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No Kid Hungry: One-Third of the Way There!

As of today, 300,000 future artists, scientists, and innovators are eating breakfast every single day thanks to No Kid Hungry. It was last spring with No Kid Hungry challenged American schools to make breakfast part of the school day for one million kids that need it within just two years. Already, America, we are one-third of the way there! Already, 300,000 more kids have the nutrition they need to fuel their dreams.

Having been in school for teaching for 3 1/2 years, I learned all about the schools and children that need more help outside of the academic environment. And all about how what goes on outside the school affects their performance inside the school. As someone who loves children, I went on to understand how this affects their futures. Reiterating that I love children, this issue greatly affects me emotionally.

I was blessed with a great, stable, loving home life. So I don’t know what it’s like. At least, not personally. I can’t relate. Nor am I sure I can do much about it. I left the teaching world with bitter feelings. But what I can do is empathize. What I can do is help in the call to better these children’s lives.

Let me give you a mini psychology lesson. What I’m going to talk about is Moslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It’s a chart that shows what humans need in order to achieve higher concerns. OK, let’s start with the basics. Humans can’t really think about, well, anything until their basic needs are met. Hunger, thirst, and physical safety. And we’re talking extreme. Not, “omg I’m so hungry I skipped breakfast today I can’t think about anything!” While that’s almost true, it’s not really as true as it is for someone who has skipped breakfast for the past three years.
The chart continues on about other needs after the first level that I discussed, but that’s not what this post is about, so I’ll just leave it there.

They can’t even think about anything until their basic needs are met.

Our brains can barely function until our basic needs are met.

Your student has skipped breakfast today, just like she did for the past three years of her life. How well do you think her brain will be able to work on memorizing the times tables? Yes, she’s had lunch at school. But do you think she’s had dinner at home? How can someone function on one meal a day on school days only?

I could go on and on about the potential home lives of these kids who don’t get to eat much at home. But I won’t. Because we can only focus on one issue at a time. And right now, the most important issue is breakfast. Thanks to No Kid Hungry, 300,000 more kids are able to function better in school. Their futures are that much brighter. Our futures. Their dreams are that much more achievable.

I don’t know about you, but I was psyched about this post. I am psyched to thank No Kid Hungry, and congratulate them on this achievement. I plan to stick by them and keep you updated on their doings, achievements, whatever information they offer me.

Thank you for reading. Have a great, healthy day!

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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Entry/Application Fees

Yknow what really posses me off? Entry/Application fees for writing contests. What kind of bullshit is that? I get that the contest people need to get that money from somewhere, but where the Hell are we supposed to get it from?  And if you think about it, writers are entering all sorts of different contests, throwing all this money all over the place. It’d be a miracle if they could actually make a profit from doing these stupid contests.
I work fulltime and I still can’t afford to enter contests right and left. And if I did, I wouldn’t have the energy for all that writing! What good are these contests if you don’t even have a chance winning, which includes making a profit and getting your name out there? I’m so done with these Damn contests and their fees. It really is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Things are Going Well

Quick update from my (New!) phone. Things have been going great lately.
First off, I got a new (free!) phone that I absolutely fell in love with. It’s really big, which I don’t like, but that’s a decent trade-off for the fun fonts, massive storage, more cases, massive storage, voice-activated camera, massive storage, and did I mention the massive storage? I have a ton of apps and still haven’t used 30% of my storage.
I got employee of the month at work. I got nominated by 2(!) separate managers and, dude, I got it! I got a neat pin and, what I’m most stoked about, I’m getting a free embroidered shirt!
One of my best friends evar is coming over on Wednesday. I’m beyond stoked. I haven’t seen her in forever and I really miss her. And my brother-in-law just shared his Netflix with us, so it’ll be frosting and full metal alchemist brotherhood together all night. I’m stoked.
I guess that’s all I have to update y’all on. And I kinda have some work to do, now. So see y’all later!

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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I Have Anger and Anxiety

I’m angry. At a lot of people and things. I’m angry at the CAFE people I just heard about in an article about man-splaying. Here. Like seriously? Can we get any more whiney or misogynistic?

I’m angry at work. They give someone recognition for something I did ten times better than him that day. AND HE HADN’T EVEN BEEN COVERING PEOPLE LIKE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THAT DAY!!! He had literally UP and LEFT me with an obviously HUGE order WITHOUT A WORD. WTF.

I’m angry at people that call themselves fat. Bitch, you don’t know what fat is. You don’t know what it’s like to BE fat. You know nothing. If you don’t have an eating disorder, gtfo. It’s because of bitches like that that my world is being invalidated.

I have anxiety, too. Mostly about work.

I work in this magical place called retail where you don’t have to even think you might have done something wrong to have done something wrong. Pissed someon off. Whatever. I’m in constant worry that I just screwed up or have screwed something up.

I grew up around a group of friends that insulted each other to show that we cared. It was kinda counter-productive, but now I don’t know how to treat people.

I’m a girl. I know all about reading between the lines. About being two-faced. And trust me, in my mind, I get pretty nasty when I judge people. Which I try not to do, but it’s human nature and people tend to piss me off. So I’m always nervous that people are like me, hating me on the inside but treating me nice on the outside.

I’m still always anxious about doing shit wrong at work and getting in trouble. I’ve gotten in trouble for stupid shit.

I’m anxiouis about being anxious. Am I anxious? Or am I just invading the anxiety world? Especially because I always get panic attacks for a reason. They don’t pop up out of nowhere. They’re triggered. So that makes them not-panic attacks? I don’t know.

I don’t know anything. I just feel like sitting here, crying, now. I feel invalidated and ashamed and disgusted wtih myself.