Never give up!!

Sometimes I get lost, blinded through social media, lied to by money and greed, burnt by other people’s opinions n tripped up by society’s expectations. Well I declare that I, Aic3la, just want to be happy so if you’re not trying to encourage and support as i do to realness please leave the table….

May 2016

Aic3la

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Dress For Success – Support the cause!

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On my recent travels to Cork, in Ireland i had the pleasure of volunteering for an organisation that affects every woman at some stage in life…. The dreaded career ladder!!
For the average Jane with her fresh suit and shirt and CV up to date, an interview is the first hurdle but for many women they face some of their hardest battles before they even reach the location.

My friend Miriam is currently doing a work placement with the organization so i was delighted to tag along!. The goodwill stint was based in a local shopping centre, armed with placards and company t-shirts, we assisted in a ‘tights drive’, the aim of the drive was to politely inform shoppers about Dress for Success and ask them to donate a pair of tights, bought a a popular retailer we were situated next to. These tights would then be passed onto women registered with Dress For Success who had an interview lined up yet lack the tools to present themselves professionally.

Formal wear donations, CV workshops and career advice are some of the services provided by this non-profit organisation aiming to get women into or back into the workplace. Whether women are returning to employment after having a family or stuck on how to get your career on the road, Dress For Success has the tools set up to support them.

Dress for Success is a global mission aiming to making the journey to employment a learning curve in a woman’s life and make sure she is confident and ready to start her chosen career. Started in New York in 1996, Nancy Lublin saw a niche in the market and using her inheritance, followed her passion and Dress for Success was born.

Overall this was an eye opener in various ways as it was admirable to see the amount of donations we collected on a Saturday morning from the general public (Over 200 pairs of tights!!) but also to see the interest in the organization itself. People mainly assume women know how to prepare for an interview so were very positive about Dress For Success and their cause.

I volunteered for Dress For Success Cork however the company is based all over the world including USA, UK, Europe and the Americas. If you get the chance, please do check them out in your city. F.Y.I Dress For Success London, it is lined up for a comeback, will keep you all informed.

Dress For Success

For the future of women in the workplace!!

xoxo (Thank you to M. Carmel O’Keefe for letting me jump on board as well!!)

(Image and weblink taken from Google)

Life has ripped my dream blanket into 2 pieces…..

You know when you think you have it all planned out. When you buy all you need n assign the extra pennies to savings. When you ACTUALLY call the bank to sort out your finances and rename your savingz account. When you find a website that has affordable flights for your next amazing career destination. Well that was me n now that bird fell out of a tree and broke 1 wing and 1 leg, stil concious but can only save one ….

I have known for a while something was wrong due to family medical history however i just took it in my stride n kept living my dreams.

In short, on Halloween, (yeh i kno!) i was admitted into hospital with severe abdominal pains which have now being diagnosed as fibroids. These are non-cancerous growths in the uterus that grow off female hormones. Many women never have any problems with or dont realise they have them. Some have children without any problems while other suffer years of pain trying and end up having a hysterectomy to have a better quality of life.
For many, including many amazing strong woman in my family, it meant booking days off work and literally crying in pain every month when ‘Flo came to town’.
I was aware i was likely to get it but it seems a simple urine infection threw my body into a panic n decided enough was enough.
The fibroids have spoken….
Im usually a super social, food loving, party rocker who loves booking a flight however this time in hospital has made me think of MY future and what I really want.
I always thought i would travel and then at some point meet my soulmate and then settle down to have some bambinos but now that im havin this reality check i may now have a unknown timer on my uterus…..
I suppose every woman (and most men) get to a stage when they have to plan their futures, whether they want kids or keep following their dreams.
We are in such a culture of multitasking that no1 has the mind to make 1 desicion and live with it (the day we get an ‘unsend email’ button, the world will go mad!)
But i wonder, and encourage you all to think about…..

What you would do if someone took your dream blanket away and gave you 2 options ‘Family or Career’ n the 1 you chose would be eternally blessed with opportunities and self fullfilment while the other fades into a distant dream.

WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

On a brighter note i will be starting an international charity for support of Women with Fibroids in Central and South America. Any advice is welcome 😀