Whether we're talking about dresses or kantha blankets, there is an abundance of options for shopping on the world's big-ole web! There are plenty of legitimate stores, and there are definitely shady operators, too. By and large, you get what you pay for, and sometimes if you pay so little... you get: nothing.
When was the last time you received a gift that made you feel understood, appreciated,...
Do you ever complete a book and just think, “Well, that was a good time!”? There are books that are good, but deep or dark. There are books that are light and easy, but come & go without fanfare or memory. But, there are some books that are simply FUN to read.
I recently watched a webinar specifically created for women to take care of, and grow, their finances. At the core of everything they pitched was a simple concept (and one that I’ve written about for nearly a decade): aligning your money with what it is that you want. Such a basic notion! Who could disagree? Everyone wants to align their spending, saving, and money decisions with what is important to them. But, so much less simple is the outworking of this obvious, near-universal truth. Why is it such a challenge to align our money with our values, goals, wishes, & dreams? I think that there are a few things at play...
I’ve been alarmed as I look at the regular rhythms & routines in our home as we relate to our phones & computers. I see the transformation in me and my husband from years ago to now… incremental, practically indiscernible increases of our reliance on, and the omnipresence of, our connective devices. To what end? Am I kinder, more interesting, more sympathetic? Is my business thriving more? Am I selling more blankets, creating more impact against injustice?
I met a woman once and, as our conversation went to what we do for work, I told her that my background is marketing and so a lot of my time with dignify is spent doing marketing-types of things. She replied, “Oh, yeah, I get it. Trying to convince people who wouldn’t want it to buy your stuff. I have a relative who breeds dogs and she works so hard trying to find and convince people to buy her dogs.” Ummm… No. I am not interested in convincing anyone to buy something that they do not want or need!
A 7-months-long Bangladeshi wage board finally, recently announced the new minimum monthly salary for garment workers in that country. Coming in at half of what workers had asked for, the response has been: protest, locked-out factories, and police open fire.
This week, I finished the book Lessons in Chemistry (Bonnie Garmus) & I loved it. I also read news stories of horror & atrocity. I watched basketball games. I set up a playpen. I took down the playpen. I went for walks. I laid on my office floor in despair. I wrote. I deleted. I cringed. I cheered. In these complicated times where we know so much, how do we respond? How do we make sense of it all?