“There is Always Hope, This is America”

“There is Always Hope, This is America”

The results are in and, like many Americans, I was shocked – and not real happy.

So this morning I called my Granny Ba in Iowa, seeking her hard-earned and beautiful wisdom. While she was obviously disappointed, she encouraged me to keep my head up saying,

“There is always hope, this is America.”

She went on to say:

“It is easier for me to say this at 81, than it is for you to understand at 32, but don’t waste your time on emotions. Use that emotion to figure out what you care about and then do something about it.”

She told me to take action. To be a voice. To tell others how important their voices are and to speak up for those that don’t have one.

So I’m taking a step back. I’m taking my grandma’s advice and a page from Michelle’s book and going high. And I think you should too.

Here’s what I propose:

  1. Decide what issues really matter to you – make a list. Circle the top 1 or 2 that get you fired up.
  2. Google that issue + Kansas City and see how you can get involved. (if you need some inspiration, check out this post)
  3. Figure out the best way you can get involved. And then do it.
  4. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. We are stronger together.

I’ll leave you with an image my husband shared with me today – a note he found on Reddit that speaks perfectly to what many of us are facing today.

How are you taking action? What do you think is the best way to be part of the solution? I’d love to hear your ideas – leave a comment below.

By | 2018-07-11T21:45:33+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Inspiration|4 Comments


  1. Kate November 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Well said and great perspective. On we go, to a place where we all make a better earth together.

    • Stina Hergott November 10, 2016 at 10:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Kate. Granny Ba helped me to see the right way to think about this. And I like your attitude – let’s do this!

  2. Louis Byrd November 11, 2016 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Stina! Thank you for this. Your grandmother’s words were perfect and exactly what I needed to read at this moment! Like the African proverb says…"if you want to move fast go alone, if you want to move far, go together." I’m glad we met and maybe we can bring change by moving together. Talk soon!


    • Stina Hergott November 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Louis. I’m glad it resonated with you too – and glad we met. I love the idea of going together to move far – precisely!

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