The Millennial Homemaker

The musings of a Stay at Home Mom

Woman Up!

ImageYes, we can do it! We are women, mothers, daughters, girls on the grow!

Rosie the Riveter is one of my favorite icons of the 1940s. She emulates all that women wanted to be in that time (at least I hope so). She is still feminine and beautiful, but she has muscle and determination. It’s a win-win picture in my opinion. I wasn’t born in that era, but I know how hard it must have been to have lived during that time. The men were off at war, and the women had to stay home and take care of business. They had to become single mothers and entrepreneurs and instant career women. They had no choice but to be strong.

“My mom says that being “boss” and “bossy” are two very different things.” ~ Andi from Space Camp

Recently, a new slogan has been popping up in the media about teaching girls to be leaders, and to slam the word “bossy.” As much as I subscribe to the anti-bossy understanding, there may be some who could take this slogan to the extreme. I admit that I have called my own child “bossy” when I believed she was out of line and disrespectful. But I also know that I explained to her why I used that term to describe her actions. It was her actions that made her bossy, but she herself is not bossy. She is just strong in mind and speech!

No apologies! There is absolutely nothing wrong with being strong and speaking one’s mind. I am ALL IN when it comes to standing up for oneself.

This is the best time in history to be a woman by far. We have rights that rival our male counterparts. We are recognized for our strengths, our intelligence, our maturity, and our leadership abilities. I think we should speak our mind when necessary. I believe that we should exert our strengths as needed.

In a former post I had written about the difference between being feminist and having feminism. (I’ll put the link here).

Woman Up!

I believe there is such a thing as being biblically feminine. Here we go again, bringing up the Bible. Yes, those ancients text still utter truth in daily living. Some women take it to the extreme by not wearing makeup, covering up their heads, and not ordaining themselves with jewelry. Honestly, I am a little bit of a rebel. I don’t wear a covering, but I do respect those women who do. I do wear a little makeup and the occasional jewelry, but I don’t judge the women who don’t wear makeup or jewelry. By abiding by biblical standards I want to still show respect for myself, my husband, my children, and my faith by my actions and my beliefs. I have adopted the modern-day style of clothing, but on the inside I am still very much old-fashioned in my core values and beliefs.

MDW

Our American culture is so vastly different from what it used to be. The message can remain the same although the methods may change. The message, I believe, is to continue to embrace self-respect through the values by which you were raised. The key is self-respect: believe in yourself and your God-given strengths, skills, and standards. Go ahead, be a Modern Day Woman. Embrace yourself in the current culture, but be careful to not let the current culture dictate how you should live. You are the only one who can choose your methods for being the best woman you can be.

Well I hope that I made one person think about this topic. I am not anti-feminist, but rather, I am pro-feminism. I embrace my femininity, and I am thankful for all that I have been given as a woman. I hope that you’ll be thankful, too, if you are female.

 

Leave a comment »

In Five Days…

Five days from now our country’s citizens will be voting for new leadership. The past four years have been such a drastic change for my family and I, that I am anxious to know the results now. I just want to waive a white flag of surrender in the midst of the red and blue.

My hope is so simple, yet it is difficult to put into words. I want to see the next four years as hopeful, rather than helpless. I want to see the change that will bring personal responsibility and respect to the forefront. Here is my wish list for that I can only hope and pray:

Economically, I wish to see a cap on the spending and a beginning of reduction in expenses. There are only a few major players who hold the nation’s purse strings, and I’d like to see accountability, frugality, and clarity. This is much easier said than done, and I have yet to see positive results. Unemployment is higher, foreclosures are higher, and the debt is higher than ever. The trend needs to reverse or our country will become a national ghost town in the next century.

Environmentally, I wish to see the continued preservation of our national parks, to be enjoyed by all, but protected at the fullest measure. We have a symbiotic relationship with nature, and it needs to have the highest regard for its preservation and care.

Educationally, I wish to see passion and perseverance return to the classroom. Our schools are cranking out graduates that don’t care about learning, let alone the desire to learn on their own. Our children are bored with standardized teaching and testing, and they are being taught that they don’t have to think on their own. It is time to end the spoon-fed lectures and boring worksheets. Let’s bring “life” back into the classroom.

Executively, I wish to see more leaders show true leadership, rather than act like puppets funded by the highest bidder. We need more men and women to stand up and lead the masses with humility, honor, and privilege. We need the current leaders to train future leaders as they prepare to pass the baton of position.

Ethically and morally, I wish to see a return of a family-centered values for a harmonious community. Strong families build strong neighborhoods, and strong neighborhoods build strong communities. The process continues to build strong cities, states, and thus a strong nation. We need to stop thinking of “me” and what others can do for “me.” We need to become outward-focused and see what we can accomplish and provide to the community as a collective force.

Lastly, I wish that our nation will continue to uphold the beliefs of the founding fathers that drafted the Constitution and Declaration of Independence so long ago. My prayer is that people will have the desire to return to the foundation upon which our country was built. Most of us tend to run in many directions during each day, and we seldom take the time to breathe in fresh air through conscious thought. We forget that life doesn’t have to be so fast paced. We can take the time to become more thoughtful of our surroundings.

Again, these things are on my wish list. What may happen in the next five days will either create new hope or not.

Leave a comment »

%d bloggers like this: