Saturday, March 27, 2010

Gimme gimme gimme!

"But I want it!"

The oldest argument between kids and their parents around.

In a recent post on New Moon Girls' Facebook page, a mother wrote:

"My daughter has fake uggs and when she asked for these 130.00 boots because her friends has them I said no and my reasoning was that she didn't want them because they were good boots but because "everyone" has them."

My first thought when I heard this was, "Just say NO!".Then I thought,"I wonder why does this girl think she has to have the Ugg's, not the Bearpaws, which happen to be about $110 cheaper.Is it because the boot's are better or because "everyone" has them?And if the former, what will she do with her $130 shoes when "everyone" ditches them?

Being an individual when it comes to what I wear,I couldn't care less what "everyone" is wearing.But this girl obviously does, and expects her parents to pay for that.Which brings me to two problems. One, kids expect their parents to just have an outflow of cash for them to spend on stuff they don't really need and two, their parents give in to it. Now I too have things I really really want and want my parents to buy for me. But my mom has come up with a good way to cure this. She gives me this saying:"If you want it that bad, buy it yourself." Boy, does that curb my need! If I really want it, then I'll buy it, but it really makes me think about if I really need it.I don't expect my parents to just pay for everything I want and they encourage me and if I can't pay for a thing may give me half or a third of the price to help.

So to Ugg Girl: Maybe you should, if you really want the boots, buy them yourself. Or if you don't want to do that, maybe you should look into a generic pair, which are just as comfortable and look just the same.The only difference is that they cost a lot cheaper. :)

The lesson in all of this?
Wait, there's a metaphor for it.

If you want it that bad, buy it yourself.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Oh WOW.....

Like I said before... WOW. I spent a day surrounded on all sides by amazing women.I met the first lady of California, Maria Shriver, the first (and only) female Iron Chef, Cat Cora and the amazing Ms.Lula Washington.I heard girls sing wonderful songs and perform poetry they wrote themselves. I saw clips from a documentary ,Girl Culture, that made me want to put every "Mean Girl" on this planet in jail. I saw images from another documentary "Thin" that made me want to cry.I was inspired by listening to all of these amazing girls and women, hearing their stories and seeing their life's works.
Here are some images from the day:

The first lady...

Cat Cora, the one and only female Iron chef. Her Mediterranean chicken? Yummmm....

Mrs.Lula Washington. You know those N'avi dance scenes in Avatar? 'Nuff said.

These women and more, many recipentents of the Minerva Awards, created by Maria Shriver.There was so much women- and girl- power in the room, it was wonderful.
I will (hopefully) be posting interviews with two of the women I met...