Spring is here in Oregon! The long, dark, dreary, rainy days are passing, pink flowers are blooming on trees… Also blooming is The Amused Me. Road trip just last fall, now visiting Portland in less than a week! Dreams are coming true! A new business, gypsies surrounding me, I will be bringing new experiences to the blog! Thanks for supporting my blog and joining me on this ride of life together! Be sure to grab my newsletter! Love. XO
It has been far too long since I gave this blog some love! Happy weekend fellow muses! I have lots of news to catch you up on. Part of the reason I haven’t posted is because my business has seen some success in the past month, so I’ve been a bit more busy. Still, that’s no excuse, right? It’s wonderful to me to have website work for my business, but that’s not the only thing that has kept me from writing. The grips of depression when things looked a little bleak this past April made it difficult to express myself in a blog post. And, Facebook is always a difficult place to post about such circumstances. I don’t like to complain! So, I struggled to get back in the game of life so to speak. Now, things are looking up for me, and I want to share the successes and what I’ve learned from the bit of a break I took from The Amused Me.
When I started my business, there was a buzz of excitement. I was told that it would be two steps forward, one step back and so forth – perfectly forewarned that there would be stumbling blocks. However, when April came and there wasn’t work for me, I panicked. Not having work made my life so boring and cumbersome. It was hard to have several projects going and then to have work come to a complete halt. As I can be a bit drastic at times, I even considered shutting the business down. Financially, it felt difficult to pay subscriptions for the business when I had none and struggle just to get by most months. My good friend Terri encouraged me though, and I held on. With the help and support of friends who encouraged me and didn’t give up on me, I found my way back. More work came my way, and now I’m working to avoid such emotional pitfalls in the future. Here’s what I’m up to…
I have had fitness trainers, teachers, mentors, etc., but I’ve never had a health coach until now. Since it’s new for me, I don’t know if my experience is typical. But, I have only had her for a week of coaching, and I already feel so liberated, motivated and determined! I have to share what it’s about with you. My coach is Judy Malone from All in the Balance. I met her as she is my client, and working with her was such a joy that I felt it would be beneficial to try her health coaching. I’m so glad that I did. In just this first week, I am reminded each day to be more mindful. As you know, I’ve written here plenty about mindfulness. When I learned of Judy’s coaching, I envisioned something different. I wasn’t sure it would apply to me since I’m no health nut. I don’t work out or eat properly. But, what Judy has been showing me is that it’s more about our approach to change. I’m learning to retrain my brain to accumulate helpful information in my life, transforming that information into small, bite-size actions that over time will result in radical differences.
I can’t say enough about Judy and All in the Balance. I couldn’t wait until her new website is finished to share with you what I’m learning and feeling. I wouldn’t be able to write this post today if it weren’t for the inspiration I’ve been given from this new approach. We can sometimes get very down about the way things seem to work. We can fall victim to our circumstances and wallow in self-pity, refusing to take personal responsibility for our happiness and the amount of control we have in our lives. I was feeling rather stuck. To get unstuck, I decided to make use of this awesome new resource and amazing person. I’m tagging you if I think you might also benefit personally from this approach and Judy’s coaching. I totally recommend this opportunity to everyone!
When things were feeling rather low, I searched for the right support mechanisms. I didn’t want to give up on things. I wanted to seek guidance and get through that low point. The first step is a small action in itself. We have to believe we’re worth it. We have to believe that we can change and improve our overall well being. So, stay tuned for the new website! It’s an exciting project for me. In the meantime, do check out the current site and all that is offered – from teas to aromatherapy to the coaching. All really good stuff!
It feels good to blog again too! I plan on posting more often. Baby steps… Have a wonderful weekend, and do check out All in the Balance. There is so much more to life than we know when we open our mind to positive change. Love.
There’s no doubt this is an exceptional year in politics. It might even go down as one of the most politically riveting times in American history. A year ago, Bernie Sanders was a name I didn’t know, Trump was just another run at the Republican nomination and Hillary was most likely to cinch the nomination. Now, Trump leads the Republican party while Bernie has created a movement of progressives demanding change from even the so-called left. In some ways, everything has changed and will never be the same again. In other ways, staunch opposition from the establishment for not “toning down” and letting incremental change take place has transformed the status quo as something that people actually embrace and accept. Not everyone wants change. The country may be divided, but there are a lot of folks out there who appreciate what they have and worry that more would make them miserable in taxes or various other impositions. So, in each party, a dynamic contest takes place. The establishment versus the new voices of change.
Probably one of the most significant voices of change is Bernie Sanders. But, Bernie hasn’t been getting the best of the mainstream press lately. And, in addition, his voting demographic is heavily represented by people who couldn’t vote due to closed primaries and problems at the polls. Right now, national polls place Sanders and Clinton neck and neck, still Hillary and the mainstream call on Sanders to throw in the towel. Critics accuse Sanders of all kinds of falsehoods, including stealing supporters’ money by making promises he can’t keep. But, one can easily find information on how Sanders plans to fund and pass his proposals. He was even termed the “amendment king” for his ability to get things done in the Senate. Half the country is taken with Sanders and his inspired revolution. That deserves attention no matter whether you “feel the Bern” or not.
Perhaps to look at what Bernie is up against will help. Many criticize Bernie sharply for campaigning on the Democratic ticket while having always been an independent. Critics say he hasn’t contributed to the Democrats or that his loyalty isn’t to the party. I’m no political genius, but I don’t think he would have been as successful running as an independent. To really create change and have a shot at the White House, Sanders had to run and begin transformation to the system from within. People are so much more aware of what happens in the voting process, as well as the issues that remain problematic for voters. But, not having the same level of support from the DNC as Hillary hurts Bernie too. So, despite his huge rallies and support across the nation, the votes and press attention aren’t adding up for Bernie. And, this hurts. It hurts his supporters because it’s like a slap in the face to them in their tireless efforts to phone bank, canvass, text and campaign.
So, while it looks like Trump will be the Republican nominee, many count Hillary as the front-runner for the Democrats and are even asking Bernie to help unite the party by giving up. This is very sad for supporters of the movement. To be honest, New York was so tough on the activists who worked till the last minute rallying support. It was a huge disappointment for them, especially the young people who now feel betrayed by “the system”. New sects have started forming, and I question whether these sects are really helping the campaign at all. How do you start a revolution and then stop it to unite a party that has not had the ear of the populous? How do you just end a political revolution? Some have called me a dreamer, told me the reality is that there is no revolution. I’ve even been asked what I’ve been smoking to believe in such “pie in the sky” visions. It’s not a revolution for everyone, it’s true. But, there IS a revolution taking place, it’s stormed our country and even influenced so many in other countries because of Bernie. The Bernie or Bust movement is real, and it threatens Hillary and the Democratic party.
Until Tuesday, we just don’t know how it will all turn out yet. I for one am looking to Bernie to lead us supporters in a decision on how to continue this revolution no matter what. Do we stick with Bernie or Bust? Do we write in his name? What will Hillary have to do to win Bernie’s vote? Can she win his support as he seems to indicate is possible? And, what if… just what if Bernie wins the majority on Tuesday? Stats show that Bernie is better suited to defeat Trump in the general election. But, if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination and his supporters don’t (as they promise they won’t) shift their support to Hillary, do we risk Trump winning the White House? Is that what America gets? A lot of people will and already blame Bernie for such a risk. But, is it really Bernie’s responsibility to bear? What about all of the reasons for Hillary not being the nominee the people want? Bernie has shed light on the political process. People are fed up with money in politics. They want honesty. They want transparency. Hillary isn’t giving them what they need. If she were, she’d have the nomination by now.
Whether you support Bernie Sanders or not, it is undeniable what has happened because of him in this country. People are ready to take back their government, to raise the minimum wage, to provide the right of healthcare to all, to provide tuition free education and to shift the economy from one where the working and middle class are disappearing to an economy that doesn’t favor the top 1%. I am Bernie or Bust because Hillary won’t stop special money interests from slowing or stopping real change. And, she is certainly more inclined to drag us into conflicts than Bernie. Basically, when I face Hillary as the nominee, I fear the same old establishment politics picking up where they left off before the revolution. And, that doubles the agony for those of us working for change. But, I won’t live in fear. The revolution doesn’t stop for me, it’s only just begun.
Main point? No matter what happens, it’s worth admitting that Bernie Sanders has changed the playing field of politics. The game will never be the same. People, everyday people – not the kind who afford $353,000 plates at the table with Hillary – have spoken out against social and economic injustice. There is no going back now. People have a taste of freedom from the bonds of injustice. Don’t take that away from people. Recognize and listen to the demands of ordinary people wanting change who won’t vote for Hillary as the lessor of two evils. For once, there is a candidate who offers hope from a sea of political red tape. People will no longer be content with being told they can’t take back their country or be told that it’s too complicated. Bernie leads millions in believing there is a future to believe in. It’s a future that can’t be bought. Bernie and the reigns to this country are not for sale. It requires people to find their backbones and stand up. And, they’re doing just that. Standing up, being heard. People like me are saying no more. And, whether Bernie gets the nomination, we want to be heard and recognized. And, I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
The world is watching with curiosity as to what happens next in American politics. It’s no secret I’m a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President. Yes, fellow muses, I am really feeling the Bern. I will be calling New York voters for Bernie this evening and tomorrow evening. Our goal is to reach 2 million New York voters before the vote on Tuesday. I have to admit, I believe we’ll reach our goal. I follow a very enthusiastic group of activists on Facebook. It’s hard to believe this organized group of young folks won’t work tirelessly to make this happen.
However, as I cheer Bernie on inside, questions arise about how to be a part of the political conversation. What is my role? What are my responsibilities? What are my passions? What am I NOT comfortable with? And, muses, that’s the clincher. I am a sweet pacifist who mostly would like it if everyone would just get along. Oh, but it so doesn’t work that way, does it? How does someone like me take a stand about the issues I feel passionate about? Well, I have a blog. That’s a start. So, I come to the desk of The Amused Me to take my stand.
I have not shamed Hillary. I should. But, I haven’t. I just feel that demonizing the opponent isn’t in the spirit of Bernie. I must admit that I get a little nervous when “fans” and supporters go to more extreme lengths to show their support and to voice their passions. The beating on pots at Clooney’s or the negative characterizations such as making Hillary out to be someone who doesn’t have a ounce of value. That’s just not what Bernie is doing, and I don’t see the value in it either. So, I post a few times a day, make my phone calls, register to vote in Oregon and watch with awe as Bernie transforms the world with his vision and commitment.
Maybe I have more of a responsibility than I realize, though. Maybe it will become clearer as I reach out tonight to the voters and hear the array of positions and concerns. I’m nervous and yet excited. It’s been a while since I made campaign calls, and I know New Yorkers can be a bit frank. I hope it goes as it has for others who post their stories. So many people excited about Bernie and the upcoming elections. It is such a prolific time in politics. I have hope. And, Bernie makes me sort of proud! I am for the first time in a long time proud to be the American who can say that we have a progressive candidate who has the power in the people to take our country back from the establishment of convoluted politics.
So, rather than a ravenous scolding, I will express my “concerns” about Hillary in hopes that others will join in the discussion. Overall, I thought the debate was good. CNN seemed to host a fair debate with challenging questions focused on issues that both candidates had to respond to. I also feel that the major press has covered the debate fairly for the most part. At this point, it is hard to dismiss the momentum Bernie has built. And, finally the press is covering Hillary in a more thoughtful light, exposing some of the truths that trip up her campaign. So, here it is. (I doubt Hillary will get offended, lol). I don’t believe Hillary is good for our nation as President because she represents the establishment of the past. And, that establishment has kept people down, confused them about the way things work in politics. And, that just isn’t right. Hillary and most of her supporters feel she’s entitled to the Presidency, that she’s earned it. I disagree. Hillary’s wealth of experience has made her cold and distant from the heart of the people in need of change in this country. While we see her working to relate, it’s not something that she can do.
You see, Hillary can’t be the best choice if we want serious change. And, I suppose that not everyone wants serious change. Some people are doing great with the status quo. Some people want to build on what Obama did. My personal opinion on that is that people have become complacent and tired. By feeling like change isn’t possible anyways, people give up on the political system. To me, a vote for Hillary is giving up on a more comprehensive plan to transform and heal our nation. I admit that’s just my opinion though. People do have a right to vote for Hillary. That doesn’t make anyone a bad person for it, ya know? I guess that’s where I step aside compared to other activists who go for the jugular with everyone they meet to convince everyone they meet that the only answer is Bernie.
Which brings me to this #BernieOrBust stuff. Susan Sarandon said on Bill Maher that she wasn’t ready to accept that Bernie wouldn’t get the nomination. She wasn’t ready to commit a vote to Bernie’s Democratic opponent should such an “unspeakable” event take place. I guess I feel much the same. However, we must not trivialize what’s facing us as liberals with the Republicans up for office. There is NO way we can risk letting Cruz or Trump win the general election. So, the BernieOrBust movement concerns me. I know many hope he’ll run as an Independent should this happen, but that’s doubtful. So, I hope that people will consider what’s at stake. Bernie is the most fit to beat the Republicans in November. He should win the nomination.
So, I hope that people this election year will make the choices that resonate with their souls. I mean, that’s all I can ask, right? People should believe in the candidate they’re voting for. I want people to be informed and empowered with information that is about the issues. We’re at a point where character counts, ya know? People want to view their candidate and connect. What I hope for as a supporter of Bernie is that people take a second look at this man. I want people to do their homework. I want folks to take seriously what’s at stake in our country and make an informed decision. Ultimately, I want people to turn on to Bernie and feel it like I do, feel the Bern. I would love people to just “put a bird on it”! But, I am at peace if people do more than sling mud and actually do the research. What do you think? Am I being too soft? Should I take it up a notch? I guess I’m just not that angry yet. Maybe I should be, but I’m just filled with a lot of love right now, a lot of hope. I believe Bernie is doing something YUUUGE no matter what. And, for now, that’s all I’ve got.