pieces of information, let it touch our minds, and then pass it on to all of our friends, in hopes of touching their minds too.
I thoroughly enjoyed this process this year on International Women’s Day and the week surrounding that day. If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you will be aware of this. I really tried not to over share, as is not good Facebook etiquette, but sometimes, things are too good not to share.
I am going to utilize this post to go even further and RESHARE some of my favourite posts from International Women’s Day. I hope that you enjoy this compilation as much as I have enjoyed assembling it.
So here it is, in no particular order…
I found this gif, which was originally posted to Tumblr, and I absolutely love it!! Let’s raise each other up!
I thought that this next post was rather timely for me, as I work to re-open my own online store, the Tickety Boutique. It features some of the hottest female-run shops on the internet right now. Click here to take a look! The post is brought to you by Nylon mag.
This next post illustrates a very achievable, modern day to do list, that outlines when we, as women and girls, obtained the right to accomplish various activities, while also showing some goals that we are still working towards.
Next, we have a feature on Michelle Villemaire, Los Angeles mother who had plans to “yarn bomb” a local landmark to bring attention to less fortunate women in her area. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid knitter. I had taken a few years off, but lately, I have come back to the art with great enthusiasm. I am very interested in the use of craftism as a form of peaceful protest. It can take many forms and you will never cease to take notice. Very powerful.
I thought that this piece by Kathleen Harris was very informative and important. I think that you should try to educate yourself about the women and girls who have gone before us in the fight for women’s rights and equality. There are many faces behind the revolution that deserve our respect and to be recognized.
I simply love this feminist inspired cross stitch piece. I wish I was able to properly credit the artist. I found it on Peaches feed.. who, by the way, is another strong and fabulous women who is making a statement in her everyday life.
And finally, this post about how the single girls of today are no longer rushing down the aisle. The author, Emma Gray, discuss a new book, All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister.
Within the article is an Instagram infographic, which quotes Gloria Steinem ‘Some of us are becoming the man we wanted to marry’. Love it! How appropriate.
That is just a small selection of what I shared. HAHA! Truly! I really went nuts over on Facebook for our special day.
I suppose you should all be thankful for not being on my friend list. For those of you who are on my friends list, I apologize for losing control and assure you that it was only a temporary lapse. Perhaps you found some of the articles, photos, and etc, as interesting and entertaining as I did. I hope that this is true.
One thing that I have been able to take away from this year’s coming and going of International Women’s Day is that with the help of sharing networks like Facebook, we are able to spread our message of strength, power, and equality all over the planet in a much easier way, perhaps exposing people to our feminist message who may have not otherwise seen said materials.
This is a positive thing.
If our message becomes more a part of mainstream media and the messages we are faced with each day, it will be much easier for some dissenting individuals to consume. We have to adjust the norms.
I am not trying to cram the feminist message down anybody’s throat, and I hope that you all don’t take this post as such. I do, however, think that it is crucial think that the feminist message become part of common conversation, so that it may eventually loose its taboo and, hopefully, eliminate the disparity that exists between the sexes.
Anyways, it’s International Women’s Day and I can go on about my feminist agenda to my little hearts content, whether you like it or not!!
I will be appearing here on the blog again on Monday or Tuesday next week, so I hope to see you here.
If you know of a blogger, crafter, business person, crafty shop or other special individual who you would like to see featured on the blog, please shoot me an message via the contact form found on my contact page.