What's Next? 9 Ways to Stay Fired Up

chances are, you're reading this after a weekend spent watching the news. maybe you were in washington saturday or in your hometown marching and rallying. maybe you were sitting at home with your children having a regular weekend and catching updates on twitter. maybe you hid your head in the sand and tried to shut it all out. 

most of you readers are women. so as millions of women around the world came out saturday to make their voices heard and stand up for what they believe, it's safe to say that many of you did as well. but saturday was not the end. the women's march is not a one-and-done event. 

great! you marched! you took some killer instagram photos. you snapchatted like crazy (but let's be real insta stories all the way now) and maybe you even wore a pink hat. but don't go back to your quiet life with your hands folded neatly in your lap. this is not the time to stop and rest. 

how? here are a few ways to get involved, keep moving, and do what's right:

1. if you can (and you probably can. even if you think you can't), donate to an organization that you support that needs it now more than ever. a few causes so consider:

planned parenthood - donate here
naacp - donate here
every mother counts - donate here
aclu - donate here
southern poverty law center - donate here
council on american-islam relations - donate here

2. volunteer. find an organization in your neighborhood and commit 1-2 hours a week. don't just go once. keep showing up.

3. call your representatives. here's a handy site and app call to action. simple type your address, and you'll get your representative's phone number. don't be intimidated, it's probably some college intern on the other end of the line taking messages. the app makes it even easier to call too. download it now, check it out online and get calling.

4. don't ignore the news. it's really easy to just turn it all off and live in our own little worlds. but when we cut ourselves off from the news, to what's going on in washington and at local & state levels, we become uninformed, apathetic and that's no way to be. as hard as it may be to watch or listen to, please keep yourself abreast of what's going on (use the skimm for the best round-ups of daily events).

5. run for office. there are a handful of amazing resources out there for ladies especially considering a run for public office. i've personally signed up for she should run and am working through their lessons as we speak. we need more female voices speaking for our citizens. if you've even considered it, do it!

6. seek out those who have differing viewpoints. talk to them. without judgement or preconceived notions. there are a lot of legitimate reasons to be on the other side. let's build bridges, not walls. 

7. attend your local town hall meeting. maybe volunteer for a committee. 

8. call out injustices when you see them. don't just walk on by and turn your head. speak out. especially if you're a privileged white person like myself. you have a duty to be a voice. use it.

9. VOTE. if you didn't vote in the last election, i don't know what to say to you. it is not just a privilege and a right but it is your civic duty as a citizen of this country to participate in the electoral process. that means educating yourself on the issues and candidates and doing the damn thing. staying home on election day is a slap in the face to every single voter out there. you're letting us down. you're letting yourself down. you're letting your country down. REGISTER HERE and keep updated on upcoming races.

 

image by samantha hahn. download here.