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Opportunity

28th March 2016

I was recently in Thailand on my belated honeymoon and, as often happens when I travel, I was struck by how fortunate I am to have had the education and opportunities than many girls across the world do not have access to.

The fact that here in the United States all girls are given the right to an education and the freedom to do so is an opportunity no one should squander.

However, the attitude towards education in our culture does not always reflect this. Many kids view school as boring and a waste of time instead of the huge privilege that it is. And even worse, sometimes they may not have the right type of influence to show them the amazing opportunity learning really is.

Thankfully, this mentality is shifting as more and more people are talking about this issue and finding ways to change the conversation.

Programs like the ones at Girls Inc., which can give girls an extra push or a mentor to look up to, are one way we can re-shape the way school is viewed.

Programs and institutions like these give students more resources and opportunities to understand what they are capable of and how they can take control of their lives through education.

But even if you do not have time to volunteer or partner with an organization like Girls Inc., there are some simple steps you can take to help amplify this message.

Just bringing up this topic as a talking point in your social circles or having a conversation with your kids could make them rethink how they view education and schooling.

What do you think we can do to make help girls reach their fullest potential? What have you done to change the conversation?

This post originally appeared on the Girls Inc. blog.

The Power of Mentors

3rd March 2016

While there is greater emphasis than ever before on giving girls the opportunity to take the lead, we still have a ways to go in order to ensure that when they have the chance to do so, they are equipped for success.

And one of the best ways we can do this, is by giving girls mentors at a young age.

This issue is especially important when it comes to recent findings suggesting women in leadership roles are at a higher risk of becoming depressed than their male peers.

The study, done by the University of Texas at Austin and published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, found that when women are in positions where they are managing others and have the ability to hire or fire people, they are more likely to suffer from symptoms of depression.

The authors attributed the development of these symptoms to numerous issues, including gender bias when it comes to behavior that is deemed acceptable for men in the workplace versus women.

Tetyana Pudrovska, a sociologist who helped lead the study, said of the findings, “Women in authority positions are viewed as lacking the assertiveness and confidence of strong leaders. But when these women display such characteristics, they are judged negatively for being unfeminine. This contributes to chronic stress.”

Unfortunately, until more systematic change is put into place, it will be a long while before women stop feeling this way in the workplace.

But there is one method that can drastically help women in these situations and it is something that can be done before they even enter the workplace.

It is something that is a core part of what is done at Girls Inc., giving young women mentors to support them from a young age with the process of choosing a career and what to expect in that field.

“A strong mentor can point women to strategies that work to navigate the inevitable stereotyping and resistance,” psychologist Nathilee Caldera told Fast Company in a recent article about the findings.

Do you agree with the findings of this study? How has having a mentor helped shape your career?

This post originally appeared on the Girls Inc. blog.

Is Online Dating Bae?

16th February 2016

It’s that time of year when people either gloat about their significant other, own their singleness or lust for something more. That’s right … it’s Valentine’s Day.

For those of you who fall into the latter category, there is good news. If you aren’t among the 59 percent of Americans who consider online dating a good way to meet people, you may want to rethink your stance.

Online dating has become a haven for those looking to not just date but find a spouse.

In their sixth annual Singles In America survey, match.com found that 93 percent of online daters are more likely to want to marry.

While this statistic may shock some, when you look at how the dating landscape has changed in the last decade, it should come as no surprise.

From the advent of traditional online dating websites like match.com to the emergence of dating apps like Tinder, the rapid growth of these types of platforms demonstrates how much people are yearning to find the one.

But if you’ve heard this same spiel from your grandma every Thanksgiving since you and your ex broke up, and still aren’t convinced online dating is for you, there is more good news.

A 2013 study led by the National Academy of Sciences (PNA) found more than one third of U.S. marriages begin with online dating.

These marriages, in particular, were also less likely to end in divorce or separation, according to the study.

Unlike with most of the studies done on online dating, the PNA’s findings came from looking at individuals who organically found their significant other on social media along with those who found their partner through a more traditional online dating site.

This is an important distinction to make because one of the most surprising ways people are now connecting is through social media. And no, we aren’t talking about the dating social networks.

We’re talking about universally accepted sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

With how much time we spend on social media as a culture, it only makes sense that we would start connecting beyond the screen as well.

But how is it that these connections are happening? Let me give you an example.

Let’s say you and some stranger from Indiana follow the same person on Twitter. And this person decides that you and this stranger should virtually meet so he suggests you follow one another.

And then, five months later, you find yourself traveling to Indianapolis for the first time to meet your Twitter crush.

If this sounds outlandish, that’s because it is. But the best part is, the scenario above is how I met my husband.

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Now, countless tweets, texts, and cross country trips later, I am living a sweet newlywed life with my husband in the Midwest.

My story is not an isolated incident either. Take actor Jake T. Austin for instance. In January, he announced that he was dating one of his fans which he had met through social media.

So, all of you out there who don’t want to give online dating a chance: maybe you just need to rethink what online dating means to you.

You never know when your next mention on Twitter or comment on Instagram could be the person you have been looking for.

This post originally appeared on Fox News Latino.

Hello Old Friend

1st March 2012

My absence from this blog is abysmal, at best.

While I took a short leave of absence to work on Indulgent Ambition, my friend and I’s attempt at lifestyle blogging, after my summer travels in Europe, my return to the uninspiring Arizona landscape led to yet another round of blog neglect.

But oh, how things have changed.

In the past seven months, I have moved to New York City to begin a temporary (but hopefully permanent) new life in the Empire State. 

Since January, I have been working at FOX News Latino.  Interning for this site has allowed me to do some incredible things that I never thought were possible – from sitting front row at New York Fashion Week to interviewing Supermodels. 

While I love what I do, there are often story ideas or personal opinions that pop into my head that I am not able to post about which is why I have resurrected this old blog.

The style will be much more relaxed. I am not going to focus on the quantity of posts but rather the quality. The posts could be about anything from my current obsessions to Spring Training, which I am so UPSET to be missing.

As for now, I would love input on a new name for the blog. 

I would love to do a play on my first and middle name, Kacy Jayne, which as anyone who knows me (or my twitter handle) knows I am rather found of. 

Thanks again to the few who are still interested in the way I view life.   Also, a shoutout to @MerKenyon for inspiring me to increase my social media influence!

xoxo,
Kacy