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I am 40 years old and I have been yearning for a baby for at least 5 years. Sunday was one of the many days that I found out I was Not Pregnant, via one of these very clever Clearblue digital displays which did not exist the one time I found out I was (Pregnant, that is).

My first pregnancy test was bought in South America, when I started being sick every morning, 3 weeks into the trip that I had been saving up for all year, had left my job and my home for…It involved a coloured stick and when it turned blue I called it a Shock. Years later, I would describe it to my daughter as a Surprise Gift, but when I visited a private clinic and paid to have a sensor put inside me and saw a heartbeat on an ECG – well, I simply called…

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Women’s News: Women Should Have Babies By Age 25, Says Frustrating Poll


If you’ve passed the quarter-century mark and have yet to reproduce, the majority of Americans apparently think that the clock is ticking.

Gallup polled 5,100 people on the ideal childbearing age, a whopping 58 percent of whom said that women should start having children at age 25 or younger. The “ideal” age for men to start reproducing was 27.

We think that Jezebel’s Erin Gloria Ryan had the appropriate reaction:

Who raised you (you = America) to think that it would be perfectly hunky-dory if this nation’s 24 year olds went out and started knocking each other up, just, en masse? THINK OF A 24-YEAR-OLD YOU KNOW. Why are you encouraging them to have a baby?

According to Gallup, views on the ideal childbearing age vary significantly depending on education level. More specifically, Americans who have completed college or gotten a graduate degree are more likely to believe women should wait until they are 26 or older to have children than those who did not finish or attend college.

While there are biological, time-sensitive realities that impact female fertility, the state of a woman’s reproductive parts — and when she plans to use them — are nobody’s business but hers. So here’s what we recommend: women who want children should have them whenever they like, when they are emotionally and financially ready to do so. And they should be able to do so without judgment or pressure. The end.

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My Friend: Eula M. Guest


Strategic Business Networking

Have you ever gone to a networking event and then wondered what were you doing there and then got mad at yourself because you spent time, energy and money to get there?  Many of us have done that before we started to really understand who our target market really was.  Who was our customer base?  Where are our customers coming from, and how we can reach more customers?

I’ve found over the life of my business that what I had in my business plan for target customers and what my target market really was were like night and day.  We learned by trial and error.  It took beating our heads against the walls and failing for a while before we got it right.  Before you plan to go to that next event because it sounds interesting or Daymond John is appearing and you just have to meet him, which is not wrong if that is your goal,  ask yourself if this is the right event for you to be spending time, energy and money to go to.  Will it be worth your while? No event that you go to even industry events will always produce a sale.  Why are you going?  What is the bottom line for going?  Is this event for you to spend time, energy and money to go to?

Here are tips to evaluate this process:

v  This is an industry event for my target market.  If you are a wedding cake baker and you want to gain more clients, then the Bridal Expo and other Bridal events is the place to be. It makes perfect sense as there will be 100’s of brides there.

v  Try to review the guest list online.  Are there people who are going to be at this event with whom I can build relationships and future sales?

v  A business connection told me about this event.  The event may have been good for that business connection, but will it be good for you?  Look at the industry your business connection is in and see if that event will marry with what you do.  Also ask the business connections some key questions.  Why did they think that event was good?  Did they make any lasting connections after the event?  Did they make a sale, partnerships, and referrals from the connections after the sale? If they can say yes, then you should at least research the event a little more by asking the business connections if anyone else was there that you both know, and asking that person those same questions to see how they felt.  Your business connection might have just liked the food.

v  Last but not least, no event is guaranteed to make sales. Some events may be for start ups, and the start up may not be ready for your products or services because they just don’t have the revenue.

Women’s News: 7 Pieces Of Wisdom From Malala Yousafzai, Lady Gaga And The Rest Of Glamour’s 2013 Women Of The Year

Malala Yousafzai

The Huffington Post  |  By 

“The world is waiting to hear from you. You are the women we are waiting for,” Barbra Streisand told the audience filling Carnegie Hall at last night’sGlamour Women of the Year Awards. Her words were just one of many calls to action made on that stage.

The night, which kicked off a campaign by Glamour to support The Malala Fund for girls’ education, honored 12 women including Malala Yousafzai, Lady Gaga, Gabby Giffords, Christy Turlington Burns and Melinda Gates, with introductions from women like Lena Dunham, Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington and Marina Abramovic. (Backstage we witnessed some of the most exciting power-chatting ever. Seeing emcee Seth Meyers crack jokes with Clinton and Katie Couric was certainly something to behold.)

glamour wotySeth Meyers, Katie Couric and Hillary Clinton backstage at Carnegie Hall.
There were moments during the ceremony that gave us chills (a crowd of high school girls yelled, “Thank you, Malala!” from the balcony; a children’s choir from Staten Island introduced Lady Gaga in song), ones that made us very glad we were wearing waterproof mascara (Sandy Hook Elementary teacher Kaitlin Roig-Debellis was joined on stage by nine of the mothers of children she helped save during the shooting last year in Newtown; Mark Kelly pointed out that three of the honorees had been directly impacted by gun violence), and ones that made us laugh out loud (Meyers quipped that the only reason women weren’t hosting the awards show was because they had “much more important things to do” than “light comedy”). Ultimately, it was impossible to leave Carnegie Hall not feeling inspired to do more.

Here are seven nuggets of wisdom from some of last night’s honorees:

1. The pen is truly more powerful than the sword — or the gun. So be sure to use it.
Sixteen-year-old Yousafzai stole the show with her eloquent and passionate speech about the importance of education. “I believe that a gun has no power at all,” she said. “Because a gun can only kill. A pen can give life, a pen can save life.”

2. Acknowledge your privilege, and leverage it to do good in the world.
Lady Gaga didn’t shy away from addressing the audience — and Glamour magazine — directly and urging them to do better. “A lot of people in this room have a lot,” she said. “When you go home, ask yourself: How can I do more?”

3. Never doubt the impact you can have by speaking up when there’s something worth talking about.
“I don’t think anyone should underestimate the power of their own voice. Because that voice can affect change,” Streisand said. She pointed out that battles for women’s rights that were won decades ago, such as the right to terminate a pregnancy, are currently “under attack,” and that “to achieve change we must speak out. Every voice is important.”

4. Your mom probably does know best. 
“Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me,” said Lady Gaga. Those are some solid lessons. You probably learned some excellent ones from your mother as well.

5. We need more women in positions of power. “Use your signature” to make it happen.
Streisand reminded everyone that women still make only 77 cents to every dollar a man makes, and that our boardrooms and government legislatures are still dominated by one sex. She urged the women in the room to use their voting power, ability to write letters and their checkbooks to change those abysmal numbers. “Of course there’s never been a woman president,” she quipped. “But I hope that will change very soon!”

6. Hope can exist in even the most dire of situations.
“There is no freedom, but still there is hope,” Yousafzai said in reference to the limited opportunities of young women in Pakistan. “We are not toys. We are not stickers you put on magazines. We are not puppets. We are human beings with capabilities and potentials.”

7. “Strong women get things done.”
Gabby Giffords managed to sum up the message of the night in that one simple sentence. “Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best,” she said.

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