Our 2018 Resolution
New Years resolutions are a little controversial - you either totally buy into them or roll your eyes at the "new year, new me" crap. Personally, I'm into New Years resolutions and always have been. I like the idea of a fresh start and self improvement, even if most of the time everyone gives up by March. I like the sense of optimism and newness that comes with the new year, and given the b*tch of a year that was 2017, I'm feeling motivated to start making some changes.
I think we can almost unanimously agree 2017 was rough. The political turmoil, the sexual assault allegations brought to light, and the overall sense of dividedness made for a disheartening year. But I think the silver lining of it all is that it made us all more vocal in standing up for causes that matter. It made us do more research, become more informed, and start vocalizing our concerns.
Rather than feed off the negativity from 2017, we are inspired to channel that passion into action. For 2018, we have decided to do something small every week to affect positive change - and we want you to join us.
Each week, we will share a small challenge that will require minimum time and money. The goal is to do at least one thing each week to promote positive change - which will ultimately lead to 52 actions over the course of the year (which lets be honest, is probably more than you did in 2017 - it's more than I did for sure). It may seem small, but change doesn't happen all at once - it happens with small, consistent actions by passionate and engaged citizens.
We often doubt our ability to affect real change, which is why we don't make the effort. But that mentality in itself is holding us back. Two major things happen when individuals influence others:
1. A ripple effect that, over time, can actually impact thousands over generations.
2. A broadening effect since one person influences many, like multiplying tree branches
So, that being said, our very first challenge of 2018 is this:
Find at least 5 things from your home and bring them to goodwill.
We have so many things that we don't need, and there are so many people who need things. So we are challenging you to find at least 5 things in your home that are still in good condition and give them to someone who is needier than you.
We can't wait to implement this challenge into our weekly routine, and hope you will join us! You can follow along with us with the hashtag #52ACTIONS, and use it to share your participation in the challenge as well!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
See you next week!