Florida for Good

Florida for Good

I have been asked to launch and lead the brand new NE Chapter of Florida for Good. Florida for Good is on a mission to change business in Florida - For Good. Corporate responsibility, social enterprise, whatever you call it… Learn more and connect with businesses doing good, helping their communities and each other, and thriving in a purpose-driven economy. They house a directory of purpose-driven businesses and are launching chapters to have regular events spreading the word to encourage more businesses to do good with their business and provide resources to those that already are.

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My Definition of Family

My Definition of Family

For me, defining family is a delicate balancing act. On the one side: “Family is not blood. It’s who loves you. It’s who takes care of you. It’s who has always been there.” Stemming from some combination of my identity as a member of the LGBTQ world and my feelings of disconnect from my extended birth-family, this mantra has brought me close to some of the most amazing people in the world! From celebrations to shoulders to cry on, people who were not blood-related have become my family over and over again.

On the other side, is the fierce loyalty of a mafia “family.” Once someone IS family, you owe each other a serious duty of loyalty. I’m the girl who instantly wants to let my Irish temper go on anyone who has hurt my family. And, if you are family and wrong me, I’ve been able to {metaphorically} send you swimming with the fishes.

This post is part of my regular series with Holl & Lane Magazine.

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The Space St. Augustine

The Space St. Augustine

We will be purchasing and rehabbing a 4,000 square foot building to create a multi-functioning collection of spaces including wellness rooms, a full kitchen, event space, open coworking space, dedicated office space, a podcast recording booth, and so much more. In addition to providing physical space, we’ll be offering or partnering with people to offer values-based business, wellness and community events.

The building will operate as a green building and the business as a certified B Corporation. B Corporations operate under a model that considers how their company’s business model impacts your workers, community, environment, and customers. From using hyper local tradespeople in the rehab to working with community leaders in perpetuity, everything about this project will be focused on increasing the economic and community resources of St. Augustine.

Simply, our goal is to give people the opportunities, tools and resources they need to grow their business and build community. More broadly, we want to increase the quality of life for those of us who work, play and live in St. Augustine.

As the famous quote by Helen Keller says, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  

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The Year of &

The Year of &

Call it Spiritual Bypass or Denial - on either end of the spectrum and everywhere in between, we have a habit of focusing on one side of a distressing situation. When we fail to acknowledge the pain and focus on the lesson or upside, or when we focus only on the negative and fail to think about the message and growth, we are failing to acknowledge the complexity of the human consciousness. Read my post about a powerful conversation that shifted my perspective on this.

Guest post on She is Fierce!

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