Youniquely me: My new adventure

Shannon in Younique Makeup2This make-up thing is part of my self-care journey. It’s been fun and I’m learning new things about myself and others. Here’s my first Younique blog post.

What I’ve gained and learned:

  1. Looking good on the outside is as important as looking good on the inside.I’m on sabbatical and walk/jogging at least 3 days a week. I’m eating less. I’m drinking more water. Even if all I’m doing is sitting and writing or dropping the boy off at school, I get dressed and put on some make-up. I’m cute inside and out and I feel GOOD!
  2. Putting on make-up helps you be mindful and present in the here-and-now.  I have to take my time to apply my full face (most days I do just mascara and lipstick) but even still, I take my time and think about how I want to look.
  3. Cheap make-up is bad. This needs no explanation. I’m a grown Shannon in Younique Makeup3woman, with a job and I don’t need to use or buy cheap make-up. Plus Younique doesn’t make my face break out (I have allergies and eczema)
  4. Choose what you buy and from whom you buy carefully. My new side-gig/venture/business is a company that supports sexually abused women and helps women learn how to run a business. Many of the products are gluten-free. There is NO animal resting
  5. A little goes a long way.  This make-up is highly pigmented so the stuff I’ve bought will last me a looooong time.
  6. Related to #5, a light hand is best! No need to apply a lot.
  7. I’m having fun getting dolled up several days a week and helping others engage in self-care and look cuter also!
  8. Let me help you get dolled up for the holidays and buy stocking stuffers, secret Santa, teacher & co-worker gifts.

A rambling opinion: Why Student Protest Matters

multicultural-kids-holding-blank-banner-sign-23449953The short answer to the question “Why does student protest matter?” is that because those young people are our future.  I was one of them in the 80s. Now I’m a social work educator with a platform for social justice. I blog, I write Op-Ed pieces, I teach social justice and cultural competence.  I was hunger striking and camping out on the admin lawn on campus.  I had an opportunity to voice my concerns.  I was heard and acknowledged.  That propelled me to continue to be an active, critical, concerned citizen.

We should not judge, criticize, chastise, condemn, or discourage those students.  Yes, someone (they and/or family members) are paying for them to be in class, learning, studying, doing homework, earning grades and degrees. AND A LOT of learning on college and university campuses occurs outside of the classroom.  We should value the life lessons and experiences that enhance a young person’s life.  Being aware of, concerned about, actively in changing a social ill is an important lesson.  There is a lot of learning that occurs from organizing and participating in a protest. You may end up on a bus to your state’s capital to speak before the legislature.  You may end up in a conference room with the Chancellor and Board of Trustees to state your concerns.  You’ll most definitely end up speaking to the media.  Your name and picture will end up in your college’s archives as someone who worked to make a change for the better.

Those young people at Missouri, Ithaca, Smith, Yale, and all the other campuses engaging in social protest deserve their time and space to do so.  They have legitimate concerns to which we should listen.  They will eventually go back to class and to the routine of taking notes, writing papers, etc. But for now, today they need to say their truth.  That truth is the truth of our nation.  We have a dismal record of positive race relations.  These students, like the students from the 1906s are waiting to be heard. Maybe we can learn from our students.

Whether it’s at your high school or college, the voices of students matter! Their protest matters because history repeats itself and we are slow to change.  Their protest matters because we need to wake up, listen, take positive action, and make true social change.  Their protest matters because they speak truth.  Their protest matters because they are our future. I stand, sit, lay with our students wanting to be heard!