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Plagiarism – blatant copying or just inspiration

Plagiarism – blatant copying or just inspiration

It’s about a thought that our mindsets, behaviors, attitudes which perhaps many years ago would have been considered dishonest had now become ‘normal’, blatantly justified, and completely OKAY. Behaviors that unfortunately are no longer questioned in the present time.

What we once called plagiarism, we now freely call inspiration, not discerning between the two. Yes, harsh.

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My New Year resolutions and how accountability is important

The end of the year was coming and it was time for the New Year’s resolutions for next year. I couldn’t stop thinking that it has been over 5 years since I stopped competing and since I actually won a race. It was then when I stopped worrying about my fitness level too.

Since then everything has changed. I have got a new job, I am working at a completely new position, and the work hours have increased immensely. Unfortunately my weight has increase as well. I am 50 pounds heavier, 5 years older and my blood pressure is marginally high.

Along with all these changes come more and more excuses as well. I have left everything to go with the flow. I long work hours, the daily stress, all of the pressure from work on the negative changes going on with my body, health and mind.

I just realized that it is actually the accountability which is lacking!

So, I just began setting some realistic goals for myself. After all, I am getting fatter, older and less healthy with each and every day.

As part of my new accountability goals, I reset my MyFitnessPal account where I meticulously log the calories I have consumed. Guess what – I lost 4 pounds for the last 2 weeks.

photo credit: Rubanees, “Comparing Powerstep vs Superfeet vs Spenco Insoles”

The next step is to set up or get on some kind of exercise regimen on a regular basis. I started small – walking 4 times a week. The walks are 2 to 4 miles and are either in our local park or in the nearby hills. I used to dread these walks since my heels used to hurt even after a short walk. I consulted my doctor and guess what – she told me to add removable insoles inside my shoes. She said I don’t need bespoke ones and could just get one from the shoe shops. Brands were important, so she advice me to take powerstep or superfeet

I will be posting the results of my new accountability program here. I don’t think that this will be a training blog anymore. Rather, it will be about accountability. I need to lose 50 pounds and reduce my regular heart rate to 60 bpm. I don’t have the time for training for racing, so this accountability idea is currently the only way I can see to get me motivated and reach my goals!

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What’s your preferred sewing title, ladies and gentlemen?

What’s your preferred sewing title, ladies and gentlemen?

I’ve been quite confused lately. I’ve always used the term seamstress up until lately when a dear friend of mine once told me she got offended by the term. I was SHOCKED. Why? Oh, why she might be offended by this title. After all, this is what she does. This is her job, her passion, her way to earn her living. She said it was gender suggesting, and a gender neutral term is more appropriate.

My thoughts started wandering which one would be more appropriate. Sewer maybe? I’ve always hated that term due to its second meaning. How could I say “I am a sewer” or ask someone if he is a sewer. Taken out of the context it sounds… horrible to say at least.

With all the terms we can use, it is a little daunting. Sewer, seamstress, sewist, tailor, fashion designer, quilter, stitcher. They all vary a little and different people prefer different terms to describe them. Let’s take a quick rundown how each term is different from the others in the unlikely bid to reach a consensus to find a favorite.

Seamstress – probably the most widely used term is most suitable for women who sew professionally. However, as my friend pointed it is a bit sexist and implies gender.

Sewer – the second most used term sounds like drainage and for me personally, when taken out of context is first associated with plumbing and sewage. Unless put in an appropriate context, it sounds odd and outright insulting.

Tailor – the person (man or woman) who is making, mending or altering clothes, implies using a sewing machine for making clothes

Stitcher – again, gender neutral is the person who performs the final steps of assembling the garment, usually by hand needling

Quilter – this is more specific term and only refers to those of us who are making quilts. Definitely cannot be used to describe people who sew as a whole.

Sewist – is my favorite term, and although it is not a dictionary word, I prefer it over the others as it is a combination of my two words in life – sew and artist. Or me personally sewing is a form of art. As someone who has never sew in a factory, sewing is passion. A way to show my emotions and express my feelings. A way to be different from the streamlined fashion. A way to look however I like. I simply love matching fabrics and choosing patterns.

Other sewing titles that are not that popular include quilt artist, fabric artist, crafter, maker or even a sewing enthusiast. Some people like those terms, but for me, those don’t catch the essence of our work properly.

I’d love to hear what do you like to call yourselves. Do you have another favorite title? Does it matter? Which one actually describes you best?

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