Jun 12, 2018
It comes to us like a flash. We’re angry, or inspired, or ready to take action, but then the thought passes, as we begin to feel like it is insurmountable, or to think things like we can “never make a difference.” What if we could heed the call, and listen to that inner voice, beyond what we think we “should” be doing? What if we could rally a community around that idea to have it to go viral, reaching way beyond what we could imagine is possible?
Today’s guest is an advocate for women’s rights and empowerment who got together an intimate group of thoughtful, committed citizens, and their actions caught the attention of the country. In January 2017, the Pussyhat Project inspired the sea of pink hats worn by the hundreds of thousands of people who marched for women’s rights. Krista Suh sparked this big idea and is a feminist activist who wants to make the world safer for women and to inspire creativity. Her new book, DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World is full of passion, purpose, and inspires others to create their own movements.
Here are the takeaways:
Turn frustration into action. On election night of November 2016, Krista found herself devastated, and learned that across the country, other women were feeling the same way. A few days later, Krista knew that the women's’ march plans were forming and she wanted to be a part of this history in the making. She began to think of how she could make a change in the world and participate, what outfit she could wear, or what sign she could hold up. Knowing it would be much colder in Washington, D.C. than her temperate Los Angeles home climate, the idea came to her to knit a warm, simple item. A sea of pink hats would make a visual statement of strength and solidarity, and as a newbie knitter, she wanted something that was easy enough for a beginner to make … [0:02:42]
Tap into your community. Krista feels she tapped into crafts that seemed like “women’s work” such as knitting and crocheting, to make a rebellious statement against the patriarchy. When you view yourself as a hero of your own life, the simple act of wearing or making these hats would make these people heroes too. Krista also tapped into the community that was already there for women who wanted to connect and support one another; it was automatic in the culture of the “stitch and bitch.” By putting the need for action with the need for community together, she gave women a way to take a stand … [0:09:08]
Let go of the “shoulds” and listen to your inner voice. We often feel the pressure of what we “should” do next; turn your idea into a non-profit, market something, or take more action. After her idea went viral, people in the know were throwing ideas at Krista, but none of those things felt right to her. She continued to follow her intuition and her voice and wrote a book at that time. Through learning how to breathe, Krista learned to slow down her mind and listen to what was important to her, rather than getting distracted by other people’s ideas … [0:12:50]
We hope you enjoy the conversation and walk away feeling empowered enough to blaze your own trail. Give it a listen and then download this week’s Momentum Builder to uncover the “spark” that lights your fire.
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