"our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

phenomenally woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

NEVER doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed! it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Sunday, September 7, 2014

we are the resistance...

Join me in acting personally and politically to resist a culture which, according to current global research, is making us all sick. 

Tomorrow i am incredibly privileged to speak in my first high school as a representative for Collective Shout, to encourage young women - and men-  to challenge sexism and violence in all its forms. I tested out me presentation for the first time last night to my housemate, her boyfriend, and her sister as well. 

I was overwhelmed this morning when i saw he had wrote this on Facebook:

It was within that moment that i realised how much people need to hear this message! The reactions i have had to it has created an urgency within me to get this message out there so more and more people can be positively impacted by it like Bob was. If you are in a highschool, church or community group that wants to hear about how to act personally and politically to resist and challenge a culture that is according to global research making young men and women sick. You can email me at talitha@collectiveshout.org to request a booking.

Together we can all make a change. Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other day. We are the ones we have been waiting for. 

let us then be lovers of life

Being grateful isn't something that always comes naturally to people. Sometimes it is a choice we have to make every morning when we wake up. What are you grateful for today? Verbalising these things can actually completely change your whole outlook, and perspective on life. We live in a world that puts constant pressure on us that what we are isn't good enough, that what we have isn't new enough, that the way we look isn't perfect enough. It's important to take a step back, breathe, look around you and recognise all that we DO have! I think you'll be surprised that you don't actually need as much as you think you do, and that what you've got is more than alright! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

women with dangerous ideas


Last night I was incredibly blessed to be in the company of some passionate and inspiring women who are presenting dangerous ideas. Lydia Cacho is an investigative journalist who exposed child sex enslavement and survived to tell the story. And Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish author and writes on how Surrogacy is Child Trafficking. There are many terrors women face in this world. We need to hear how we as men and women can join together to combat against it. 

read more on them here: