With the economy in the doldrums, we're all about drumming up ways to celebrate every day. We don't need a "named" holiday, or even an invitation to party, to create a fun and/or meaningful, enjoyable break from routine. For instance, March 8 is International Women's Day. created to celebrate "the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future." Why not take an hour, grab your girlfriends or girl kids and rejoice in being a woman and women's achievements, including yours!
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First, let us clarify that to us, an important component of "celebrating green" is emphasizing meaning over things. So when you're planning a celebration, forget about buying and focus on what you can do that will be enjoyable and memorable.
Here are a few ideas to get you started in thinking about celebrating International Women's Day in a personal, fun way that might even become a tradition.
- Invite a woman you know to your home for a "thank you for inspiring me" lunch or dessert.
- Visit an organic farm and thank the woman farmer for what she's doing for you and the planet.
- Tell your own story of overcoming or achievement to someone who doesn't know about it. Write it, blog about it, Twitter or Skype, just let someone else know what you've accomplished while giving yourself a pat on the back.
- Write a letter/e-mail to a public figure and let her know you appreciate her and why.
- Volunteer at a woman's shelter or do something for a woman or women serving in the military.
- Find children's books that celebrate women's achievements. Gather your girl children (and boys too, if you want), enjoy an hour together reading the books and maybe having a tea party complete with organic brownies you make yourselves.
- Participate in an "official" event for International Women's Day
- If you like to indulge in art or craft, gather some friends and create art around the International Women's Day theme. Talk about your creations, then donate art to a women's cause.
- Write a list of all the reasons you're grateful to be a woman. Share it with a man.
- Contribute to a non-profit that supports women's causes like Heal Africa, Women for Women, or KIVA.
If you celebrate IWD in a unique way, please let us know. Email us through www.CelebrateGreen.net.
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are a mother-daughter team and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at www.CelebrateGreen.net.