Archive for September, 2008

Last Chance!

September 30, 2008

Just reminding you ladies that Oct. 1st is the final date for submissions for the GBD Teen Board of Directors!!! So send in your creations. Anything that shows why you would be great for the position! I am getting a lot of feedback re: the vague-ness of the submission request. There is no right or wrong way, just do what you are inspired to do! In our education system, things are so rule-bound and specific, I think that this really open request encourages a more true expression. Try not to think too much about what we want, ‘cuz we aren’t looking for specifics, we are looking at your creations.

Thank you to those of you who have already submitted, beautiful work darlings!

xoxo

Kristin

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News Day Tuesday: College Panel Calls for Less Focus on SATs

September 30, 2008

Ahhhh…SATs. Dontcha just love ’em? What’s not to like about getting up early on a Saturday morning to sit at a school desk for almost 4 hours, filling in hundreds of little bubbles with a number 2 pencil, for a test that might determine which college you get into? And omigosh! What if you don’t do well and don’t get into a good college and don’t get a good job?? You’ll end up poor! And homeless! On the streets! Fishing through trash for half-eaten sandwiches! THIS TEST IS GOING TO DETERMINE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!!!

Well…now is it? A recently released report on the relevance of college admissions tests (like the SAT Reasoning Test and the ACT) doesn’t seem to think so. In fact, after a year-long study, the committee recommended that colleges move away from using these kinds of tests as part of the application process, and instead focus on more achievement-based exams like the SAT Subject Tests, the APs (Advanced Placement), and the IBs (International Baccalaureate). The argument is that students should focus more “on high school courses that, based on evidence, will prepare them well for college and also prepare them well for the real world beyond college, instead of their spending enormous amounts of time trying to game the SAT.” And because getting into college is so competitive right now, many students are paying for additional preparation and tutoring for the SAT (or ACT), and this puts lower-income students at a disadvantage. But don’t take my word for it. Read the article here.

Now, in defense of the SAT Reasoning Test, it was originally intended to give disadvantaged students a fairer shot at getting into college. Ironic, huh? The man who came up with the original SAT felt that not all students had the privilege of attending schools that prepared them well in the basic subjects, but that students with high aptitude had the potential to do well in college, and so should be given a chance. But many people now argue that the SAT does not, in fact, measure aptitude or reasoning ability, and so should be done away with.

So what do the rest of you think? The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT is required by most U.S. colleges for admission. Do you think these tests should be eliminated as part of the application process? Do you think these tests measure reasoning ability?

What about achievement tests? Do you think tests like the SAT Subject Tests, the APs, and the IBs are fairer?

What about all you gals of the international persuasion? Do you have to take reasoning or aptitude tests to get into college? Do you have to take any kind of tests? What do you think about the college application process in your country? Do you think it’s fair?

If you had the power to change the college admissions process, what would you do differently?

P.S. – For those who are taking the SATs this Saturday (or Sunday), good luck to all of you! Get enough rest, be confident, watch your timing, read the questions carefully, and avoid careless mistakes. 🙂

Movie Madness Mondays: Little Women

September 29, 2008

I have read this book many times. As a kid I used to read it, and then weep… I always related so much to Jo, and her journey. And when I cut my hair and got all that “hate mail” I joked about how I was like Jo when she cut hers, and they were all like, “But Jo, your hair was your one beauty!” She was creative, abrasive,and so not in touch with herself as a female. And every time I got to the part where she said no to Laurie’s marriage proposal, I cried. heehee… Her journey seems like the quintessential teen journey of finding oneself and failing all over the place, all the while standing up for who you think you are. And in the process getting to know who you truly are, and who you want to become.

Each female in this kinda represents a different aspect of female to me… The strength and creativity of Jo, the compassion and kindness of Beth, the girlishness of Amy, the femininity and Meg and the nurturing of their mother. The actors were lovely. When I saw this I totally fell in love with Christian Bale… Still think he’s pretty awesome.

Ciao and Love,

Kristin

Movie for next week: Let’s go uber chick! The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood!

Movie Madness Mondays!

September 26, 2008

Brain VS Subconscious

September 26, 2008

I spent most of yesterday reflecting on my emotions, as I had been teary for the past 48 hours. I wanted to see if I could really get in touch with what was going on for me. HORMONES! Maybe?!

I am not sure if through this whole pregnancy I have REALLY, REALLY connected with the whole experience of being a human incubator and being a NEW PARENT. Imagine having on your TO DO LIST: incubate baby, learn to be a parent. Don’t laugh at me! Yes, these things appear on my internal TO DO LIST…I am nutty that way.

But here’s what I think brought on the tears, besides just hormones. I am learning to let go of control, and slowly realizing that I am vulnerable. Vulnerable, meaning, open to any possibility or situation and being open and able to accept help when I need it. Being vulnerable is a VERY SCARY thing for me. You can’t put, incubate a baby and learn to be a parent, on a TO DO LIST! It’s one of those things that you learn and experience along the way. You can’t control it. I can’t control it. CAN SOME TELL THAT TO MY SUBCONSCIOUS! Ok, look, if my brain and my subconscious can’t get along one of them is going to be sent to their room until they can play fair…hahahaha!

Now I know all this anti-control stuff intellectually, but I think the concept is integrating itself fully into my body and I am on the verge of having a major AHA! Moment, hence all the tears. The tears seem to reflect me working through the scary part of that.

My brain says, “I can’t control the world or even predict what might happen, I could go into labor at any moment. Ready or not, Extra Little could come flying out and that’s ok.”

My Subconscious says, ‘OMG I can’t control the world or even predict what might happen? I could go into labor at any moment. Ready or not, Extra Little could come flying out and, and, and…its NOT ok!

“Why is THAT sooo scary?” Asks Brain

Subconscious replies…because the Nursery isn’t done, I haven’t tied up loose ends, I haven’t completed all my goals, everything isn’t in “perfect” order, I haven’t planned every single little detail of my life, I haven’t read every book and, and, and….!

Then my dad calls at the perfect time and says, (what my brain would say) “Kendra, what’s the worst thing that could happen?” I laughed, I say this to people all the time…and here my Dad is saying it to me. It’s a great question, one of my favorites!

Then I sat with all these thoughts and wondered if my fear is really not about NOT BEING ABLE, but instead is about BEING ABLE, able to handle anything that comes my way no matter how hard it is. Does that make sense? Then I woke up this morning and read an email from SUPERSMITTE a GBD member who shared this quote. I know and love this quote as well and wanted to share it with you.

A quote by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that
we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most
frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of
God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing
enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around
you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make
manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us;
it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own
fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Xo
Kendra

Feed Me!

September 23, 2008

As you may have noticed, there’s a minor change on the blog. Well, an in-your-face minor change. Check out the pretty pink RSS FEED icon over there on the right… —–>

Use it! 😉

xo,
tabby

News day Tuesday: Yummmm Fooodddd

September 23, 2008

So, skahahoo sent in a link to a really interesting article that caught my attention… being the one who’s experiencing weight loss (or lack thereof at times *innocent whistle*).

First of all, go read this article, then come back.

K, now that you’ve read the article…

One of the most common things I hear from my friends (some of you post on here) about their own health journey is that its hard to stay away from the foods that you like. Its almost like some people seem to feel as if the only way to lose weight is to deprive yourself of the foods you love…

WHAT IF THAT’S NOT TRUE???

What if there’s thousands of other foods you LOOOOVE but you’ve never really stopped to experience it? The article above is interesting because it points out this same concept of deprivation over enjoyment. When I first started my journey I think one of the things that made my massive amount of weight loss so successful was the fact that I didn’t feel as if I was depriving myself. I was opening my world up to a brand new world of yummy (really yummy, in fact) recipes and foods that I’d never allowed myself to enjoy before. I mean, who KNEW asparagus was so freaking yummy? Especially when grilled in olive oil and some spice? MMMMMMMMmmm.

There’s so many fantastically delicious recipes out there that are green-based (meaning veggie) without all the bad fats and stuff… I realized that I shouldn’t even really need to focus on the amount of fats that are in something if I’m staying green, you know? Calories are a great way to gauge things if you really really need measurement BUT I found that by sticking to the green stuff or stuff with a thick outer layer I’m usually doin’ great!

That’s my two cents on the NY Times two cents. Now lets see how many cents we can accumulate in the comments! (okay, yeah… that was kinda lame)

Let’s Get Together

September 23, 2008

There is something special when women come together. It is such a comfortable, warm and truly inspiring experience. About 15 ladies got together last night at my place, and it was soooo beautiful. We ate, chatted, avoided stepping on the dog, and really just hung out. A lot of our time was spent introducing each other and sharing why we value and love the ladies we brought with us… There were some tears. Okay, a lot of tears. haha… we are such girls. I love it…

So we had Kendra and her belly, which is having plenty of movement these days. K is such a fabulous lady. She has a drive and determination that is very powerful. She talks a lot about being afraid all the time, which is something I do experience with her, but I also see her taking these great chances. I mean the woman has chosen to have a baby and build this company. At the same time. That is pretty balls.

And Tabby was there as well… I see Tabs as a girl who has gone through a lot of shite and has chosen to create a positive and productive life. She left her life (and kitty) in L.A. and came to Vancouver in like two days…okay slight exaggeration, but still. Tabby has a really lovely girlish energy, combo-ed with an ability to call code “beautiful”.

Allie-mack is one of my dearest friends. She has been an inspiration to me in her ability to be open, and to translate her passions to others in a way that they get passionate too. Allison is so great at bringing people together to create. And her commitment to help others is something that we share. I have so enjoyed spending these years of my life in her presence.

And my dear friend Rose… Who to me is the embodiment of woman. She is a pillar of strength and a force of female-ness. Intelligent, holistic and ultimately compassionate… I see so much of the type of woman I want to be. Rose-y is now a beautiful mother of a seven month old girl, and this seems to have brought out a vulnerability in her that I hadn’t experienced before. She is truly amazing…

These are just a few of the wonderful gals that were present. And I say this because I think that it would be so lovely for all of you to get a group of your girlfriends together, learn about each other, connect, share your experiences… That is essentially what GBD is about: bringing females together. I believe that women have an important perspective to offer the world. Now, this isn’t about the exclusion of men, it’s about the focus on female. With men around I think it is more challenging for girls to just be girls. But the more I embrace my female-ness, the more I can appreciate and love men… and other women for that matter. So, get a few or a lot of your gal friends together, and spend time together with the focus on female-ness. And share your experience with us!!!

Love,

Kristin

Movie Madness Mondays…oops!

September 23, 2008

Journey Update: Stop at the Inn

September 21, 2008

*Crickets chirp*

*another round of chirping*

Um… hi guys! So! Its been a while since I updated you all on my journey. The journey turned more into an extended stop at the inn on the outskirts of town with lots of meat and mead. So, the update is that there is no changes in my weight lately because I haven’t attempted to loose it. I went back to a hybrid of my old eating style and my new eating style (which really means Subway Wraps for lunch and Romano’s Macorni Grill for dinner). I don’t really know why, at this point, I made that choice with the exception that I’ve been away from home on an extended trip and I could pretty much “get away” with eating whatever I wanted. That and I injured my hip recently so I haven’t been able to get in any physical activity.

Do you guys ever experience that? What do you typically do to get over that hump?

xo
tabby