There was a point in time where that space helmet on Amazon was a very cool thing to own. Now when I see it in my home, it’s just a reminder of the other identity that Veronica and I had created for myself. This photo series by Karen Jerzyk makes me feel seen! If we would have continued on with Space Girl for a few more years, we probably could have reached this level of cool! But since we didn’t, this post is all about our appreciation for Jerzyk.
For me, birthdays can act as complete shifts in your life. It was decided that this year, I wouldn’t celebrate the way I normally would and opt for smaller gatherings. The morning after last weekend’s wedding, my friends and I seemed to all decide that we were going to change our perspectives on how we had been “doing life.” In my day-to-day, my weekdays are now packed with activities every night while my weekends are seemingly quite open.
I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t it worse to go out and have a night of drinking during the work week? Yes, it’s completely irresponsible, but I don’t make the rules here! I will say, that it does feel great to wake up in the morning on the weekends without a hangover and with a complete and clear mind to tackle the day. It also means I can make it to my 11AM workout class without any regrets.
This moment right now is not in balance, but I have some high hopes that we’ll be able to get there. Eventually.
Think we can keep Wedding Mondays going regularly again? I’m headed to my first one of the year at the end of the month and I’ve got weddings on the brain. It looks like it might be a light year for me, which just means that I’ve got more love to share at the two that I’m attending. Jen and Jeremy’s wedding video is a breath of fresh air. I queued up more than a handful yesterday and this was the first one right out of the gate. It’s certainly not like any other wedding video we’ve seen and it was elegant and simple in its own way.
It’s hard to not love a wedding video that doesn’t start out with this kind of energy! Benedetta and Jeff exude this very free-spirited love that is infectious. Also, how can you not love a video that features their son?! I’ve been holding onto this wedding video for some time now, but knew that it would be a favorite when I saw it. I’m very excited to be able to share this with you all this evening and hope that it kicks off your week right.
For the rest of this beautiful feature, click [here] to visit Style Me Pretty! This dress and her hair are my favorite details, but watching the video, you’ll notice she also had a stunning second dress!
Living and working in the Bay Area has made me all too familiar with the term “workplace inclusion.” It may sound like a complex concept, but it’s actually very simple. How do you feel at work? What does your company and its employees do to make you feel included and like you belong when you show up to work? Pixar’s latest short “Purl” paints this visual clearly for those that are familiar with how this feels and for those that are hearing this for the first time.
It’s a powerful short that highlights Purl’s first day on the job surrounded by men – her new colleagues. Sure enough, these men promote “bro” culture and are quick to shut her out. Purl finds a way to fit in and relate to the men, but begins to lose some of her own identify. When her transformation to one of them is complete, she recognizes another new employee caught on the outside the way that she once was.
This short was written and directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan. Inspired by how she once felt in her own work environment, Kristen felt compelled to share her story.
“When Kristen came to me and said, ‘This is a story that I want to tell,’ I looked at her and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I have lived the exact same thing,'” Libbert-Duncan said in a companion video.
If you missed the Oscars last weekend, then you may have missed the debut of Nike’s latest campaign, “Dream Crazier.” I’ve been holding onto this video all week with the intent on sharing it, but now it seems more fitting today because of International Women’s Day on March 8th. Narrated by Serena Williams, the campaign goes against the negative stigmatism women feel when we get called crazy. That crazy can actually be amazing and it’s true because women have done these amazing things.
“If we show emotion, we’re called ‘dramatic.’ If we want to play against men, we’re ‘nuts.’ And if we dream of equal opportunity? ‘Delusional.’ When we stand for something, we’re ‘unhinged.’ When we’re too good, there’s ‘something wrong with us.’ And if we get angry, we’re ‘hysterical,’ ‘irrational,’ or ‘just being crazy.’
But a woman running a marathon was crazy. A woman boxing was crazy. A woman dunking, crazy. Coaching an NBA team, crazy. A woman competing in a hijab; changing her sport; landing a double-cork 1080; or winning 23 grand slams, having a baby, and then coming back for more? Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy and crazy.
So if they want to call you crazy? Fine. Show them what crazy can do.”
Personally, I have some strong feelings whenever I hear my guy friends call a girl ‘crazy.’ And I correct them. It’s not fair when guys do this and it’s not fair that the women aren’t there to defend themselves. We all can be better by removing this word from our vocabulary and I commend Nike for putting a positive spin on it.
I loved this little bite sized clip. Obviously, it’s not something that I considered or even thought of while growing up, but it makes so much sense. Playgrounds are designed to keep kids safe and while there is imagination there, there is a block as well. It does prevent us from really letting that creativity fly.
We’re not even through the month yet and I continue to be frustrated with the type of news I see from companies and organizations that should know better. It’s the same old story. And I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. But when these pieces come out, it causes me to wonder a couple of things. Decisions aren’t made on the whim. Like many orgs, these decisions go up a chain of people for approval. This happens at startups and non-startups. The companies in question are massive organizations. Secondly, my next question is wondering who is in the room. How many people make these decisions and who do they represent? Because it’s clearly not their customers.
I could dive deeper into each piece, but it’s not worth the time – right now. For now, I want to put this out there and make it known and it’s likely we’ll have to circle back on this again. Here are the pieces in question:
Tonight I did something for the first time that I’ve never done with these posts. Since I started working on this post over the holidays while I was at home there were a few Christmas themed photos in this batch. As I scrolled through the preview, I didn’t feel that same spark or attachment to them as I once had. So while on my way to finish this post, I replaced those photos. Since we’ve been through 53 rounds of this and I’ve never once replaced any photos before posting, in some way, I felt like I was being inauthentic. Could my readers tell that I had swapped them out? Of course not. But I would know and that kind of ate me up for about 15 minutes.
We haven’t written our resolutions post yet, but this made me think of two previous resolutions I’ve had. A few years back, I had “say yes to everything.” The intent was good, sure. But saying “yes to everything” can sometimes do more harm than good. Sometimes you say yes to things when you don’t want to. Maybe saying yes to things causes you to spend money when you don’t want to. Have experiences that you don’t think you’ll appreciate. The next year I refined that resolution: do the things you want to do. And that has stuck around longer than saying “yes.” So if that’s what I truly believe, why not act upon that when it comes to this blog and my posts?