- We can change the world -
I believe we are each responsible for creating the world we wish to live in. I also believe that anyone who teaches and leads must do so by example. Bringing my own ideas through the very same challenging (and often daunting) processes that I ask my students, clients and audiences to go through is how I make sure I am "walking my talk."
Social change has never been easier. One person can make a difference. It takes creativity and good old fashioned guts. But it can be done, and it is being done, by so many of us. Below are a few of my contributions...
There comes a time when you have simply had enough. Enough of the impossible standards. Enough of the "ideal" image. Most of all, enough of the feeling of not enough when it comes to your own beauty. There also comes a time when an entire culture of women have had it. When blogs and ad campaigns and AS-IS selfie pictures start to change the rules of the game. That time is now. That culture is this culture. To bring awareness I created 25+ graphic ads and highlighting the FrontLine Voices with a 10-Week Audio Series that went out to the world... for free. The project went viral, gaining worldwide coverage with press in more than 30+ countries including Huffington Post Live and the Today Show. See the ads at StopTheBeautyMadness.com.
40 MOMS + 40 MESSAGES = A BEAUTIFUL LGBTQ HOLIDAY SEASON
It was a simple concept and a mere $11 investment, yet the YourHolidayMom.com website, which supports our LGBTQ youth at the critical holiday times, found more than 35,000 audio and video views in the first 40 days online. In the 2017 holiday season, it was covered by the Chicago Tribune and NBC News.
As evidenced by the beautiful and poignant comments, many lives have changed for the better - some have been saved as a direct result of thees simple acts of love. Visit YourHolidayMom.com to read hundreds of letters and the beautiful (albeit heart-wrenching) comments that have come through the website and Tumblr over the past three years. Thanks to the amazing work of our volunteers, we are currently in our sixth year.
In this social change project, I wanted to explore women's views and values and find a way to share them with the world. I (and a crackerjack team of volunteers) enlisted the help of female musicians and then gathered for weekend workshops and filming in New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle, Los Angeles, and Northampton, Massachusetts. With more than 50 local leaders from across the US, we formed friendships and business alliances that continue on to this day. Our first video had more than 10,000 views in 10 days and the Facebook page now has 70,000+ fans. This video is from our NYC stop.
After seeing the world in need of a short, timely break each day, I created the free meditation app 50 One-Minute Meditations With Robin Rice. You can find each downloadable meditation on this site as well as on Apple and android devices. Call me a crazy visionary, but I dream of a world where one minute isn't a lot of time to devote to meditation!
A few topics include... let it go + quiet the inner critic + center after an upset + release worry + surrender to what is + find inner peace + calm fight or flight + stop doing, start being + cool down anger + slow racing thoughts + ground to the earth+ stream of gratitude + cleanse in rain + harness the power of wind + call forth your true self + call up your inner warrior + realign with your purpose + gather your courage + indulge in self-care + honor your gut truth + more!
What Claims By Fire - YA Fiction With Vision
YA fiction is hot! But do teens know what a first draft really looks like? This project was a novel created in real time, posting chapters as a blog in (terrible) first draft - spelling mistakes and all - alongside videos on the writing process. The project was created to both turn readers into writers and to send a strong message of LGBTQ acceptance in our mainstream culture. The entire first draft was followed by readers online and published after seven years of extensive rewriting.