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My 1000 Small Steps – February 20, 2018

Posted on: February 18th, 2018 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Be Bold, Be Brave, and Raise Your Hand

By Kathie England

“I’m 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands.”

That’s the title of the October 31, 2017 op-ed piece in The New York Times by Alice Paul Tapper. When she was on a fourth grade field trip, Alice noticed that all the boys stood in the front and raised their hands while most of the girls stayed quietly in the back.

Troubled by what she observed, Alice talked with her mom and they decided to bring this issue to her Girl Scout troop. She discovered that other girls had observed the same reluctance of girls to raise their hands in class.

Alice did more than just discuss this issue with her mom and her Girl Scouts friends. With their help, she created a new Girl Scout badge called Raise Your Hand. Girls are invited to take the Raise Your Hand Pledge that includes the following commitments:

  1. Raising her hand in class
  2. Recruiting three other girls to take the pledge (they don’t have to be Girl Scouts)
  3. Sharing how raising her hand makes a girl feel and posting of picture of herself raising her hand on Facebook
  4. Purchasing a Raise Your Hand participation patch

Alice’s action is a great example of taking a small step! I encourage you to read all about this movement started by a 10-year-old in The New York Times link below.

Then look at the link on the Girl Scout website that describes how to get involved.

You can even see the pledge in this link.

And most important – How are you showing up and how are you raising your hand in 2018?

Visit and raise your hand to help elect Bryan Caforio for Congress in California’s 25th Congressional District!



My 1000 Small Steps – January 20, 2018

Posted on: January 16th, 2018 by Kathie England | Time for Success 1 Comment

Wishes for the New Year

by Kathie England

On this first anniversary of My 1000 Small Steps, I share three wishes for the New Year.

“Have faith in yourself, your family and your friends.

And even have faith in things that we can’t see or touch – like love, which is going to light your life from the inside out, even when it’s cold and dark.

And here is something to truly believe in: that we can light each other’s lives. And that this source of magic that enraptures us at Christmas time is within us.”

This Christmas wish, composed by my friend and writer Janis Collins, was inspired by the words of Martha Brockenbrough in her book, Love, Santa.


The holiday greetings of Barack and Michelle Obama provide more inspiration for the year ahead:

“In this season of giving and togetherness, we remember that our collective progress is due to the efforts of those who came before us – people who kept pushing forward, doing their part to bend the arc of history towards prosperity, equality, and justice. Thanks for joining us on the journey ahead.”


My final wish for us in 2018 is that may we each find the courage to take small steps that will help bend the arc of history toward the values reflected on the “In Our America” signs created by the group, Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX last year.

“In our America,

All people are equal

Love wins

Black lives matter

Immigrants & refugees are welcome

Disabilities are respected

Women are in charge of their bodies

People & planet are valued over profit

Diversity is celebrated”