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What It Means to be Pro-Life.

The Pro-life vs Pro-choice argument is something that has been going on for generations and will continue to grow. As a Christian, it is typical to believe I have the same views on Abortion as the rest of my fellow believers, but that is not the case. I am Pro-life. I am anti-abortion but I am not anti-women. That seems to be the new perspective you are either pro-baby or pro-women and can’t be both but I am here to tell you that you can. My views on this issue are very unorthodox but I am proud of them.

First of all, Pro-Life is not limited to just babies. Pro-life also qualifies as being anti-death penalty, anti-euthanasia, and fighting against anything else that takes away life or diminishes the quality of one’s life. There is nothing that irks me more than the hypocrisy in many Republicans ideas that include “fighting for life” for the sole purpose of putting on a good face but then fighting to keep the death penalty alive in states all across our nation.  These conservative politicians have no issue promoting a cause like Pro-life because it prohibits killing babies in the womb but have no problem killing a full grown human? Give me a break. Politicians will never overturn Roe v Wade because it gets them votes, it get’s those deep blooded right wings fired up at the idea but if that law got abolished what else would there be to vote for a conservative, their 2nd amendment views? Their trickle-down-economy tactics? I don’t think so. Conservatives want to push this pro-life movement but then somehow be anti-social programs. Hmmm. How do you expect these women to take care of babies without help? We want to tell women “Hey you made a mistake and now this baby is the consequence so have fun with that.” That is inhuman and completely unethical. Conservatives are only pro-life when the baby is inside the womb, once it is born it suddenly seems like an abuse of the system. If they actually cared about the life being carried inside the mother’s womb, they’d be fighting for more sex education, birth control access, and programs to help sustain a good life for the mother and the baby, NOT abandoning the cause as soon as the baby takes its first breath.

I do not like abortion, I never have and I never will but if I want to sit here and preach about being Pro-life, I need to do just that. Making Abortion illegal is not going to solve the issue. Women will get desperate and try to do these procedures on their own or through back-alley, unqualified, “doctors”. This will lead to the killing of babies AND the harm of the mother,  with potential death from botched abortions. Now, we are taking two lives instead of one so abolishing this law is not the answer to this equation. We need to make birth control more accessible, we need to better educate kids AND adults on sex, and add some restrictions to Roe v Wade. Here’s where it get’s tricky.

Roe v Wade has no limit to when an abortion can be performed. So hypothetically speaking, you could have an abortion a week before your due date. A baby can easily survive outside the womb at that stage so I feel sick to my stomach knowing that. Women typically know they are pregnant after the first month and up until the first month the fetus is literally still a clump of cells. The real question is “When does it actually become life?” Well, no one is really sure when a baby receives its soul but what we do know are the stages of development. I am not going to take the time to list out the week by week growth of the human fetus but a quick search on google will clarify all of that information. This is a situation where everyone feels compelled to state why it should and shouldn’t be legal. All these “What if” scenarios but the reality is that the largest percent all abortions (27%) are because women weren’t ready or it was poor timing and while I do not think we should completely criminalize abortion, there needs to be some accountability on the women’s (and men’s) end. We need to start accepting the fact that having unsafe sex is the mistake, not the baby. We need to stop shaming the women for getting pregnant. We need to start making the Fathers a more prominent aspect of whether or not that baby will make it to full term or have it’s life cut short because the truth is, the baby is 50% his DNA and he has just as many rights to keep it as the women do.

Abortion is taking the life from the innocent, taking a child from the safest place it will ever be. The way to end this is to support the women in need not making them feel as if they are less regardless of the choice they make. Do I hope that abortion will one day be something of the past? Yes, but not in a way that is going to cause more harm than good. I think this will be a slow process, one that may take generations but in a situation where you want the quality of life and the quantity to multiply it is difficult to just let it take its course. All I want is for the babies and their mothers to have fulfilling, healthy, and sustainable lives and for that to be true abortion cannot be the solution but it can’t be a crime either.

Thank You.- Lex.

 

The 52 Lists Project.

During my last week of college before winter break, my friends and I did a secret Santa exchange. I received this cute little notebook titled “The 52 Lists Project”. I was a tad confused at first until I started flipping through and realized every page was a different list, one for every week of the year.  My friend Diana said she hoped this would inspire me to write some blog posts that aligned with the weekly list. So, I am. Every week I will post the List Title as the blog title along with the week number. This book will hopefully spark some amazing ideas in my head in hopes to inspire you. I can’t wait to start this journey with you!

My 2017 Bucketlist

Two thousand seventeen is going to be the year of experiences and here is my to-do list before December 31st, 2017!

  • Attend a Celtics Game
  • Attend a Revolution Game
  • Go to The Big E
  • Visit the Ben and Jerry’s flagship store in Burlington VT
  • Visit the Mark Twain House ( Hartford CT)
  • Visit Niagra Falls (NY)
  • Make the trip to Canada
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty
  • Visit Atlantic City (NJ)
  • Visit Hershey Park (PA)
  • Visit Hampton Beach (NH)
  • Attend Soul Fest (NH)
  • Eat at Wahlburgers
  • Go Horse Back Riding
  • Go Zip Lining
  • Go Kayaking
  • Go indoor rock climbing
  • Attend NY Comic Con
  • See Aladdin on broadway
  • Get a new job in New Haven
  • Start my youtube channel
  • Go on a mission trip
  • Read the entire Bible
  • Go to bartending school
  • Go to at least one concert
  • Join the Psychology and Criminal Justice Club
  • Celebrate my 19th birthday
  • Become a sophomore in college.
  • Take summer classes at STCC
  • Write a blog post daily
  • Start up photography again
  • Baptize someone I know
  • Get my first tattoo
  • Pierce my triple forward helix
  • Become a vegetarian
  • Grow closer to God.
  • Attend a painting class
  • Visit the PEZ factory.
  • Get a matching tattoo with my best friend
  • Rejoin the Ushering team at church

I am sure so many more things will happen over the course of the next year and some of these things may not actually become a reality, but I have goals and I cannot wait to start checking off things once this year gets rolling. Grateful to have the ability to pursue my dreams and goals and blessed to have God along side be through all of it.

2016: An Eventful Year.

This is my list of everything major I have done this year! I hope you all had an eventful year so with that being said here is my year in review.

  • I visited the Bridge of Flowers in Shelbourne MA
  • I went to Walt Disney World for the first time ever
  • I performed at Disney Springs
  • I rode my first roller coaster.
  • I Graduated high school
  • I applied to four schools and got into each of them
  • I got accepted into the college of my dreams
  • I started my freshman year of college
  • I went to my last prom. . . ever
  • I taught CCD
  • I left catholicism
  • I got baptized.
  • I performed at Relay for Life
  • My dance team scored one point away from platinum
  • My dance team got invited to nationals
  • I performed at my last dance recital
  • I assisted teaching Ballet
  • I finally got on pointe shoes
  • I hiked!
  • I visited the Peace Pagoda in Leverett MA
  • I visited Hampton Beach
  • I became legal !!
  • I scratched my first lotto ticket
  • I ended my first semester of college with a 3.0 GPA
  • I stop competitively dancing
  • I drove through every New England state
  • I became an official member of The Church of Christ
  • I studied the bible
  • I helped others study the bible.
  • I went camping
  • I started a blog
  • I made a group of friends for the first time in my 18 years of living

2016 has been such a wild year but a year that was so needed for me spiritually. 2016 you’ve treated me well, but I am ready for a new year. I am ready to welcome you, 2017.

Taking Care of Your Temple

I have heard so many Christians debate if tattoos and piercings are against God because “our body is a temple” but we never debate if the things that go into our bodies is against God. Our bodies are the temples of God. The Holy Spirit resides within us (1 Corinthians 3:16). So why don’t we take better care of our bodies?

It talks a lot about our bodies in Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” . . .  God tells us Honor him with our body and yet we fill it with all sorts of awful things. Fast food, pesticides, GMO’s, and an overabundance of sugar and sodium. Again in 1 Corinthians 10:31 it says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” We are told eat for the glory of God and I can not imagine that binge eating or eating a completely unhealthy diet is glorifying God. 

I have personally struggled with glorifying God through my diet and health but it has become a mission of mine to give the Holy Spirit a nice temple to live in. Taking care of the one body God gave us because if we don’t take of it… .who will? If our Lord is telling us to treat our  bodies will love and honor, why don’t we ? It’s time to stop making that bikini, the vacation, and a new wardrobe our motivator and start making God our motivator to live healthier, cleaner, and holier lives just by changing what goes into our bodies. Your body is a temple so start treating it that way! – Lex.

Giving Back

This year I made it my mission to only buy from charitable companies for Christmas gifts. This was rather difficult but so eye opening. Christmas is about giving back and spreading the love so why not do that for your loved ones and people across the globe at the same time? I have compiled a list of companies I have used and companies I have found that all give back when your purchase from them. I pray that you use these companies for holiday shopping and everyday needs.

  • TOMS – Donates a pair of shoes for every pair purchased
  • Krochet for Kids.- Knitted beanies that give jobs to women in Africa.
  • Smile Squared – Donates a toothbrush for every purchase (super cheap!)
  • Pura Vida – Makes bracelets from Costa Rica and donates to the charity correlating to the bracelet
  • Chavez for Charity – Cute bracelets that help the charity it belongs to when purchased
  • Love your Melon – Donates a beanie to a child battling cancer
  • The Little Market – Every item in this store gives back!
  • St. Jude – They have a nice online shop that gives back to the hospital
  • Amazon Smile – Shopping through Amazon Smile gives back with qualifying purchases to a charity of your choice
  • MAC Viva Glam Collection – Purchases from the Viva Glam collection give the proceeds to fight HIV/AIDS
  • The Body Shop “Honey Mania” – Their honey mania collection promotes fair trade.
  • Lizzie and Laura – Make bracelets that help artisans in Nepal
  • The Elephant Pants – Cute clothes! / Donates 10% to the International Elephant Foundation
  • Hand in Hand Soap – Buy a bar Give a bar
  • Kohls Cares – For just five dollars you can buy a stuffed animal or book that gives back to local communities
  • Yoobi – School supplies that give back to schools in need
  • World Play Project – Soccer balls that give a ball to a child in need.
  • 1Face Watches – Cute , inexpensive watches that give back to the charity of the month
  • Flex Watches – Donates to the charity related to that watch!
  • Project 7 Gums and Mints – Donates back to local and abroad communities

There are so much more amazing charitable companies but this should get the ball rolling for a lot of you. I encourage you all to shop charitable and help the world one purchase at a time. – Lex.

American Family Values

My entire family is composed of immigrants. All coming here to pursue a better life for themselves and future generations but all I’ve witnessed is work addicted, money hungry adults. Family values are easily being diluted by the constant need for more. I am more than appreciative for the sacrifices my parents have made for me and my three siblings. I will never have to worry about college debt, a car payment, or if I have a place to live when I graduate but my parent’s sacrifices included missing my last year of competitive dancing, recitals, school ceremonies, even just simple family dinners. The family is something that is so valued in the typical Italian movies but I only witness tight-knit family time during the holidays and even then conversations were focused on money, working, and our small business. There was never an escape from the fast-paced American culture. Again, my parents working every day is something they do to support their family of six financially because, well in America, you have too.

America makes it almost impossible to support a family on just one parent’s income. We stopped valuing family and replaced it with money. Kids want more, parents work more. Parent’s work more to give their kid’s more. We miss birthday’s, events, and awards just so we can afford to give our kid’s a new Xbox or expensive sneakers so they can fit in with the rest of society. We have put way too much emphasis on stuff and not on experiences. You will never get back you child’s 5th birthday but chances are they will forget about wanting that new toy in 3 weeks. We need to stop raising our kids to want and we need to start focusing on family.

I just see such a difference in my generation than the ones before mine. We didn’t get the gift of family. Stay at home parents are a myth and being able to support your kids emotionally and financially has become an impossible task.  I can not imagine having to raise my kids this way. I want them to value family, love, and God. Not brand new cars, expensive clothes, and cell phones. America doesn’t seem to be to going back to the 50’s family values anytime soon and I don’t know how we ever will. Everything on this earth is so temporary but love is something that lasts an eternity and yet we let that slip through our fingers for a new purse or watch. Time is ticking and we are missing out on so much.

-Lex

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