Hello my seedy friends! I'm back from a week away cruising the Caribbean with my family and Micky Mouse. We had a great time and thanks to the kids club, I was able to get in some good self-care time and a few dates with my husband too. One of the best things about the trip was that we were completely unplugged in the middle of the ocean from our phones, the internet, and most importantly, the news for the week. So apologies if I missed any of your emails this past week and if S2S's social media was a bit sparse. I'm excited to get back into marching with you all! We're over 1/3 of the way there, and you're doing an amazing job!
Saturday night we got back into the Austin airport at about midnight. My husband literally sprinted to get our car while I attempted to push a cart laden with bags and carseats to the curb, carry a sleeping 3 year old, and corral a 6 year old all at the same time. A young man who could have been no more than 18, seeing what a sorry and exhausted spectacle I looked like, asked me if he could help me. My first instinct was to politely say, "No, thank you! I'm fine!" But I wasn't. So I thanked him and he pushed my cart to the curb. I saw that it gave him as much joy to help me as it gave me joy to know that here was a young man growing up to be everything I hope my son will be. And when I finally read the news the next morning, and started to slip into dispair again, I remembered that seedy young man and the future that he is pushing in on that cart loaded with bags and car seats...
Seed of Inspiration
Each Monday, we bring you some empowering music by a seedy woman to get your work week going!
This Music Monday is a group project! It all started with one song "Brave," by Sara Bareillis, submitted by Rev. Christine Ng. Then it grew into an entire youtube playlist of songs by women that inspire me to be brave. I've embedded my Brave Feminist Playlist below, but I'd like you to help me by adding the empowering songs you love done by female artists that inspire you to be brave, to carpe diem, and to scatter seeds of change. I'll post our final collaborative Brave Feminist Playlist next week in the email blog and in our social media.
You can submit your Brave Feminist songs to our collaborative playlist two ways:
- by clicking this link, and then clicking the button that says, "Add videos" in the top right-hand corner. A search bar will pop up and you can type in the artist name and/or song name there. OR
- by emailing me with the title and artist of your song at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy! I can't wait to share the final playlist!
Seed of Action
If you're anything like me, calling your legislators is not something you do for fun. I don't know if it's because my generation prefers to text and email, or if it's because I tend to grow more introverted with each year, but I always feel anxious about picking up the phone to talk to people I don't know. But alas, my seedy compadres, calling is really a light lift, it's free, it takes only a few minutes, and it is perhpas one the most important seeds we can scatter. Even if you don't get through, just making the habit of calling -- perhaps each Monday -- or at the least contact your representatives, is a small seed that over time can grow big change. So as Sara Barelleis sang in her song today,
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say,
And let the words fall out.
I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say,
And let the words fall out.
Honestly I wanna see you be brave!
Imagine if every single person recieving this email -- all 1,042 of us -- called our legislators today and bravely said what we wanted to say about the proposed 2018 Federal Budget that came out this past Thursday. Over a thousand calls truly can make a difference! So fire up those phones friends, because we're all calling today about the Federal Budget!!!
As a fellow marcher reminded me, a budget is not just a list of numbers. It's a living document that shows where our values as a nation are, and it has real consequences for real lives. In the Christian tradition, we say, "Where your treasure is, your heart will be also." (Mt 6.21) Look at this simple infographic of the proposed budget by the Washington Post to learn where it is proposed we put our treasure as a nation, and ask yourself, is this where our heart lies? Is this where my heart lies? If not, call your legislators today to voice your concerns.
You people amaze me! I'm over the moon when I hear about a seed landing on fertile soil. Keep us all updated on your seed scattering adventures by emailing me at email@example.com, posting on our Facebook page, or using the social media tag @seedstoscatter.
If you make a donation as part of your march, I would love to know about it! You can donate and name Seeds to Scatter or you can email me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org. I've found out about some great organizations from you all this way!
If you haven't been able to scatter every day, don't give up! You're always welcome back on the march. We do what we can; we're just so glad you're here.
And above all, scatter with love.