Keep at it and eventually you will see success. How often do we need to hear this message over and over? Sometimes when we don’t see immediate gratification, we think things aren’t working, so we tell ourselves some really choice things. Things like: I am a failure I should just give up This is hopeless I can’t make a difference Well, those thoughts don’t do shit for anyone – especially YOU! WE need you to keep going. The Nation is depending on each of us stepping into our po
Kids very often say exactly what they think. They have no filter. When they see injustice they don’t think, “well that is awful but I can’t do anything.”
They think, “Wow, that is gross, I want to fix that. I wonder what I can do to fix that.” In 2012, I took my daughter to an exhibit called “Half the Sky” at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. She had just turned 10 and we were on her birthday date. I wanted her to see the lives of other women and girls in other pa
Yesterday I received a surprise package in the mail. There was a note inside that said, “I love and cherish you my friend. Don’t you ever forget that the worlds needs you. Never, ever forget.” Boy howdy did I need those words.
I have been doing some scary stuff lately, putting myself out there for everyone to see.
There is a vulnerability that comes with being seen, an openness that is required for people to feel and hear what you are saying. I have been asking myself what
When I was a little girl I would lay on the grass and gaze up at the sky and wonder if anyone could see me down here. I would watch the clouds move and wonder where they were racing off to so fast. Those moments were an escape from the chaos of my life. My mothers depression, my fathers suicide, my stepfathers alcoholism, my sisters fears. In those moments all the yelling and hitting would vanish and it would just be me and the sky and the clouds community together in silent
I am a Natural Born Rebel.
I am attracted to other rebels.
The outside the box thinkers.
The people who love to solve problems without subscribing to convention. The Natural Born Rebel is like the tallest most majestic tree in the forest. We are grounded and rooted in our vision. Our water is the change we make in the world. We are fed by our actions at home and at work, with our friends and in our family. Sometimes we forget to stay rooted in the core truth of who we are.
In my workshops and speeches I talk a lot about finding and elevating your voice. Here are 5 things you can do anytime to find your voice and say exactly what is on your mind. Buy a bunch of flowers – I know it seems silly but reflecting on beauty can help you take a deep breath and connect you to yourself. So go ahead, buy that cheap-o bunch of carnations at the grocery store and put em in a cute jar or vase. Phone a friend – When was the last time you called someone just to
Today I needed some inspiration. Today my inspiration came from a speech I think I have watched and read about one million times. Today I share with you my inspiration from one of my heroes, Hillary Rodham Clinton. If you have never watched this, or if you have watched it a thousand times, give it a look again and see how you can be inspired today! #feminism #birdgirlwisdom #mondaymayhem #womensrights #HillaryClinton #inspiration
Give us the grace, oh universe, to answer readily the call of social justice and community building and proclaim to all people the Good News of our rising, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of our marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the spirit of love, one love, for ever and ever.
Amen and Blessed Be.
-Dr. Melissa Bird Your heart is a star – it guides like the North star.
Do you ever marvel at the stars?
Do you look to the sky and gaze upon
Social justice and political action feel like really, really big things. Like so big, I am forced to eat a pint of ice cream and binge watch Downton Abbey, again. Write about it. Write a note to a friend, write on some paper, post about what makes you feel overwhelmed on Facebook (how brave), write a text to your lover. Get present. If you breathe into the feeling of overwhelm it loses its power. If you take a moment to stop trying to run away from it, feel your feet planted
I just arrived in San Francisco and I am staying with my best gay (yes, he is my best gay). He always gives me a lovely little something upon my arrival. This time is was a lovely little tray that says, “sometimes all you need is a billion dollars”. Then he asked me, “What would you do with a billion dollars?” I had my response at the ready.
My husband and I talk about this all the time when we see the lottery billboard all lit up making promises it will never keep. If I had
Excuses. Everybody has them. I make excuses all the time. My husband will get mad, my kids will be upset, my friends won’t understand. They create a special kind of paralysis for nearly all of us. Excuses. Everybody creates them. They keep us in the place where we don’t have to step out, step into, risk, expand, explore. Excuses. I have been mired in them. I am too afraid. I am too late. I am not visible enough for people to listen. I am never going to be listened to so why w
Lately I have been coming up with some really delicious one liners that I have written in my journal or said on podcast interviews. Today I wanted to share my one liner genius with the rest of the world. I hope these quotes inspire you like they inspire me! “We have to start trusting each other even in our differences as women.”
Am I right? “Anytime a woman is willing to listen to that deep voice inside that says, ‘You were meant to do this thing,” that gives her power.”
What we feed on sustains us.
Do you feed on anger, sadness, shame, judgment or fear?
Do you feed on joy, love, bliss, abundance or hope? If you remain hungry for judgment then that energy is what will feed you. If there is forgiveness to be given let us give it.
If there is grace to be given let us give it.
If there is openness to be had let us be ready for it.
If there is a lesson to be learned let us learn it.
If there is a sign to be received let us see it. I am
This week I watched Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special “Nanette” THREE TIMES. If you haven’t watched it yet…do yourself the biggest favor EVER and watch it…RIGHT NOW. One hour and 9 minutes of complete magic. I promise you won’t be sorry and I would love to know which part struck you the most. She talks about stories.
She talks about voice.
She talks about misogyny and patriarchy. She tells parts of my story because her story is similar to my own. You see, I pass as straight-h
Step into the divine knowing that is your birthright.
Breathe deep into your intuition. Listen to that voice just beneath your breasts in the center of your soul that is YOUR calling. STIR UP THE MASSES
STOP STRUGGLING AGAINST YOUR OWN FEAR Ask yourself, “How can I turn this fear into ease?”
Ask yourself, “How can I disrupt the patriarchy by turning my deepest desires into ASS-KICKING action?” BREATHE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE MAGIC.
BREATHE OUT THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU A
There will be many moments in our lives where we will be presented with the opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life. It is that presentation that creates space for us to expand our soul, grow love in our hearts, and tap into the intuitive energy that flows deep in our veins. Most people won’t take this opportunity. For most people it will seem too daunting, too difficult, too uncomfortable. And so…the moment quickly passes us by. Until the next time, because t
Let go of what isn’t serving you. Tell the voices in your head to take a seat.
The cacophony is getting too loud. You are enough.
You are a worthwhile endeavor.
Your worth is not determined
by the amount of laundry you get done
or the perfection of your dinners. Your worth is determined
by the amount of time you give to yourself
and the people who surround you.
Falling into the trap
of being someone you THINK they want you to be…
means you STOP being you. W
About a month ago I was in Washington DC at the American Women’s Party Conference. When I was there I got to connect with some of the greatest minds in activism. I learned a lot, they learned from me. I thought we would all move on with our business cards in hand and just chalk it up to another glorious networking event. But something happened at that meeting I never expected. Literally days later I needed the connections I made because my own family was being impacted by eve
The original title of this blog was “Happiness in the time of the Handmaid’s Tale”. I don’t know about you, but waking up to the latest news coming out of Washington D.C. makes me just want to curl up and stay in bed. Clearly this isn’t an option, I am a social justice badass for a living! When I am feeling intensely emotional about all the things that are happening in our Nation…I tap into my happy. Here is a list of the 20 things that are making me happy RIGHT NOW! Petting
I while ago I blogged about what my “memorial bench” would say if I cut through my crap and just followed my bliss. I had been hiking with my husband and saw several memorial benches, which inspired a long talk about how we would be remembered upon our deaths. The blog came back to me yesterday as my priest gave a sermon about holding on to the parts of our past that no longer serve us. This got me thinking, what would be on my rubbish heap? What garbage would I prune away an