How To Make Change When You Don't Even Know Where to Start
Every single day it seems like I’m reading about more and more bad stuff happening in D.C., not to mention all over the world!. I spent weeks psyching myself up for the Women’s March last weekend, which was awesome. But then it was over. And now all over again, I can’t stop feeling helpless—like we still can’t really change anything.
We hear you. Saturday was empowering and encouraging; Sunday was a big ol’ bummer. It’s easy to feel optimistic when you’re surrounded by 600,000 like-minded women (and men!) marching for the same cause, but it’s impossible not to lose a little bit of that sunshine when you’re all alone. (The nonstop clouds hanging overhead certainly don’t help, either.) But here’s what you have to keep reminding yourself: The Women’s March was only the beginning.
Also, don’t listen to the haters who tell you that marches don’t matter. They do. Not only did the last weekend’s protest show that we really are stronger together (three million strong, in fact!) but they also provoked some necessary—and uncomfortable—conversations about feminism, race, and standing up for what’s right. Bonus: together, we showed Trump and his administration that we’re not going to stand by or let them stomp all over us for the next four years. In fact, we’re going to use this time to really take action.
Here’s what we suggest...and we’re speaking from firsthand experience. First, take some time for yourself: a bath, a walk, an impromptu coloring sesh, whatever your preferred form of self-care may be. Self-care is one of those things you can’t stop reading about, and there’s a good reason for that. Not only has it never been more relevant, but it'll also help get your mind in the right place (and your head in the game, so to speak). Then, prepare to take action—because the last thing we want is to lose momentum.
This week the Women’s March organizers launched a new campaign called 10 actions in 100 days precisely for this reason. They’ve broken down actually-doable steps that’ll make a difference, starting with writing postcards to your reps. For more inspo on getting involved, check out some newsletters that deliver tips straight to your inbox. We love Action Now, Two Hours a Week, and Wall of Us, but find more faves right here.
Finally, pick an org (any org!) that needs your help. There are TONS of them. You can donate money or time or both; we know they’d love to hear from you. Still need a push to get started? We got you. We teamed up with our pals at Obsessee and Girlgaze to share how we're going to change the world in the #next4years; now we want you to, too. Submit your pledge! Tag your video with #next4years and join the movement.