The Encouraging Times is a collection of uplifting stories that are happening around us every day.
About The Encouraging Times
There is so much good in the world—down your street, in your local community—but unfortunately you’re not likely to see it on the news nor the front page of the paper.
Like Linnea in Utah, who is in charge of the saw program of a conservation corps, and who a friend of mine had the pleasure of meeting earlier this year. Outside of work hours and beyond her job duties, Linnea began a weekly women’s meeting with corps members. They gather to discuss topics and issues relevant to women today—encouraging and empowering these young women throughout.
Or like Emily, who was hanging out with her 6-year-old nephew when a police car drove by. Emily mentioned something about policemen, and her nephew responded, “They are called police officers, you know. It isn’t just men.” What a beautiful reminder from a young boy!
Or like my friend Liz, who found a few bras she wanted to donate while cleaning out her closet this winter. She googled “how to donate bras” and found a cool non-profit called Free the Girls. Then she emailed some friends and let them know she was starting a bra collection through the end of the month.
Or like my pilot on a recent 45-minute flight from Chicago, whose story you can read here.
It’s these lesser-seen actions which are propelling us forward, into a world with more courage, where differences are celebrated and valued, where community comes together, where intuition/emotions are recognized and included in the conversation, where the earth and its many life forms are cared for, and where there is space for the full, messy spectrum of being a human.
Some of it you might see online, but most of it you won’t.
That’s why I’m making this zine: to bring these stories to light and to give them our attention. Because kindness creates more kindness.
Where do these stories come from? From you, your friends, and your communities.
How to Submit a Story
Did you experience or witness a moment of kindness this week? Maybe you were in the grocery store parking lot or at a child’s play date.
Who is someone in your life who inspires you?
Is there someone or a group/organization/business in your town who is becoming more aware of the amount of waste we produce and send to landfills?
Who in your community is lifting up others?
You get the idea, right? If you’ve seen or learned of something inspiring going on, we would absolutely love to hear about it. The small, everyday moments are so important, as they make up the majority of our lives.
I encourage handwritten submissions and will photocopy them into the publication, just as they’re received. Magazine/newspaper cut-outs or photocopies are also happily accepted, as well as links to articles that have been published online—perhaps from your local newspaper or a friend’s blog.
Please write “The Encouraging Times” somewhere on your envelope.
rebeccarosethering [at] gmail [dot] com
By submitting a story, you’re giving permission for it to be published either in the zine or here on the blog. If your submission is included in the zine, I’ll send you a free copy of the final publication! So include your return address or mailing address when sharing your story.
If you’d like me to confirm receipt of a snail mail submission, please include your email address in the envelope.
(Click to read full story/submission.)
Help Spread the Word
For this project to work, I’ll need to share it with new circles around the globe—to hear stories from a variety of folks. Want to help me spread the word?
Print it out, snip along the dotted lines, and hang it at your local library, grocery store, or favorite hangout.
Use it as a fun excuse to do some exploring in your town/city or to shake up your routine. I will be so grateful!
In fact, if you hang up 10 flyers, I’ll send you a free copy of The Encouraging Times as a thank you when it’s published. Once you’ve put up the flyers, simply send me an email with the subject line “I put up 10 flyers!,” include your mailing address, and attach a photo of one of the flyers.
If paper isn’t your jam, you can also share the link to this page with your friends, of course.
Thank you so much for your help in making this project come to life—you rock! I can’t wait to see what we create together.
How to Receive Your Own Copy
When there are enough submissions to fill a zine, I’ll make The Encouraging Times.
If you want to be notified when this zine is available for purchase, enter your email below.
Thank you so much for your support!
Do you have any remaining questions about this project or how to participate? Shoot me an email at rebeccarosethering [at] gmail [dot] com.