Sometimes really random things happen and evolve into something unexpected. Take, for instance, this tweet:

I haven’t been on social media a whole lot this week since I’ve been playing catch up from having my wedding last weekend. We’re also extra-short-staffed and our daily attendance has been shattering records. But, I hopped on Twitter this morning and the above tweet was the first thing that I saw. It seemed odd, but I went ahead and scrolled through my feed.

By the time I got back to the top, @sophiebiblio had responded:

The response?

These three tweets made my mind light up with ideas. One of my goals this year was to shine and help others do the same. What if I got a movement going where we, as librarians, remind each other to take care of ourselves during this most stressful time of year?

Creating art is usually a very soothing and zen thing for myself (so this isn’t a completely selfless idea). And at the same time, I’m trying to help others (which is a mood-booster), and reminding myself to do what I’m encouraging others to do (mainly to take care of themselves right now – and to say “YES!” to the universe).

Honestly, I was just planning to do this on my own and try to brighten people’s days, but when @sophiebiblio, @amyeileenk, and @IArtLibraries all expressed interest in what I was going to do and wanted to help – well, we formed #LibraryYES.

At its heart, it’s just taking a few minutes a day to try and help brighten someone else’s day. I plan on making a special drawing on a post-it (and also maybe sharing a youtube video), and sending it to one of my Twitter followers. And that’s it!

I’d love to see all types of librarians reaching out to one another to cheer each other on right now – or any time throughout the year. So, the more types of people, then the more types of #LibraryYESes there can be. You don’t have to be an artist – if you’re not, then find a fun meme to share – the possibilities are endless! This is supposed to be positive, fun, and uplifting for everyone involved.

I’ll be curious to see what happens over the next few weeks. I’d love to see #LibraryYES spread, but even if it’s just me and a few others, then I’d be totally fine with that. Ultimately, if you’re reading this, then remember: this idea came out of a perceived fail. If you happen to have any perceived fails in the near future, then remember that you can either accept the fail at face value, or you can reframe and learn from it. #LibraryYES

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  2. Haven’t seen an update in a while. Just wanted to let you know you are missed. I love your blog! :)

    • Thank you so much! I feel a bit bad that I haven’t updated anything in awhile. Between work, home, and my health I’ve had to do some tough prioritizing. Unfortunately, blogging has been lower on my list. But I do plan on getting back to it next month!!!

      Thank you for reaching out, that means the world to me!

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