It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Audre Lorde

Women’s March…on Washington and beyond…

Just a week ago, we were brimming with enthusiasm and energy. The numbers were out of this world. 100,000 in London, 500,000 in Washington D.C. and 750,000 in L.A. Here in St. Paul, they were hoping for 20,000, they thought they had 50,000 and the final estimate from the St. Paul Police Department was 100,000. More than 3 million people all over the world marched.

So now what? We have seen Trump use the power of presidency in unprecedented ways in just his first week. He’s taking action. But we the people can take action too. Below are some ways that you can make a difference as well as some tips for how to keep yourself sane over the next few months.

  • Pick your battles carefully. Take some time to really think about what matters to you in terms of issues. Are you worried about the health of our planet? Then make environmental issues your focus. Or maybe its healthcare, education, women’s rights, immigration. Whatever it is, be aware of what’s happening not only on the national level but in your state, county and city too. Often times you can more directly impacted by what’s happening on a local level than anything the President does with an Executive Order.
  • Educate yourself with facts and learn about all sides of an issue. This is getting tougher and tougher in today’s world of fake websites and fake news but it’s critical to do. If you want an example of how to do this, check out Van Jones program The Messy Truth. He’s a liberal commentator that is traveling the U.S. having face to face conversations with Trump voters, Republicans, rural white America to learn why they feel the way they do and what their concerns are about the future of our country. http://www.vanjones.net/the_messy_truth
  • Do what you can on a national level. We all have elected officials on the national level with our U.S. Senator and Congressman. Let them hear from you! An easy internet search will give you phone numbers at their D.C. office, district office as well as email and websites. In addition to your own elected officials, find out who is serving on key committees. Since education is my issue, I’ve spent this past week making a number of calls and sending emails to those serving on the committee that will decide whether to recommend Betsy DeVos as our new Education Secretary. Click on this link to find the contact information for any elected official https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials/
  • Get involved in your own community. There are nonprofits, churches, community groups and governmental agencies that are doing great work on the local level to help with a myriad of issues and serving people in need. Again, pick the issue you care about the most and get engaged. As a coach with a passion for education, I’m volunteering my time with an organization that is looking to help first generation and economically disadvantaged young adults get access and succeed in college. It’s one way I can feel control in a world that feels out of control lately.
  • Support those running for office. Just think if the thousands of people who marched last Saturday got involved in the 2018 election cycle what could happen.
  • Stop the personal attacks on Facebook and Twitter. Trashing, demeaning or dismissing someone who you disagree with does nothing to bridge the divide. This is true on both sides of the aisle. All it does is increase your blood pressure and just further creates a hostile environment that breaks down communication. It doesn’t mean we don’t advocate and call for action when it’s necessary but calling the other side idiots, racists, baby killers and much worse gets us nowhere. Family and friendships are crucial to a healthy life and outlook. Don’t let political disagreements create wedges in your relationships that can’t be fixed. It’s not worth it.
  • Be careful of overloading on social media. Change doesn’t happen there. It’s a great source for information but often times you just get sucked down the black hole of wasting time debating with someone who was never going to change their mind because of your 3 sentence response to their response. Let it go. I promise you will be a happier person if you cut your social media time by 50% or more. Give it a try for one week and see what I mean.
  • Live your best life. We’re only 28 days into 2017. How are those New Year’s Resolutions going?  What do you want to accomplish in your career, relationships and community? Get busy doing those things because in the end there are some things that are just out of your control. So focus on the things that you can control.

Want to make a difference, a change? Don’t know where to start? My mission in life is to help women to live life ON purpose and I do that through coaching, one to one and in group programs. I am a master of change – I’ve done it several times in my own life and I don’t expect to stop anytime soon! if you would like my help in supporting your own change- if you want to make your own stand and live your life ON purpose- then BOOK a CALL with me.

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