I’m so happy to announce that the video for the June 13th United Against Harmful Practices is now on YouTube. Why am I happy? I’m happy because the awareness can be spread about the human rights abuses discussed during the Zoom meeting. No one should suffer child marriage or forced marriage.
Some individuals tried to stop our meeting by zoom bombing it. They tried to share inappropriate images, and tried to silence us, but we will not be silenced. It’s important to speak up about this and not be intimidated. The zoom recording would have been available a lot earlier had these horrible individuals not interfered. However, our recording is mostly unaffected except in one place where unfortunately one part was shorter than it should have been for one of the speakers. That speaker was amazing! She dealt with the interruption so magnificently, I was amazed.
Please do watch the video, as I believe it is enlightening, empowering and even educational. Where else have so many survivors all been under one roof so to speak (even if it was the Zoom roof) and told their very real and personal stories? We are doing this to spread awareness so that no other child should suffer what we went through. Thanks in advance for watching.
Have you ever made a mistake and regretted messing with something that you don’t know much about? Well, I just did that recently, and I have been quite shocked that I could not fix it. Oh well, I need to stop “crying” about it. As my 16 year old daughter would say “it’s a first world problem”. There’s many more real problems out there such as the horrible and devastating typhoon that just hit the Phillipines. My problem is not a real problem at all when you put it into perspective, after all….why do I even have a blog I sometimes ask myself.
I have toyed around with the idea of changing my online name to “luchanik”. On Pinterest I am known as luchanik. Now, I will change my name on Twitter to luchanik instead of @luchaniktravel and I might even do away with that particular account. Now that I am not involved in travel anymore, I have stopped tweeting on that account and only go on it to post my new posts whether they are videos or WordPress posts. By the way, all my links don’t link back properly. It’s hard to explain. I pointed my domain www.luchaniktravel.com to www.luchanik.wordpress.com and this at least solved some of my problems, but how do I get past this particular issue – let’s just say it has to do with Pinterest again. Okay, to give you an example, let’s just point to one of my pictures on there – it’s one I took in Vegas. Okay, so far so good, but now when you see that the picture stemmed from one of my WordPress posts, do you see where it says visit http://www.luchaniktravel.wordpress.com and if you click on it, it then brings up an awful page wherein when pressed, it says “luchaniktravel.wordpress.com is no longer available – the authors have deleted this site”. However, if you didn’t know about my problem and I had just told you about my blog url change, you would have seen all my content – it’s still here, and you wouldn’t realize there’s some other underlying problems – yes, it’s like I wiped out all my content and everything I did before, and have started anew with a new blog url but with all the content listed – I just don’t have anything from before pointing to the old url’s properly. As I said, it’s hard to describe.
As my daughter would say, this is a first world problem, or more accurately described as not a real problem compared to “real problems” so I can’t cry about it, and won’t cry about it. After all, I even said on my About Luchanik page previously that I might change my name. I took the step, and even though I didn’t think before I did it or didn’t realize that it wouldn’t work out quite the way I wanted it to, or that I couldn’t press the “undo” button – it’s done now, and I’m going to live with it. I will just go on Twitter and post my links again, this time they will have luchanik.com infront of them instead of luchaniktravel in front of the post.
The night when I changed my blog url and realized the big mess that I had created – I stayed up until 2:30 am and needless to say, I was like a “zombie” that morning at work – it would have been more fitting it was Halloween, but it was a few days after Halloween. I did not immediately publicize my new blog url as I sometimes still wonder do I really want to do this, and then I say – why not? It’s all about the creativity, and about a hobby or passion. I still love travel and I love photography. Anyway, I think this name will fit me better, it’s still a name I care about – “luchanik” consists of the names of my three kids, but since I’m not a travel agent any more, I don’t need the travel part on the url. All I can say is, if you want to change your blog url, think carefully about it, and prepare to be up late and for things to not work out exactly the way you want them to. However, I wish you better luck than I had.
You know I can’t blog without pictures, so here’s some to take my mind off things and away from my non-existent problems
As Dorothy says in the Wizard of Oz: “there’s no place like home”, I say the “Hotel Del – it’s so swell”. Talk to you all soon, have a terrific November!