Month: September 2018

JOMO Is The New FOMO!

JOMO Is The New FOMO!

WE’VE HEARD OF FOMO, BUT WHAT IS JOMO? IT’S THE JOY (NOT THE FEAR) OF MISSING OUT AND MANY ARE SAYING JOMO IS THE NEW FOMO!

Before Snapchat and Instagram, we had to use our imaginations to dream up all the cool things our friends were out doing. Or better yet, we didn’t even know we weren’t invited to the party! But now, thanks to social media, we actually have the cold hard proof of the incredible lives people are living (or so it looks that way), hence giving us FOMO. Now we actually get to SEE what we are missing out on – and that can feel pretty shitty for kids AND adults alike.

The average teenager spends around six hours a day refreshing their social media feeds and the average adult spends about four.

YUP, LET THAT SOAK IN. OR SINK IN. WHAT’S THE CORRECT EXPRESSION?

The fabulous times people are having is being shoved down our throats… by ourselves.

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: HADRY Donates Over 500 Fashions Scarves To Susan G. Komen

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: HADRY Donates Over 500 Fashions Scarves To Susan G. Komen

October is Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention month. You may have read about my own personal breast cancer scare a few years ago, but one thing is for certain… breast cancer affects us all. If you look around, chances are someone you know or love is fighting a tough battle.

I speak a lot about women of action around here. When I learned about Nancy Brinker years ago, I knew I had to help. Besides donating money to her organization, I became fascinated with sharing her story with my readers.

To appreciate her, is to know that story.

Let me first tell you a bit about her charity, Susan G. Komen.  

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Tomorrow is a day known to Jewish people as Yom Kippur- the holiest, most religious day of the year. Tonight kicks off the day where we repent our sins, and ask G-d for forgiveness. Tomorrow is also a day of fasting. (Confession here- I’m not that strong in the fasting department).

Tomorrow night will mark my favorite synagogue service of the year. We will stand for one hour at a service called Nilah. Nilah marks the end of the 24 hour Yom Kippur fast. It is a very special hour (which I will miss because I am hosting 14 people at my house for the break fast), but what resonates for me, is the symbolism of Nilah. I think it very much parallels life. After you have fasted for 24 hours, it is customary at the Nilah service to stand the entire last hour when you are hungry, tired and dizzy. It is the ultimate test of your endurance. To be able to stand when you think you cannot.

This reminds me so much of womanhood, and our strength and endurance to go the distance in life. Women are the true definition of resilience and fortitude. We fight for what’s right. We go without so that our children won’t have to. We hide our tears to protect our loved ones. We are strength in the face of adversity. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best– Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.

WomenOnTheFence.com Celebrates Its 9th Blogiversary and a Rebranded Erica-Diamond.com!

WomenOnTheFence.com Celebrates Its 9th Blogiversary and a Rebranded Erica-Diamond.com!

9 years ago yesterday, I became a blogger. I really didn’t know what a blogger was, just that it would be the place I would try and get unstuck and off the fence, and so would you. I was working shit out at the time, and writing seemed to be a way to process it and work through it. We would vent, and help each other, and share our disappointments and frustrations. We would cheer each other on, and support one another. We would also listen to other stories of people who have overcome too. We believed vulnerability is strength, not weakness. And it changed my life.

I no longer write about my children because when the diaper and poop and bottle phase ended and real life took over, it suddenly felt like a betrayal of their privacy. But we have grown and evolved as a Brand. I’ve had some incredible highs, some life-learning lows, and I wouldn’t change a thing. This women’s lifestyle blog, ‘Real Inspiration for the Modern Woman’ will always be my safe place to work things out.

I LOVE YOU FOR ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR EACH OTHER, AND FOR ME.

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