Category Archives: Life Lessons

Things that have happened in my dynamic past of traveling the world, time in the military, teaching English, or anything in between.

Start Today, To Help Change Your Life Tomorrow

Public Service Announcement from Jillian Knight on Vimeo.

Quartz Media LLC published an article in 2015 saying research suggests empowerment self-defense could be a game changer for women. Assessments in the article show a decrease in completed rapes among women who have taken self-defense classes.

Statistics from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center still says 1 in 5 women will be raped in their life time, and the number of children abused is staggering. The statistics also tell us that most women knew their attacker.

Self-defense classes exist in many areas. A quick google search will tell you what is available in your area. If you can’t find one to attend, or don’t feel comfortable in a group, there are dozens of YouTube videos to watch and learn from. Start taking a stand today to protect yourself tomorrow.

All statistics in the video were taken from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center online.

Baking Soda, a Helpful Household Item for Runners

Running has always been on the side of the spectrum of affordable exercise. If you have enough money to follow the recommendation of changing out your running shoes every 300-500 miles, then great, your chances of injury, and running in foul smelling shoes are far less. Some runners, however, expand this recommended timeline a little further, which causes their running shoes to not look, or smell very appealing.

There are many ways to get rid of the odor, or mask the odor in your shoes, while they sit in the closet until your next run. One of the easiest, and cheapest, ways to mask the odor is with baking Soda, or sodium bicarbonate.

Baking soda is inexpensive and offers numerous benefits besides deodorizing. It can also be used as a household cleaner.

Sprinkle baking soda into your shoes, and let them sit overnight so the baking soda has time to absorb the odor. Dump any remnants into the trash.

Deodorizing odors from you shoes is just one benefit of using baking soda. You can also keep an open box in your refrigerator for 30 days to limit the odor of food.

 

Another way baking soda can help runners is through ingestion. An article by Runner’s World says it helps with muscle pain and fatigue. The Run and Become shoe retailer posted an article about dissolving half a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to enhance a runner’s endurance and speed.

It is recommended to only use half a teaspoon at a time.
Stir in the baking soda and make sure it is dissolved before ingesting.

For a runner who enjoys the less expensive side of the spectrum, using baking soda to help rid your shoes of odor or your muscles of aches and pains are worth considering.

Women, Wine, and Self Defense Class to Help Women’s Confidence

The 2016 Fall edition report by The American Association of University Women (AAUW),  shows us that in 2015, women working full time were paid 20% less than men. That equates to a woman making 80 cents for every dollar a man makes.

This ongoing issue of gender inequality is one of the reasons Angela Meyer started teaching the Women, Wine, and Self Defense class in Washington D.C.  Angela gathers anywhere between 10-30 women on the first Friday of the month at the 202strong gym in the Farragut West neighborhood of Washington D.C to teach them to be comfortable in their own skin and to be safer.

“My whole life I have worked for women’s rights and have a strong passion towards women and men working together to change current structures,” the 10 plus year yoga veteran said about why she teaches the class.

“We have come such a long way in our world towards women being treated as human beings, not objects, and yet we still have SO far to go.”

“I want to stand with and for women, not as competition, but as a movement to say NO to being treated as objects and YES to being our own heroes.  I am also a huge believer in community, so bringing together Women, Wine and Self Defense seemed like a no brainer,” says Angela who has been doing Krav Maga training for the past six years.

The class is $20.00, and includes wine after the lesson. Do your part to build the movement of strong women by taking the class, or encouraging women you know to sign up for a self-defense course in their area.

How to Survive Teaching English as a Second Language to Brutally Honest South Korean Kindergartners

As a former Instructor of English in South Korea for four years, it was a culture shock to hear how brutally honest and providentially, absolutely adorable honesty can sound coming out a child’s mouth. Hoping the vicious honesty would stop at first or second grade, it took some adjusting to get used to the fact that it was every age, and every grade.

So, in case it may be too much to handle, here are a few things you can do to abate the depression.

Step 1: Try to pin point your flaws on your own. At a certain age, we should all be aware of our short-comings, but if in fact you need help, there are a few things you can do. Hand out questionnaires to your friends, or look at yourself in the mirror for a few minutes every day. In the end however, be comfortable with who you are and understand that these are all just superficial blemishes that make everyone unique, so the best thing to do is embrace them. If you happen to have trouble accepting such individuality, you could also try……

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You can’t get angry at those who are so innocent. They have no idea what they’re giving. For the record, there is also a ‘pink’ day as well, they are both for Valentine’s day, one day is for the boys to give presents to the girls (white day, I believe), and the other day is for the girls to give presents to the boys.

Step 2: Come up with clever comebacks for when such honesty is presented to you. If you happen to be a few pounds overweight, it will definitely be brought to your attention on a daily, if not class to class basis, in case you hadn’t already known. So, to keep yourself calm and collected, you may want to form quips to reply to such remarks, such as “I ate the last class who didn’t finish their homework”, or “feeding me chocolate is the only way you’ll pass the class”. I personally struggled with adult acne while I was there. A lot of it had to do with the change in diet, the water, and of course the pollution blowing in from the rest of Asia, but telling that to a seven year old student doesn’t get you far. So, when they would put their finger on my face to touch a giant pimple and say “ewwwww, that one is big”, I simply responded with “thank you, his name is Herbert”.

Step 3: Write down all honesty, so that you have a list of what to self-reflect on over the weekend. Not really, but it gets a good laugh on a Friday night when a bunch of teachers get together to discuss what they were told about themselves that week.

Step 4: Have patience. Believe it or not, being told your exterior flaws by adorable children could prove beneficial as a way to embrace and deal with them. It didn’t matter how much make up I wore, the kids would still say something about my blemishes, so I eventually just stopped wearing make up. I went natural, and believe it or not, it helped. If this rationality doesn’t make much sense to you, you can also refer to wikiHow’s “How to embrace your flaws”, for extra pointers.

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If honest children are not the culture shock, maybe this will do the trick………
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or this…..

It is at first a culture shock to be told such honesty throughout the day, but at the end of the day it is fully appreciated. It makes you happy to see that the characteristics we all possess as children don’t fade with age in some cultures.

Introduction to Jillianism; Who is Jillian?

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The founding member of Jillianism

Hello, Hello. This is me, Ms. Jillian Knight, only member of Jillianism. I am an active person. I like to run, hike, swim, gallop and play, but I am not at all the typical active person. I smoke when I’m stressed, I get hot-headed, at times I’m very selfish, and I believe that an entire bottle of wine should be consumed once it’s opened as to not spoil…….but, my point is I’m out there. There are only a few things in life that you can control. Some of those controls are your health and seeing as much beauty in the world as possible. So, the point of me being here, talking to you, is to provide you with ways to be active, amusement as you follow me through my active journey, and providing pictures of what I see as absolute beauty in this world.

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Sunrise in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Like this. This is a photo I took of the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine.