One of my personal heroes, the late Nelson Mandela, once said “education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. This quote resonates deeply with me as a woman and a mother, as a social entrepreneur, and as a passionate civil rights activist whose business is founded upon three core beliefs:
1. Every business can and should be as impactful as it is profitable.
2. Every child deserves an opportunity to succeed in life. And, by supporting mothers who are doing everything they can to rise out of poverty and defy the odds, we can create a two-generation solution to some of society’s most urgent problems.
3. That now, more than ever, we need to focus on very intentionally shaping the hearts and minds of our children, who deserve a better world than the one we live in today.
You’ve probably heard people say, oh – it’s just business – it’s not personal. That may be true sometimes…but for me, my business is deeply personal. It is a reflection of who I am and what I care about most. And the process of digging deep to create HopeRocks enabled me to find my voice, which is soulful, authentic, and strong.
We all know that there is strength in numbers. And I believe there is literally nothing we can’t accomplish if we unite for the common good. Through HopeRocks, I am sending a message to all the women out there. Whether you are a mother, aunt, sister or daughter, I am asking you to stand with me.
There are 42 million mothers in the U.S. just between the ages of 15 and 50. I believe that mothers (and other female role models) play the most significant role in shaping the hearts and minds of their children -- like little sponges, they soak up all that we say and do. The examples we set and the values we instill in our children become the foundation for how they view the world and their place in it.
We cannot afford to let our youth inherit the world we live in today. I believe that creating meaningful societal change requires each of us to do our part, and I believe it starts at home.
I know that the idea of ‘rising up’ may seem daunting to many women as we juggle our already busy lives of parenting and working (and, in many cases, both), but I encourage you to make an effort to teach the young ones in your life to be strong, loving and open minded, every day.
1. Teach them that All Lives Matter. Teach them that Love is Love. Teach them that anyone Can Sit With Them.
2. Dig deep. Partner with an organization that you feel passionate about. Better yet, encourage your little ones to harness their power to make a positive impact. They too can inspire others to be engaged in issues that ultimately affect everyone. Remember, they are never too young to get involved…
Take a look at DoSomething.Org to explore campaigns geared towards young people - any cause, anytime, anywhere.
3. Vote with your wallet. Unfortunately, we seem to live in a world where our purchases have more influence than our political vote – which means that it is imperative that you take all factors into consideration before pulling out your wallet. Spend wisely. Choose to support businesses that stand for what you believe in and who care about more than just making a profit.
If every like minded mother makes an effort to take these steps, we can change the world. One woman, one home at a time.
The time is now.
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