Category: March 12

  • NATIONAL I AM DAY | Second Sunday in March

    The second Sunday in March celebrates National I AM Day as a reminder to set time aside for daily positive affirmation and self-care.

    #NATIONALIAMDAY

    There is power in words. When we can believe what we speak in our own lives, we can impact the lives of others through our positive outlook on life. 

    I AM are two powerful words you can say that will change the way you think and feel about yourself. Also known as daily positive affirmations, the words I AM can help you overcome fear, self-doubt, and reduce self-sabotage. In fact, saying daily I AM affirmations will help you believe in yourself so you can achieve becoming your highest self. National I AM Day encourages everyone to reach their full potential through self-empowerment, self-motivation, and self-encouragement. Starting with I AM.

    10 Reasons to Why I AM Affirmations Work

    1. Helps you focus to achieve goals.
    2. Changes negative thinking patterns.
    3. Improves mental health.
    4. Restores self-esteem.
    5. Reduces stress.
    6. Provides relaxation alternatives during stressful moments.
    7. Improves your daily self-care routine.
    8. Boosts confidence.
    9. Replaces negative thoughts through positive reinforcement.
    10. Sets a reminder that things are temporary.

    Saying daily positive affirmations using I AM will reprogram your brain by replacing any negative thoughts, images, or ideas you may have of yourself. When you begin saying daily positive affirmations, your brain shifts away from the things that weigh you down. In fact, you will begin seeing yourself in a different light. Your brain begins to grow by increasing the power of creating an amazing life for you and those around you. Having positive thoughts every day is a powerful tool for you to use as you tackle everyday stresses and life altering experiences. Daily I AM affirmations are a positive reinforcement within your brain that will lead you to a healthier, happier life.

    How do I start saying positive affirmations? Starting daily positive affirmations begins with a small commitment to yourself. Your life is your journey. Only you know when you need to make small changes to improve your personal perception of life. By inserting the phrase I AM into your self-care routine, you will begin shifting your mindset and eventually create a more positive outlook on your life.

    National I AM Day Tips

    • Always practice affirmations using the present tense.
    • Avoid using words that give a negative intention.
    • Set aside time when you wake up or are ready for bed to say your affirmations.
    • Say your affirmations out loud and listen to your voice speak your affirmation phrases.
    • Find and use affirmations that have meaning to you, your life, and experiences.
    • Create your own affirmations based on areas you feel need change.

    Daily affirmations are not a cure for problems that resonate in your life. Affirmations will not solve your problems, but they will help how you react to your problems. Daily practice brings the best results, and it may take time to see results from your new self-care routine. Give yourself time to see the positive effects from your daily positive affirmation routine and experience your life changing.

    I AM. . .

    • I AM beautiful and unique.
    • I AM strong and independent.
    • I AM grateful for a new day.
    • I AM thankful for the life I have.
    • I AM an amazing human being.
    • I AM resilient and brave.
    • I AM more than enough. I AM enough.
    • I AM learning to become the best version of myself.

    FOUNDER OF NATIONAL I AM DAY

    In January 2023, National Day Calendar formed a collaboration with S.H.E Inc 501c3 Sisters Helping Each-Other and the She ROCKS It organization to create National I AM Day. This new celebration encourages everyone to set daily positive affirmations for themselves as a way to practice self-care.

    About

    The She ROCKS It organization mission provides a platform where women can come together and celebrate each other. Their goal is to help women network, inspire and empower, while encouraging them to be motivated. The organization supports and acknowledges the success of women by using their platform and putting them in the spotlight. They believe in promoting lifelong learning by hosting educational events, promoting positive relationships, and lifting one another up.

    For years I witnessed successful everyday women going above and beyond their daily jobs to do things that impacted and changed the lives of others. These women didn’t serve and give to receive recognition, they gave and served because it was their purpose and passion in life. They saw this as a way of fulfilling their life purpose.

    Joyce Dawkins, Founder, She Rocks It Organization

    She ROCKS It is dedicated to creating events that give women an unforgettable experience. Their events are created with today’s woman in mind, empowering women to live their best life by showing the world who SHE is.

  • NATIONAL WORKING MOMS DAY – March 12

    NATIONAL WORKING MOMS DAY

    Every mom is a working mom. On March 12th, National Working Moms Day celebrates the breadwinners and the breadmakers, the educators and the role models, those resilient, inspirational fixtures in our children’s lives.

    Ever since the invention of motherhood, mothers have been innovating, creating, and developing. They strategize and organize, never stopping until the work is done. And through each evolution, we know mothers keep pace with the changing world. Working moms invest in our communities because their small businesses thrive there. We can never celebrate them enough, no matter how many cookies they make or how much bread they bring home.

    That’s why National Working Moms Day celebrates every mom. Whether you recognize a marvelous working mother in your life or you reflect on your accomplishments as a working mom, join in the celebration!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorkingMomsDay

    Working Moms Day is an opportunity to appreciate a working mom you know.

    • Frequent a business owned and operated by a working mom. Supporting a small business means you’re also supporting a working mom’s family and your community.
    • Show your appreciation to a working mom with a handwritten note. Thank you notes are one item that can be re-read for encouragement. Also, technology cannot delete handwritten notes.
    • Take over meal duties for the evening. Any working parent knows mealtime is one of the most stressful times of the day.

    It’s also a day for working moms to take a little time for themselves.

    • Practice some mindfulness. Whether it’s 5 minutes of deep breathing or writing in a journal, take some time just for you.
    • Take the day off, if possible. Network with other moms and enjoy much-needed time together.
    • Register for a course you’ve been wanting to take. Whether it’s to advance your career or lower your stress levels, make the time.
    • Join a working moms network like Working Moms of Milwaukee. Organizations like these offer support, resources, and social network for working moms to share experiences.

    You can also share your working mom story on social media. When you do, be sure to use #WorkingMomsDay.

    NATIONAL WORKING MOMS DAY HISTORY

    Working Moms Day LOGO-w_-trademarkWorking Moms of Milwaukee (WMM) launched National Working Moms Day in 2020 to celebrate working moms everywhere. WMM’s vision is a one-stop-shop for working mothers in Milwaukee to network, socialize, and share experiences. They aim to create a supportive space where moms can connect both online and in-person, get support from moms that just “get it,” access services to make the day-to-day a little easier, and celebrate this crazy life stage together!

    On March 11, 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Working Moms Day to be observed on March 12th, annually.

    Working Moms FAQ

    Q. Does being a working parent require organization?
    A. It does, but even the bested laid plans go awry. Balancing work and home takes effort. It doesn’t happen magically. From meal planning to managing schedules and routines, working parents know that organization is helpful.

    Q. What is another important skill working parents need?
    A. Good communication skills go a long way to helping working parents stay in touch with their family. Communication is valuable to making sure everyone knows their responsibilities, schedules and more.

  • WORLD DAY AGAINST CYBER CENSORSHIP – March 12

    WORLD DAY AGAINST CYBER CENSORSHIP

    Every year on March 12th, World Day Against Cyber Censorship rallies support for an unrestricted Internet that is accessible to all. The day also draws attention to ways governments around the world censor free speech online.

    The Internet lets people around the world gain access to vast amounts of information. Not only can people get information on nearly any topic imaginable, but they can get it quickly, and usually for little cost. Most people who have access to the internet take it for granted. They might also take for granted the idea of sharing things with others over the worldwide web. Unfortunately, however, there are people in the world who want to restrict the internet. These people don’t want people to use their freedom of speech over the worldwide web.

    Each year, this issue is becoming more of a problem. Just recently, Reporters Without Borders unveiled several digital predators of freedom. According to Reporters Without Borders, these digital predators represent a clear danger for freedom of opinion and expression, and article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees this right. Digital predators harass people online, censor information, spread disinformation, and use the internet to spy.

    Some of these digital predators include:

    • Modi’s Yoddhas in India
    • The Kremlin’s troll army in Russia
    • The Iranian Cyberspace Supreme Council
    • National Telecommunications Commission in Venezuela
    • Cyber Jihadist Unit in Sudan
    • Zerodium in the United States

    When it comes to controlling the internet, some of the worst countries include China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Vietnam. Other countries are under surveillance for restricting the internet. These countries include Egypt, France, India, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldDayAgainstCyberCensorship

    On this day, Reporters Without Borders awards the Netizen Prize. This award goes to an internet user that has made a notable contribution to defend online freedom of expression. Reporters Without Borders also updates its annual list, “Enemies of the Internet and Countries Under Surveillance.”

    To participate:

    • Think about the importance of having access to an unrestricted Internet.
    • Discuss with others why some countries, governments, and organizations try to control the internet.
    • Watch the documentary, The Cleaners that explores censorship of the internet.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldDayAgainstCyberCensorship

    WORLD DAY AGAINST CYBER CENSORSHIP HISTORY

    Reporters Without Borders launched the first World Day Against Cyber Censorship on March 12th, 2008. The day is sometimes referred to as International Day for Online Freedom of Expression.

     

  • GIRL SCOUT WEEK – Week of March 12

    GIRL SCOUT WEEK

    Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday. It always includes Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12. During Girl Scout Week, Girl Scouts of all ages celebrate by demonstrating courage, confidence, and character in ways that have a real impact on their communities.

    The Girl Scout slogan, which has been used since 1912, is “Do a good turn daily.”

    The history of the Girl Scouts dates all the way back to 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low met the founder of Boy Scouts, Sir Robert Baden-Powell in England. Upon Low’s return to her Georgia home, she knew she had to start a similar organization for girls. That same year, she gathered 18 girls together and told them all she had learned about this new outdoor and educational youth program. At the time, “Daisy” as many affectionately called her, was 51 years old and nearly deaf.

    The first small troop of Girl Scouts was culturally and ethnically diverse. This was a big deal, considering women were not even allowed to vote. These girls participated in basketball, hiking, and camping. More importantly, the girls lent a helping hand to those in need. They also worked together to improve the world around them. Since its small beginnings, Girl Scouts numbers have flourished in over 100 countries. There are currently 2.6 million Girl Scouts and more than 50 million alumni.

    The week focuses on what it means to be a Girl Scout and celebrates each and every individual scout who strives to improve the world around them.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GirlScoutWeek

    • Learn more about Girl Scout history and founder, Juliette Gordon Low.
    • Memorize the Girl Scout Law.
    • Volunteer to be a Girl Scout Leader.
    • Tell the world what being a Girl Scout means to you.
    • Share your experiences with the Girl Scout organization or your events by sharing #GirlScoutWeek on social media.

    GIRL SCOUT WEEK HISTORY

    In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

     

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  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME – Second Sunday in March

    DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

    Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March in the USA. The practice gives people an extra hour of sunlight in the evening by setting the clock ahead one hour on a predetermined date each year.

    The practice of Daylight Saving Time (DST) advances clocks during the summer months. It causes us to lose an hour for one day. However, the practice allows people to get up earlier in the morning and experience more daylight in the evening. Typically, users of DST adjust clocks forward one hour near the start of spring. Then, they change them back again in the autumn.

    The system has received both advocacy and criticism. Setting clocks forward benefits retail business, sports, and other activities by exploiting sunlight after working hours. However, the practice causes problems for evening entertainment and other activities tied to the sun or darkness. For example, farming and fireworks shows are both affected.

    Although some early proponents of DST aimed to reduce the evening use of incandescent lighting, usage patterns differ greatly. Additionally, research about how DST currently affects energy use is limited or contradictory.

    Problems sometimes caused by DST clock shifts include:

    • Complicating timekeeping.
    • Disrupting meetings, travel, billing, record keeping, medical devices, heavy equipment
    • Impacting sleep patterns

    Software often adjusts computer clocks automatically, but this can be limited and error-prone. In addition, programming is particularly problematic when various jurisdictions change the dates and timings of DST changes.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DaylightSavingTime

    • Besides adjusting our clocks, it’s important to adjust our sleep schedules, too. Many of us go into the time change sleep deprived. Don’t do this during Daylight Saving weekend.
    • Start preparing your body and anyone in your household for an earlier bedtime.
    • That includes pets. Their potty and feeding schedules will need to be adjusted, too. Start a few days before if at all possible.
    • In the end, you and your entire household will be able to benefit from the additional sunlight in the evenings by enjoying outdoor activities without feeling the drag of lack of sleep.
    • Another way to celebrate the day might include writing your representatives in Congress. According to the National Congress of State Legislatures, nearly every state has tackled the issue of daylight saving time and whether to end it or not. Even at a federal level, the issue has been brought to the table a time or two.
    • Of course, most importantly, be sure to turn your clocks forward and use #DaylightSavingTime or #SpringForward to post on social media.

    DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME HISTORY

    George Vernon Hudson from New Zealand proposed the modern version of daylight saving in 1895. Germany and Austria-Hungary were the first countries to use it starting on 30 April 1916.

    The energy crisis in the 1970s accelerated the growth of Daylight Saving Time. It has been argued that more natural light in the evening hours uses less electricity due to less artificial lighting requirements. As a result, many retail shops and tourist attractions also enjoy more business.

    Daylight Saving FAQ

    Q. When does Daylight Saving end?
    A. Daylight Saving ends in November.

    Q. How much daylight is saved?
    A. None. It’s just moved from one end of the day to the other.

    Q. Does every state participate in Daylight Saving?
    A. No. Arizona, Hawaii, and parts of Indiana do not participate in Daylight Saving. The U.S. territories do not, either.

    Q. Do other countries observe Daylight Saving?
    A. Yes. Many countries observe Daylight Saving including Australia, most areas in North America, and countries in Europe.

  • NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY – March 12

    NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY

    March 12th celebrates National Baked Scallops Day and a popular delicacy, the scallop. 

    Scallops are a cosmopolitan family and can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source.

    There are two fleshy parts of the scallop that are usually sold at the market for human consumption. The adductor muscle is the white medallion of meat which is rich and sweet. This is the piece that is most familiar as the  “scallop” we see on a menu.

    There is also the coral or the roe which can range in color from pale coral to bright orange. This crescent-shaped piece is usually discarded before the scallop is sold at market because it may contain toxins. However, sometimes it is sold attached to the adductor muscle. It is bitter and some say it cuts the richness of the rest of the scallop.

    These meaty mollusks are very low in fat and are deliciously prepared in a variety of ways.  Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking this lean, white seafood.

    Restaurants serve baked scallops as both an entree and an appetizer. However, if you enjoy them enough, have one as your starter and then an entree, too!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #BakedScallopsDay

    Scallops can be a little tricky to bake. However, with practice, anyone can master them. And they’re so delicious. Invite friends and family to enjoy them with you. You won’t be disappointed!

    Use #BakedScallopsDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this tasty seafood holiday.

    Baked Scallops FAQ

    Q. Do baked scallops have to be served in the shell?
    A. No. There are a variety of ways to bake scallops.

    Q. How many calories are in scallops?
    A. There are approximately 95 calories in a three-ounce serving of scallops.

    March 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1912

    Juliette Gordon Low found the Girl Scouts of America when she organizes the first Girl Scout troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia.

    1923

    Inventor and radio pioneer Lee De Forest demonstrates synchronized music and film through his invention called Phonofilm for the first time. The film included musicians playing and dancers, though no voice was included with the film.

    1993

    Following unanimous confirmation by the Senate on March 11th, Janet Reno is sworn in as the first female Attorney General.

    March 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Clement Studebaker – 1831

    As a blacksmith, Clement Studebaker went into business in the mid-1800s with his brother Henry making wagons. By the end of the century, brothers Peter, Jacob, and John would join them to begin making automobiles. Clem would die in 1901 before the first Studebaker car sold in 1902.

    Jane Means Pierce – 1806

    The 15th First Lady of the United States is one of the more tragic figures of the White House. Despite having left Washington years before and much to her relief, the Democratic party pulled her back when they nominated her husband, Franklin Pierce, for president in 1852. He ran against Whig Winfield Scott, winning 254 electoral votes. On the way to the inauguration, their last surviving son, Benjamin Pierce, died at the age of 11 in a train accident. The couple’s first two sons had died in infancy and at the age of four respectively.

    Charles Cunningham Boycott – 1832

    When a community in Ireland ostracized Captain Charles Boycott for his role in a land war, his last name came to mean a voluntary avoidance of commercial or social entities as a means of protest.

    Hall Johnson – 1888

    During the Harlem Renaissance, Hall Johnson was known for composing and arranging African-American spirituals. He also coordinated several choirs.

    Jack Kerouac – 1922

    The American author is best known for his novel On the Road published in 1957. He wrote several more, including The Town and the City, The Dharma Bums, and Big Sur.

    Walter Schirra – 1923

    Walter Schirra was selected as one of the original seven astronauts for NASA’s Project Mercury. His first space mission to place on October 3, 1962, when he piloted the space capsule Sigma 7.

    Liza Minnelli – 1946

    The legendary and award-winning performer followed in her mother’s footsteps with stage and screen stealing performances. Best known for her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Minnelli’s career spans more than sixty years of stellar music and encore performances.

    James Taylor – 1948

    Since 1970, James Taylor has been producing hit music to popular and critical acclaim. He won his first Grammy Award in 1971 for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his song “You’ve Got A Friend,” and since then has earned four more.

    Notable Mentions

    Edward Albee – 1928
    Virginia Hamilton – 1936
    Frank Welker – 1946
    Naomi Shihab Nye – 1952

  • NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY – March 12

    NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY

    Spring is just around the corner, and March 12th is the day to participate in National Plant a Flower Day.  Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season.  Flower gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.

    Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of March.

    It’s good to know the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals (those that require planting every year). To find out more, check out this Plant Triage site for Hardiness Zones.  

    Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window.  When the weather is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and follow the seed package’s instructions for proper germination of the seedling. Those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and start planning your next flower garden.  

    Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.  ~Luther Burbank, botanist (1849-1926)

    Are you in a warmer climate?  Then it’s time to get out the trowel and the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil.  Sow some new seeds, bulbs, or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PlantAFlowerDay

    • Start a Flower Garden. 
      • Start with a potted garden.  If you aren’t ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require more watering but less care overall.
      • Select plants that grow well in your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade, and others prefer the sun. Others love both!
      • Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens have to thin their flower beds every couple of years?  They also like to share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening, so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better. You might get some free plants, advice, and a budding friendship!
      • Local greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions and shop there frequently.
    • Let’s all work together by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place. Use #PlantAFlowerDay to post on social media.
    • Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!

    NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this spring-friendly holiday. In the meantime, we encourage you to keep planting flowers. 

    Flower FAQ

    Q. What’s the difference between an annual, biennial, and perennial flower?
    A. An annual flower blooms for one season and then dies. Some annual plants and flowers reseed themselves so there are blooms every year. An example of an annual flower is a zinnia. A biennial flower takes two years to grow from seed to plant before dying back. An example of a biennial plant is a hollyhock. A perennial flower is one that grows back every year when planted in a zone that supports the flower’s lifecycle. Irises are examples of perennial flowers.

    Q. Do flowers in pots need more water?
    A. Usually, yes. Pots dry out more quickly. They are exposed to air on all sides and are designed to drain excess water away to prevent root rot. When flowers are planted directly into the ground, their roots can access water stored in deeper soil.

  • NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY – March 12

    NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY

    As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day on March 12th honors the history and legacy of Girl Scouting in America each year. 

    Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on this day, March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting.  At this first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were 18 girls present. For these girls, Juliette Gordon Low organized enrichment programs, service projects, and outdoor activities and adventures. Since the time of the first meeting, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.

    • The organization’s original name was the Girl Guides of America
    • By 1920 there were close to 70,000 members
    • By 1930 there were over 200,000 members
    • In 2005 there were over 3.7 million members

    Motto
    “Be Prepared”

    Slogan
    “Do a Good Turn Daily”

    “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGirlScoutDay

    • Celebrate all that the Girl Scouts have done to empower girls and what the organization has done for communities across the country.
    • Support your local troops.
    • Learn more about the Girl Scout organization and its impact on girls and young women.
    • Share your experience with girl scouting. 
    • Volunteer to be a leader.
    • For more information, see the official website:  Girl Scouts of the USA(GSUSA)
    • Use #NationalGirlScoutDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY HISTORY

    National Girl Scout Day commemorates the birthday of the Girl Scouts of USA. While individual troops and regions have celebrated the anniversary of this day, we were not able to identify when it became an annually observed national day.    

    Girl Scouts FAQ

    Q. Why do the Girl Scouts sell cookies each year?
    A. The Girl Scouts have been selling cookies since 1917. The annual fundraiser helps support the organization and its activities.

    Q. What kind of cookie was the first Girl Scout cookie?
    A. Girl Scouts baked cookies at home to sell much like we hold bake sales today. In 1922, a sugar cookie recipe was published in The American Girl magazine as a suggested recipe for Girl Scouts to make.