Welcome to the Fabulous Hybrid Blog Carnival. Our topic this spring is Change! This post was written for inclusion in the quarterly Blog Carnival hosted by The Fabulous Mama Chronicles and Hybrid Rasta Mama. This month our participants reflect on change in all of its many forms. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
Late night ponderings, contemplations that keep me up at night, considerations that have me stepping out of my comfort zone, questions of intimidation that have me concerned about the fate of humanity. Any of us who write about movements, activism, or education on how to change our world for the better grapple with the same question time and time again: how do we get people to care?
And more specifically, how do we get them to care enough to get off their arse and do something, whether that something is big, small, or somewhere in between? Then if we can do that, how can we move them (and us) to continue to expect more, do more, be more?
How can I continue fighting the good fight when we all get burned out? Why must I spend energy when others have the luxury of apathy?
Simply put, I want to create the society I want to live in. There is complexity in finding solutions to fighting the status quo, but it can be done. I must believe in the power for us to effect positive change.
Quotes and stories that live in truth are often overused, misused, or even attributed wrongly, but still, when we hear them it stirs something in the heart. When we think about their meaning, it prompts us to take notice. That is what matters. We need more of what moves us.
I want to find where that disconnect is between feeling and acting.
I challenge myself to see what happens when we frame the conversation differently. When we remove power from some words and give rise to others.
I challenge myself to remember those who I seek to bring along in my tidal wave of truth-seeking, change-making ideals and encourage, not shame.
I challenge myself to learn more about the diversity of experience that leads all on our own path. Then to seek to find where our paths cross and wait for others in the intersection.
I challenge myself to never give up.
I challenge you to consider what motivates you to learn… act… share… teach, then see how far you are willing to push yourself and for what reason. Share your journey with us.
- Unschooling My Heart – Patti at Canadian Unschooler discovered that Unschooling her kids was EASY compared to the bigger change required to Unschool her heart.
- Change (Variety) – Rachel at Lautaret Bohemiet writes about how variety is the spice of life.
- No More Threats – Amy at Presence Parenting flips the idea of parental control through threats on its head, for good.
- Why Are You Mad??? Turn Off the T.V and Meditate – Destany of They Are All of Me discusses limiting stress by focusing more on your Inside self.
- Co-ed Sleepovers? Changing My Mindset – Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes a hard look at her previous beliefs about sleepovers.
- Change Can Mean Puddles – Jorje of Momma Jorje has had to clean up some puddles after major changes.
- On Acceptance – Laura at Authentic Parenting writes about how she ditched the constant longing for change and came to accept herself as she is.
- Blissed Out on Birth, Drunk on Baby Skin – Melissa from Mothers of Change passionately explores the changes she would like to see come to the maternity care system, and our universal love of the smell of a newborn baby.
- Changing My Mindset, One Challenge at a Time – Wolfmother at Fabulous Mama Chronicles speaks candidly about her challenges in changing how she parents.
- Because Mommy Said No – Dawn of Raising Natural Kids discusses the use of a common phrase that makes Mommy out to be the bad guy when, in reality, she is making decisions out of love.
- Through Adversity We Grow – Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children chooses to take a positive view on change and growth.
- Life is Change – Rae of Ital Livin’ writes about the large changes her family has made within the last year.constant in life.
- A Changing Voice – Jennifer at Our Muddy Boots discusses how in order to grow change is unavoidable. That does not mean the process is easy though.
- Being. Changing. Believing. – Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making It All Work reminisces on the changes that have shaped her adult life thus far, and molded her into an adaptable, but still type-A, believer in change.
- Motivating Change In The Face Of Apathy – Brenna at Almost All The Truth is asking the question many of us who actively work to change the world ask ourselves: how do we get people to care?
- She Changes Everything She Touches – Change is the only thing we can count on in life, and Jen in Canada examines some of the biggest things she’d like to tackle before the birth of her second child.