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The 2016 election cycle in the United States has been protracted, hostile, and ranged from merely discordant to bizarre. The level of xenophobia, misogyny, and racial hatred so openly expressed without conscience is utterly breathtaking. It is all reminiscent of the paralyzing terror that African Americans endured for a century following the abrupt end of the Reconstruction Era in the late 1800s.
The main point, clearly, is that LARCs are an effective anti-poverty tool. When young women are given access to long acting reversible contraceptives, they are able to choose when to get pregnant, able to exert more control over their own lives, able to reduce the incidence of single motherhood, and therefore almost certainly able to alleviate the stubborn poverty that now afflicts so many families headed by single women.
I am just about finished reading Shonda Rhimes' book, The Year of Yes. And from this day forward, it will be my personal manifesto. In fact, I think it should be required reading for young women, grown women, mothers, and future mothers. In short, if you have two X chromosomes (which would make you a bona fide female), you need this book in your life.
I just exited a 7 year season of single parenting. It started with a divorce, and ended in a second marriage. I learned so much during that time, enjoyed the gift of closeness with my children, being able to lavish them with all my attention. I treasure those years with just the three of us -- my two children and me. Now the dynamic has shifted, as we welcomed two more bonus children, and a husband and father.
On the brink of 30, you will thank yourself for remembering to always find the beauty in breakdowns and see the glass half full. Immersing yourself in a life filled with vivacity, vigor, humbleness and adventures will keep you mentally healthy and happy. You are living a life full of self-love and creativity that you so deserve, and have always yearned for.