There are 29 days left until the U.S. Midterm elections.
It's weird to be in a moment of such personal happiness when the world seems to be going down in flames. Like so many people, I feel helpless.
The Kavanaugh confirmation is just the latest sucker punch.
Living abroad, I sometimes feel like there is even less I can do. I've gotten together with other American expat women and we've phone banked to remind other democrats living outside of the U.S. to make sure they've requested their ballots. But the deadline for many districts was yesterday, so the impact we can have from here is dwindling.
My toddler slept through the night last night and I woke up on my own this morning. I had thirty whole minutes in the quiet of early morning to think. I felt bad that I hadn't phone banked yesterday, the last real day to make a difference from abroad.
Instead, I went to a flea market, ran some errands and then spent time finally dealing with all of the laundry that has piled up over the last week and a half.
But I have a tiny platform and I can use it to motivate others to vote. I'm a designer and I sell printables. I can make free posters to download. People can hang them on their windows, share them, use them as simple reminders to do what needs to be done.
So for the next 29 days on this blog and on the e.m.papers Instagram feed. I will post a daily printable. Some will be simple reminders of the litany of horrors that have been unleashed on the daily from this president and congress and other's will be random thoughts about what not to do. Sometimes I'll post links to sources and articles.
I don't have a lot of time, and I'm trying not to overthink think it. So this will just be an ongoing experiment.
I had to do something.
Today's poster is something I need to remind myself to do: Don't Despair. A quick google for the definition of despair 'lose or be without hope'.
We can't succumb to hopelessness and apathy. We have to press forward and do the only thing we can do. Vote. Get others to vote. Vote it in force. Everywhere.
Bring on the Blue Tsunami. Download the poster here.