"I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."
- Helen Keller
When I think about epic friendships in history, I think about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan.
Many know the basic facts about their story, but some of the greatest aspects of their friendship are not as well known: the empathy, camaraderie, and service Helen and Anne shared.
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
We’re starting off #blackhistorymonth with an incredible woman: Maya Angelou.
Maya was most notably known for her writing - her autobiographies and poetry - but did you know that she was also a singer, a dancer, a streetcar conductor, screenwriter, director, actress, professor, and lecturer? She was kind of incredible, to say the least!
She also experienced some tough things in life, and yet she drew strength from her struggles rather than letting them destroy her. Maya teaches us that we can learn from what we experience in life and we can use it for good and to connect with the world. Regardless of what we go through, we can R I S E.
In this blogpost, you’ll find more about Maya’s life and a fun writing activity with some discussion questions to talk about with your kid(s). There’s also a list of additional resources to learn more about Maya and some of her works.
How often do you look in the mirror? Is it a quick look to check your hair or to see if something is in your teeth, or are you truly looking at yourself - who you are?
Each year we have the opportunity to make resolutions; we hope to become better versions of ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But do we take time regularly for self-reflection outside of the beginning of a year?
This week’s #wowwomanwednesday is a great example of constant self-reflection and seeing things for more than they appear to be.
Frida Kahlo was a famous Mexican artist who frequently painted self-portraits. Her work is honest and passionate. Despite a life of health challenges, she found a way to express herself through art that still resonates with people around the world.
Head on over to the blog to learn more about Frida and try a fun activity to experience self-expression and evaluation. We also have discussion questions to go along with the activity to talk with your kids about the importance of self-reflection and awareness of our surroundings.