It is 124 years today since women first voted in a general election in New Zealand. As we honour this special day we are also on the verge of yet another election and just like it did in 1983 this election will have an impact on the shape of not only our lives but my generations children and grandchildren. Our world holds many beauties and is the home to millions of amazing creatures and bucketloads of love but it is also facing many threats. WE are facing threats. Climate change, Poverty, Inequality, all of these things have been in the news a lot recently wether it be hurricanes causing mass destruction and deaths or 400 thousand Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh in the last three weeks alone - it's clear something needs to be done.
Now I am not going to tell you who to vote for, that decision is up to you and you alone. What I am going to tell you is just to vote! Exercise your right to have a say in this countries future because not everyone is lucky enough to have that right. So please, come this Saturday go out there and vote and just like the suffragettes did all those years ago, vote for a better future for our people!
I will be voting for the first time on Saturday and when I do I will be thinking of two particularly special women. Hettie Clarissa Brittain and Alice Maud Pavitt, two family members who signed the Woman's suffrage petition in 1893 (In fact Hettie managed to sign it twice! I'm definitely related to her!!!) Today I looked through the NZ History website and found their signatures which are proudly displayed below. Thank you Aunty Hettie and Alice xxx
I hope you all have a great time at the ballot boxes on Saturday!
The last three weeks have been absolutely CRAZY for me and for EvasWish!! So I have split this blog into two parts: The numbers and the emotions.
I looked for all the articles about us that have come out in the last three weeks and counted them. I found 51. These included big names such as The UK Daily Mail, Elle, Marie Claire, Nylon, Seventeen, Metro, Refinery29, Allure, MSN, Mirror, Mic, Bustle, Oyster Mag, M2Women and many many more. It was also reported on in six languages. English, Polish, Spanish, French, Dutch and Indonesian. Websites have something called a UMV, unique monthly viewers. This refers to the number of distinct individuals requesting pages from the website during a given period. I could only find the UMV's for 10 of the 51 websites that the articles were published on. Together these equalled 70,974,033. To put that into perspective the UMV from only 19.6% of the articles is nearing 80 Million. That is A LOT of people.
I am very grateful for the amount of exposure EvasWish is getting and the conversations it will be starting, but I won't lie it has been quite full on for me! All of my social media accounts went crazy with friend requests, followers and messages and I had to take a break from it all for a few days. When I came back to the online world I was pleased to find that though there were a few stupid comments from uneducated prats, overall my work was looked upon super positively. The only thing that really bugged me was being referred to as "The dying girl." Now "the dying girl" knows that this is click bait and is how readers are pulled in, but to "the dying girl" it can be a bit crazy to read over and over again, especially when this is not how you think of yourself. I know what my prognosis is and I had had lot's of time to deal with it and I still think of myself as living. I'm "the living girl" and "the living girl" intends to stay doing just that for as long as she can. Calling me "The dying girl" makes it sound like I have given up when that is just not the case. I don't think I will ever give up and neither will my loved ones.
I am so excited for the future of EvasWish and everything that I am going to be able to share with you along the way. Thank you for following me and my journey so far and heres to many more blogs, events and positive changes!
Welcome To My Blog!
Hello everyone! It is such an honour to me that anyone is interested in EvasWish let alone listening to what I have to say on different subjects via a blog! EvasWish and I have both come so far since I was first diagnosed and to be here now, not only enjoying my life but loving it despite the cancer is something I am grateful for every day.
Now I get told a lot that I am amazing because despite the cancer I am doing so much and I would like to set this straight once and for all. I do do a lot of work for EvasWish but my wonderful mum does literally everything else. From feeding me to giving me injections in airport bathrooms my mum does it all so that I have the time to do EvasWish.
So this first and very special blog post I would like to dedicate to the worlds best Mama Chimp. I love you mum.