The Art of Perseverance


If you’re like a lot of people, you likely found yourself wanting to speak up for our democracy after the 2016 presidential election.

You started out impassioned, fearful, and furious. You called. You wrote postcards, marched, donated, and called some more.

But the breaking news is relentless. The corruption is complex. The administration’s unconscionable actions too numerous to track. In a word: overwhelming.

Sometimes you wonder: What’s the point of activism when the people in power don’t seem to listen or care? Why work so hard when nothing changes?

Fact: Activism can be a slog.

The slow work of changing our culture can be exhausting and demoralizing. It has bright spots too—community and signs of progress, but the threat of burning out and giving up is real.

The danger? Our democracy is vulnerable when our citizens check out. More than ever, our representative democracy needs its constituents (you and me) to show up and be counted.

How to show up when you’re overwhelmed.

You can’t.

It doesn’t matter that you know how to call your senators. If you’re out of steam, it’s hard to do anything. Pushing through your fatigue can make you sick and also leads to stopping.

I get it. As an introvert with a huge heart, everything about this administration offends my deepest values, overwhelms me, and makes me want to give up. However, after some trial and error, I now manage to stay engaged even as I delve each week into the deep, ugly workings of our current administration to create the Checklist.

Because I want you by my side for the long haul, I want to share with you ideas that can help you stay well, quell overwhelm, and ultimately persevere.

The Art of Perseverance:
Staying on the Path of Change

A 4-part teleclass to encourage and equip you for the road ahead.

This class is strength training for your activist heart—to create more energy, hope, and perseverance for the future.

In four 45-minute calls, we’ll explore tools and strategies designed to help you feel inspired to stay on the path, even when things are overwhelming. Including:

  • How (and why) to focus your activism efforts.
  • What activities contribute to overwhelm, exhaustion, and hopelessness.
  • Which habits and practices increase feelings of inspiration and motivation.
  • The one crucial action that supports everything else.

The Art of Perseverance is offered virtually, so you can join from anywhere in the world via cell, phone, or internet. All calls will be recorded and available for later listening.

As an educator by training, I’ve designed this class to be engaging and interactive—with worksheets, assignments, and new ideas for you to try.

Why am I doing this?

You might know me already from my uplifting, no-drama Americans of Conscience Checklist. I love creating this tool for speaking up.

What you may not know is that before the AoC Checklist, I was a writer on the topic of personal and spiritual transformation. I am a seeker at heart. I walked across Spain twice on pilgrimage. I’m writing a memoir about my midlife breakthrough. I look for meaning in everything. Here’s what I know:

Activism isn’t just about what we do, it’s about who we choose to be in the face of difficulty.

That’s reason #1 for offering this class. We need more than just our senators on speed dial. We must clarify what drives us to show up in the first place so we engage our minds and hearts.

The other reason.

Midterms. They have been our primary focus for 100 weeks. I’m concerned that if we don’t achieve a more balanced Congress this November, we may lose you. Our voting systems are vulnerable and not-secure. Anything could happen on November 6th.

But we need you. So this class helps you develop strategies that support you to stay on this path, no matter what happens. Empowering you to commit sustainably to the long-term journey of creating a healthy democracy.

Want to stay on the path sustainably?

Join me—and other Americans of conscience who share your hopes—in The Art of Perseverance.

All four classes are on Mondays at 4:00pm Pacific (your time zone) for 45 minutes.

  • Part 1: Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Part 2: Monday, October 22, 2018
  • Part 3: Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Part 4: Monday, November 5, 2018

All calls will be recorded and available for later listening.


Pay what you can. Yes, really.

Check your heart about the value of 180 minutes of live instruction, worksheets, weekly assignment, recordings—plus the intangible benefit of feeling inspired to persevere. Your answer is the amount you’ll pay—your choice. Or, if your finances are precarious, please accept this class as a gift from me. 

Note: Due to the limitations of my conference service, only the first 1,000 people to sign up will be able to attend this event live. Recordings will be available in the future.

Next steps

  1. Complete the form below.
  2. Check your email for a confirmation message and details.
  3. Follow the link in the email to pay (you choose the amount).

I am hopeful about the future. I hope you’ll join me for this class so we can persevere together!

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