Resilience Comes from Both Joy and Pain.

Just another way that the universe sends me reminders that there can be a little pain in everything that brings us joy. Lately, after discovering that my Mami’s cancer has returned, I’ve been even more inspired to start the little Bojo Healing and Therapy Garden in the yard. She lives in the cottage back there and I am creating it where she can look out of her window and see it and also see the birds and squirrels that come to visit it. I’ve been working on it for about 2 weeks now, and this morning I realized that I have many small abrasions and rips in my skin. They are mostly on my hands. Small, like paper cuts, but I can feel them. There are many minor irritations and I feel little stabbing stings all over my hands. They are small reminders that most things that bring us joy or give joy to the ones we love also leave small bruises and pains. We can’t stop doing the things that bring us joy because there is some semblance of pain that comes along with the work involved in what brings us what we ultimately want, need and deserve, joy. Joy often comes accompanied by pain and both work together to build our resilience to survive and be well.

Counselor Xiomara A. Sosa

10 Incredible World Leaders Who Prove Why We Need Women in Power



If, as historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich noted, well-behaved women seldom make history, we’re happy to live in an era of so many female miscreants. You’ll find a whole host of boundary-pushing, noisemaking young ladies at the International Women’s Empowerment Summit, hosted this fall by the Ministry of Tourism of The Islands of The Bahamas in partnership with StartUp Woman and in collaboration with UN Women. The annual conference focuses on developing tomorrow’s leaders from around the world.

How America’s Highest Ranking Woman In Uniform Defied The Odds



“My job is to teach you to be better than me.”

Lori Robinson wanted to be a teacher but didn’t want to spend a fifth year hitting the books at the University of New Hampshire.

She was tired of school, so she sought temporary refuge in an unexpected place.

“I’ll join the Air Force for four years and things will happen,” Robinson said of her decision. “I’ll be just fine and I’ll figure out something else to do.”

Five Questions About the Historic UN Summits on Refugees and Migrants


The Five Questions Series is a forum for scholars, government officials, civil society leaders, and foreign policy practitioners to provide timely analysis of new developments related to the advancement of women and girls worldwide. This interview is with Sarah Costa, executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC). Costa reflects on women and girls in the Syrian conflict and European migration crisis, as well as on the outcomes from the two historic summits on refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly last month.

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