After sharing the orange ribbon for Infertility Awareness, a Not So Mommy… community member commented that we needed a Childless Awareness Ribbon. I completely agreed and said I would research the requirements for creating an awareness ribbon. To my delight, I learned that anyone can create an awareness ribbon. One must simply choose a color and start a campaign so that the public recognizes the cause your ribbon supports.
Well, I can do that! First things first, I must “simply choose a color.”
Choosing a Color for the Childless Awareness Ribbon
Not yellow, orange, pink, or blue…
As I thought about what color the Childless Awareness Ribbon should be, I quickly decided against yellow and orange for one simple reason. Yellow already represents Endometriosis Awareness and orange represents Infertility Awareness. I also did not want to use pink or blue, as I truly wanted the color to represent who we childless are, rather than focusing on what we do not have… Plus, Miscarriage and Infant Loss Awareness is represented by a pink and blue ribbon.
Researching what colors mean…
Nicci Fletcher, of The Childless Not By Choice Magazine, and I have worked together on several projects. I highly value her opinion, so I asked Nicci’s advice about choosing a color for the Childless Awareness Ribbon. She suggested that I do some research about what various colors mean to see if anything spoke to me. So, that is exactly what I did.
How about olive green?
Through my research, I decided the Childless Awareness Ribbon should be olive green. Although this may sound odd, as green can be associated with negative qualities such as envy and jealousy, it is also representative of numerous positive qualities.
The Symbolism of Olive Green…
Through my research, I discovered these positive qualities that the color green represents:
- new beginnings
- harmony, specifically of body & soul
I also learned that olive green, specifically, is the color of peace and represents:
- compassion for humanity
As I read these beautiful qualities, I smiled and nodded and thought, “These characteristics describe our childless not by choice tribe perfectly!”
Other Positive Attributes of Green…
In addition to the wonderful symbolism of olive green, other positive attributes of the color green are as follows:
- It does not stress the eyes.
- It relaxes the nervous system, calms the spirit, and enhances one’s mood & behavior.
- Studies show it can decrease fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
Because this childless journey is complex and often stressful, I thought it couldn’t hurt to have a calming color for our awareness ribbon.
No Other Cause Uses Olive Green
Before choosing olive green as the color for childless awareness, however, I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t being used by another organization. Although other causes, such as Mental Health Awareness, use green, I did not find anyone who utilizes olive green.
Family & Friend Approved…
So, I was almost ready to make the color official… After running my olive green color choice (specifically #98a564 on the color wheel) by my hubby and Nicci, I decided it truly is the perfect choice for our awareness ribbon.
Here’s what Nicci has to say about it…
When Brandi first mentioned to me that she wanted to organise an awareness ribbon for our community, my initial thought was, “YES. I love this idea!” My next thought was, “What colour?”
When she told me “Olive Green,” I was intrigued by her choice: people often associate green with envy and fertility, so I needed to learn more.
What I discovered made complete sense, given the challenges our community faces. Green represents healing power together with stability, endurance, growth and hope. Green also puts the heart and emotions in balance giving us the ability to love and care for ourselves and others unconditionally, all of which are very relevant. Finally, green restores depleted energy and is a sanctuary way from the stresses of modern living, whilst Olive Green in particular is the universally acknowledged colour of peace.
It is clear that Brandi’s choice of colour is truly inspired.
-Nicci Fletcher, “The Canbace Diaries” and creator of “Canbace”
Childless Awareness becomes CANBACE / Childless Awareness
After learning about Nicci’s new, positive alternative to childless, CANBACE, I knew our ribbon needed to be for both Childless Awareness and CANBACE Awareness. Since Nicci loved the olive green color, as well, I decided to wait to share the ribbon until after her announcement about CANBACE because our tribe’s olive green ribbon will officially be called the “CANBACE / Childless Awareness Ribbon.” (Read my Good Things Blog about CANBACE here and Nicci’s blog about how she created this word here.)
Let the Campaign Begin!
Now, it’s time to start the campaign so that the CANBACE / Childless Awareness Ribbon will be recognized by our tribe, as well as the public. Fabulous ones, I pray our CNBC / CANBACE community connect with this new olive green awareness ribbon, share it on social media, and wear it proudly. Because we have endured much heartache and yet, are finding a way to Create A New, Beautiful And Courageous Existence. We should be proud of that! We should show the world what it really means to be childless, to be CANBACE…
Fabulous ones, please SAVE & SHARE the below image of our tribe’s new olive green awareness ribbon!
Let’s raise awareness about our CANBACE / Childless Journey!
Featured Photo: Created by me, Brandi Lytle of Not So Mommy…, using Canva