On my last afternoon in Indonesia, I met Susan and Inayah, two of the workers at the factory where our yarn is made. For them, the job at the plant is like winning a scholarship. They got it through good grades in high school, and the company puts them up in a dormitory for the first three years. They are saving money for college. Susan wants to study economics and get a job in a bank. (@radiosmith/NPR)
Loving the Seed to Shirt series on Planet Money this week. Totally fascinated.
Nicely done Coca-Cola. If you don’t have time to watch the video above or read the article
- the essence of the story is that Coca-Cola is suspending its brand advertising in the Philippines, so that it can donate its entire ad budget to relief efforts.
This is in addition to the $2.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions that the company has already made.
While it’s definitely a positive PR move and will likely have a positive impact on their bottom line it’s also going to undoubtedly make a difference in people’s lives. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Tis’ the season and everyone is talking about bright lights and bright holidays, but this year, being bright is taking on new meaning for me.
I just joined the team at Bright Pink, the nation’s only nonprofit focused on early detection and risk reduction of breast cancer. I just wrapped up my third day and my head is filled with so many ideas, so much content and so much, well, brightness.
Being Bright is so much more than being happy. It’s being powerful. It’s being smart. It’s taking control of your life and whatever curveballs come your way. It’s getting out of your own head and quelling the fears or self-doubts with the confidence that you are in the driver’s seat. It’s accepting that you won’t know all the answers, none of us ever will, but you are going to do the most and best that you can with what you have.
Now, I’m not saying this is easy. It’s not. But, it’s something to strive towards each day. Being Bright is also about persistence. The determination to keep on trying.
And lastly, to me, the essence of being Bright is sharing that light. When something is bright, its light penetrates everything around it. So, when you are truly being Bright, you are sharing this spirit of strength with everyone you encounter.
And so, I wish you a bright holiday season.
I’m getting my baseline mammogram today. It’s a little ahead of schedule (I’m 37 and recommended age for women with no history is 40).
At my last doctor’s appointment, I told her about my new job. The organization I’m joining after Thanksgiving is the nation’s only nonprofit focusing on the early detection and risk reduction of breast and ovarian cancer.
She said, “You’re going to hear a lot of stories when you start there. You just call me if you want to get in for your mammogram earlier. It’s totally fine.”
By the end of our conversation, she had the order for my mammogram written and here I am.
I am grateful that my doctor knows me so well.
I am just guessing, but sitting here in a warmed exam gown and looking around this cozy waiting room, I am the youngest woman here.
I’m a little anxious as I wait, but taking this step also has me feeling very empowered.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill
It seems fitting that the weekend prior to my last week at Event 360, I was volunteering at the Girls on the Run Fall 5K and working dispatch. Being out on event, it felt like I was going back to the roots.
When all is said and done, I’ve spent almost seven years at Event 360 (in two parts). In so many ways, personally and professionally, I’ve grown up here. I finished my MBA. I met my (now) husband. I gave birth to our daughters. I’ve made new friends that have become like family, I’ve said goodbye to friends. I’ve felt failure. I’ve tasted success. I’ve stumbled and gotten back up again (literally and figuratively). I left Event 360 to explore what was out there. I came back (and am grateful that they welcomed me back with open arms). I learned how to lead. I played in the sand.
Thank you, Jeff, Tim and Mike and the
team family at Event 360. And, here’s a virtual toast to best of everything for the future.
P.S. Here’s where I’m headed next. Very excited about what the future holds. For all of us. I know it’s going to be Bright.
Sometimes, it’s the little things.
This happened once before and I was just as giddy. How does one go about favoriting when you get a tweet favorited by Fresh Air?