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5 Things Single Moms Wish Others Knew

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Being a single mom may not be as hard as it was half a century ago. Clearly, there is more acceptance and acknowledgement but sometimes people have the tendency to ask most aggravating questions that leave you furious and frustrated – if you are a single mom and reading this, you know what I am talking about.

Here are five things single moms wish everyone knew.

Sympathy expires

Yes, it is sometimes nice to have assurances and shoulders to cry on but that time passes. We grow up and get ready to live our life. In the midst of all this, people continuously taking pity on you is annoying. We are more than single moms, we are people who have other things to deal with.

People who constantly look at us like some damaged puppies are not helping. If anything, they are bringing us down. We are not all sad sacks. Do you have any idea how pleasurable it is to pick up gifts for your baby without any male intervention – it is fun!

Stop asking about the father of my child

Please, for the love of God, if I want you to know who the father of my children is, I would tell you won’t I? – This is probably the most annoying thing single moms are asked. And people don’t seem to give up until you tell them. If you decide not to disclose that information, they would start assuming things like was it a one night stand? Were you drunk? Were you sexually assaulted? – I mean come on!

Do I ask you how much your salary is, or what in what position was your child conceived in?

I don’t have a lot of time to offer

I am the worst friend you can have, I guess, I make plans and then don’t up. You haven’t seen me in weeks and trust me I am not doing this on purpose. It is hard to balance between work and my child(ren). I feel exhausted too sometimes, but I’d rather live this life over and over again.

Nevertheless, I would love to see you! Really! So why don’t you come over, bring a bottle of wine. Catch me up with yourself and listen to be whine about life and maybe help me clean up some of the Lego mess from the floor.

We can detect BS from a mile

There must be something about us single moms that help us detect crappy statements from a distance. Maybe because we are battle hardened. Whatever our bosses and neighbors say about our kids and lifestyle, we can tell if they mean it or not. I will repeat myself; I know whether you are BS-ing me or not so don’t bother.

Compliments help a lot

Although there is help available from friends and family sometimes but most of the times single moms are doing it all and handling everything themselves. So “great job!” goes a long way in making us feel good. Give us compliments, tell us that are parenting style is great, say positive things about us, but no pity please.

Don’t set us up on dates until we ask

No need for sympathy that we are single – if anything, it is better in most cases. It is wrong to assume that all single women are looking for partners. If we feel we need to go out on a date, we will either use tons of apps available or simply ask you to set us up.

I know you mean well but we are more than capable of making our romantic decisions ourselves. If some of our relationships didn’t work out, we still need to feel as if we are capable of deciding our future.

 

About: Sarah lives in Maine with her husband and three kids. She is a Staff Writer at Baby Gift Ideas, shoe addict and pays her kids to rub her feet.

A very Passionate and Professional blogger. Writing for Biz 2 Communities.I love to research about technology and share my reviews with community. My goal is to provide articles about technology that definitely blow the minds and keep you update of latest trends and future technologies.

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Expose Our Logo 2017: How To Win the Grand Prize and the Special Awards

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Last week, as part of our celebration for reaching 25 million users, we announced the comeback of our largest crowdsourcing challenge — the Expose Our Logo contest.

Yes, it’s back and so are the exciting cash prizes! We’re giving away a whopping US$10,000 for the Grand Prize winner plus nine other special awards.

In case this is the first time you’re learning about this competition, it’s about exposing the Freelancer logo to as many people as possible and capturing it on video. That simple. This competition is open to anyone (with a registered Freelancer.com account), anywhere in the world. Jump to this page to find out more about the contest.

How can you get the chance to win the Grand Prize or any of the special rewards for that matter?

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What’s in a Winning Entry

To win the Grand Prize, you should submit a high-quality video with creative, fun, and brilliant content that shows how you showcased the Freelancer logo to a large number of people. It’s important that your entry follows the terms and conditions of the contest.

In the Expose Our Logo 2015 challenge, the Grand Prize went to judsonbcfrom the Philippines. He spearheaded various activities to display our logo all over town. It required such paramount effort to show off our logo in so many ways and judsonbc and his team did it amazingly. Check out their winning entry.

How to Win the Special Awards

You can send your entries to compete for different prize categories BUT you can only win once. For example, you went to a popular tourist landmark to display our logo to a huge crowd. After submitting your video, you promoted your contest entry on Twitter and it got retweeted a lot of times. By doing so, you earned the chance to win one of these awards: Traveller, Advertiser, or Tweetcaster.

ADVERTISER (Most People Exposed To): $3,000

Go to a place where there’s massive foot traffic (think: train station, shopping malls, big outdoor events). Put our logo on banners and itemsyou can give away, display it on an electronic billboard, whatever works for you. But is there something new you can do to display our logo to a large audience?

FLASHMOB (Most People Involved): $3,000

Are you planning to invite your entire neighborhood to expose our logo? In 2012, The dataexpert01 team involved around 3,000 people in exposing the Freelancer logo in the city of Chapainawabganj in Bangladesh. The effort paid off because they were the runaway winner in this category.

SUPERSIZE ME (Biggest Logo Feature): $3,000

We’re looking for a supersized hummingbird! Literally the biggest version you can possibly come up with. Be creative and don’t forget to capture on video how you did it.

TRAVELLER (Best Major Landmark): $1,000

Is there a tourist spot near you? Do a lot of people go there every day? Then this is your chance! Think of something interesting to do. Don’t just stand there holding a Freelancer banner. Remember to respect the people there, the rules (if any), and the landmark itself.

SUPERSTAR (Best Celebrity Cameo Appearance): $1,000

How is this even possible? Well, you need to have the connections (i.e. a friend works for a talent agency or a neighbor personally knows a local celebrity). But if there’s none, well you can find a way. Is a popular music artist about to have an album tour near you? Be there! For sure there will be a huge crowd too.

PARTY SOUL (Best Costumes): $1,000

We’ve seen people in hummingbird costumes before. You can wear something fancier if you want. Call the gang, put on costumes with more swag, and be ready to expose the Freelancer logo in front of many people.

VLOGGER (Most YouTube Views): $1,000

Upload your video on YouTube and get the most number of views to win this award. Share the YouTube link on your contest entry page. Also, don’t forget to use the competition’s official hashtags #ExposeOurLogo2017 and #EOL2017 when you upload your video on YouTube. We will require you to send us proof of the number of views you earned before the contest closes on September 20, 11:59 pm Eastern US time.

PAPARAZZI (Best Media Coverage): $1,000

Promoting Freelancer in a unique and impressive way could be your claim to fame. Be featured in the news, on community blogs, or even on a TV show! Just send us the links for validation.

TWEETCASTER (Most Retweeted): $1,000

This is a new award and probably one of the easiest to win! Are you active on Twitter? Well, you should be. Tweet your contest entry link and work to have the most number of retweets before the contest ends on September 20. Remember to use the contest hashtags #ExposeOurLogo2017 and #EOL2017 on your tweet.

There you have it! We hope you find these tips helpful.

Again, to join:

(1) Expose the Freelancer logo and capture it all on video
(2) Upload your video here
(3) Share your entry to everyone you know

Visit the Expose Our Logo 2017 Contest Page for more info.

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Eureka Park at CES 2018 Will Shine the Light on Emerging Startups

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ne of the must-see startup events at CES 2018, the largest consumer electronics show in the world, is Eureka Park. It is here over 800 of the world’s most promising new companies will showcase their breakthrough technology. At CES 2017, over 3,500 financial professionals and 7,000 members of the media, key investors and suppliers descended on Eureka Park to find their next unicorn, and this year the attendance will be even bigger. Eureka Park offers a unique opportunity to spotlight a startup’s ingenuity in front of people who can truly fuel their business.

Within the Eureka Park Marketplace, Arlington Economic Development (AED) is back again as a partner of CES to host the Startup Arlington Lounge (booth #50463) and will kick off their award-winning Startup Arlington program.

Startup Arlington CES 2017

The startup program was created to promote Arlington as a technology and startup friendly community on a national level. As part of the program, Arlington, VA, hosts one startup technology company that wants to build its vision in their backyard. From lodging to workspace to transportation, Arlington invites entrepreneurs to live their dream with support from Arlington and its business partners.

Being across the river from Washington, D.C., makes Arlington a hotbed for tech startups to grow. The Startup Arlington Lounge will feature the hottest Arlington-based tech startups, and founders can learn more about the benefits of growing a business in proximity to our Nation’s capital and Federal agencies (DARPA, ONR and the Pentagon, etc.) looking for dynamic technology.

One startup you’ll be able to meet at the Lounge is SmartGurlz, a line of coding robots and action dolls designed for girls, who were featured on Shark Tank.

Eureka Park is going to be the place for founders who are looking to attract attention, capital and partners, and maximize all the benefits of CES.

Read more about emerging startups in Arlington on TechCo

The article was brought to you in partnership with Arlington Economic Development. Learn more about the Startup Arlington program.

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Kevin Spacey’s first accuser was inspired to go public by others

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When actor Anthony Rapp alleged in October that Kevin Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance on him when he was 14, he was inspired to do so by the dozens and dozens of women who spoke up about sexual abuse and misconduct before him, he revealed to the magazine Attitude.

Amidst the unending amounts of allegations being made against men in Hollywood, media, and beyond, Rapp spoke up with accusations against Spacey, saying that Spacey put Rapp on a bed, got on top of him, and made an advance in 1986 when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.

After that accusation from Rapp, Spacey then publicly came out as gay and was accused of sexual misconduct by several more people. As he likely inspired others by going public with his accusations, Rapp himself was inspired by those who spoke up before him, he told Attitude.

“In this moment, with what’s happened, it’s become clear that people can be believed and that it can have an impact,” Rapp told Attitude. “The entire apparatus that kept people silent and also kept [those guilty of harassment] safe is being dismantled.”

After more allegations came out against Spacey, Netflix cancelled House of Cards, stating that the show’s upcoming sixth season would be its last and would not include Spacey. Spacey was also replaced by a different actor in the upcoming Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World.

Rapp also said that powerful people facing consequences for their predatory actions is positive for not just Hollywood but for other industries too.

“That’s the big sea change, and I hope that it’s occurring not just in our industry, but everywhere and that people are realizing that these things can have an impact, that people do not have to be able to get away with it,” he told Attitude. “To be part of a movement that I think will make a real lasting difference is something that’s bigger than any individual, it’s really a time of reckoning that will transform our industry, and I hope other industries.”

Rapp added that he hopes nobody feels alone when going through something similar to what he and others have gone through, and that there are people who will back you up.

“There is no such thing as truly being alone, which is what I hope this moment demonstrates, that there is strength in numbers,” Rapp told Attitude.

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