Can you tell that we are thinking BIG from this title? Indeed we are.
Kyra said it beautifully in the previous post that we were both searching for something else, and have found something very exciting and meaningful in this project of ours. For me (and I suspect us), the act of moving our visions and ideas forward itself has been transformative.
I’m not going to lie. As a working mother of an active toddler (he has already made one visit to the ER, and is starting to do frightening back flips into the ball pit in the soft playroom!) married to a medical professional whose time is scarce, it’s easy to fall into a rut. It’s easy to forget you. I suspect the feeling is not unique to me.
This venture has helped bring me back. I am finally giving myself permission to truly unleash my potential. Don’t’ get me wrong, I’m busier than ever. But this experience, the means alone, even with its valleys and peaks so far, have been empowering. The ends – our book 🙂 – will just be the yummy icing on top.
And that’s the thing. I’m realizing that empowerment is not something that you can do unto others. It’s something that you must do to yourself, for yourself, and in that doing, you empower those around you and beyond. If that’s what I want for my little gymnast in life (and it is), I know that I must teach by example.
But this understanding is not going to stop us from trying to pay some of what we receive forward, and give back to others. Given our strong sense of social responsibility, this was a required, non-negotiable piece. Yet how to do it, and make it meaningful and sustainable was the question. Though valuable, we didn’t just want to do % of the profits or sales model.
We have decided that since we are focused on kids, we want to give back to kids here and in the country we are writing about. In the case of our first book, that means India. Specifically, we would like to give seed money to social change projects led by children in India. In the U.S., we know that Head Start programs are taking blows from budget cuts, so we would love to find ways to share our books and resources with children here that may lack access.
See, we got it all figured out. Heh Heh. Not quite.
We know WHAT we want to do. Now, we have to figure out HOW to make that happen and find a balance between giving enough to make an impact and not going out of business on our first run. Those pesky details. You will see upcoming posts about us navigating the social side of this journey.
In the meantime, if you have ideas, suggestions, musings (we love those too) on projects we should look into, or approaches we should take, please drop us a line or comment! Or do you have a story about your journey to empower yourself and give yourself permission?
We would love to hear from you! We love inspiration.
Until next time, keep on thinking and dreaming big too! Let’s do this!