Inspiring Women // a conversation with Lindsay Meyer-Harley

 

When Lindsay Meyer-Harley, a 34-year-old mother of two and owner of baby and mama online retail space Darling Clementine, realized the consequences of Trump winning the election, she decided that she couldn’t just pace the hallway of her home frustrated. She had to do something. She came up with the idea for the online charity auction Still We Rise, which is right now running for the second time around. Items are donated by artists, shops and brands, people bid through Instagram and the entire amount goes directly to the two causes Lindsay has chosen to work with this time around, Planned Parenthood and NRDC.

It’s finally time for another Inspiring Women conversations.

How do you combine being a full-time business owner with being a mother?

I work when I can in between playdates and preparing school lunches, now that Jack is in pre-school 3 days a week I have finally gotten my flow of work/play down where I can get a lot done on my days without children and focus more on them when they’re home.​

Tell us about the biggest challenge in your life;

Ou​r​ everyday life; Getting my kids to bed on time, it’s a constant battle, please send tips!

What is the best parenting advice you have ever been given?

Don’t be scared to ask for help.

Has becoming a mother changed you in any way?

Oh of course, it’s made me who I am, when you become a mother you realize how strong you really are, you made a human being for goodness sakes, that is magic!​

How did you come up with the idea for Still We Rise?

I couldn’t just pace the hallway of my home frustrated, I had to do something. People were so up in arms, I knew I could harness that anger and turn it into something good, something that would actually make change not just be more noise. ​

Could you explain the concept to us?

The concept of Still We Rise is to pull together a community of artists, shops, creatives, brands etc. to bring a fun event to the public. What’s been amazing is how easy it is to get folks on board, people are literally saying yes to whatever I ask for. A testament to the desire to act and not just stay frustrated. People bid on items or shop credits and the entire amount goes directly to the cause, they donate themselves and send me a receipt of donation. This allows people to feel safe opening their wallets. I don’t make a dime on this and wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s about the organizations 100%. ​

How do you choose the organizations which the Still We Rise auction is benefiting?

I choose organizations near and dear to my heart, but also ones I think will draw people in. When you’re doing an online auction you need name recognition otherwise you spend too much time explaining and not enough time raising money. That being said there are many smaller organizations that need the spotlight and I’m trying to think up ways to include smaller non-profits for the next one.​

And why these two organizations?

Women’s Healthcare and Mother Earth, these two causes represent a threat being waged by this administration and one we can’t sit by and let go.

Which brands are you really excited to be working with this time?

I was so excited to have a few more artists on board this time, Lisa Congon’s piece is so gorgeous I had tears in my eyes when she sent me the image of it, she created it as a tribute to Philandro Castilo and what a poignant message indeed. “We Are Not Free Until Everyone is Free”.

Also I was so honored to have so many brands come back again after donating so generously in my first auction which ran in February and benefitting The ACLU. Brands like Soor Ploom, Common Good Home, Marrow Fine, Found Company and Polka Dot Club are among some of my favorites.

What have you learned from organizing an event like Still We Rise?

It’s a passion project for sure, lots of work, constant emailing and reminding, so many little details to keep straight, but it’s all worth it when it comes together and bids start flowing in.​

How do we bid?

You bid in whole dollar amounts directly in the comments, just put the dollar amount. The auction ends Tuesday at 9:30pm PST and then I’ll contact the winners and set up their donation and connect them with the brand. ​

 

The Still We Rise auction runs until Wednesday the 28th and includes brands like Soor Ploom, Mabo kids, Apolina Kids, Misha and Puff and Goat Milk. Please visit the Still We Rise auction on Instagram, and help Lindsay raise money for some really good causes. New items has just been added.

Things I want to remember about being a mother to an infant


A list of all the little things I want to remember about becoming a mother to you, my tiny child, my sleepyhead, my calm in the chaos, my two months old, my little baby Evelyn.

– The scent at the back of your baby neck.

– How you always rub your hairy little head against my cheek when I’m holding you close.

– How you stop crying the minute you are in my arms.

– Your smile, that starts on one side of your mouth, moves to the other and ends up as a wink of one eye.

– How even the smallest clothes were way too big for you just two months ago and how now they don’t fit you anymore.

– Your little hamster cheeks that seem to be growing every day and how I feel like squeezing them all the time.

– How I cried when the doctor at the hospital told me that you had to spend your third night away from me (and how much better I felt when I saw how you loved laying in that warm and cozy light box).

– Your little hand that always wraps around my finger when I’m nursing you.

– Your first babbling sounds that are still so calm and gentle.

– How you fall asleep in the same room as your sisters every night, and how full my heart feels when I see all three of you laying there side by side.

– How you always fall asleep when your daddy is carrying you around.

– The warmth of your milky breath when you once again fall asleep on my stomach.

– The little smiles you make when you’re asleep.

– How you like to be warm and tuck yourself close to me and fall asleep when you’re done eating.

Being a mother of 3

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  I write these words with one hand. My other arm is wrapped around the warm and soft body of a tiny baby who for the 7th time today is nursing  herself to sleep. Though I’ve been here twice before, with a newborn on my arm and yet another cold cup of coffee on the table, I had forgotten that nursing is a full time job, that it hurts more than anything, and that it’s also the coziest thing in the world.

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Because Instagram is so much more than pretty pictures and because to me there’s nothing more inspiring than connecting with other women and mothers who live very different lives in far away places, I decided to try and get to know some of them a little bit better. The result is a series of interviews with some of the women and mothers on Instagram who inspire me the most. Who dare to take chances, do what they love and not be afraid to stand by it. First up is Laura.   →

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