Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 girls in the U.S. have either left school early or missed school entirely because of a lack of access to period products? I know what it’s like being a young girl dealing with her period for the first time and worrying about getting up from my seat leaving a heavy red stain behind me.
One of the greatest pros of being a flight attendant is visiting new places and that too for free. A flight attendant looks smart and beautiful in his/her uniform. It is a glamorous job after all.
However, it’s not all rosy inside a flight attendant’s work. The job might make you feel lonely at times because when you have done your job, you return to your hotel room alone away from your family. Staying away from your loved ones is challenging and if you have kids like me, managing your personal and professional life might become difficult.
Autumn is such a great time to reflect on the year so far and remind yourself to stay on track as you let bad habits fall away and prepare to get cozy before your new year glow up resolutions. Why wait until then when you can get a head start now? On not just you but your home too. Here’s a rundown of what’s on my radar to make sure me and my surroundings are at my best.
Each morning I have to make a conscious choice— should I open Facebook and allow myself to be assaulted by news of rapes and sexual assaults that intersperse my timeline amidst weekend updates and vacation photos. Each morning I have to decide whether I should read about what’s going on in the world and subject myself to the trauma of reading about even five-year-old girls being raped and murdered by neighbors, cousins, or even their dads.
This is why we must stop feeling bad about saying no. The key to being okay with saying “No” is knowing your value in not just “Yes” but “No” as well.
In more cases than we think, it’s not wrong to say no. For instance, not having the funds to help out a loved one who needs to borrow money when you yourself do not have enough funds to get by is unfortunate but not wrong. We all depend on each other and make sacrifices but sometimes the sacrifice is too great and the only person who can pull back on that is you.
Women are strong. This isn’t a quality designated to one gender. Women can be and are physically strong. Women can be and are independent. Women can be and are dependent. It takes a strong person to know when they need to lean on other people. It takes a strong person to get up everyday and keep going when doors slam in your face, when opportunities (raises and bonuses and pay equity from the get go for examples) are not afforded to you because of your gender. It takes a strong person to know their worth and demand it.
Self-preservation is about putting the oxygen mask on yourself first so that you’re able to help others with theirs. Self-preservation is about allowing yourself to be available to be the best version of yourself, the most selfless you can be. The opposite of selfishness. There is definitely a fine line when discussion self-preservation as the topic can quickly pivot to survival of the fittest. Some would go so far as to say that kill or be killed is in our nature. So when you are looking to find ways to self-preserve, check your intentions behind needing to step away or center yourself.