If you are like me, you’re diving head first into Winter. Our house smells like cookies. Our fireplace is popping. Lights are twinkling. And ever since the election, I have wanted nothing more than to hold my family tight and kiss their faces off. This morning, my daughter asked us to spell out “I love my family” in lights on our dining room wall. Over-the-top, honeymoon love is happening and feels like the perfect way to approach 2017.
While I nest and barely leave my house, I’m also thinking about ways to be of service. Ways to make sure my neighbors know how much they mean to me. Ways to give my money and invest in what I care about most. Ways to share my time and talent with the world. This leads me to the books I’ve written.
Remember how I created a chapter book featuring a powerhouse mixed-race girl who learns how to forgive herself? Remember how I wrote a series of narrative coloring books with a gender creative squirrel who gets into all kinds of trouble and grows into her power with the help of Go Girls!? Sharing these books with the world is one way I put stories of REAL girls centerstage. It’s one way I work to make our country a safer place for girls. I want kids to engage with these stories and know how magical and powerful it is to be a girl.
I’m giving away a set of 30 books to Elizabeth House in Oakland this season. Do you have an organization to give them to? Do you have awesome kids in your life that you want to share them with? Do you have ways you are sharing your time and talent this holiday season? I celebrate each of us for doing to we can to build the world we want our children to live in. Nothing is too small. We don’t have to feel guilty for not doing enough. We can make things that matter and share them. We can take back our world one tiny step at a time.