I wish I was swimming.
Fiona and I finished our swimming classes! They were more difficult than I expected. When Fiona started, she was afraid of the water, so she could swim with a sort-of modified doggie paddle, but it scared her. The difference in her confidence was startling over such a short period. Overcoming a genuine fear with the support of friends is one of the best uses of Go Mighty — it changes so much about your outlook and your opinion of yourself. I’ll write up my post next week, but for now go read Fiona’s. (Also! Fiona debuted her new business — Signal Camp — last night, and was engaged a few days ago. Confetti!)
It isn’t all soft-focus moments of bliss.
OK, hear me out on this one. At first I was like, “Oof. I cannot lift my eyes to engage with yet another mom book.” But then I clicked on the video for Ali Smith’s photo project, which she’s been working on for twelve years. It’s been endorsed by Gloria Steinem, and is intended as a more feminist take on motherhood, questioning the social norms around the role. She can’t find a publisher, so she’s running a Kickstarter project, and I think her book has merit. Have a look at the video and see what you think. And Ali! Tell us more about goals, sis. I can tell you’re not a one-trick pony.
Do something good.
One of my favorite uses of Go Mighty goal grants is as an incentive to complete a project within a given timeline, rather than as a means of funding it. Olay offered $500 to the charity of Megan Peters’s choice, if she could complete her goal within a few weeks. This week, she did it, and gave her grant to the Willow Domestic Violence Center, where she used to work as a women and children’s advocate. Go read her affecting story about how she chose the center, and consider celebrating her success by making a donation yourself here. This one makes me really proud. Good on you, Megan.