‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ – sure. be the change. But, like, actually you’ve got to DO things to BE the change.
So do the things you wish others did to change the world. Be the person to make the changes. Because it’s all well and good saying you want to change the world, everyone wants to do that, but no one wants to change the loo roll. (quote from Nicola Adams right there)
Because money can be a big obstacle for many who ‘want to do something!!!!’, here’s some free ways to make our world that little bit better 🌍
1. Carry socks in your pockets 🧦
Clean socks that maybe you were looking to replace. Free socks you were given on the plane. Ugly socks your auntie gave you for Christmas. Carry a pair of these socks with you and if you meet a homeless person/rough sleeper you can offer them the pair which can make a huge difference. Of course the item is interchangeable with clothes, cosmetics, food etc but I find that from the people I speak to, they haven’t been given new socks before and it’s something they wouldn’t prioritise spending their money on but they’re vital for hygiene, warmth and comfort.
2. Vote ✅
General elections, local elections, the vote for how the company you work for is run, the vote for where your mates want to have their Christmas dinner. Use your voice, (register if you need to) and vote
3. Give blood 💉
See my previous post. It’s easy, takes less than an hour and will help to save lives.
4. Give compliments 👏👏👏
Cute jumper. Loved that article. Your whine is spectacular. Dinner was delicious, you’re a great cook. Giving genuine compliments can change someones day for the better.
5. Ask your employer about volunteer days 👷🏾♀️
Some companies offer 1-3 days out of your working hours to volunteer towards a cause of your choice. Your company might do this without you realising. Ask about it and make the most of it! I’ve got mates who have used it to volunteer at a festival. How fun?!
6. Look out for children 👶👯♀️
This includes stopping bullying when you see it happening. My heart breaks when I see kids being left out, pushed around or pressured into something they just don’t want to do by other kids. Ignore the risk of being the weirdo adult who’s intruding, because more often than not, you can step in and tell em to stop. Even letting children know you’re there if they need help can be so helpful.
7. Be a mentor 👑
Inspire, guide and motivate your peers. This doesn’t need to be in a formal setting but others deserve to hear your advice and learn from you. You smart hunny, spread that knowledge.
8. Share opportunities 🦋🦋🦋
This is as simple as sharing a post on social media or sending it round to you friends who might benefit from it. I’ve had countless opportunities and achievements thanks to a friend sharing a post with me or passing my name on and recommending me to the right people.
9. Share your tampons 💄
Could you afford to give up one tampon from each box? Even though I’m anti tampon and a huge advocate for menstrual cups, I still have a few random unused tampons floating about from when I used to buy them. They’re another item gratefully appreciated by countless women sleeping rough or even your colleague who is panicking about getting to the shops before your next meeting.
10. Speak the truth 🗣🗣🗣
Be true to yourself, be honest with your friends and speak up when somethings not right.