Our upcoming crate celebrates the amazing Dr. Maya Angelou. She was, and is still, so inspiring. I love how when she spoke, she did so with such thoughtfulness and intention. And this got me to thinking about the power of words. Growing up, I'm sure we all heard the adage: "sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never harm you" at some point. Now as an adult, I feel that I can say with some confidence and assurance that that adage is utter crap.Read More
It's one thing to think about and talk about living out your dreams, but a whole other thing to actually do it. We at GIRLS CAN! CRATE want to inspire your little ones to know that they can BE and DO anything. And what could be better to help them to know that than to meet someone who is doing and living what they'd dreamt of when she was younger?Read More
Art has always been a prominent part of my life. From a young age I fell in love with self-expression. The idea that I could convey bits of my soul to others was something I delighted in. I mean isn't that what people want? To be understood? Known?Read More
Art is one of those topics that can cause a lot of varied reactions: excitement, blank stares, indifference, or a flashback of a test from high school in which you were supposed to name the painting based on the image...Read More
I remember clearly the day I was first introduced to art.
I was in the fifth grade and the mom of my crush at the time, Ben, came to speak to our class about famous artists and their work. I thought she was the coolest woman ever....Read More
I thought "feminist" was a dirty word...until I had a daughter.
When I looked into the wide, innocent eyes of my brand new baby girl everything I thought I believed about equality was shaken. I knew that the endless possibilities, hopes, and dreams that a mother has for her tiny, fresh human would never actually be completely endless. Oh, sure she came into the privilege that comes with being born into a white, upper-middle class home, to two educated parents (in the United States no less), but she was also born a "she".
I'm afraid of failing. I wasn't always this way, but increasingly this was the pattern I found myself slipping into. I have always tried my hardest at anything I attempted. It would make no difference if I’ve never done it before, I’d give it a go.Read More
Have you ever walked past a house whose blinds were open and peeked inside? From the outside looking in, you see a space where everything is "just so." From the looks of things, these people have their lives together. The space they’ve created seems so welcoming and so put together that you would bet anything that they’re just the same. How often do we judge a book by its cover only to discover that looks are deceiving...and other overplayed cliches and metaphors?
Georgia O’Keeffe once said, "I've been absolutely terrified every single moment of my life, and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." Isn’t she brilliant?!
I've been afraid most of my life - afraid of not doing big things, afraid of succeeding, afraid of being noticed, afraid of what people will think about me if I am noticed, afraid of pain, afraid of apathy, afraid of missing out. Basically, I’ve been afraid of life and and all that comes with really engaging with it. I was also born a dreamer with a heart for people and so have constantly found myself in quite the back and forth. I'm done with it. I've decided I'm adopting Georgia O'Keefe's famous quote as my new motto. Every day, I am going to "get my Georgia on!"Read More