Terri Hanson Mead
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Terri Hanson Mead

Piloting Your Life: In-Flight Entertainment (Stand and Deliver) (Apr 16, 2019)

Welcome Back My Activist Passengers:

This past week was a doozy in the Mead household with my very first (anti) protest in support of Planned Parenthood. I called my son Adam to bring coffee down to us (I hadn’t planned to participate…only bring flowers to Planned Parenthood and ended up staying for 5 hours) and he picked up a sign to protest the protesters with us.

Turns out that not only am I a natural activist, but my kids and husband are too. In between getting a hair cut, picking up his date’s corsage, and other pre-prom activities, Adam brought sustenance down to us and waved at passersby to encourage honking and support. Rei got into the action and got a bright pink shirt that she plans to wear proudly in support of women’s health, family planning, and choice.

Adam donned a plum tuxedo jacket and joined a bunch of his friends to go to his senior prom in San Francisco. On the way over to take pre-prom pictures at someone’s grandmother’s house (mansion?), he asked if I was going to cry and I said of course. Guess what? I didn’t. I was just so happy for him and thrilled at the fact that he was going with friends and was truly happy.

But I did cry earlier in the week when my husband posted this picture announcing my son’s decision to go to San Diego State. I still well up with relief, pride, and happiness for him. It’s been quite the journey and I think he’s made a great choice.

I say it was a doozy of a week because Adam turned 18 this past Friday and celebrated with an impromptu party with friends around the fire pit out front after nearly setting the kitchen on fire with all these candles!

Just to summarize last week for Adam: college choice, turning 18, first protest, and prom. And the weather was finally good enough to take top of the Jeep off until the rain starts again in the fall. Both of the kids are happy about this!

I am spending more and more time thinking about women’s health, women claiming power, and the inequities in our society and think that the next season of the podcast is going to cover all three. As I was preparing the intro for today’s podcast episode with Jessica Campbell, a nutritional health practitioner, I did some research on the stats for Planned Parenthood. I continue to be disgusted by the war on women, war on poor people, war on people of color, and the war on LGBTQ+ and want to not only share information about the situation, but help to provide inspiration to those of us who are able to to band together to change this all up. The ones distorting for their own gain are getting far too much coverage. Those in control are not going to go down without a fight and we can’t back down.

More on this as I work through the details for next season. In the meantime, enjoy my conversation with Jessica as we talk about how we can make small but impactful changes to improve our overall health through healthy eating, rest, and better education.

Piloting Your Life (episode PYL098): Jessica Campbell on creating a healthier life through health eating, rest, and education.

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Terri Mead

Terri Mead

IT consultant, expert witness, YouTuber, helicopter pilot. Making the world a better place, especially for women. Award winning author of Piloting Your Life.