It’s a new year and your head (and journals) are probably full of plans, goals and dreams. We have a red notebook at our house where we record goals for everyone in the family at the beginning of the year. At the end of the year, we look back at that book and see if we accomplished those goals. Good news! Everyone at our house is potty-trained and has learned how to walk and talk (goals of years’ past). We also take a few minutes and talk about the surprises of the past year–the happy things we never could have anticipated. That list includes accomplishments (like a great test score) as well as our favorites books, albums and movies of the year (favorite movie? La La Land!), and visits from friends–old and new.
One of the best surprises of 2016 was RubyGirl. Sure, I’d been planning the site in 2015, but I never could have guessed the way so many people would come together to create this beautiful, welcoming space. At RubyGirl, we have writers and photographers from all over the world who constantly amaze us with the words and images they share.
We’ve been so spoiled with wonder, but we’re still feeling a little greedy. So, we want more! We’re looking for more writers and artists to amaze us with their powerful words and inspiring images–we need YOU! We’d love to hear more of your voices, see more of your photos and artwork, we’d absolutely LOVE to feature your videos on the site (we’d especially welcome anything funny–essays, memes, videos). I know you have something to share. You can submit right here or email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One more favor–the last one today, I promise–we’d love to read your comments. One of our primary goals at RubyGirl is creating a community where girls and women all over the world can talk to each other, find friends, and solve problems. And so far we’ve been a lot like the Sunday School class where the teacher does all the talking (my least favorite kind of class). We want a discussion! We want to get to know you.
As a little incentive, we’re giving away 10 FREE RubyGirl “Be Amazing” t-shirts today. Just comment here or on Instagram and tell us what you’d like to read or write about on RubyGirl this year. Or send us an idea for a video! We’ll choose 5 people from here and 5 from Instagram and mail your lovely t-shirt right away.
No one makes money at RubyGirl, no one gains any fame; we’re here because we love you and we care about you. It’s a big, crazy world out there, but you’re never alone, and we want you to know.