If I am to be completely honest, I will admit that writing my blog post is agonizing. Deciding on the title, the content, and the direction to take my blog is like trying to choose my flavor of ice cream at Boombalatti’s. The process takes me forever! I tell myself if I have my house clean, my laundry done, my desk caught up, and my part-time job found then I will be in a clear place and the words will flow. All of us moms know that we are never caught up and the truth is, I need to give myself permission to sit and really put my thoughts to paper. This is not only for those who read the blog, but for my kids, and for me.
The statements: “I am just a mom”, and “What can ONE mom do?” resonate with me. Since leaving my nursing career so many years ago to stay home with the kids, I have repeated these words too many times. I feel I am neither a “working mom” nor a “stay-at-home mom”. There was a time in my life when I was extremely career driven, but that desire left me when I became pregnant 14 years ago. After my daughter was born I knew I wanted to be home with her however, I never felt compelled to be an “at home” mom either. I do not care to cook, clean, sew, craft, or join the mom groups. For years this frustrated me and left me wondering where I fit in the grand scheme of this “mom” discussion.
Then last year as I embraced this volunteer position as ONE Congressional District Leader, I was starting to see what my role as a mom has been. When I was invited to be on the ONE Mom’s Advisory Council my eyes were opened and I realized what ONE mom can do. ONE mom can raise children with an awareness of the world through books, movies, museums and conversations. ONE mom can create a world of compassion by encouraging her kids to donate, to give gratitude, and to love. ONE mom can find her voice and share it with others to inspire a whole world of moms to speak up, to unite, and to ultimately change the world!!
Many moms following the ONE Moms (www.one.org/moms) have asked what they can do in their own communities. I thought it might be helpful to read the monthly ONE Wilmington email that I send out. Just think of the awareness we can create if more moms engaged their communities---together as ONE---moms can do so much!!
Happy Friday ONE Wilmington,
September always feels like the start of a new year--I have a new calendar, the kids have a new school schedule, we start DREAMS, and I always start a new exercise routine! This year in addition to these new beginnings I see a real engagement and interest in the issues facing women around the world. I have been so humbled and honored to be part of the ONE Mom's Advisory Council and have the opportunity to raise awareness at this level. I invite all of ONE Wilmington to be a part of this conversation. You do not even have to leave your house to take action, just set your DVR and utilize your social media to give your voice for women everywhere!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
*Monday, September 19 (8-9 am EST) the ONE Moms will be featured as part of Good Morning America's launch of The Million Moms Challenge. (details are at the bottom of this email!!!)
*Tuesday, September 20 @ 6:30 pm I will be speaking and sharing details from my recent Kenya trip at the UN Women and Coastal Carolina Chapter UNA-USA program "Women, War & Peace" (This program will be an introduction to Women, War & Peace, a five-part PBS special, premieres Oct. 11, 2011. The series continues on Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. through Nov. 8.) I will also attach a hard copy flier to this email for you to print, share,and pass on!!)
LINKS TO MEDIA COVERAGE OVER THE LAST MONTH:
*Interview with fellow North Carolinian ONE Mom, Jennifer James, and myself on the UNC-TV program North Carolina Now-- we are at minute 17:30 http://video.unctv.org/video/2098347785
*Article in Lumina News by Michelle Saxton: http://luminanews.com/article.asp?aid=8764&iid=285&sud=42
*ONE Moms on ABC World News and GMA: http://one.org/blog/2011/08/09/in-case-you-missed-it-one-moms-on-abc/
*WWAY-TV interview: http://www.wwaytv3.com/2011/08/09/local-mom-working-to-make-global-difference
*WILMA: Pick up the September edition for a nice ONE Mom article in the front
*UNA-USA Fall 2011 newsletter: attached to this email as a document
UPCOMING EVENTS and OPPORTUNITIES:
*October 1 @ 9 am will be our once/month ONE Coffee/Tea at Port City Java 2099 Market Street
*October 8 @ 7 pm will be the Una Luna Full Moon Saturday event--more details to come (possibly a documentary screening)
*ONE UNCW is off and running with our fantastic ONE campus leader, Kayleigh Maneval!!!
*For those interested in hunger and agriculture ONE is now taking applications for an incredible 6 week online Griot course--I strongly encourage checking out this opportunity:
*ONE High School Clubs are taking off at both Laney and Isaac Bear Early College--the interest was phenomenal!! Be on the lookout for NHHS, Ashley, and Hoggard to follow suit.
As always if you have any questions, comments, or ideas for ONE in NC-7 please send them my way. This last year has truly proven that North Carolina cares about the world's poorest and is committed to giving their voice to make sure that we are doing all that we can to make poverty history. This is a great community to be a part of.
Together as ONE,Rachel
ONE Congressional District Leader NC-7
CALLING ALL MOMS: BE ONE IN A MILLION
ABC News is launching an historic, first of-its-kind campaign on Good Morning America on Monday, September 19th, called The Million Moms Challenge – and we want you to be a part of it.
The Challenge is a call-to-action to engage a million Americans with millions of moms overseas to raise awareness about the challenges facing moms and babies in the developing world. (Did you know, for example, that every 90 seconds a woman dies in childbirth?)
The Million Moms Challenge will be featured in weekly segments across ABC News (including Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline and 2020)… leading up to a Diane Sawyer primetime hour in December on maternal health.
So what do we want you to do? It’s really easy:1. Show up at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning September 19th – outside ABC News’ Times Square Studio – on the southeast corner of 44th and Broadway. You’ll be finished by 9. Feel free to wear T shirts from our partner organizations – or even printed with pics of your own mom.
2. Hold up the index finger of your right hand, and open your left palm, like this:
3. Write or stamp the words “Million Moms” on the palm of your left hand . We have stickers…and self-inking stamps and markers – all with washable ink. (Handwriting is nice, too.)
4. Kids can write on their hands – even draw pictures of their moms!
5. When the shot is live…Smile for the camera!
Bottom line: we’re asking folks to raise their hands for moms and babies around the world.
Remember, you don’t have to be a mom to help a mom. You just have to be one in a million.
And if you can’t make it to Time Square, be sure to watch GMA on Monday (8-9 EST)…then snap your own picture at home with the Million Moms symbol and send it ASAP to MillionMomsPictures@gmail.com...or post it on your own Facebook page or blog.
Social media: Tweet me: I’m one in a million for healthy moms & babies around the world. Join the #MillionMomsChallenge with me! www.MillionMomsChallenge.com
Twitter and hashtag: @amillionmoms; #amillionmoms
Like on Facebook: facebook.com/millionmomschallenge