Yesterday evening I attended a Grant Writing 101 class at my local YWCA. While I do have a degree in professional and technical writing I do enjoy going to local classes, seminars, etc. when I can, especially local ones because I tend to gather new resources and occasionally they work well for networking.
I enjoyed the class quite a bit and was happy to see that I am not the only person who loves grant writing. It was taught by the executive director of my local YWCA. Most of the others who attended all work full time in an organization. Unfortunately that is not the case for me. While I love the job I have now, if I could get a job grant writing full time, that would be my dream job. I walked away from the class with some new resources and a handy manual.
Since I do grant writing on the side right now, some of the networking is a little more difficult for me. Because I don’t work for just one non-profit most of the time a prospective donor or foundation is already cultivated and I just write the grant. I am thinking about joining some of the local organizations for grant/proposal writers such as AFP or MNA. I feel joining this organizations will help me when it comes to networking.
These days I take more photos with my iPhone than I do with my Nikon DSLR. Not that they are bad photos. But part of me misses the work of actually working to take a photo. But then again…CATS!
I want to take photos with my DSLR, but I do not feel inspired. I would also love to participate in NaNoWriMo and I have been racking my brain for ideas. But again, I got nothing. I haven’t written anything creatively…in years. I keep thinking about writing poetry, but again, same issue. There is so much I want to do. But there is a lack of imagination and motivation working against me. A terrible combo.
Being from Michigan, I try not to bitch about winter. I feel the need to be stoic about it. It’s not even that I hate snow or winter, it’s just the bitter cold I don’t like. And the driving. Driving in snow and dealing with ice is not fun.
Last winter was particularly bitterly cold. And they are saying that this winter will be even more harsh. That part I don’t like. But I know that I would have a hard time living in a place that doesn’t get any snow. It would be especially hard around the winter holidays. Snow for me has just always been apart of that.
Speaking of holidays, I keep seeing memes that Christmas is only x amount of Fridays away. I haven’t even begun shopping. I usually don’t start until after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was always my favorite growing up because we always celebrated my birthday with it. And my god, the food. But Thanksgiving really gets the shaft as far as holidays go. After Halloween (and even before if I’ve noticed this year), the Christmas stuff comes out. Many stores I frequent had Christmas coming out in September. Which is a little ridiculous in my opinion. And I am not just saying that because of how I feel about Christmas.
The other big thing that is right around the corner is NaNoWriMo. It’s a little less than a month away and I have still not decided if I will participating this year. Part of me really wants to go for it but part of realizes I can barely keep up with posting to this blog. By the way, I have decided to at the very least post here every Sunday night. It’s my own personal goal.
So at this point I feel I should start brainstorming possible story ideas for NaNoWriMo. I have one rolling in my head from last year, but I don’t know if that one is one I want to put on paper yet. It’s been a long time since I have written anything creatively. Might have to spend this month writing little stories and poems to get back into the swing of it. Hopefully it’s as easy as riding a bike.
How do you balance life, work, family, and fun?
Ummm, I don’t. Hence the sleep deprivation. And my lack of updates on this blog.
Do you have a best friend? Who is it?
Yes. My best friend is Mathew.
We met in middle school and became good friends during high school. We have been best friends for over a decade and have lived together for about 6 years. We have been through thick and thin together. Most people think we act like an old married couple, and we do. I cannot imagine my life without him.
I am fairly sure no one would have a hard time figuring out my position on the recent Hobby Lobby decision. Bogus is one word of many that comes to mind. I have had a few discussions about it over the past few days, read many articles and voiced my opinion quite loudly on Facebook.
But it was today when I realized that not everyone is seeing the bigger picture. Today I was informed that the ruling is not as big of a deal as the media is making it out to be. I was informed that Hobby Lobby did not state that they don’t think women should have access to any birth control, just 4 out of twenty. And my first thought (mind you that I was on the brink of a Taco Bell lunch coma), is that “well that’s not so bad.” But then after I woke from my greasy food stupor, I realized, that is not what matters.
What matters is the idea that a corporation could have a say in your healthcare based on religious beliefs you yourself do not hold. It matters because once the Supreme Court stated that Hobby Lobby could deny paying for any number of contraceptives for women, what else could a corporation deny due to religious beliefs? What if a corporation states that they believe that homosexuality is an abomination. Does that mean they can discriminate against hiring those they believe to be homosexual? Does this mean they can discriminate against customers who they believe are homosexual? Does this mean they do not have to provide health benefits to the partners of their homosexual employees? Does it mean that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell could rear its ugly head in the work force?
Even avoiding what most likely will happen regarding homosexual individuals and “religious freedom,” denying certain forms of birth control can one go further. I will be honest in stating that at this moment I am not sure which forms of birth control Hobby Lobby does not have to pay for, but I am guessing it is contraceptive such as plan B because they see this as a form of abortion. However, unless you have been living under a rock for a few years, you know about the “when does life begin” debate. So what if Hobby Lobby decides that life begins even before conception. You probably just scoffed then, but I am serious. So then they decide not to cover any birth control because birth control stops fertilization, which somehow is abortion (do not ask me how because I will scream in frustration).
The ruling that a corporation has personhood and therefore a set of beliefs is absurd. While some may see it as “not a big deal because they are only objecting to covering some forms of birth control,” it is much bigger than that. Where does the line get drawn? Where does “religious freedom” end? As many have pointed out on Facebook, the end is nowhere in sight. Plus, as many have also pointed out, this “religious freedom” seems to only work for those who are Christian or have Christian faith.
No corporation should be able to force their religious beliefs on anyone. One step further, no corporation should have religious beliefs.