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How is your small business fairing in this pandemic? 

Paloma Medina

How is your small business fairing in this pandemic? 

As the owner of 11:11, I’ve been pretty tight-lipped about publicly sharing what our experience has been like through this pandemic. That’s not normally like me, as I know that sharing our stories is how we learn together, and often our stories help validate others’ experiences who otherwise might be feeling alone or isolated. So, here’s answers to some of the frequently asked questions I’ve been getting one-on-one, in hopes they might be helpful or add to the current conversation.    Q: Have you applied for the PPP/ SBA loans?  A: For some reason, this is the #1 question I’ve...


Three Tips for Resiliency (and a Store Update)

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Comments 1 Tags neurology, self-care, stress, tools, work skills

Three Tips for Resiliency (and a Store Update)

Captain’s Log: Paloma here with a much needed check in! As many of you know, our store was broken into the day after Christmas, and we’re happy to report that we’re recovering well and things are aaaalmost back to normal, thanks in huge part to your support. Yes!!!! Thank you for the love and high fives and flowers and cookies and purchases - they have made such a critical difference in how quickly we were able to bounce back from this.  THANK YOU. On that note, Krista had an idea — why not share in this newsletter a little more about...


3 Ways to Take Care of Your Introvert-Side During the Holidays

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3 Ways to Take Care of Your Introvert-Side During the Holidays

Introversion is a spectrum, all of us are on it -- some of us are mild introverts and crave alone time less often than those of us who are strong introverts (who do best with a healthy amount of low-key time). Holidays can be especially hard for those of us on the introvert side of things. Company parties, family dinners, friend events, crammed stores, non-stop social invites -- all of these are designed for the stimulus-seeking extrovert. But what can you do if you feel like the holidays are just a long series of exhausting situations? Don't take it lying down...


Video: Our Favorite Feedback Techniques, with Lara Hogan

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Video: Our Favorite Feedback Techniques, with Lara Hogan

Think of the last time you gave someone feedback - maybe it was your romantic partner, your kids, a coworker, an employee of yours, or maybe even your boss. Now think back on it -- how did it go? Was it successful? Did you feel heard, and more importantly, did the person feel motivated to hear you out and consider your point of view?   In our newest video collaboration with Krista Hershberger, videographer extraordinaire, Lara Hogan and I talk about our favorite feedback-giving techniques and how they help create more successful feedback conversations, regardless of your relationship with the person.    If after watching...


What I Thought I Knew But Didn't Know At All: Anger as a Tool

What I Thought I Knew But Didn't Know At All: Anger as a Tool

In high school and into my early twenties, I believed that publicly sharing your anger about injustices was the most direct way to enact change. Getting furiously angry about racism, sexism, homophobia and other injustices felt like the best way to make the world better. What I know now: In the 20 years since, I've been tasked (and sometimes just stubbornly tasked myself), with implementing changes at companies that improved equity and inclusion for employees.  What I learned from my failures and successes in those two decades: using anger as your main tool mostly back-fires. It makes others feel unsafe to collaborate with you, it creates more drama...