Summer 2016 will be remembered for many things.
The unfortunate number of mass shootings as an example.
Personally it’s been hard to write because weather wise it has been perfect.
Warm and muggy which I love.
I hope where ever you are you are having a great summer.
Cadillac put on a ‘hilarious’ commercial ridiculing France for taking the month of August off.
Cadillac can’t say their vehicles are superior or better designed. No in order to reach their target market they instead play up how ‘hard-working’ the American people are.
Pride in all they do while everyone else is enjoying their life.
I’d rather have the month of August off and not buy a Cadillac.
Now I don’t like to be negative.
That’s a lie.
Now I don’t like to be mistreated.
That’s the truth.
Now I don’t enjoy having to complain about bad customer service.
But I will it I have too.
Pumpernickel Robert Speck location in Mississauga must realize hanging up on customer waiting for orders isn’t the best business practice.
And they must realize sending an order early doesn’t make up for rudeness.
You would think so buy I have been wrong a lot.
When Zara came to Canada and started to open store I didn’t believe it would last.
The clothes in my opinion were nothing special and overpriced yet years later the company is still here.
So perhaps I am biased when I read about this story.
As a Black woman I naturally sensitive to discrimination based on race and gender. Discrimination should never take place period. Specially over something as personal as hair.
Over the years I have worked in several workplaces and I have luckily never had an issue when I had box braids.
I wouldn’t support Zara prior their clear discrimination and now I wouldn’t support them ever.
Emotional intelligence matters period.
Believe me I know.
Countless times I have been in situations (mostly of my own making) where I had to make decisions taking into account the emotions of all parties involved.
Where before I would be paralyzed with fear wondering if I was making the right choices.
But now understand that the willingness to listen, our empathy, and our ability to manage more consensually. The first step, though, is to realise that there is a need to improve. That realisation is the key; without it, there can be no progress.
For me to know regardless the the outcome I can learn something from it and hopefully make better decisions.
I guess for me that is enough.
Non-profits have played a major role in my life.
In high school students like myself were required to do 40 hours of volunteer work.
The requirement is still ongoing and for more than a decade later I still volunteer.
However, even from my limited experience I can see the challenges for non-profits.
Fundraising has become more competitive and now with so many worthly causes vying for limited funds.
So when I came across Studio 89, a cafe in Mississauga, I was impressed with I read.
On their website they state “We try to be all sorts of awesome by providing fair trade, organic, bird-friendly and rain forest certifiedcoffee, and by providing other ethical and yummy treats and products! …The money you spend at Studio.89 goes towards the functioning of our community hub.”
Its worth taking the time to review their website you never know what you will learn.