Recently when I was in Hawaii, I talked to my friend, Emily Emmons, who is one of the most get-things-done kind of women I know.
She started a nonprofit called Hoʻōla Farms in 2015 to teach military veterans, first responders, their families, caregivers, and the community how to grow healthy food. With her guidance and drive, it's now grown into a farm, and a commercial kitchen, and also provides an array of training and hands-on experiences.
She has done all of this in hopes of creating a more sustainable future and well-being for all. If you're looking for a worthwhile organization to support this would be it! You can read about this amazing organization here.
Emily has been scrappy with finding money to fund all of these programs as she started with nothing back in 2015.
She knows that climate change is affecting our food supply so she's finding a way to make a difference because she cares. She knows that the world is in dire straits and she wants to be part of the solution.
Emily said to me..."no one is coming to save us. We have to save ourselves and find a way to make changes."
When I heard her say this, I thought, OMG, she's right.
So far our politicians have failed us. They have done everything to avoid the inevitable, and instead handled it with fighting and making it a political issue.
We have to wake up.
No one is going to save us.
We...all of us must now push our elected officials to get off their butts, stop fighting and work together to make changes.
We have to demand change and we have to demand it now. We can't wait anymore.
Okay, I know, I know, you probably don't want to hear all of this. But keep reading...
Because climate change is so huge and maybe we don't know what to do, it's easy to feel hopeless, overwhelmed, and then ignore it.
It's easy to say I can't think about that right now, I've got my own problems to deal with.
But we don't have the option now of turning away and shrugging our shoulders and telling ourselves there's nothing we can do.
I invite you to read the article that Terry Tempest Williams and Rebecca Solnit wrote. It's a 5-minute read and worth your time.
I believe there are things we can all do:
And we need to show up as the best version of ourselves.
I've been thinking about this for a while because I, too, thought climate change is way too big for me. But I'm declaring right now that my way to help will be this:
Waking people up about self-care and how crucial it is, and helping them to practice it every day.
If you're not healthy, and if you're not taking care of yourself, you won't make it.
So I'm going to do everything I can to help women. I will make sure that they know how important it is to stop the insane busyness our culture demands of us. And show them that taking time for themselves is not selfish, it's essential.
Taking care of yourself will help you be able to get up in the morning and be ready to hit the decks...to not only survive the crazy world but thrive in it.
That's my contribution.
Tell me how you're going to help solve these problems. What is your unique way of contributing? What are you going to do?
The world needs your unique talents and skills to help solve all the myriad of problems.
The world needs you. Don't wait.
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Fall is a time for us to slow down, to ground ourselves and to nourish our bodies. This retreat is designed to help you stop and listen to what it is you need right now. It's a fun and restorative weekend with mindfulness exercises, morning yoga, an online cooking class with the fabulous Chef Bai, healthy recipes to try at home, meditations and group calls to connect you with other women.