5 Girls That Are Changing the World – and What We Can Learn From Them

Once young people know the problems and are empowered to act, they have great power to impact the world. ~Jane Goodall It takes a long time to become young. ~Pablo Picasso Sometimes a problem needs fresh eyes, you know? And who better to give fresh eyes to a problem … than a teenager. Our world … Continue reading 5 Girls That Are Changing the World – and What We Can Learn From Them

How I Lost My Identity and Found My Purpose

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. ~Lau Tzu Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. ~Zig Ziglar A life well lived is full of beginnings. We sigh, and smile, and coo, and nod approvingly when we hear … Continue reading How I Lost My Identity and Found My Purpose

Creating More Paths for Success: How Being Hopeful Makes it More Likely That You’re Going to Be Okay (And How You Can Become More Hopeful)

Once you choose hope, anything is possible. ~Christopher Reeve I dwell in possibility. ~Emily Dickenson Listen to the must'nts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn't, the impossible, the won't. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me ... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein. Well here we … Continue reading Creating More Paths for Success: How Being Hopeful Makes it More Likely That You’re Going to Be Okay (And How You Can Become More Hopeful)

Feeling Lonely? You’re Not Alone. Fifteen Ideas to Build Your Network

Friendship is a sheltering tree. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge As you've probably gathered, this month is devoted to taking care of ourselves and each other. From unpacking the elusive concept of "self-care" to talking about why you should laugh as often as possible, this month is dedicated to making all of us stronger, healthier, happier activists. … Continue reading Feeling Lonely? You’re Not Alone. Fifteen Ideas to Build Your Network

Seven Ways To Use Humor – and Why You Should

“If you aren’t having fun, you aren’t doing it right.” ~Prof. Greg Scott “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” ~Charlie Chaplin As you may have guessed, here at Small Deeds Done, February is all about taking stock of where we are and what we need to … Continue reading Seven Ways To Use Humor – and Why You Should

Homeboy Industries: Lessons of What Extravagant Tenderness Can Do

You could bury your head in the sand, or you could roll up your sleeves. ~Father Greg Boyle, founder, Homeboy Industries You know, I may not be able to carry what you're carrying, but we can carry you. ~Father Greg Boyle, founder, Homeboy Industries Greg Boyle, a newly-minted Jesuit priest, arrived in Boyle Heights in … Continue reading Homeboy Industries: Lessons of What Extravagant Tenderness Can Do

Why the Women’s March is a Beautiful Mess

Embrace the glorious mess that you are. ~Elizabeth Gilbert It occurred to me as I stood, watching shivering participants in this year's St. Louis Women's March. In some ways, the Women's March is emblematic of the Democratic party and the progressive movement. It's well-intentioned. It's equity-minded. It's a little over-the-top. And it's a complete messy … Continue reading Why the Women’s March is a Beautiful Mess