Sunday, February 8, 2015

I needed something else to do.

This is my brain on "serious."
Did you see the new badge in my sidebar?  I'm pretty excited about it.  My four kids, three jobs, and one husband have left me with plenty of time (and money) and I was looking for something to do.  Wait.  No.  That's not how it happened.

I was feeling somewhat depressed the other night while I was ignoring the pile of work on my desk and blog reading.  In the hopes that I'd won a Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, I decided to check my email one last time before heading to bed.  Better than a sweepstakes, I had an email from BlogHer about an opportunity to participate in an initiative called #womenslives.  After I did a little research into this project, I thought probably they had mistaken me for someone a bit more influential.  But, no.  I am a woman after all.  And, turns out, my voice matters.

#womenslives is an amazing venture.  SheKnows Media and Public Radio International are partnering to produce in-depth reporting about women and engage communities in discussions.  You can read more about its inception here.

This may seem like a crazy thing for me to want to participate in when my blog is mostly about putting my pants on one leg at a time and trying to cook a meal without the smoke alarm going off. 

Don't worry.  I'm not changing and to prove it I made you a list of why it's not really that crazy.

1.  They want me to contribute to the conversation!?  For once I did not have to complete an eight page application, or have my blood type tested, or hand over my 25 year old GPAs, or write down my ever dwindling income level.  Being a woman is what has qualified me.  How great is that?

2.  I am a quality news junkie.  I am addicted to NPR.  I shush people (mostly my own family) when I am listening to a good show.  Most of my sentences begin like this:  The other day I heard this show on NPR...

3.  Did you know only 24% of news stories are about women?  That's shocking news for a news junkie.  This project affects all women (and men).  If we can change that statistic (and more importantly, people's mindsets) by this initiative - I'm all in.

4.  This affects me.  I've been thinking a lot lately about my life choices.  I had a career and then I left it to raise my family.  Now I am trying to make a Come-back and it's not easy.  In the past six months I think I've read everything the Internet has to offer on How to Re-enter the Work Force After Taking Time Off to Raise Your Family and I can't help but think there's got to be an easier way.  Everything from decent affordable child-care, health-care, and career choices have taken the fore-front in my brain.  To complicate matters - it turns out the successful career I had is not really the one I want now and I'm not sure it was the one I ever really wanted.  I want my girls to be able to do this thing called work and family better than I have and with more support from the community. 

5.  This affects my family.  I have three girls (and one boy that will someday, possibly like a girl?  gah!) who I am trying to raise the best way that I know how.  I try not to, but I worry about all sorts of things when it comes to my girls.  Some days my thoughts hover around:  How will I protect them from date rape? to I hope they make wiser career choices than I did. to I hope they have great affordable child care and wonderful health benefits. to Are they getting the education they need?  Participating in expanding the news coverage on topics that affect women is something I can share with my girls and actually do because worrying is a waste of time.

7.  Sometimes when I hear shows from PRI about women I'm left with a feeling of wanting to discuss this more with someone or I'm left wondering What can I do?  Here's my opportunity and I'm pretty psyched about it.

There you go.  I'm looking forward to the discussions and conversations.  I'll be posting some articles here and over on the Day In The Life Facebook page that I'd like to share with you or better yet, discuss with you.  And I'll be tweeting about it, too.  Grab some coffee or a beer.  Change starts here, right? 


Nomads By Nature said...

What a cool opportunity ~ I think you will be an awesome contributor!

Monica said...

@nomads thanks! so far I am intimidated, but I am hoping I will find the courage (or stupidity) to actually say something. ;o)

Nomads By Nature said...

Maybe an NPR response? I haven't been able to listen to NPR in years. Only when you mentioned it did I realize that I do miss it. Turkish TV just doesn't fill the void, since I am mostly just trying to guess what the heck they are saying. Which is why I watch their version of YouTube stupid videos channel sometimes. And why I really miss NPR and intellectual stimulation.

Nomads By Nature said...

ok, I joined the year 2015 and googled NPR and found out that I can actually get it over the net. (my IT hubs would be ashamed if I ever said this outloud in public, so don't tell) I even bookmarked it (which I did know how to do) and being so techy inspired me to try to open a Pinterest account. I still don't get it, but I pinned something?, and I fear I may actually be becoming digital. So, the skinny is that even though you haven't posted anything YET to the #womenslives (which I will admit only to you that I read pound-women-slaves and had to do a double take knowing that couldn't be right) basically you have inspired a conversation (in my head) without even having started to act upon your invitation. So really, you are that good and when you do contribute it will be powerful. Powerfully funny too. (Did I redeem myself?)

Monica said...

@nomads - first off - you made me laugh pretty hard with the "pound-women-slaves," secondly - I am so happy that I inspired someone to have a conversation in their head. that is where action starts, right? in our heads! you are awesome. if you haven't already - go to PRI and search Women's Lives or something similar. you will see the links to all the articles. and you can comment with your opinions. you can also go to and search the same and the articles should come up. AND what is your pinterest name? nomads? I am looking you up, woman!

Megly Mc said...

You are, and always have been, AMAZING. Congratulations, and I can't think of anyone better to have received this honor. I'm so proud that you'll be a voice for women, and you're right...there aren't enough. High five, sister. :)

Monica said...

@megly mc - right back atcha. you regularly knock my socks off with your funny and serious stuff. I aspire to not put my foot directly in my mouth.