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I am Dani and this is my way of sharing who I am, through the things that I love. Please feel free to contact me at destinationdaniland@gmail.com and follow me on Twitter, @destinationdani .

Friday, April 23, 2010

Oprah, Barbie and Girl Power!!

I was recently asked whether or not I thought Oprah had changed the world.  My answer to that was of course…no.  Sure, she has created a name for herself, well hell an entire empire even, but other than massive giveaways, telling us what books to read, and showing us that no matter how much money we have we weren't all meant to be skinny what impact has she really had on the world?  On that same day I was asked if I thought Barbie had changed the world.  My answer that time was yes.  I mean sure there is the whole negative body image stigma.  And, being a woman who grew up playing with Barbie's I get it.  She did give us all this unrealistic ideal of what a woman should look like, but I believe she has done way more good than bad.  It was the first series of dolls to depict women in different rolls.  Not just the mother and/or housewife, but a career woman.  Barbie was a doctor, pilot, fashion designer and rock star.   She showed us little girls that we could do anything we wanted, be whatever we wanted to be.  I will be forever grateful to Barbie for that.  Women are strong, beautiful, sensitive, nurturing, multi-taskers without whom the world would cease to exist.  These questions got me thinking about the women who inspired me and who truly did change the world.  Women such as Amelia Earhart, who I believe was the first true feminist.  There is a great article about her at HOWSTUFFWORKS.COM I highly recommend.  Lucille Ball, who was beautiful, smart and funny!  There was also Marilyn Monroe, who was the epitome of beauty and sensuality…a size 14 by the way.  So many women made the world what it is today.  Now please don't get me wrong, I really don't see myself as much of a feminist.  I dream of being a wife and mother above all else, but I also want to be a writer.   A lot of women have big dreams that don't afford them a lot of time at home.  That doesn't mean they shouldn't have children, or that we should criticize them for not being home if they do.  There are a lot of men out there who don't mind being stay at home dads.  I know women have this reputation or tradition I guess of being the ones who do the cooking and cleaning and if they don't work or are not the major breadwinners than I have no problem with that.  However, if they do bring home the bacon so to speak, and the man stays home then I feel there is no reason why he can't do it.  I of course believe in equal rights, but I can't deny the role women have inherently played throughout history.  We were the mothers, the ones who gave life and took care of everything within the home.  That is the miracle of our being.  I know that there are a lot of woman who don't want that life, and that is fine.  We can't really blame society for still seeing men and women in the traditional roles.  The world has come a long, long way and for the most part I am glad I grew up when I did.  J

Thursday, April 15, 2010

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It's been 2 weeks!! I have been on the restricted calorie program (I refuse to call it a diet) for 14 days now. I have done really well. I also have not had fast food in almost a month. I refuse to do it! I was eating it so much, it was ridiculous! I watched "Supersize me" the other night too and it just reaffirmed that I was doing the right thing. The stuff they feed us, that we allow them to pass off as food, is disgusting! Don't get me wrong, I'm not delusional I know it tastes yummy. It's cheap and quick and convenient, and I still crave it sometimes...but I have not waivered from my path. I have been trying to prepare more natural food! We have got to support our local farmers y'all, it's better for all of us!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Great way to kill time.

Hey everyone, I wanted to take a second to tell y'all about a website I just heard of.  It is freerice.com and is very cool...  Especially if you enjoy trivia, as I do.  You just go to the website, there is nothing to join or anything, and for every trivia question you answer correctly they donate 10 grains of rice through the World Health Organization.  The first time I logged in it defaulted to the subject of English, but there are many more and they are easy to change.  I encourage everyone to check this site out.  They are doing great things.