It’s 2016 and sexism still runs rampant in our society. The Olympics is a sporting competition, not a beauty pageant. It’s a show of how athletic and strong someone is and compete with others who are also athletic and strong. They are the best of the best of all the athletes around the world. It’s a time for all countries to take these few days, and stop all war and violence and come together to watch, celebrate and honor the best athletes in the world. It is not, like a Fox guest stated, “the goal of training, working hard and going to the Olympics is to win product endorsements”. These two guests said that the “gals” should put makeup on, a little blush, etc. as no one wants to see their “zits”.

Gabby Douglas, a Gold Medal all around gymnast is condemned for her hair.

Hungarian World Breaker Swimmer Katinka Hosszu’s husband was credited for her outstanding performance by saying “And here’s the man responsible”.

Yes, there are people who help us along our way, whether it is our parents, our coaches, mentors and teachers. However, you can’t make a person have the inner motivation and drive and passion and even make their body perform beyond what they are capable of or willing to do. The person is ultimately the one who decides how much and how far he or she is willing to go. Allow the athlete to give credit to someone if they feel they deserve some credit.

Bronze Medal Winner Corey Cogdell where they didn’t mention her name but focused on her NFL husband (I won’t mention his name).

How about an anchor who after observing a group of female athletes, said “might as well be standing in the middle of the mall”. Has anyone ever said that about male athletes who huddle together?

A male announcer who said the male swimmers height measurements only yet he describes the female swimmer as “statuesque 6’2”.

As an athlete, it is expected that people will look at their bodies, their form, their strength, and skills whatever the specific sport is that they are involved in. There are certain muscles that are involved in each sport that are worked on more than others even though most of them are whole body workouts. It is expected and natural for an athlete to sweat, to have their hair messed up, or some blemishes, scars, scratches, etc. The uniforms are made to make sure they are comfortable and have as little distraction as possible. It’s not a fashion show.

It takes hours and years of practice to perform this good and win. What they wear or don’t wear, whether they have a strand of hair loose, whether they have blemishes, whether they wear makeup or not, is not what makes them an athlete. Hard work, practice, dedication, motivation, focus, high tolerance of pain, sacrifices made, skill, and the desire are the qualities that are important to being an Olympian champion.

I am proud of our Olympian Champions and I applaud all the athletes from every country for representing their country.

Mitzi Reed

Award Winning Author of Awaken to Your Inner Authentic Beauty













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Many people are in need and many people want to make a difference. Some claim that they can’t make a difference without money. Even with no money or a small amount of money, you can make a difference in a big way.

Every event I do, or money I make from my business, I feature a charity or nonprofit or I will request everyone to bring the requested items to donate. Together we can also make a big difference.

It’s not always money that is needed to make a difference. Here are some ways to make a difference with little or no money. You can do as much as you can afford to. Whether it’s your time, $5 or $5,000, each act will make a big difference.

  1. Smile. You’re smile may be the sunshine that someone needs today to make their day.
  2. Listen. Sometimes a person needs someone to sit and listen to them and try to understand where they are and hold space for them.
  3. Go to the dollar store and pick up socks to give to homeless people as you pass them by one the street or street corner.
  4. Buy some bottled water and give to homeless people. Also, packaged cheese/pb and crackers are inexpensive.
  5. Gather from others from your neighborhood, company, organization, etc and donate blankets to the homeless.
  6. Trial size Personal toiletries that you can purchase at the dollar store or the ones you collect from the hotels.
  7. Gather backpacks from others to give to the homeless or to school children. If you want to go a step further, fill them up with snacks, school supplies, etc
  8. Gather coats from the neighborhood, your company, organization, etc and give to the homeless or children.
  9. Donate toys used or new to women’s shelters that have children.
  10. Donate toys for Toys for Tots.
  11. Adopt a family/child during the holiday.
  12. Donate canned goods. Make sure they aren’t expired. Better yet, give the money to the local Salvation Army, etc as they have partnerships with food suppliers that will double, even triple the meals for every dollar you donate.
  13. Be an advocate, have a bill sponsored that will address the community problems.
  14. Volunteer to read to or tutor children or the blind
  15. Grow a garden and share your food with others.
  16. Take your empty water bottles and aluminum cans, put them in a bag and leave just outside a garbage dumpster in the area where homeless people are usually around. They will find them without having to dig through the garbage and have them recycled and will give them a little money.
  17. Show compassion.
  18. Become a hospice volunteer.
  19. Take scraps of wood, metal, etc and build a mini shelter or house for someone. Or join with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
  20. Be an inspiration for others.

Mitzi Reed