These are my values…
My Own Health and Wellbeing
I eat and live the way I do because 1) I feel like it makes sense to avoid chronic illness by eating foods that nourish my body and don’t lead to inflammation as a preventative healthcare measure, and 2) It is hard to feel good when you feel like crap, and since shifting to a whole food, plant-based diet sans refined sugar and soy I have had more natural energy than ever before in my life.
The Environment and The Planet We Live On
We are to the point in history where we are venturing into unknown territory with our climate changing. We are already seeing famine, flood, drought, displacement, civil war, ocean dead zones, sea level rise, premature labor, death, and more as the side effects of climate change. The good news is that because we did this through our behavior we can also begin to slow the degradation and even begin to reverse these effects through changing our behavior. This is important to me because I frankly don’t want to live on a planet where finding food, water and having clean air to breath are challenges we’d have to face.
The way I see it is that when we buy one thing or another we are voting to say “more like this please”. So when I vote with my dollars to buy fair-trade, organic clothing from a company like PACT I vote for clean textile supply chains, keeping dyes and formaldehyde out of the fresh water supply in India, farming that doesn’t include dousing cotton farms with toxic pesticides, and clothing that doesn’t have toxic chemicals on my skin. When I buy clothing from a traditional store like the GAP I am voting for Monsanto cotton seeds that are leading to tens of thousands of suicides in India because farmers can’t pay back the loans they had to take out to buy the seeds, farmers’ children having tumors and cancers from the high levels of toxins sprayed on the genetically modified seeds, sweat shop labor, and the #2 most polluting industry in the world.
Women In Leadership
This likely comes from the fact that I was both raised by a fiercely independent mother and attended the largest all-girl liberal arts high school in the United States. I agree with the Dalai Lama that the world will be saved by the western woman, so I support women both through my coaching and consulting, and hiring women as contractors to work within my business operations.