As we head into a new year, we tend to look back at all the events that have happened this past year – and that can sometimes lead us down a path of anger. Yes, it can be frustrating but we can’t give up. A new year will bring on new hope and new opportunities to make our government work for us.

If you feel like the issues you care about are being represented, contact your officials and let them know.

If you feel like the issues you care about aren’t being represented, contact your officials and let them know.

We may not always feel like it’s possible, but we do have the ability to change the world with our votes. We have the opportunity to reach out and let those making the decisions know how we feel and how they should consider their constituents concerns when making them.

As we watch what’s happening around us, wondering who is representing you – we must remember that while we may not win each vote, or every candidate we like is elected, it is still up to us to participate in the process or be left entirely behind. We need to remain diligent in doing our research, finding out about the issues being discussed and reviewed, and letting those elected to act on our behalf know how we feel and what’s important to us.

While you still may not feel like your voice is being heard, the alternative of not voting means you are silencing yourself completely. Not participating in the process means you are giving up on your rights. You’re giving up on having a say in how the world you live in is being taken care of. It means you’re giving up on ever having the opportunity to make a change.

And we all know – changing anything always begins with you.

As we look forward to all the new beginnings and budding opportunities waiting for us in 2018, remember your voice matters and you deserve to be heard. #WomenVotes

 

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