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Speaks To Me Sunday #75

22 Jan

Oh, this is so important right now. 

We must have the courage to stand up for our beliefs. But we must also have the courage to listen to the beliefs of others. Communication is essential. Otherwise, we will always be divided.

It’s scary to put yourself out there, to be vocal about about your beliefs and convictions. Especially if they might not line up with the beliefs of people you love… so I am trying to have a little courage. 

I feel incredibly proud of the people I know that stood up for women’s rights at the Women’s March on Washington yesterday. I thought my heart might burst with how proud I felt seeing people gather all over the world to raise their voices together. It was completely peaceful, totally within our rights, and, from what I hear, full of love. 
And then I started to hear some dissent. And it crushed me a little bit… I tried to read and listen to why others opposed this march. What I kept running into was a lack of understanding. People literally not knowing what this march was all about, but opposing it nonetheless. So if you don’t know, here’s why we march…

Women’s March on Washington:

  • Feminism. Women’s rights are human rights. 
  • Ending violence and gender and racial inequality in the criminal justice system.
  • Reproductive rights, quality healthcare services, accurate sex education, safe and legal birth control and abortions.
  • LGTBQIA rights are human rights.
  • Worker’s Rights that work for women too. Equal pay, access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments.
  • Civil Rights, man! Voting rights, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability.
  • Disability Rights as Deaf women and women with disabilities should be fully included in American life, economy, and culture. 
  • Immigrant rights for the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” 
  • Environmental Justice to protect our world because we have the right to clean water, clean air, and access to public lands. 

So, there you have it. Why we march. Can you read it and not see something that speaks to you? Even if you can’t get behind all of it… Can you honestly read through that list and disagree with ALL of it? If so… I honestly don’t understand. But I suppose that might also explain why we have ended up with President that I also don’t understand. We are not on the same page, we are not understanding each other. But it seems to me that we aren’t even trying. 

So, here I am… trying. I am trying to be courageous enough to share my beliefs with you. I hope you will have courage, dear heart, and share with me too. I will not shame you for speaking your mind or for having beliefs that are different than mine. I will listen to you with an open heart, and hope you will offer me the same courtesy. Maybe then we can build a bridge to reach each other. Maybe then we can move forward with courage and with love into a world we are all proud to call home. 

Favorite Five Friday (138th Edition)

10 Mar

Friday is back! How was your week? This is last week in my world…


1.  Sometimes I start writing a post and for one reason or another, it just sits in my draft folder unfinished. A month ago I sat down to write about why I cut my hair, but it was a little hard for me to share. Well, I finally finished it and posted the piece. The response has been overwhelming. So many women have reached out to me to say they can relate. It’s mind blowing to hear that the idea of long hair equaling beauty is so widespread. I think it’s time to put a stop to that stigma. Ladies (and gents), you are beautiful no matter what length your hair is! You rock what ever style makes you feel like you.

Kat Tuohy Photography

2.  Dan has been begging me for years to watch Dr. Who. I also have many friends and acquaintances that love the show, and the pressure to watch it has been a little too intense for me. I thought I could probably get into the show, but I just needed to try it in my own time. Well, we started watching a couple weeks ago because I told Dan I was ready. (I’m sure it had nothing to do with reading that Diana Gabaldon got the idea for Outlander from watching Dr. Who… Not at all.) Truth time, five seasons in and I am officially hooked. It’s everything the nerds said it would be. And I am proud to now be one of them! If you aren’t already a “whovian” and you’ve always wanted to see what’s beyond our galaxy, it’s time for you to check out the Doctor.

3.  I loved seeing the Internet explode with awesome to celebrate International Women’s Day! So much positivity, encouragement, and love. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by my amazing tribe of women. They inspire me daily.

4.  My husband is the best. He gets a shout out this week for getting our groceries, doing the laundry, and going shopping with me for some new clothes. He’s the ultimate partner. You’re my hero, babe. I’m thankful for all you do.

5.  Today is Jack’s 1st birthday! I love my little shoulder cat an unreasonable amount. He is a ray of sunshine every day. Morning snuggles with him are my favorite! He hasn’t even been in our lives a full year yet, but I already can’t imagine life without him. Happy Birthday, Jack Donaghy The Cat!


Have a great week, y’all!

Happiest of Fridays to you. 🙂

Speaks To Me Sunday #20

2 Aug

Ronda Rousey, Amy Schumer, Taylor Swift… 

I bet you’ve heard at least one of these names this summer. In fact, I would put money on it. These women are making a name for themselves. Their own name! They are taking charge of their lives, their careers. They do what they want. No apologies. 

And those are just three names! There are so many more that come to mind. Legends. I am so inspired to be hearing so many stories about powerful, brave, strong, influential women in our world. And it’s not just celebrities – it’s you and me. We make a difference with our voices and our choices. I am proud to be alive in a time where women will not settle for less. We have a long way to go. Let’s do it together.

So, go ahead. Be unapologetic. Be fierce. Be you. Be a legend. 

I want my name to mean something. I want to do great things in this world. I want to be a legend. I think I’ll go ahead and be one. What will you do? What will make you a legend? 

Talk to me! (@JoannaHackman) #SpeaksToMeSunday 

Speaks To Me Sunday #7

26 Apr


I love you, Amy Poehler.

I feel like I am just starting this journey. Whether it’s saying sorry to someone who bumped into me or apologizing about feelings I’m having… My people pleasing has got to stop. My opinions, emotions, and thoughts matter. I know men can struggle with this too, but I feel like women are so prone to making apologies for things that are not their fault. 

(This article sums it up pretty well: http://time.com/2895799/im-sorry-pantene-shinestrong/)

I’m done being sorry for taking up space, for chasing my dreams, for feeling so deeply, for trying to be my own person. Ladies, let’s stand up to “sorry.” 

What are you done being sorry for? Comment, tweet me, or post to Instagram (@JoannaHackman). #SpeaksToMeSunday