I just watched Aly Raisman read her victim impact statement at Larry Nassar’s sentence hearing, and it was absolutely amazing. She spoke with so much grace and elegance. She was poised and fierce, and made her point very clear that she is not a victim, but a survivor. She also spoke about how so many girls were brushed aside when they came forward about their experiences with the doctor. I find that to be absolutely appalling. The fact that organizations such as the U.S.A. Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic Committee enabled this monster to continue practicing while dismissing the countless allegations against him makes me sick to my stomach. These organizations proved that they were only concerned about their athletes winning. They did not value these girls as human beings at all. It’s so heartbreaking to know that while I was watching these girls compete for medals, they were being molested and abused.
Aly and the other girls are not just winners at the Olympics, but they were winners in the courtroom. Their voices were heard loud and clear, and I’m so proud of them. I hope that they continue to heal and go on to live healthy lives.
Look at all these birds I’m killing
throwing rocks at glass ceilings
Forget the pain i have no feelings
These scars are way too old for healing
and I guess it’s death to the old me
She won’t rest well
I can hear her wail
She won’t go quietly
not without a fight
I’m killing her silently
and kissing her goodnight
Back in 2015, I wrote a post about alcoholism, which highlighted songs from both singer, Sia and rapper, Kendrick Lamar. Two years later I find myself doing it again, only except this post is on a different note. In this post I’ll be highlighting Sia’s 2016 single, The Greatest, which features Kendrick Lamar.
First of all, I was so excited when I heard that Sia and Kendrick Lamar were on a song together. They are both extremely talented artists. In the song, Sia sings, “I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive.” That’s basically the premise of the song, being free, alive, and great. This song has such an incredible message for anyone who’s ever felt like giving up or quitting. She even repeats, “Don’t give up” several times throughout the song. This song is so encouraging and it’s a song that everybody can relate to. It’s definitely been on repeat on my playlist! The music video is so haunting yet artistic, I just can’t stop watching it. The choreography is absolutely phenomenal. The kids are amazing. I’m sure by now everybody’s heard the song and seen the video, but if you haven’t (welcome back to earth. lol), go check it out! The Greatest is definitely one of the greatest songs written in the past couple of years, in my opinion. I love songs with a positive message. There’s so much negativity and horrible things happening in the world, for some people, music is their only escape. If you ever feel like giving up, remember that you’re alive for a reason. You have all of the freedom to be yourself and nobody can ever take that away from you, no matter how hard they try. In Kendrick’s verse, he talks about how his scars and letdowns only made him stronger. I don’t believe that Kendrick is an exception. I believe that anyone can turn their stumbling blocks into stepping stones if they don’t give up.
Now that the winter months are here, I’ve noticed that my skin’s a little dryer, especially my lips. Switching to a thicker lotion or body cream is an easy fix for the skin on my body. If only everything were that simple…
I’ve tried a few different lip balms in my quest to keep my lips moisturized, but eventually, they go back to feeling dry and cracked. And of course, licking them only makes it worse.
Alas, there is a solution. One eventful day, while strolling the aisles of Target, I came across this brown sugar lip exfoliator by e.l.f. I threw it in the cart because, hey, why not? Anyway, I tried it as soon as I got home, and it was like heaven. It worked so well! It’s abrasive enough to scrub the dead skin away, but it’s also soothing. I can pair this with any of my favorite lip balms and I have soft, moist lips all day long. What I really love, is the packaging. It’s made like a lip stick, so I don’t have to worry about sticking my fingers into a container, then rubbing it on my lips. It’s also super inexpensive (best $3 I’ve ever spent). Now, I can fully enjoy sweater weather without dry lips. Because there’s so many other things I’d rather do… Like sip cocoa and sing carols lol.