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The Secret Language: In Which I Discover Just How Intense and Heavy I Really Am #SLNME #ad

My family — my aunt and grandmother in particular — have a way of introducing me to people that I have always found really hilarious.

“This is Holly. She’s a writer. She is very opinionated. Don’t talk to her about politics or religion or we’ll be here all day.”

What a shining first impression, right? I think after that kind of forewarning that I have actually surprised people who have met me for the first time by being a real person, rather than a walking, talking political ad.

They aren’t wrong, though. I am a writer, and it is my fiercely-held belief system that afforded me the ability to take what I love to do and turn it into a career — at least at first. Before I began Woman Tribune, I was a political, feminist and human rights blogger; but that subject matter gets intense very quickly, and I, like many others in that field, suffered a severe case of social justice blogger burnout that I never recovered from.

As a writer, I could easily hold a doctorate in introspection. I know who I am and have even used my admitted not-so-great qualities as ample blog fodder. But it was through my several-year stint as a confessional-style feminist blogger that I was really given a look at how I come across to people whose only contact with me was through the words I wrote on a website day after day. I have even had people write entire articles of their own about me and who they perceive me to be. It was very bizarre, and also kind of enlightening at the same time.

I think that how other people view you as a human, especially those closest to you, is very telling. To my family, I’m the snarky, opinionated politico of the bunch. To those who knew me only from my website and social media interactions, I have always been intense, heavy, and have even been told that I can take emotional writing to a whole new level.

I don’t know whether or not that was (or is) considered a positive attribute or not. I guess it just is what it is. I am who I am, and after today, I have an even firmer grasp on what attributes, good and bad, make up who I am as a person, all because of my new-found fascination with the Secret Language website.

The Secret Language is not based in astrology, but is a distillation of personality traits found during a 40-year study of more than 20,000 people, organized by birthday. The website instantly delivers a person’s Secret Language Name, along with a list of traits and information about that person’s natural identity. It is truly fascinating, not to mention a lot of fun.

My birthday is November 2nd and my Secret Language Name is Discovered Transformation. My traits? Influential; powerful; adaptable; smothering; manipulative; heavy… yeesh! But (mostly) accurate. I wouldn’t consider myself to be smothering, but then again how many people would really admit to a trait like that?

Secret Language Name

It is timely to be writing about the Secret Language, and particularly about this transformative state of being that I exist in. I turned 27 two days ago and when I mentioned on Twitter that my birthday, and this birthday especially, was filled with ample amounts of self-induced pressure, I got a prompt reply from one of my favorite Twitter acquaintances about how I am coming up on my “return to Saturn,” which explains the pressure I am putting on myself to be better and do better in all areas of my life, but especially in my writing. Wouldn’t you know that the Secret Language website went right into that in their assessment of me via my birthday.

November 2 people generally arrive at a crossroads, often around age twenty-eight (first Saturn return), forty-four (Uranus, Saturn opposition) or fifty-six (second Saturn return) when they must drastically redirect the course of their lives. Should they be able to effect an internal change, becoming aware of their needs and ever more determined to realize them, then the chances of them succeeding on their path are great indeed. If they are not able to accomplish the necessary changes inside them, then they will begin to stagnate, eventually growing frustrated, angry and depressed.

Well. Welcome to my brain.

I am Holly’s perpetual self-reflection.

And, as for often being told how intense of a human I am, my birthday falls into what is called the Week of Intensity. Yeah.

Not only can you learn a ton about your personal Secret Language Name, but you can also look up your Relationship Name! How cool is that? Well, it’s all fun and games until you look up your eight-year (and counting) relationship, again, by you and your partner’s birthdays, and are greeted with an assessment that immediately tells you that your traits are problematic for marriage. Oh yes, it did.

Secret Relationship Name

Evidently me and my fiance’s Relationship Name is An Underground Labyrinth, with me being born during the Week of Intensity and him being born during the Week of Leadership. According to the Secret Language, we would make awesome friends, but our future marriage is doomed.

Our traits: trusting; beauty-loving; creative; troubled; complex; repressive.

Well, Secret Language, here’s hoping you’re wrong about something.

Whether you believe or read into the information of the Secret Language or not, there is no denying how interesting and entertaining it can be to read through, either for yourself or following your partner around the house reading theirs to them and then repeatedly asking if they feel that was an accurate assessment of them. Yep, I did that.

Check out the Secret Language website and look up your Secret Language Name. It takes mere minutes and the information is compelling. Was it an accurate representation of you as a person? Leave it in the comments!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

First Ever Jessup Art Loop and Capra Collina Winery — Jessup, Pennsylvania

Capra Collina Winery Jessup Art Loop

This past Saturday was the inaugural event of the Jessup Art Loop, a community outreach event that showcases original local businesses and talent in Jessup, Pennsylvania on the second Saturday of the month from 3-8pm.

Allen, doting fiance, was asked to play at the event, being a local(ish) guitar badass, which worked out since I wanted to check it out anyway. So while he did a little something good for the community, I went off and had an awesome and eye-opening time at the Jessup Art Loop.

Allen played outside Capra Collina Winery on Constitution Ave, improvising over several backing tracks for an impressive four and a half hours straight. Man is intense.

Allen VanWert

Here’s a video of just a few minutes of his playing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE_kr76ZK1U

Capra Collina Winery is a small, family business completely deserving of their reputation in the area for quality, delicious wines. Their recipes are created the artful, old-fashioned way in the basement of their retail location, a quaint and adorable house-turned-winery with a separate kitchen and stairs that lead to a second (non-business-operational) floor.

Capra Collina Winery

Capra Collina Winery wine

The winery is seriously one of the coolest businesses I have visited. The people are friendly and genuinely appreciative of every single person who walks through their door. Of course, I also have to add that their wines are phenomenal. I walked out with three bottles of my own at the end of the day.

Naturally, Allen and I wasted no time opening a bottle for ourselves upon returning home that night. Here’s a quick picture we took enjoying a bottle of Niagara in his recording studio, located in the basement apartment of our house. Like his super bright green walls? Me neither.

Allen and Holly with Capra Collina Niagara

Also out to lend their unique skills and talents to the Jessup Art Loop festivities were:

Artists!

Tim Calachino
Tim Calachino, artist
Tim Calachino art
What Tim was working on
Autumn K Granza photography
Autumn K Granza, Autumn Breeze Photography
Autumn Breeze Photography
A closeup of some Autumn Breeze Photography shots
Janina Peters
Janina Peters, artist and art therapist. Also one hell of an awesome, insightful person I wanted to immediately claim as my new BFF
Janina Peters art
Some of Janina Peters’ work. Holy shit, am I right?
Timmy Walsh Camera For A Cure
Timmy Walsh, incredible little boy who created Camera For A Cure to benefit the Lung Cancer Alliance

Food!

Gingers Pies
Free pie and cookies from Ginger’s Pies

Animals!

goats
Goats from the Black Horse Farm Petting Zoo
Lydian and Rylie with donkey
My stepdaughters, Lydian and Rylie, chilling with the donkey

More Music!

In addition to Allen shredding it up at Capra Collina, these musicians were also playing at various businesses throughout the Jessup Art Loop:

Rick Jones
Rick Jones, singer/songwriter, playing outside Hopscotch Children’s Boutique
The Caverna
I don’t know the name of this band (I tried to find out but came up empty), but they played at the Caverna and were pretty awesome!

The inaugural Jessup Art Loop was a huge success. All of the business owners I had the chance to speak with as it was winding down were nothing but enthusiastic about the outcome and the amount of support that people had for their community and the businesses people have started in it in order to provide a life and legacy for their families. As someone who was merely a visitor of the Jessup Art Loop, a participant in all of what the businesses, musicians, and artists offered during those five hours on the second Saturday of the month, I walked away with a slightly different, yet humbling view of a town I grew up around but hardly ever visited.

When you are born, raised, and now live within 45 minutes of the same general area, you can start to believe you’ve seen all that area has to offer. Especially when it is a blue collar, working class area best known for coal and hours away from an actual large city. When you don’t fit perfectly inside the routine 9-to-5 box that eventually comes to be expected of the best of us — when you watch your neighbors get up in the morning, go to work, and come home at the same time everyday — it’s easy to feel disconnected and like maybe you just don’t fit in.

What the Jessup Art Loop showed me, however, is that there are amazing and talented people all around me doing great things. They are continuing their family legacy in the wine-making business; they are running bake shops in the hope of being able to pass it down to their children; there are people spending months on one drawing with the hope that someday it means as much to someone else as it does to them; there are people writing songs and baring their souls to a crowd looking for the person it will speak to; they are taking pictures of the beauty of life through a camera lens. Even more, there are people who can relate to you right outside your door, who care about the things you care about and who have also maybe felt as if they were on the outside looking in to their own community.

This is precisely why community events, such as the Jessup Art Loop, are so important. Everyone benefits when a community works together to do something fun and great. Businesses bring in more revenue (and then use those revenues to provide for their families and strengthen the local economy) and the people of that community realize that their home, the place that they thought they had seen and experienced everything they could in, does in fact still have a lot to offer them.

#Give on Social Media Giving Day and Make Your Social Media Matter — Prize Pack Giveaway [Closed]

Social Media Giving Day

Twitter’s birthday is July 15, and Givver is rallying the social media community in a big way to help celebrate the occasion, with Social Media Giving Day. Our collective mission? To set a world record for the most donations given in one day via social media.

Givver is an easy-to-use Twitter tool on a mission to transform charitable giving by enabling individuals to support their favorite causes in seconds by using the power of social networks. Whether it’s a nonprofit, educational, or political organization you want to help support, Givver can help you fund and raise awareness for the issues that matter most to you — all in a single tweet.

How to donate on Social Media Giving Day July 15:

Join the Givver movement

Once you have signed up with Givver, donating is quick and easy. All you have to do is sign in to Twitter, then tweet:

#Give
$ (Amount)
@ (Organization’s Twitter handle)

For instance, if you wanted to support fee medical services in Honduras with a $10 donation, you would tweet:

#Give $10 @ochoorg

Check out the Social Media Giving Day app below to learn more about some of the organizations you can help support on Givver. You can also take a fun quiz to discover your Twitter personality. I’m a Breaking News Nut, what about you?

Social Media Giving Day Givver Prize Pack Giveaway

Social Media Giving Day prize pack

One lucky reader will win a Givver prize pack: 1 #Give limited edition t-shirt and sticker.

This giveaway is open to US and CAN entrants ages 18+ and will end July 18.

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This giveaway was made possible by Givver and PartnersHub. No incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

The Day a Truck Crashed into My House

truck in my house

This past Saturday was supposed to be awesome. My aunt and grandmother had come up to my house for a visit in the early afternoon and because they have been hard at work cleaning out my grandmother’s attic they brought me some goodies, including a turquoise toybox that sat in my bedroom when I was very young. It has a rip in the top and should probably be recovered, but it has a lot of special meaning to me.

After my family left, I settled in to tackle a gigantic workload. I had a few posts I wanted to finish up and post here and I had a lot of fresh ideas for posts that I wanted to start. My creative juices were flowing and I was motivated. As a blogger who focuses on this website full-time “blogger fatigue” is a feeling that I know well, and because of that I get excited when I sit down with every intention of going above and beyond my normal day-to-day tasks and getting creative with what I do here. But I never did end up getting everything that I had set out to do accomplished… because a truck crashed into my house.

On Saturday at about 6pm, a large truck was driving down the street I live on, going well above the speed limit. The truck rear-ended a smaller truck, sending it speeding 100 yards down the street–through a wooden fence, down the side of a small hill on the side of my house, completely uprooting a tree, and crashing directly into the side of my house under the front porch.

I was sitting at the kitchen table in the midst of blog posts and a list of things I wanted to get done when I heard what was either the smaller truck being rear-ended or the weight of the truck being forced over the curb. I looked out the kitchen window to see the truck careening through everything in its path and into my house. My fiance was asleep at the time and woke up in a state of complete and utter panic. When the truck collided with our house, everything shook; shelves fell over, things fell out of medicine cabinets and cupboards, furniture moved, everything was chaos. When he was woken up by all of the commotion, his first thought was that something truly horrible had happened, and because I began screaming for him as soon as the truck hit, he thought I was hurt. He has been having nightmares ever since.

truck in my house closeup

I wasn’t hurt, thankfully. Because I have had anxiety for many years as it is, I did have a panic attack when I looked outside and saw the truck embedded in the side of our house, but I am physically fine. The man who was driving the truck that crashed into our house was breathing when the ambulance arrived, but he was unresponsive and unable to move. He was taken to the hospital and last we heard is in critical condition.

The bigger truck that rear-ended the truck that wound up in the side of our house ended up inside of our neighbor’s house, taking out their entire living room. The lady who lives there just so happened to be visiting family out of state at the time of the crash, which is so fortunate because she could have been killed had she been sitting in her living room when the truck crashed into it. The man who was driving the bigger truck has already been found at fault for the entire chaotic and horrible mess.

trucks in houses

And it has been horrible.

While we were very lucky to have less damage to our house than our neighbor, we do still have a lot of damage. The truck completely took out our electrical box and left a huge hole in the side of our house. We had our power shut off at house- and pole-level before the truck was even removed and we have been staying with my fiance’s parent’s since Saturday night. We have had the insurance claims adjuster, contractors, and an electrician out already and every time we talk to one of these people we just get more less-than-ideal news about when we can even inhabit our house again.

hole in my house

The truck ended up hitting our outer wall on our lowest level that is part of the area of the house where our oil drums are located. On just the inside of that area of the house is where our furnace and hot water heater is located. The bright side as far as when we can resume living in our house is that we have already had an electrician put up a temporary electrical box. Once it is inspected by the borough and the power company can come out and hook us up again at pole-level, we will have power in the house. Unfortunately, once the contractors and masons begin their work, in order to access the affected area of the house that needs to be repaired, they have to move our furnace and hot water heater and re-route a lot of our pipes. What that means for us is that while we may have temporary power, we may not have running water. We still don’t know how long it will be before any of that work begins, due to it almost being summer and a very busy time for masons, but I’m not looking forward to being displaced again for we don’t even know how long.

Honestly, this entire incident has left me exhausted and beyond frustrated. However, I am trying to remain as positive as possible. After all, our house received less damage than our neighbor’s. We still have a living room. We were not hurt and we have family who love us and who have opened their home to us. It could have been worse. It can always be worse. Homeowner’s insurance rocks and in time the home I fell in love with at first sight will be repaired. Someday this whole series of events will feel so far away and I am really looking forward to when that happens.

Needless to say, I have been a little behind on getting posts up and answering emails, but I’d say that I have a really great excuse, don’t you think?

Create Your Perfect Conscious Mother’s Day in the Conscious Box Pinterest Contest

Conscious Mother's Day Conscious Box Pinterest Contest

Conscious Box is gearing up for Mother’s Day in a way that I think you’re going to be pretty excited about.

To help five lucky earth-conscious folks have a fabulous Mother’s Day for both mom and Mother Earth, Conscious Box has launched the Conscious Mother’s Day Pinterest Contest, a contest that is basically taking the way we think about Pinterest from ‘maybe someday something this awesome will exist in my life’ to a full-fledged Mother’s Day gift wishlist.

Conscious Box Pinterest Contest Here’s everything you need to know about how to enter:

The Conscious Mother’s Day Pinterest Contest ends on May 7th. Five lucky pinners will win a Conscious Box filled with the items they pinned (shipping is limited to 15 items) that will be mailed to the wonderful mom of their choice just in time for Mother’s Day!

In addition to this awesome Mother’s Day contest, we also have a Conscious Box giveaway going on where you could win a 3-month subscription to the service and start discovering greener, more sustainable, better for you, and better for the earth products. This giveaway ends May 9th, so get your entries in!

This post contains affiliate links that can score me free products if you sign up. No compensation was received, and opinions are my own.

3-Month Subscription to Conscious Box Giveaway [Closed]

Conscious Box

Last week I told you all about how you can try Conscious Box, the monthly subscription service dedicated to introducing subscribers to greener, more sustainable, better for you, and better for the earth products, for free and only paying shipping for your first box. This week, I have something even better — a giveaway in which one lucky Woman Tribune reader will win a 3-month subscription to the service.

Conscious Box gives individuals and families that little extra push we could all use from time to time to live greener, healthier lives in a fun and exciting way. Each month Conscious Box sends out a variety of unique pure and natural products, from organic food to vegan beauty products, for you to discover, try out, and put to use in your home. Each product that appears in a Conscious Box is organic, fair trade, pure and natural, and from companies working toward the most ethical goals for the planet.

In addition to the products contained in each box, Conscious Box also offers content on daily living tips, exciting monthly themes, and creative tips on how to use the products you receive in your box. Conscious Box subscribers also have the opportunity to earn points for writing reviews of products they receive that can be used toward future purchases.

Conscious Box Giveaway

Conscious Box

One lucky Woman Tribune reader will win a 3-month subscription to Conscious Box!

This giveaway will end on May 9th and is open to US, ages 18+. To enter use the Rafflecopter form below.

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If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end or want to take advantage of the special promotional offer going on right now, there is still time to redeem the Conscious Box promotional code (get it here!) to get your first box free–just pay shipping!

This post contains affiliate links. Conscious Box provided me with the opportunity to host this giveaway. No other compensation was received, and opinions are my own.

Been Thinking About Trying Conscious Box? Now is Your Chance — Just Pay Shipping

Conscious Box

I have heard quite a bit about Conscious Box, the monthly subscription service dedicated to introducing subscribers to greener, more sustainable, better for you, and better for the earth products, throughout the past several months. I have seen numerous reviews posted on blogs I read regularly, giveaways, and some really valuable promotions. While I haven’t tried Conscious Box for myself (yet!), I think they just gave me a reason to quit thinking about it and finally give them a chance already.

Conscious Box wants more people to discover the most ethical and sustainable products on the market through their monthly subscription service. To get you started, they have a promotion going on where you can get your first Conscious Box free — you are just asked to pay shipping.

To receive a box full of unique pure and natural products, from organic food to vegan beauty products, as well as daily living tips, exciting monthly themes, and creative tips on how to use your monthly box, visit the Conscious Box website and use the coupon code SECRETCODE during checkout on any monthly subscription.

After trying out your Conscious Box goodies, you can also write reviews of products on the Conscious Box website to earn points that you can use towards future purchases. How great is that?

Have you tried Conscious Box yet? If so, what do you think of it?

This post contains affiliate links. No compensation was received, and opinions are my own.

So You Want to Raise Money for a Cause — Popular Fundraising Tips and Ideas

This is a guest post by Gabrielle Green of TipsOnHowToSaveMoney.

bake sale fundraiser
image via demosphere/Flickr

With busy schedules between work and home life, the very idea of organizing a fundraiser makes most people come down with an instant headache, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether your child’s elementary school needs a new playground or you want to support the March of Dimes, fundraising for a good cause doesn’t have to be complicated.

Below are some popular fundraising ideas and suggestions to get you started.

Popular Fundraising Ideas

  • Fundraising wristbands are by far one of the easiest and most popular fundraisers. The silicone bracelets can be customized for any charity or fundraiser by stamping them with a tagline, school motto, or company slogan. They are available in nearly any color you can imagine to match your cause, school colors, and everything in between.
  • Smoothie stands are a healthy new twist on the tried and true lemonade stand. While you can go the lemonade stand route and serve the smoothies yourself, you can also partner with a smoothie shop and arrange for a percentage of sales to be donated by hosting a Spirit Night or something similar.
  • Car washes can be fun and are fairly easy to organize. The most difficult part might be finding a high traffic location and getting permission to be there–but it’s for a good cause.
  • Advertise as you walk. This will only work in some instances, but if you are doing the Autism Awareness Walk for instance, ask a local company to sponsor you, and in return, you can put their logo or name on the t-shirt you will be wearing to the event.
  • Bake sales never get old. Everyone loves goodies! Cupcakes, brownies, cookies–all of it and more! Offer some low carb items as well so that you can expand your potential customer base who are willing to buy and eat goodies for a greater good.

Fundraising Letters

Here’s the truth: donors are commonly put off by being asked for a donation without offering anything in return. It’s the ugly truth of charity, even though it’s not always said. The Humane Society is a great example. While it may seem like much, they always send out a small token of appreciation when they ask for donations that you can keep whether you make a donation or not. I can honestly say I’ve always kept and enjoyed the cute little address stickers they send and I have made a donation more than not.

The only way to attract the attention of your potential donors is by tapping into their emotions so that you can stand out above the rest. Whether you tap into fear, love, guilt, gratitude — whatever the case may be in your particular situation, you need to grab their attention, which will in turn hopefully make them make a donation.

When approaching businesses, tax breaks are a benefit, but this will depend on the type of fundraiser. It’s worth mentioning.

Lastly, and most importantly, you need to make your objective crystal clear. What is the donation for? Why are you fundraising? The donor needs to understand how important that new playground is or that Alzheimer’s robbed you of more time with your grandfather. Pull on their heartstrings a little, but not too much. And, take that extra minute afterward to send a thank you. A personal touch goes a long way and chances are you will be fundraising again in the future, so make it a remarkable memory for them and for you.

Happy International Women’s Day! Spotlighting Phenomenal Women Who Have Inspired Our Readers

LELO International Womens Day

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!

This day is very much my sorta kinda Mother’s Day; or, as I have seen it referred to on Twitter, “the feminist equivalent of Christmas.”

A very good friend of mine called me this morning to wish me a Happy International Women’s Day. She reminded me that today is my day; and it is. And it is her day, too. And yours, too. And every other woman’s day. Today is all about women everywhere; celebrating ourselves, each other, and all of the difficult, courageous, and revolutionary work that has been accomplished throughout history and is still being done today in order to better the lives of women, and to ensure their rights and freedoms, regardless of where their lives take them.

I wanted to thank everyone who entered our International Women’s Day giveaway. We partnered with LELO to give away the absolutely beautiful LELO Soraya luxury vibrator. The winner of the giveaway has been chosen and announced on the Rafflecopter form in the giveaway post.

The one mandatory entry of the giveaway was to share a story in the comments about a woman who has inspired you in some way throughout your life. You all shared some truly touching stories about the women in your lives with us. Thank you.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I decided to spotlight a handful of the stories that were shared with us during our LELO Soraya giveaway. Sharing stories about phenomenal women in the world who have directly impacted the little community we have gathered here is a fitting celebration of the importance of today, I think.

Alissa

My sister has always been the strongest female figure in my life. She’s my sister, my mom, and my best friend. I have more memories of my sister and I than I do of my mom and I. My sister picked me up from day care, changed my diapers, taught me how to crack my knuckles and cross my eyes, teased me like a typical big sister would, and shared with me in secret her first tattoo. I was the first person she told when she eloped with her first husband at age 21, and she is the one I always go to for support and encouragement. She bought me my first teddy bear, Patches, who I still have to this day, from the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. We share a love of books, second hand stores, and hilarious movies. I don’t know what I would do without my sister. I still want to be just like her, and I even try to walk, talk, laugh, and act like my sister. Even though there is more than a ten year age difference between us, we share the same regrets and sorrows about our mother, and we have connected through that pain above all else.

Fire

When I was growing up, my grandmother was just my grandmother. She taught me basic things like phrases in Japanese, how to use chopsticks, how to eat everything that was put in front of me. Because she wanted me to, I had to attend language school on the weekend. As a child I didn’t understand that my grandmother had a past. When I was about 13 my family visited the internment camp she’d lived in during World War II. But even that wasn’t the whole story. It wasn’t until I was in college that my aunt revealed that my grandmother had never, ever spoken about the war to her children. You couldn’t expect my grandmother to just talk about her life; you had to ask her specific questions to elicit responses. I’ve been learning about my grandmother’s life my whole life – just random pieces at a time, like the fact that thanks to the war, she can’t stand applesauce. She’s outlived her older brother, her sister-in-law, her husband, her brother-in-law, and most of her friends. Despite all of that, she is incredibly resilient – despite being in her late 80s, she’s still travelling to Japan, gardening, taking care of a little dog, and making trips to Vegas. Even with looming health problems slowing her down, she’s just made necessary adjustments in her life. Even though I don’t always feel like I share common ground with her, I am incredibly proud to be her granddaughter.

Amanda R

I would have to say my friend Nicole. She lost both parents when she was 17 and had to leave her school and friends and move across state to live with grandparents. Today she is the most level headed sweetest person i have ever met. She had a rough go at things and she never let it get her down. She is an amazing person and inspiration to me always!

Colleen C

My grandmother inspires me. She had seven children. Lost two children as toddlers. Lived in six different countries. Was chased out of most of those countries by war. And still kept her dignity and pride. She was a strong woman. A survivor. She is my idol.

Jamie

My mom inspires me. After being a stay-at-home mom for 16 years her husband walked out on her. She didn’t have a high-school diploma, had no work experience and had four kids to care for. She started taking classes to learn basic computer skills, got her high school equivalent and started working at the bottom of the ladder at an insurance office sorting files. She worked her ass off, was a fabulous parent to me and my siblings, and now, 15 years later she is in a great position at the same company and owns her own home. She is a wonderful grandmother to my 8 month-old son. She didn’t give up, she faced her fears and she did it all by herself. For these reasons she is an inspiration.

Thank you to everyone who shared their intimate and personal stories of the inspiring women in their lives with us, and a huge thanks to LELO for allowing us to give away one of their most-coveted vibrators in celebration of this day.

I hope you all have a fantastic International Women’s Day. Enjoy your day!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with LELO — Enter to Win a LELO Soraya [Closed]

LELO International Womens Day

International Women’s Day is this Friday, March 8th; a day of celebration of women and the diligent, courageous work countless women have done throughout history, and are still doing today, throughout the world to ensure basic rights and equality in all aspects of life. But this day is not merely a day of recognition and celebration; it is a movement. It is a call-to-action for all women, everywhere, to recognize what has been accomplished throughout history and the real choices they have today because of the work of our foremothers, and to also see what is left to do, and to have the vigilance to take action going forward in history.

A Little History on International Women’s Day

As of today, International Women’s Day is an official holiday in many countries, including Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Russia, and Vietnam, just to name a few. Although this day is not officially recognized or celebrated here in the US (although March is designated as Women’s History Month), I do personally celebrate it. I have come to think of International Women’s Day as my sort of Mother’s Day. I do not celebrate Mother’s Day, not having biological children and having grown up without a mother; in fact, for most of my life, I had a very hard time getting through Mother’s Day. But International Women’s Day is different.

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women, of equality, and of moving forward; past patriarchy and into greater equality in global legislation and more visibility of women as role models in every aspect of our lives. Because I am invested in the admirable work being done by women everywhere to achieve true equality, and because I am dedicated in helping to work towards that goal, I celebrate International Women’s Day. I celebrate by calling my grandmother and my aunt, to wish them a happy International Women’s Day, and to thank them for being unwavering pillars of knowledge, strength, and support for me in my life. It is because of them that I am who I am today; that I know so well the trials that women have faced and overcome throughout history that have resulted in me having the rights I enjoy today.

To learn more about International Women’s Day, visit the official website.

LELO Soraya Luxury Vibrator Giveaway

LELO, the world’s leading designer brand for intimate lifestyle products, and one of my personal favorite brands ever (seriously, I have loved every single LELO product I have ever met), is helping us celebrate International Women’s Day all week long!

A brand committed to empowering women around the world to celebrate all of the wonderful achievements in women’s rights and equality, have so generously offered up one of their most popular products for us to give away to one lucky Woman Tribune reader–the LELO Soraya.

LELO Soraya

The LELO Soraya is an absolutely beautiful dual-action vibrator that delivers multiple pleasures in a sleek and seductive package. With an ABS core and wrapped in body-safe silicone, it is fully waterproof, rechargeable, and allows full control of vibration intensity and features 8 unique vibration modes with two pleasure points for combined internal and external stimulation.

This giveaway will end on International Women’s Day, March 8th and is open worldwide, ages 18+. To enter use the Rafflecopter form below.

For a second chance to win a LELO Soraya vibe, head over to the LELO Facebook page and enter their International Women’s Day giveaway as well!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

No compensation was received for this publication, though a thank you gift was provided for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own.