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?
The fact that candles can come in all different flavors – even the weird ones – never surprises me. I love gravy more than the average human, but it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to have that scent wafting around in my apartment. My guess is that it would have me craving Thanksgiving or KFC and I’d have to satisfy that right away. Is this candle just a tease here? Also would lighting this make me feel like that I couldn’t escape that scent and I would essentially smell like gravy? I’m not sure how this outcome could be a positive one, but I respect the creativity.
One day you’re a start up and the next day you’re not. While everyone was out celebrating the long weekend, Munchery was shutting down their entire operation. 2019 claims yet another startup after Chariot. It may seem like somewhat shocking news now, but these days this happens more than you would think.
Munchery has been around for some time now, but they haven’t always had an easy ride. Last year, they shut down operations in all of their other cities to double down on their efforts in San Francisco. That amounted to laying off 257 of their employees. Even though Munchery had been on our radar, I didn’t actually use it for the first time until this past summer. Most of you know that I haven’t spent much time these days cooking on my own so meal convenience is important to me. Of course, I [used] Munchery during a time when I wasn’t working, but I liked the appeal of it. It came when it was supposed to and the meals seemed healthy and were delicious.
Meal start ups like Munchery haven’t been surviving well. Even Blue Apron seems like it is just hanging by a thread, but it’s all we got left so we hope they can stick it out.
Our Topanga may not have ended up with Cory Matthews, but she did get her fairytale ending with her husband Jensen. I’m well aware that Danielle Fishel is not her character, but watching this still felt like an extension of her life! Danielle and her husband Jensen married in Los Angeles amongst their friends and some of her former co-stars. Sabrina Carpenter who played her the best friend of her on-screen daughter was even one of her bridesmaids!
The two married held their wedding at the beautiful Carondelet House. As if the wedding wasn’t enough of a show stopper with all of the details, John Mayer sang their first dance song.
For all of the details and more, you can view their wedding [here] at Green Wedding Shoes.