Oct 172014
 

Recently I was asked to speak at an event on this topic:  “What Do Strong Women Have in Common?” This assignment was troublesome for me because I don’t really think of certain women as stronger than others. I think we’re all pretty strong for remaining mostly vertical in the midst of all these ridiculous freaking circumstances. I am usually pretty amazed by everybody. Plus, I don’t really think any of us is much different than another. If I’ve learned anything leading this community- it’s that we’re all made up of the same stuff.

But the longer I thought about it, the more I had to admit to myself that some women in my life seemed to have more PEACE than others. More confidence. Extra doses of a  passion and tenderness and openness, maybe. And that made me curious – so I  started studying these women with “extra.” At first they seemed to have NOTHING in common. They were of all different races, ages, religions, careers, politics, etc.  As a matter of fact, I didn’t find a single commonality until I  examined these women’s daily lives.  When I did that, the craziest patterns started to emerge. I found that the common denominator was not who these women ARE, but what they DO each day.

I have come to believe that a woman’s character is not just formed by the roles she plays or the job she has or where she’s from or what has happened to her. A woman’s character is most profoundly shaped by the daily habits she keeps. And this is hopeful to me, because it’s never too late to adopt a habit or two from a woman we admire.

Here is the first of my five-part series with Danisha Danielle Hoston and the #OWNShow on the Five Habits Every Strong Woman Keeps. Click on the links underneath the video to see the rest of the series.

You can see the rest of the series by clicking on the links below, or find them all on Oprah.com. Let me know which are your favorites!

What are the daily habits that keep you strong, open, and brave, kind and sane(ish)?



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Oct 162014
 

Remember last month, when we shared with you these GOOD NEWS stories from our friends at CWS? Stories about how CWS is transforming lives by coming alongside individuals, communities and organizations doing good work. Stories that teach us that there is so much good in the world–and we are invited into it.

And, of course, you are accepting this invitation–as I knew you would. Our friend Angie at CWS tells me that you are calling CWS regional offices and saying things like–“Okay. Glennon told me to call you. How can I be a helper, too?”

I just love, love, love you people.

And then there’s the sweet note I got from Holli, a fellow Warrior and CWS-lover who walked in her local CROP Hunger Walk this month. Holli wrote us a quiet, beautiful letter that I want you to see. Let’s read it and remember that the small things we do with great love are making a difference. And that sometimes world-changing looks like showing up and going for a Walk.

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Dear G,

This past Sunday, for the second year in a row, my family laced up our shoes on a crisp fall afternoon to do some walking. Last year there was a little more “strolling” and a lot less walking, but this year, all four of us actually walked in the CROP Hunger Walk to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

Along with about 100 or so of our friends and neighbors and local Key Club members and Kiwanis Club volunteers and…well, our community.

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We figured that this year, our own almost-four-year-olds, might walk (or more likely run) for about 5-10 good minutes.

Maybe a mile at most, we thought.

But most of the time, the stroller we thought we’d so desperately need…looked like this.

Strolling

Because of course it was more fun to do this:
Kids and wagon
And they weren’t the only ones who left the strollers empty. There were quite a few super moms walking with their arms full. And super dads, too.

Carrying

Families Walking

But whether the kids were in the strollers or in our arms, or sharing a snack, or a good time with a good friend, what a gift it was to see all these little ones doing their best to be helpers.

To be part of the team.

Part of the community.

Community

For the second year in a row now, I find myself walking away with a great sense of gratitude.

Because to have the resources to feed and clothe my family, to load up in one of our two cars with a full tank of gas and travel to a local church, and to be able to walk with my healthy children on this day – is a such a gift. And the countless blessings that make this day, and every day, a reality are ones I too often take for granted. Perspectacles, right? :-)

So once a year we’ll continue to join our community and lace (or Velcro) our shoes. We’ll ask our family for support. We’ll watch our kids – with full tummies and healthy bodies – walk and run and piggy-back and skip.

And {every day} we’ll keep those who have to walk – for food, for water, for life – on our minds and in our hearts.

After all, we are all part of one shared community. And I can walk a mile (or two) with you.

Much Love,
Holli

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Today is World Food Day, when we remember the millions of people in the United States and around the world who suffer from hunger. But today we also celebrate the fact that worldwide rates of hunger are declining due to the dedicated work of organizations like CWS. Good News.

Love,
G

PS  Are you all following CWS on Facebook yet? When you do you get to see Good News stories like this one pop up in your newsfeed. Love.

Run Club

The Refugee Run Club

The Refugee Run Club in Durham brings together new refugees from around the world and the local community:

“A few weeks ago I asked a group of our fastest Sudanese guys, ‘Who finished first? Who won?’ One of the young men smiled back and me and said, ‘We all finished together.'”

 

 

 

 



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Oct 142014
 

So, the first time I was on the #OWNShow I talked about feeling angry and used during sex, because I like to keep things light and easy-breezy.

Also, remember when I told you that for the first 25 years of my life I never said the word f-a-r-t aloud? I said it on the #OWNShow. I’m kinda proud of myself. I feel like maybe I’m becoming less of a lady and more of a woman.

Love you and I hope you like it.

Fart.

G

 

 



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