Driving downtown in my city late at night, you won’t be seeing prostitutes. It’s rare. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Looks like the city has cleaned up! Oh no, my friend. It’s just gotten a whole lot worse… because now its hidden. “Where did they go?”, I asked my friend who works with getting women out of prostitution. “Online”, she answered. “Craigslist, Kijiji…” Not to mention the vulnerable girl who finds a guy who takes her in, cares for her, then traps her and sells her. In. My. City. Not overseas. Right here. You may have heard of this described in a new word called, “trafficking”. We often associate that word with Europe or Thailand, but looks like it also happens in suburbia. Many of the women who want to flee trafficking in my city have kids, so they stay with the man who sells them. Looking at some of their faces you would never guess they are living the life of prostitution behind closed doors. This makes their vulnerability that much greater. There is much attention being given to human trafficking, which is great! However, I don’t think we’re aware enough of how “local” it really is and what we as local citizens can do about it. Is that what you’re thinking? “What am I supposed to do about this?” Glad you asked. Here’s something you and I...Read More
And we had a party! To celebrate the launching of my book, Culture Rebel, we had friends and family gather for an evening of food and book signing. I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the pictures from the event as well as where you can get your copy of Culture Rebel! You can always order off my website with paypal to get a signed copy sent strait to you! Click here. Other venues and Chapters book signings are: September 22 (this weekend) Rescue Edmonton Conference at West Edmonton Christian Assembly. Click here for info. September 28-29 Upswing Edmonton at Millrise Assembly. Click here for info. October 4 Calgary Downtown Indigo book signing from 11am-2pm. October 6: Indigo Book Signing at Cross Iron Mills, Balzac 12-5pm October 26-27 Wonder Women Conference Langley, BC. Click here for info. October 28 Calgary Chinook Centre Chapters book signing from 12-5pm. November 2 Wonder Women Conference Kamloops, BC. Click here for info. November 25-27 Lighthouse Community Church, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Tuesday Night Crew, Sydney, Nova Scotia November 30 Corps Bara Gala To view the video trailer click here. And here’s our event: Love this girl 🙂 The one and only Chris Matteo who made the book trailer A fabulous writer (he’s actually multi-talented..) My model-walk coach. I’ll never be as...Read More
I got a message from a friend last week who was having a horrible time with cliques in her son’s school. With her permission, here’s her experience: “I’m finding a huge number of cliques have cropped up in our school. Last night I literally ate alone at our school bbq because these groups were so tightly circled off. I tried to interact with the moms at the school, but it’s tough having to listen to them recount all the fun they had at events I clearly wasn’t invited to. My son is bearing the brunt of these cliques in school. He’s well-liked by most of his classmates and they all treat him well one-on-one. He’s just not part of any group. Last night he was directly told to “go away” from one of these groups, and was given the cold shoulder by another pair. The two of us left the picnic early. It doesn’t help that we’re relatively new at our church, so we don’t have any close relationships there either.” Can I be honest for a moment? This message made my blood boil. Nothing angers me more than seeing someone being pushed out of the social circle, intentionally or unintentionally. However, whenever my mind starts to think about what I’d like to do to those ladies, a small voice inside me reminds me how I’ve done...Read More
I once stumbled upon this facebook group, “Gym Hotties”. This particular picture (one of the most decent I could find) had over 8000 likes and 64 shares. Another one, much less dressed, had over 11,000 likes and 110 shares. Seems to me, the female body has been stripped of it’s beauty and made an object for viewing pleasure. If she is pleasureable (which can apparently be numerically shown by numbers of “shares”), she is given status, a stamp of approval, and sometimes even wealth. Women who measure up fight to keep their “shares”, while others who don’t measure up (at least in society’s standards), lose heart in hopes of ever being “beautiful”. “The problems of standards of beauty is they create standards of ugliness.” – Alan Hirsch There is actually an app on facebook called, “Hot, or so ugly you can’t look at them”. I also stumbled upon this picture recently on facebook: This is a powerful image for those in the personal training/nutrition business. I mean, who doesn’t look at that picture and think, “Yes! I want that body! Somebody help me get it!” However, I have issues with this. Serious issues. First of all, notice again the focus is on “the body”. Yes, it is needed perspective on junk food (enjoyed for moment), but notice there is no mention of the harmful effects of junk food...Read More
Letter from a frustrated reader: “Your blog reminds me of all I’m not doing”… Do you relate to what she writes?
I received this letter from a reader. She has given me permission to post this because I feel like this echoes a majority of women – including me! She writes: “I have been a reader of your blog since the beginning. I’m usually inspired and uplifted by the posts. But lately, more often than not, they make me a little cranky. Mad even, sometimes. You have a passion for outreach and that is great! But my passion for, well, anything, has been replaced by responsibility and obligation. I am a full time working single mother with little to no support. If I am caught up on my laundry, that is a huge success. Weekends are filled with chores, errands, visiting with friends long overdue. I have no idea how to fit anything more into my life (and that includes exercise). Reading your blog reminds me of more things I am not doing, that I should do, or at least want to do. It is a struggle to look past my rented apartment door and see the needs of others. I don’t want to be so self-absorbed, but it is difficult to move past survival mode and take on even one more thing – no matter how noble or worthwhile or necessary to make The World a Better Place. I’m just trying to figure out how to make my world...Read More