Growing up my Mom always used to take us with her to vote, so the importance of exercising that right was instilled in me at an early age - I'm a voter!
One thing I've battled with living away from my family over the years though is that I feel like I don't have anyone to talk to about the candidates and initiatives if they aren't clear to me. Don't get me wrong, I'm a lifelong democrat and believe with my whole heart that we should help those less fortunate than ourselves, and fix the roads rather than just fix my car (if you will), etc. etc. But sometimes issues just aren't that cut and dry!
My sister lives next door to my parents, and they have a system set up where they can sit down with the voter's guide and discuss all the people and measures that are on the ballot TOGETHER - and sometimes I feel sad that I'm missing out on that.
<insert voting pity party here>
Well this year I decided to create my own fun voting party, and my boyfriend and I voted together! We pulled up the cheat-sheet from a local, uber-liberal paper, and then took turns reading the initiatives out loud - and then used the papers' voters guide as a back-up if the descriptions weren't clear. It was SO great, and SO funny (click those links if you want to take a peek!), and I felt like instead of boo-hoo-ing about my lonely voting process, I had just created a new tradition with my partner. Awesome!
The truth is, it's pretty common for me to encounter this same "woe-is-me!" mindset in my coaching clients about a whole host of things - women who make excuses to not do things for one reason or another - because they don't feel supported. And my answer to that is that you don't have to do it ALONE!
Is going to the gym feeling overwhelming? Find a workout partner!
Feeling isolated in a creative endeavor? Ask friends if they'd like to meet up every couple of weeks to create together, and share feedback.
Housework getting you down? Many hands make light work . . . delegate that shit!
You get the idea - when any one thing feels daunting - doing it together always makes it better.
Need some help getting out of an "I'm all by myself!" rut? Leave a comment or send me a note - we can schedule a 30 minute free consult to get you on track!
Love and Light,
P.S. Speaking of voting, it has been a rough week for those of us who value diversity, kindness, basic human rights, and the environment. (Just to name a few things.)
If you're looking for ways you can help the world be a better place, volunteering on a local level in your community is a great place to start. Some ideas might be . . .
If we all do our part, collectively our actions will impact great change. Of that I am certain.
Meet me here on Saturdays for some weekly vibes - honoring the week that has past, and clearing the way for what's new. Gather your journal and favorite pen, along with a hot cup of coffee/tea/chai - and settle in for 30 minutes dedicated to YOU.