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Finding balance in a 24/7 world

How bad do you want to feel good?

Growing up with a parent who suffered from clinical depression and navigating a heaping dose of dysfunction, stress, anxiety and "not feeling enough" the first thirty years of my life, left me highly motivated to want to FEEL GOOD.

The primary drive for the work I do now --helping people enhance balance and inner peace in everyday life---is that I've tasted what it feels like to live with a sense of unease and always looking outside myself for happiness and self-worth. But when I eventually learned how to find my "home base" --through accessing the art/science of self-care-- and tap into the deep well of peace that exists within each of us, I knew this was where I wanted to live as much of the time as possible.

What self-care is NOT

I was lying in bed Sunday morning reading from author Anne Lamott's beautiful little book Small Victories. In one of her stories about parenting, she shares with a little self-deprecation, but mostly tenderness, how she doesn't bake for PTA fund raisers, is often disorganized and sometimes forgets to follow-through on updates from her son's school. Her ability to accept who she is is both endearing and freeing.

Her story got me thinking how so many people I meet have a misguided sense about the concept of self-care. I often hear a lot of "shoulds," and many confess they downright suck at self-care.

Invest in Women to Reduce Poverty

This post, authored by Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, originally appeared on  Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat discusses the results of a study published by the Women's Foundation and the policy solutions that can lift all women out of poverty. She urges lawmakers to expand their investment in women and their families. is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Join MomsRising at the Dallas City Council Chambers on April 8th!

Please join MomsRising volunteers and staff on April 8th, 2015; 10:30 am at the City Council Meeting to thank Mayor Rawlings for his work to improve children's health in Dallas! 

MomsRising and our partners at Healthy Children in a Healthy Environmentare coming together to personally deliver the giant “Thank You!” card MomsRising members signed to thank Mayor Rawling for his work (and the work of other local leaders) to decrease the number of uninsured children in the city, and to ask them to continue their work to improve children's health in Dallas.

Here is what you need to know about this FREE event: 

When: Wednesday, April 8th, 10:30 am

Where: Dallas City Council Chambers, 1500 Marilla, Dallas TX 75201

What: Attend a reception to hand-deliver a giant “Thank You” card from hundreds of Dallas families to the Mayor (Note: There may be press in attendance). 

Who: Parents & kids in the Dallas area (That means YOU. Come as you are - there’s no need to dress up or read up on the issue! Your presence is enough.)

Hattiesburg Mayor DuPree and City Council members are working to decrease the number of uninsured children in Mississippi!

Great news! Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and City Council members, Kim Bradley, Deborah Delgado, Carter Carroll, Mary Dryden, and Henry Naylor, are going the extra mile to make sure kids in Mississippi have the health coverage they need!

Hattiesburg was awarded a grant through the National League of Cities to fund the E³ Health Initiative. This grant enrolls eligible families in low-cost health coverage available through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Health is an LGBT equality issue.

Health is an LGBT equality issue. It's not quite as sexy of an issue as marriage equality or nondiscrimination—although it does overlap—and it is just as important.

People in our LGBT community are more likely to be uninsured and in 2013, 1 in 3 low- and middle-income LGBT people were uninsured—which is incredibly high!

There are a number of reasons for this, but some of the big ones are:

National Paid Family Leave: 2016 Needs a Champion

LOS ANGELES (WOMENSENEWS)--In 2016, the United States deserves a presidential candidate who will make paid family leave a priority on the campaign platform.

That candidate can take over from President Barack Obama who advocated for paid family leave in this year's State of the Union speech.

"Today, we're the only advanced country on earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers," Obama said. "Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave. Forty-three million. Think about that. And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. So I'll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own."

It's fine for states to adopt leave laws, but the United States needs more. We need one national policy that is consistent for workers everywhere, not different state by state, or city by city.

California is a model that works, but it needs to be fine-tuned to include: replacement salary, elimination of retaliation, longer time off from work and efforts to increase public awareness of its benefits.

A Mother Whose Son Was Shot By Police 50 Times Needs Our Help!

Take Action!

Mothers in New York State are asking for our help. A group of families who have lost loved ones to police brutality, dating back to 1994, have come together to urge Governor Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor for police brutality cases

Time for Justice for Children in New York

Co-written by Melanie Hartzog Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-New York

Under New York’s juvenile justice system a child as young as seven can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult.

These laws are shockingly behind the times — bad for children and bad for public safety. New York is one of only four states to create a juvenile jurisdiction for little children who are barely old enough to shed their baby teeth and still believe in the tooth fairy. And they are expected to have the cognitive development necessary to participate in and understand a trial?

New York is one of only two states to ignore the latest neurological research underscoring the fact that 16- and 17-year-olds are still children developmentally. Their brains will not be fully formed until age 25, and they lack the ability to control impulsive behavior by focusing on its consequences.

Families Need Stronger Protection Against Superbugs

Last year, President Obama formed the 'National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria' to put together a 5-year plan to prevent what many experts see as the public health crisis of our time: antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Its members released their plan this morning. 

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