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Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a hard knock against any adolescent girl. And since the rest of puberty’s really no picnic either, it’s easy to see what a huge impact it can have on a girl’s self-confidence.

Always kicked off an epic  campaign to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.

Yesterday, when I was on instagram, someone posted this photo (you see in my post) and the caption was, “in highschool when I played soccer i was quick – for a girl. I got asked to be on the track team ( I denied it, now I wish I did) shortly after is when I quit soccer…”, 8dac6ab3322f816109bcac72b7b56fd7this really irritated me. After seeing Always’ #LikeAGirl campaign I take offense to the statement “like a girl”. When is it ever said in a positive manner? Can you tell me the last time you heard someone utter those words in a positive light? If you can, I would love to hear about it.

Check out the #LikeAGirl campaign video below and give me your thoughts. Let’s turn this statement around! Snaps to Always for claiming it wants to improve young girls’ self-esteem.

stir crazy

hi, it’s not Friday

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I am going stir crazy. Every time I look down at the clock it appears that only MINUTES have passed. Ladies and gents, this is no way to spend a work day. I have a feeling other people are getting a little stir crazy, too. Take a minute to gather yourself. Get up and walk around; get the blood flowing.

Okay, good you’re back! I hope your little stroll was most enjoyable. Now, put your headphones on and listen. These songs will get you through the rest of the day! Good luck and Godspeed!

one of the greatest leaders

Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela had many achievements, but there are arguably two that stand out to the world. First, he was the Mandelaworld’s most inspiring example of fortitude, magnanimity and dignity in the face of oppression. Mandela served 27 years in prison because he had the belief that all men and women are created equal. Second, the way he engineered the transformation of South Africa. South Africa went from a from narrowness into a rainbow nation. Here in this new nation of South Africa, no matter what your color you were entitled to be treated with respect.

You can utter the name Nelson Mandela from cost to coast, ocean to ocean and everyone will know who you are speaking of. Mandela was a miraculous man. I heard these words and allow me to paraphrase: It is hard to think of anyone else in the world where every single person, in every corner of the Earth, can somehow identify with him and his actions. He was, quite simply, a wonderful man.

This one is for you, Nelson Mandela!

If you are interested in reading more about Nelson Mandela and his leadership lessons, check out Forbes. Forbes has a very interesting article that talks about Mandela and his epic leadership lessons.

turn your clocks

don’t forget to turn your clocks back

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Daylight Saving Time is when the days become short and we are closer to the Winter Solstice. Honestly before I decided to write about Daylight Saving Time I couldn’t tell you anything about it. After much research, I now have a grasp on why we have Daylight Saving.

Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after World War II, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time in 1996.

In 2005 Congress passed the Energy Policy Act and since 2007 Daylight Saving Time is  four weeks longer. This Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours. As a result of this act, it is difficult to determine energy savings from Daylight Saving Time and based on factors, it is possible that little or no energy is saved by Daylight Saving Time.

Most states and a few countries will turn their clocks back on November 3, 2013 with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona because those states do not practice Daylight Savings Time. This means that we gain (not lose) an hour when we turn our clocks back an hour to 1:00 a.m. when our clocks reach 2 a.m. on Sunday. A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour during the Daylight Savings Time change for Fall 2013 is to “Fall Back” and “Spring Ahead.”

Did you know it’s actually Daylight Saving Time not Daylight Savings Time? It’s become so widely known as Daylight Savings Time in the US that no one makes the correction.

Fact: Only TWO countries: Kyrgyzstan and Iceland  observe year-round Daylight Saving Time.

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 a.m. in the United States. It will resume on March 9, 2014 at 2 a.m.