Whenever negative news headlines make me feel overwhelmed, I think about January 21, and I remember how powerful we are when we stand together.
I was visiting Portland at the time – working in hipster coffee shops and geeking out about the city’s public transit and equitable bike share. While exploring a city that embodies so much of what Mixte believes in, I feared how the new federal administration would affect the issues we advocate for every day.
The Women’s March gave me an opportunity to transform my frustration into something hopeful and meaningful. Here are a few lessons I learned from participating in the largest nationwide protest in US history.
Growing up, I saw tutoring in many forms — from my parents to my teachers, even to the older kids in my after-school program. One of my very first days at Mixte, I participated in a brainstorm that everyone seemed extremely enthusiastic about. I didn’t know what C2 Education was or what Mixte planned to do with it, but I was eager to find out. To share the excitement with my new coworkers, I realized I needed to dream big.
Could you eat on $4.27 a day?
Mixte asked San Diego this question with the CalFresh Challenge, San Diego Hunger Coalition‘s cause awareness campaign.
I’m lucky to call myself a native San Diegan. I grew up in a suburb that is not unlike most suburbs across the country. You know the kind of place I’m talking about – the shopping centers are all painted beige, the front doors are rarely locked, the kids cause harmless trouble by TP-ing houses and there is one homeless individual who you consistently encounter.
My community’s homeless neighbor sat, and still sits, every day outside a gas station with a sign that reads, “Anything helps.”
Before my brothers and I were old enough to make our own lunches, my mom started teaching us to help others put food on the table. We tagged along to the food pantry, stacking peanut butter jars onto creaking shelves and filling grocery bags with boxes of cereal while my mom asked the mothers on the other side of the counter how many children they had and if they had anywhere to boil water for pasta. Read More
We’re just doing what is right – creating a comfortable, enjoyable space for our San Diego public relations employees to find more joy and a break from the office desk.
It just happens that we went out of our way to save money and the environment at the same time. Read More
Blue and orange. Good companies and good stories. Work hard and play hard. Bicycles and sunny days. Meetings and beer. High heels and jean jackets.
Some things just pair perfectly at Mixte.
Turns out working with The Wine Pub for nearly two years is another match made in Mixte heaven.
Mixte Communications, a San Diego public relations agency, has a free food garden planted on the sidewalk outside our office. It is one of the results of Jamie’s three-year Mixte anniversary present to her employees: $300 and an extra vacation day to go on an adventure.
Now, anyone can grab a cherry tomato off the vine or a snack of arugula as they walk by. But more importantly, our neighborhood gets the taste of a new idea: planting free food in public space that belongs to everyone.
Surfing, in all its grace and simple glory, has gracefully and simply changed my life.
As a swimmer and a lifeguard, I’ve always harbored a deep appreciation for the ocean. I’ve helped people ages four through 70 learn to swim and overcome a fear of the water. I spend my days working with organizations that protect our precious coastline (San Diego Coastkeeper, Orange County Coastkeeper, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Surfrider Foundation) and I think the world could learn a lot from them – but that’s another blog post.