2017 Goals: February Update

2017 Goals: February Update

So I realize this is a bit late- more like half a month (whoops!), but here are my 2017 Goals update for the month of February:

*Goal 1: Exercise more and get better at Cardio

In the month of February, I exercised 12 times! This is by far the most I have ever exercised in one month, so yay me! Along with exercising more I definitely noticed that I’m getting better at cardio and weight training, and I’m really happy about this. I am working really hard to be present mentally and physically during the entire 60-minute class, which has been difficult after a long work day. This is probably going to be my biggest test for 2017 in terms of perseverance and working hard to achieve a goal.

*Goal 2: Go to all 50 states before I turn 30

I booked my trip for state 39- HAWAII for May! I am so excited to go on this trip. I won this trip back in December 2015 and it has taken over a year to book it. I have never been to Hawaii before, and I am so excited to explore and experience it. If you have any tips or recommendations for O’ahu, please comment below with them! After May, I’ll only need 11 more states to accomplish my goal, which is crazy! I’ve really enjoyed exploring the United States and seeing all the different parts and cultures within it.

*Goal 3: Budget and Save Money

Well I did pretty well saving money, but the whole budgeting thing failed. I am going to have to put together a new plan of attack for how to deal with this and be successful. Seriously, this is a major goal for this year and I am really working on achieving it. Two things I did learn about in February were Ebates and Ibotta. Ebates is a website and web browser plug-in that gives you cash back when you shop online at certain stores- so you’re basically getting free money while shopping! Ibotta is an app that allows you to earn money on grocery store purchases (certain items), some restaurants, and stores. If you’re interested in Ebates, make sure to subscribe through the link or button on the right and you’ll get $10 for just signing up! If you’re interested in Ibotta, use the referral code onjumjl for $10. This post is not sponsored by either company, but I think they’re really great tools for earning money on purchases you were already going to make.

*Goal 4: Be more politically active

This is a goal I need to figure out how to achieve or work on. I’ve considered volunteering for an organization or working on a political campaign, but I haven’t figured out what the most effective technique is here.

Stay tuned to see how achieving my goals is going for the rest of the year!

P.S. I promise to post March’s update on time 🙂

Why I Marched

Why I Marched

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On January 21, 2017, I participated in the Women’s March in Los Angeles, and I am extremely glad I did so. It has been 11 days since the new president was sworn in, and I’ve felt a variety of emotions ranging from anger to being scared. However, on January 21st, I was proud to be participating in something so historic. I was proud that I stood up for what I believed in, and that millions of people around the world did too. I was proud that the marches around the world were peaceful and inclusive. In the hours, I marched, I was proud to be an American.

Now some may ask why it took me so long to write this post, and the answer is it took me these 11 days to harness my feelings and craft something that wasn’t irrational or a rant. I marched because I believe in women’s rights, equality, human rights, disability rights, access to a good public education, reproductive rights, diversity, and that as a social worker I should stand up for marginalized populations.

I loved the atmosphere of the March in LA; it was calm, diverse, and there was a strong sense of unity.  If you asked me a year ago if I would ever participate in a march, I probably would have said nope, but now I’m glad I did and I’m not going to stop.

The Year of Me

The Year of Me

Not only have I decided that I need to work on myself personally, financially, and health wise, but I also need to work on myself professionally. Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time applying to over 200 jobs that I could definitely excel at if given the opportunity. I decided that in 2017 I would stop moping around, but I would actually take action. I have signed up for three classes through Udemy: 1) The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0; 2) Microsoft Excel- Excel from Beginner to Advanced; 3) SPSS Statistics Foundation Course: From Scratch to Advanced. I picked these three courses out because I wanted to learn something new, but important or I wanted to strengthen skills I already have. Now I know some of you are wondering, why is a Macro Social Worker learning technical skills? The answer is, well a lot of macro social work jobs I applied to or read wanted some technical skill I didn’t possess, so I’ve decided to change that and I’m going to learn new things.

I also decided to attend a program through Social Brand School to learn more about Instagram, and how to monetize it. My main goals for this are to figure out how to use Instagram to draw readers to my blog, and how I can use Instagram with a non-profit I do some work for.

Some other online resources I’ve looked at to learn new skills are Skillcrush, General Assembly, and Google Analytics. I decided not to do these courses, because I don’t have enough time to dedicate to them; however, I’m still interested in completing them in the future. Once I finish my four classes, I promise to tell you about my experiences with online learning platforms and what I think of them. Happy learning everyone!

Why Social Workers Should be in Politics

While I was in graduate school basically all of my classmates hated the policy courses we had to take. However, a lot of the areas they wanted to work in depend on federal policies. Recently, the University of Southern California School of Social Work published this article about 6 Issues Social Workers Should Consider this Election. These six issues are extremely important this election, and we need to be educated on the issues the candidates the support and vote accordingly.

Trapped

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Friday night I was lucky enough to attend a screening of the documentary, Trapped. The movie focuses on access to abortions in the Southern states, mainly Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. As someone who has always lived in urban settings and in blue states, I was shocked at some of the laws different states have been implementing to make it nearly impossible for abortion clinics to stay open. The stories about some of the clients at these clinics broke my heart, and they also angered me. Most of the laws in these states were presented and written by men, so men want to control a woman’s right to make choices about her own body. I honestly think that if more men got to experience life as a woman, they would realize how dumb this is. By forcing clinics to close, the government is continuing the cycle of systemic poverty for women and their children. This alone can increase the amount of aid states provide to qualified impoverished residents. In Alabama, they keep passing different trap laws, which make it more difficult for abortion clinics to stay open. We were lucky enough to have one of the owners, June, at the conference Friday. If you’re at all interested in women’s rights and reproductive health, I strongly recommend Trapped.

 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In recent years the issue of sexual assault on college campuses has become a more visible issue. Here is a flow chart that explains what consent is:

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Accurate Statements About Being a Therapist

As a professional in the helping field, there are many assumptions people have about therapists. Recently, BuzzFeed posted a great list of things therapists are not, and it is completely accurate. So, if you’re interested in learning about the misconceptions of therapists, enjoy.