I hope this holiday season has been treating you well. I hope you have found time to rest and laugh amidst the hustle and bustle. And that there is light amidst the darkness.
I love craft fairs and bought my new favorite sweatshirt from the Renegade Craft Fair in November, and I have been living in it since then. It says “Doing My Best” in rainbow letters across the front and has been a reminder whenever I need it. It has helped when I’ve become frustrated, overwhelmed, or had difficulty accessing hope, and it validates me when I have felt connected to others and am feeling grateful.
I wish I had this sweatshirt and mindset when I first became a parent. Our blog article this month is on perinatal and postpartum mental health, and I hope it helps any new parent who needs a reminder that they are doing their best. If you know that you need support with this or with anything else, I hope you reach out. Our email address is email@example.com, and you can reach us by phone or text at (323) 388-5578.
Sending warm wishes for a happy and peaceful 2024.
Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)
On The Blog
I desperately wanted to be a mother ever since I was a child. I had a baby doll (the kind that you feed some gross mushy stuff, only to have it come out of the other end, into diapers… or not), and I would hold it and rock it and tend to it. I even gave us matching tattoos using a Sharpie. Mine eventually washed off, but the one on the baby stayed put. I was so eager to be connected to another and have someone to care for…
How to Help
Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with the love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. Their mission is motivated by a landmark 1985 study, conducted by the National Commission on Reading, which found that “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success is reading aloud to children.”
Pairs of volunteer readers read aloud to small groups of students from the elementary school (typically between 4 and 6 children per group) in a fun environment that includes creating crafts. Reading to Kids supplies all of the books and craft supplies, and teachers at the elementary schools provide supervision and guidance throughout the morning.
Volunteers must be 18yrs or older. Volunteers are needed for the next reading group on Jan 13th.
Every Second Saturday of the Month
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Location to be determined upon sign up.
Join the folks at Ovation Hollywood for a day of celebration including entertainment, food, live performances and more! This event is entirely FREE and open to the public.
Saturday, December 30th
1:00PM – 4:00PM
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
A day of celebrating Gen Z Wellness at UCLA through engaging conversations with influencers, musicians, comedians, and athletes on topics such as Relationships and Dating • Social Media • Substance Use and Addiction • Mindfulness • Anxiety • Depression • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) • Resilience • Body Image
Sunday, February 25th
9:30AM – 2:00PM
UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095!
For over a decade, Lost Angels has hosted their Thanksgiving and Christmas events in Venice Beach, CA, dedicated to feeding the homeless and offering hot meals, essential toiletries, shoes, and clothing. More than just items, they provide heartfelt support, ensuring our community members feel valued and embraced. This event is a wonderful opportunity to involve your children, sharing the invaluable experience of giving back and fostering a compassionate community spirit. Let’s make a difference together! RSVP now to be part of this meaningful event.
Monday, December 25th
6:30AM – 10:00AM
Rose Ave- In between Hampton Dr and Main St
219 E Rose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90291