For my 100th lesson, I’m sharing wisdom from the desk of Bonnie Bucqueroux, a woman who probably has a million lessons to teach us. Bonnie was my JRN 101 professor and was the one who encouraged me to start blogging and to challenge the crap that needs to be challenged. Her influence is seriously the reason this blog even exists. I could go on and on and on about how much Bonnie means to me, but let’s just get to her lesson, because I think then you’ll just get it!
Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of her stepdaughter Kim’s death and each year, to remember her, Bonnie does something positive for young women. This year, it’s an article about how women can survive the tough times that could very well lay ahead for us. Watch the video for more details from Bonnie herself.
And then read the article: Advice for Young Women on Surviving Tough Times.
It’s long, but so worth putting some time into reading. Some of my favorite points:
Make children a choice. Building a healthy and sustainable world benefits from encouraging women to use their nurturing skills in ways that may not add to the number of children already here. That requires making it socially acceptable for women to parent other people’s children who need a full-time or part-time helping hand.
Start your own business while in school. In the old world, you earned your degree and someone eager for your talents gave you a job. In the changed world, there will be far fewer slots waiting for you. Your best bet may be to launch your own business, by yourself or with talented classmates, while you are still in school. The business can complement your major, so that even if it does not provide you a full-time income, it can serve as a calling card to persuade a future employer you know how to hustle.
Hire your friends. Spread the wealth, or at least your pennies. Not only are friends likely to give you a good deal, but helping them means they will remember to help you.
Reclaim the domestic arts. The consumer culture did its best to persuade young women that progress meant avoiding “women’s work” in the home. But as our “modern” lifestyle runs up against obvious limits, knowing how to garden and can your own food could become critically important skills. The same for knitting, crocheting and sewing your own clothes.
There are a lot more in the article and all are inspiring and will probably make you think about the future in a way you haven’t before. It was a reminder to me that our generation has been lucky (spoiled) and I’m not sure how well we’d do taking care of ourselves if we really had to. I’m not sure we even think about that kind of thing.
Read the article, pass it along to other women (and men!) in your life, and let’s discuss in the comments!