Where do I begin writing about Glennon Melton? If you haven’t visited Momastery.com, I can only guess that you are not very internet-savvy, as her blog has over 70,000 readers following it. I found Glennon’s blog a little over a year ago, when the Huffington Post started featuring her articles in their “Parenting” section. At the time, I didn’t realize that reading her essay, “Don’t Carpe Diem Me” merely classified me as one tiny cell of a quickly-growing virus of readers, because when I read it, I thought for sure that this was a woman I was supposed to befriend. And when “A Little Advice” fell in my lap, I was convinced it was supposed to. This was someone I wanted to meet up with for coffee on a regular basis, someone who would fit into my daily life of conversation with my most beloved peeps perfectly. Her voice was that of a dear friend I needed in my life.
It didn’t take me too long to figure out that there were thousands of other women who felt exactly like I did, but being the rather outspoken person that I can be, I decided that Glennon might actually really like me, too, so I started commenting on her blog with some frequency, and sending emails from time to time expounding on my “a-ha” moments – reaching out for camaraderie with this woman who so obviously “gets it.” My compulsion to meet her in person culminated in February of this year, when I drove six hours to a women’s retreat in North Carolina where she was speaking (I know, it sounds a little crazy, but I am in a space where I follow my guts a lot lately). And I did it. I met her in person. She is for real, people. And her Sister is amazing, too. I can only guess that “Sister” (as Glennon lovingly calls her) is not an equally recognizable household name purely by choice, because that tall, striking woman has no shortage of intelligence, wit and heart in comparison to Glennon. The two of them are a regular dynamic-duo. I hope that our brief meeting in February will not be the last. They really feel like long-time friends in my heart, and being privy to their work is a continuous inspiration.
After reading the blog for awhile, my feelings quickly evolved from a desire for friendship into awe. Not only does Glennon have a raw talent for writing that draws people in, inviting them to fearlessly tell their own stories, but she has used her platform selflessly to help other people who desperately need it. She isn’t just another mommy-blogger – she is also the founder of an amazing non-profit organization (along with her Sister and a few other Monkees – amazing women, all, from what I can tell, who comprise the Board of Directors for Monkee See – Monkee Do).
I participated in my first “Love Flash Mob” in May of 2012, when the Monkee See – Monkee Do organization set out to raise enough money to buy not one, but two mini-vans for two families whose medical needs made it imperative that they have accessible vehicles to get them to doctor appointments, not to mention school and the grocery store. The beauty of the Love Flash Mobs is that there is a cap on the donation. You are not allowed to donate more than $25. The purpose for the cap is to demonstrate how every little bit counts – don’t feel you should give nothing just because you only have a little – give what you can and know that it counts. With the $25 cap, this group was able to raise over $83,000 in 48 hours. Two vans in two days – check. Amazing. Simply amazing. You can read more about it here and here.
But that’s not all they do. I was also thrilled to participate in the group’s Holiday Hands project last year, where anyone can post a need and be matched with someone who might fulfill it. The beautiful part of this project is that you don’t have to “qualify” to post something. People give to each other all in good faith – if you need a little help, you don’t need to prove it; you just need to ask. Don’t we all fear asking for help sometimes because we are afraid people will look down on us as weak? Or because we feel we will need to justify our request in some way? No one wants to grovel. Well, there’s no groveling here. Here, the overriding principle is, “We belong to each other.” So when you need a little help, you ask. And when you can give it, you give. I posted on behalf of a friend who lost most of her home to Hurricane Sandy, and I also contributed to a family whose Mama I identified with on a personal level after reading her story. I felt like Santa Clause last Christmas. It was amazing to witness people giving to each other with pure love and no judgment, just because they could. The givers were just as rewarded as the receivers. Actually, I think the giving-part might have even been better.
It shouldn’t be too much of a leap for you to see what an inspiration this woman and this organization have been to me. Meeting Glennon and participating with Momastery and Monkee See – Monkee Do has given me the guts to put myself out there, to take my own talents and use them for good without worrying about what the returns will be. It is a big part of why this site is here for you to read. It is why I am taking the leap with my own community outreach projects. It is why I want to help other creative people get the word out about their good works.
I can’t do Glennon Melton and her team justice in a brief blog article (so it is likely stories about their projects will appear here with some frequency). For now, you will have to visit the website, and set aside several hours to just read and read through tears of joy, pain and love. You can also buy her book. Because karma is working for these ladies, and Glennon’s book, Carry On Warrior, is now on the shelves of bookstores and on Amazon.com. You should buy it. And read it. And then dog-ear the pages and highlight sections and leave it on your nightstand as a reference for inspiration. I think Glennon would really like that. And if I can do my tiny piece to help make that happen, I will be a success, too.