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Houston Auto Show - Sponsored

The Houston Auto Show is this weekend at NRG Center, and despite what you might think, car shows aren't just for gearheads.  I was lucky enough to go to last year's auto show and was invited back this year by She Buys Cars.  One thing I learned last year is that auto shows are a must see event for anyone who drives a car.  I even found my dream car there last year, and though a lucky turn of events, was actually able to buy my dream car last year.  So if you drive a car, ride in a car, are planning on buying a car, or have ever seen a car, head on over to the NRG Center and behold the offerings of this year's Houston Auto Show!  Get your tickets here!

April 5-9, 2017
Wednesday-Friday:   Noon - 9pm
Saturday:  10am - 9:30pm
Sunday:  10am - 7pm

So You Marched on Washington, Now What?

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Saturday.  Saturday was a beautiful day.  A beautiful day where millions of people all around the world came together to protest the presidency and to stand up for women's rights.  People on all 7 continents marched, peacefully, to say that we will not accept this administration.  We will not sit down while our rights are steamrolled.  We will fight back and we will not be quiet about the injustices in this country and world.  The Women's March on Washington and it's sister marches around the world represent the largest gatherings of people in protest the world has ever seen.  There is power in numbers, but only if we continue to speak up and to act.  The marches were amazing and beautiful and powerful and moving, but they were only one day.  We must carry this momentum forward and use our collective power to take action on the issues that matter to us.  We cannot go home, feeling all warm and fuzzy from the marches, and not act on this momentum.

I participated in the Women's March on Washington's sister march in Houston.  I've never protested before and, other than voting, I've never really taken any political action.  I feel like my silence and complacency is to blame for the current political situation we find ourselves in today.  These next four years are going to be difficult, but I'm not going to sit idly by.  I will not be a spectator to the stripping of basic human rights for so many.  I will not watch this country crash and burn without putting up a fight.  But I've never done this before, and I'm willing to bet that many, if not most, of the participants in the marches haven't taken much, if any, political actions in their lives.  So what can we do?  Where do we start?  In my quest for trying to figure this out, I've come across several helpful ideas for concrete action we can all take and I want to share them with you.

Pick Your Causes

You can't fight all of the battles no matter how much you want to.  All of the causes we're fighting for are important, but you need to pick the three, maybe four, that matter most to you.  Put your focus on those issues - learn everything you can about them, know all of the proposed legislation, policy changes, arguments for and against, counter arguments, and where  your elected officials stand, and then take action on those causes.  Volunteer for those causes.  Donate to those causes.  Argue for those causes.  Don't feel like you're abandoning the other, very valid causes, because someone else will be focusing just as much on them as you are on yours.  If we can all have laser focus on the issues we are most passionate about, the chances for affecting change increase.  When you spread yourself too thin, across all issues, then you're not able to focus and dedicate your energy and time in an efficient way.  And you can still stand behind, encourage, and support those fighting for other causes - petitions can still be signed, calls can still be made, information can still be shared - your laser focus doesn't mean you're turning your back on other causes - it means you're an expert on them.

10 Actions in 100 Days

Now that you've decided on what important issues you're going to focus on, go to the Women's March on Washington's 10 Actions in 100 Days page.  Here you will find 10 actions to take in the first 100 days in an easy to follow, step by step list.  The first one is to write to your Senators about what matters most to you and how you are going to continue fighting for those causes.  Commit to taking the other 9 actions and follow through on them!!!  Get together with some friends, once every 10 days, to work on these action items together.  Together we can make a difference!!!

Call Your Senators and Representatives

Pick up your cell phone, click here to find your Senators' contact into and click here to find your Representative's contact info.  Now add them to your contact list.  Right now.  Call them every day.  Every.  Day.  The calls take literally two minutes or less.  Check out The Shy Person's Guide to Calling Representatives for some great tips on how to dive in and get this done.  Not sure what to say?  Scripts can be found here.  Easy, cheesey.

Sign Up for an Action List

Wall Of Us Emails you 4 simple acts of resistance every week
Action Friday Provides simple actions to take every Friday
Jennifer Hoffman's Weekly Action Checklist Don't be intimidated by the size of this list!!!
The 65 Weekly action item as well as scripts for many issues

I know there are other action lists out there.  Find one you like.  Sign up for the emails.  Follow the instructions.

These are the things I'm doing to become more politically active and to make sure my voice is heard - even if it feels like my words are sometimes falling on deaf ears.  But I'm going to keep on talking and keep on taking action.  It seems so intimidating at the beginning - and I'm only at the beginning, too, but the more you practice something, the easier it gets.  So I urge you to start practicing.  Make political action something second nature to you.  Our futures depend on our collective actions.  We cannot afford to sit back and watch.  We MUST take action.  So go out there and use our momentum - don't slow down.  What are your waiting for?  Go.

Weekend Snapshots 03 - ABB 5K and Chevron Houston Marathon

This weekend was all about running!  The Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Half Marathon, and ABB 5K were held this past weekend, and I love all things running, so this weekend was the bee's knees!  This edition of Weekend Snapshots is brought to you by the family selfie I took when Dennis and Jack came out to cheer me on when I ran the ABB 5K - I was super grateful to get to run in the ABB 5K - one of my longest client's gifted me entry into the run for my Christmas present.  Make sure to check out the other links in our 2017 Weekend Snapshots Mega Link-Up run by yours truly and Ariana at 3twentysix, and add your link whenever you can cause this link-up lasts all year long, baby!

Sunday Confessions 01-22-17 Prove Me Wrong

I confess:  I've been feeling really politically charged lately.  I've been posting things on my personal FB expressing all the many things I'm feeling about the inauguration of Darth Cheeto and how I feel about many conservative viewpoints.  I have friends from all walks of life, and while I haven't gotten  much pushback from those who don't share my political views, one friend who is very conservative has posted on their personal FB that they feel attacked by people like me posting the things I'm posting.  I understand where they are coming from and my intention isn't to hurt anyone but I'm a bit annoyed that they're taking everything so personally and basically asking people like me with my feelings to not post things that could hurt the feelings of people like them.  I kinda want them to suck it up - I know that that person is a good person and that not all of the more negative things I post apply to them - but I strongly feel like those people who voted for Cheeto kinda have the burden of proof on their shoulders to prove me and people like me wrong.  After all, they put a misogynistic, xenophobic, racist, ignorant, sexual predator into the highest office of our nation.  They said those values are okay with them - or at least acceptable enough to overlook in hopes of what I don't really know.  Not to mention the conservative law makers they voted for that seem to consistently vote against the interest of the people and in favor of the 1%.  So I say to you, prove me wrong.  You don't agree with the ACA but claim you don't want to rob people of their health insurance, then write to your congress people and tell them not to repeal until they actually have a replacement.  You say you think Cheeto's actions towards women isn't acceptable?  Donate to a women's shelter in his name.  You say you're anti-abortion, then support actual sexual education in schools and easy access to birth control and condoms.  You say education is important to you, then demand DeVos be kept out of our education, and even if you are religious, recognize the need to keep the Bible out of science.  You say you aren't racist, then prove it by donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center or Black Lives Matter (and for the love of everything stop saying All Lives Matter).  Please educate yourselves about so-called "bathroom bills" and don't buy into the propaganda against them - there are already many laws on the books to protect you in the bathroom from predators and perverts - trans people just want to pee, leave them alone.  You say we all need to come together, but I say you have a little more work to do than I do to get us there.  Prove to me and others like me that you're not like what you think we think you're like.  We don't have to agree politically, but prove me wrong.  Please.

Linking up with United States of Becky

Sunday Confessions 01-15-17

I confess:  I never sucked my thumb as a child, but for some reason, lately I'll occasionally have the urge to suck my thumb.  Like for half a second the urge (not even a real thought, just an urge) will come over me and I'll consider doing it.  I don't do it, but it's really weird and disconcerting.

I confess:  I was supposed to write this post yesterday, but I chose to take a nap instead.  It's the first time I've slept during the day in years and it was glorious.  I should make it a thing.

I confess:  I've been on a Whole30-ish diet since the beginning of the year.  I say -ish because I've allowed myself the caveat of having a small amount of sugar and milk in my morning coffee because I'd 100% not be able to do another Whole30 if I had to drink disgusting coffee.  Well, I cheated on my diet like a mofo this weekend.  I don't feel too back about it because I planned on cheating, but like most things I like to go big or go home and I REALLY CHEATED.  Now I have to go back on the diet and I hope I can, lol.

Linking up with United States of Becky
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