I spent January thinking about taking care of myself and February rediscovering who I am. I’m ready to turn my attention away from myself and toward others. It’s all part of my Twelve Months to a Better Woman project.
In my experience, generosity isn’t nearly so hard as knowing when, where, and what to give. I’m often willing to share my time, resources, or wisdom, but if others don’t need what I have to offer, I’m not really giving them a gift at all. So this month I’ll focus as much on on seeing others’ true needs as on meeting them with a positive attitude and open heart.
You can look forward to posts about giving yourself to your partner, different ways to make giving a habit, and people who have found their own unique ways to give to others.
Reading and Watching List
Where am I learning these new skills?
- Antigone by Sophocles. Antigone defies her uncle, the king, to obey the gods and pay her respects to her dead brother. Her actions remind us to always stand up for what’s right, no matter what the cost.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus Finch models compassion and thoughtfulness to his children in the Jim Crow South, even at the risk of his own life.
- Frank Capra classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Director Frank Capra’s protagonists never fail to demonstrate something beautiful about self-sacrifice.
- Roman Holiday. Princess Anne faces a difficult choice between her duty to her people and true love in this charming coming-of-age story.
- Money Saving Mom’s series 31 Days of Giving on a Budget. Even though Money Saving Mom’s series was Christmas oriented, it’s still chock full of great ideas for giving even when resources are tight. Read my contribution to the series…
- Experimental Wifery’s Month of Self-Giving Pinterest Board. All month, I’ll be linking to articles about and ideas for self-giving. Follow the board to follow along.
Want to Get Involved?
I’d also love to hear your advice for me and for other women. Just link your advice to this post or leave your URL in the comments by Thursday, March 28. I’ll be sure to include your suggestions in my end-of-the-month round-up. And we’re always open to guest submissions.