Intentions for the New Year

Intentions for the New Year

I’ve always loved the beginning of a New Year. It offers us time to reflect on the past and consciously look towards a better future. Despite this, however, New Year’s resolutions can be a challenge. We frequently get a little ahead of ourselves, offering up a list of overzealous and idealized things to “check off” in the New Year—perhaps eating better, losing weight, making more money, or [quite ambitiously] changing the world.

2017: Where we’re headed

2017: Where we’re headed

2016 was a great year for us here at Her World Over. We officially launched our website and social channels, raised almost $800 through our crowdfunding campaign and your generous donations, and journeyed to Guatemala, where we spent two and a half weeks meeting with local people, social enterprises, and other organizations making and advocating for sustainable change for Guatemalan people and communities.

Back in the U.S. (and after a busy holiday!!) we now have some time to reflect on the insights we’ve gathered in the past few months, our goals and ideas, and where we hope to see Her World Over in the year to come. Here's what's in store for 2017. 

Five Resolutions for a Better Life

Five Resolutions for a Better Life

As the New Year approaches, we are all looking back at accomplishments, trials, and experiences of 2015 and looking forward to what is to come in 2016. Many people, in an attempt to better themselves, choose a New Year’s Resolution come January. Usually, these resolutions are sidelined after a few weeks as real life picks back up and another year goes by with regret and abandoned promises.

The reasons that New Year’s Resolutions fall by the wayside vary, but much of that failure stems from mindset. Let’s not limit our resolutions to just a new year--let’s call them life resolutions and endeavor to create sustainable change.

Here are five resolutions to adapt any time of the year and my suggestions on sticking to them!

Alternatives to the Black Friday Rush

Alternatives to the Black Friday Rush

Growing up, my family’s post-Thanksgiving tradition rarely revolved around hitting the shops and scoring the massive discounts associated with this insane shopping day. For us, rather, this time is all about nurturing the relationships we have with each other, sharing in laughs, and appreciating all that we have. Today, we’re excited to share with you a few alternatives to the Black Friday rush. 

Cultivating Gratitude: Thanksgiving and Beyond

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends!

What a wonderful time to share in a celebration of gratitude with family, friends, some delicious food, and of course, a healthy amount of wine. And while I love the celebration of this day (it’s  my favorite holiday!!) and what it signifies, I’m a huge proponent of cultivating gratitude each and every day.

What is so wonderful about gratitude? Not only do I find myself happier and more optimistic when I practice gratitude in my everyday life, but the there are a number of ways it is actually scientifically proven to benefit one’s psyche and mental health. We especially enjoyed this article by the Huffington Post about the numerous ways the practice of gratitude can positively benefit your physical and mental health.

To help you with the practice of cultivating gratitude each day in small, meaningful ways, I have curated a list of suggestions and ideas that can be used as a starting point for your own gratitude practice. 

Staying Up-to-Date on Social Issues

Let’s face it: we’re all really busy. Arguably, we’re too busy, but that’s a rant for another day. Most of us don’t have the time to sit down and read the entire paper cover to cover every day, and let’s be honest—unwinding after a long day is much more enjoyable with an episode of Parks and Recreation than with the evening news.

At the same time, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves on what is going on across our country and the world. Technology has continued to shrink the globe and our world is as small at it has ever been. There is no excuse for us, as people with unlimited access to an endless supply of information, to be ignorant of the events, struggles, and triumphs of our global family.

So, how do we balance our busy schedules with being responsible and socially conscious individuals? It’s not as difficult or time consuming as you may think. Here are three ways that you can stay up to date on the latest news without making it a full time occupation: