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On being met where we are.

Last week was a tough one for me. Tough is relative – I know everyone has their stuff. I know my version of tough is nothing compared to another’s. All the same, for me, it was a tough week. My childcare fell through in the afternoons, so as soon as naptime was over, my work time was over. My husband helps immensely but he has an employer and works full-time. His hours are limited during the day. After the pandemic started, I chose to pivot, leave my employer, and start my business, Wellison Enterprises, allowing time and flexibility to navigate raising 3 young children. I had always wanted to do this and given the nature of the pandemic and balancing having a career, this seemed like the best time to jump because my family needed me more than ever. It has had a lot of benefits. It also has its days. 

Last week probably would have been more tolerable but for the fact that my daughter is amid 18-month sleep regression, so we are averaging about 3 hours of sleep per night, right now, again. The compounding effect of a lack of sleep on the lack of help that I deeply rely on to get things done was a lot – even for someone like me who has a lot of emotionally therapeutic tools in her toolbelt to navigate these situations. Sometimes tools are unmatched compared to a screaming, fussy, growing 18-month-old, who wanted to either be held, or completely left to her own devices, which included tearing through every possible cabinet, learning how to climb onto the dining room table, gravitating toward the fire poker, and when that was taken, sitting in the ashes of the fireplace, among other things. Dinners did not get cooked. Cleaning did not happen. The older kids had a lot of screen time when home. And yes, I got to that place. The one everyone dreads. The one nobody wants to admit to. 

I felt sorry for myself. 

I think the level of pain I had last week was amplified by a collective pain for all the mothers who were able to rely on fluid and functional childcare until the pandemic hit. Yes, this is a place of privilege. Yes, it implies access and financial security. In case nobody has noticed, it is also a huge reason why almost 3 million women have left the workforce. There is a collective grieving happening right now because there is a lot of loss. Last week hurt deeply, not because the babysitter cancelled, but because lack of childcare now for me, is a triggering event. Not having childcare has created trauma in my life. The new way of navigating parenting children and working as a mom – even a mom who started and owns her own business now – looks quite different than it did a year ago. It has uncovered that what we believed to be true, was never true to begin with. Yes, I received more time with my children, and I am grateful for that. And I am sad because that part of trust and access in my life died. It is being rebirthed in a new form – a much more honest form. But there is grieving to this process. 

It was a learned belief that my husband and I had access to paid childcare when we needed it, until we did not. And when we did not, I was the one who had to really step up to the plate at home – and this is while I had a full-time job too. That experience has instilled in my mind a limiting belief that I will experience loss every single time a childcare-giver cancels last minute (and stuff happens – this is not a critique on my amazing caregivers). It brings back the panic and invisibility I felt a year ago. I am still very much in the grieving and the figuring out of what the hell happened. I fully intend to move past this belief and recover from this trauma, and I am doing the work to get there. But it is very raw right now. I imagine it is for so many others as well. 

And you know what? It is ok. It is ok that I cried out of frustration. It is ok that I felt alone and like quitting everything. The really hard part is that I did not feel like I could talk to anyone about this. It seems as though this narrative is becoming played, and folks are tired of hearing about the squeeze women experience daily at the loss of childcare – even other women. Even other mothers. Not feeling like I could be received where I was made me feel very alone and invisible. It revealed something to me – and this is very vulnerable for me to say – last week, I needed and was looking for sympathy.

Sometimes sympathy helps us feel seen. And yes, I am referring to sympathy. Not empathy. Empathy implies the person has been there or can imagine being in the shoes of another. Sympathy implies that they have not been there, and cannot imagine being in the situation, but that they see there is a hard time going on, and then they gently acknowledge this. A simple “I see it’s been a rough week. I hope it gets better soon,” goes a lot further than an “at least you’re not …” or “You got this! Just push through.” Reframing can be helpful in a lot of situations, but it is also a defense mechanism that communicates to the other, “I can’t be bothered by this. Or your discomfort is a drag,” and it’s used to avoid having to deal with uncomfortable emotions. It has nothing to do with the person feeling the pain, and everything to do with the person prescribing the reframe. Reframing can actually perpetuate the pain of the other by making them feel less than or not entitled to their own emotion. It’s a good thing to watch out for because it is easy to do. 

However, well-intended sympathy can equate to grace. To holding space for another in grief. An acknowledgement. Not pity. It’s about saying, “I meet you where you are. I see a brighter day ahead, but you take the time you need. It’s ok to feel this way.”

Think about it in this context: when people are grieving the loss of a loved one, people often offer sympathy – not empathy. They offer sympathy because they have not gone through the tragic situation and are not the ones in total grief, but they want to acknowledge the person who is – that they see them and that the hold space for them. Most of the time, it is not pity that founds sympathy, it is grace and understanding that life is hard in this season for another, and that it is ok for them to be where they are. It is letting them know this. When you think about the mass exodus of working women, and of the ones who specifically left because they had to become primary caregivers after it became clear the system was hollow, understand they are grieving. They are grieving their freedom to work and raise kids in the way that they chose. They are grieving the part of their identity they so strongly held onto after shifting into motherhood – the one that said, “I am still a person too.” They are grieving the fact that they were told the institution had their back, but when push came to shove, it had nothing to offer them. 

So sometimes if you don’t to know what to say, sympathy will do fine. “Sym-” means “together,” and “-path” means “emotion.” I think that there is value in that. Meet us where we are.  

Whitney Ellison is a thought leader and coach of the Enneagram and Quantum Energy. Learn more about her by visiting her website, wellisonenterprises.com and following her @wellisonenterprises on Instagram where you can find all of her Enneagram series interviews and other comings and goings.

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Earth Day is this week so what a great time to recycle your thoughts and limiting beliefs. Our business & life coach columnist reminds us how to manifest your desires and create more abundance, success, and love in your life.

The law of attraction and manifesting came to light when Rhonda Byrne releases the book “The Secret” in 2006, followed by the movie. Soon after, we were flooded with others sharing resources and teaching how your thoughts create all you desire in life.  Simply said, “if you ask; it will be given.”

Many were happy to learn this new tool for creating all the things in life they desired.  While others believe manifesting and law of attraction does NOT work, calling bullsh*t on this way of thinking and acting. 

What’s your experience and belief around manifesting and the law of attraction? 

Do you believe the law of attraction is always working? Take a look around and see if your thoughts, beliefs and emotions didn’t create your reality.  Do you like what you see?

What I know for sure is that the law of attraction and manifesting takes daily practice and some patience.   I’ve not perfected this practice, but I am aware when it’s at work how magical it feels to realize “I called that right in for myself.” Yes, sometimes it’s not what you expect, it just is.  

So, since this week is Earth Day, why not recycle your old limiting beliefs and practice aligning your thoughts to a new outcome using the following guidelines: 

Create the vision and collect images matching the desired outcome and place them on a poster board, Pinterest, or on your phone in an album.

Take inspired action of any kind toward the vision. If you want a new home, buy a painting, or throw pillow you’ll bring to the new house. Want more money? Start putting a dollar a day in a jar. Action will keep the vision of what you want and why at the top of your mind. Be creative. 

Visualize daily playing make-believe games with the vision board. Act as if you already have it.

Be cautious not to give up too fast. All things come in divine timing with manifesting. Seeing it before it appears, along with how it will feel, believing it is well on its way to you with each inspired action toward the desire you take, is your job. The Universe does the rest.

From there as you change your thoughts, you will change your reality. When in doubt, use the mantra “I am open to receive all that my heart desires.”

Cheers to creating the life you deserve!

Melissa

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    Ready to make a small shift to see big changes? Click here to read about an upcoming virtual mindset workshop!

    Reset Co is preparing for its upcoming Reset Mindset Virtual Workshop called Small Shift for a Big Result. According to Reset Co Founder and CEO Kendra Ramirez, the event features 3 interactive Power Hour sessions targeted that those who want to make an impact for themselves and those around them.

    The virtual sessions will be held on April 20, April 27, and May 4 from 11:30am-12:30pm.

    “In this virtual workshop series, you will walk away with tools, insights, and a place to process and brainstorm with like-minded people that will result in you being able to take immediate action that is simple yet yields significant results,” she says.  

    Sponsored by US Bank, the event aims to help participants start their days feeling re-energized and help them achieve their goals by introducing more fun into their routines. 

    While the thought of a leadership workshop may feel intimidating to some, Ramirez says that this workshop is for leaders at every level. 

    “Join Dr. Rebecca Cardona, LaMarque Ward, Dr. Monique Johnson, Stephanie Polen, and myself virtually on April 20, April 27, and May 4,” says Ramirez. “This is a 3-part series with a mindset learning topic and breakout group discussions and live rapid-fire coaching.”

    Sessions for the event include: 

    April 20: Small shift you can make in understanding how we are hard-wired in how we show up in the world. Dr. Rebecca will share brain science around our need to be a performer or producer. Is your to-do list longer than your arm? Is your calendar maxed out? She will help us bring awareness to why we do what we do. Then we will go into breakout rooms for discussion.

    April 27: Small shift you can make in leading with heart in your work. LaMarque will share The Fish Philosophy which is 4 core practices for leaders: Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day, Be There, and Play. Are you and or your team exhausted and struggling to come up with new ideas? We will share how to re-energize yourself and or your team. Then we will go into breakout rooms for discussion.

    May 4: Small shift with your new BFFs. Bring your questions for the team. We have your back in a Rapid Fire Coaching session with Dr. Rebecca Cardona (Mindset and Life Coaching), Stephanie Polen (Team Dynamics Coaching), Dr. Monique Johnson (Career Coaching), and Kendra Ramirez (Mindset and Entrepreneur Coaching). We are cheering you on!

    Kendra Ramirez, Founder and CEO of Reset Co

    Featured speakers for the sessions are:

    Dr. Rebecca Cardona
    Dr. Rebecca is passionate about helping people give themselves a great life, professionally and personally. She brings over a decade of experience that specializes in high-achievers, overachievers, and perfectionists. She values that leadership is a walk of resiliency that starts with the individual. She is recognized as a leader dedicated to growth and change. Rebecca’s coaching philosophy is grounded in working with leaders to facilitate change that sustains the test of time. Her coaching interest lies in leaders obtaining positive results in both influence and impact. She uses education, assessments, and tools rooted in leadership theories, change theory, brain science, mindfulness, psychology, and life experience.

    LaMarqué D. Ward Sr., M.Ed.
    LaMarque is an internationally acclaimed educator, speaker, author, trainer, and coach. He utilizes a profound insight gained by years of struggle, gain, and achievement to engage each audience with an uncanny ability to reach collective common ground. He shares his life in the form of practical wisdom and has expertise in connecting with the needs of others and breaking down barriers that ordinarily hinder success. He is the founder of Dream Builders University and COO of Fish! Philosophy.

    Dr. Monique Johnson, Ed.D., CMCS, NCC
    Dr. Monique is an experienced versatile leader with over 20 years of experience in career development, diversity and inclusion, and leadership who has helped individuals and organizations open doors and break barriers. She is the Owner of Dr. MCJ Consulting, LLC, a business that provides individual and group coaching, large-scale presentations, speaking, training, and consulting services.

    As a Certified Master of Career Services (CMCS), she is a committed practitioner who provides services tailored to her clients. She enjoys coaching at all levels from the undergraduate college student to the executive level professional who is looking to grow, transition, or pivot in their career. She is currently an Executive Coach for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Women’s Excel (WE Lead) Leadership Program.

    Stephanie Polen
    Stephanie is an energetic and authentic leader with more than 20 years of executive experience leading teams through massive business transformation while driving bottom line results. She is a visionary who is passionate about developing people to their fullest potential. With experience in roles ranging from Product Development and Human Resources to Marketing and Business Development. Stephanie brings her diverse experience and passion for team and individual development to drive change and motivate you for success.

    Kendra Ramirez
    Kendra is Founder and CEO of Reset Co and Kendra Ramirez Digital Agency. She is globally recognized on the homepage of LinkedIn.com, Women of Influence Honoree, John Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award recipient, Cincy Chic Woman of the Year, AMA Marketing Legend, and a finalist for the Social Media Innovator of the Year. Since 2005, she has helped hundreds of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, leverage digital technologies. She has spent the last 15 years rebuilding herself after divorce, depression, and a failed business. She leads a life of joy and a successful digital agency. Her mission is to empower others.

    Tickets for the event are limited and can be purchased here. You can join one session or all three for the same price. General admission for the event is $45 per person. 

    To learn more about Reset Co, visit https://thereset.co/.

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    This Indian Hill home has stunning features and an outdoor oasis. Click here to see the Listing of the Week!

    This Indian Hill home is your new summer oasis. It features an in-ground, unite heated saltwater pool surrounded by lush landscaping to make every day feel like vacation. The home sits on a 1+ acre lot and boasts an updated kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and white cabinets, an owners suite with a sitting area, 2 balconies, and a newly renovated dream closet. There is a recently added second floor laundry. The home has newly refinished hardwood floors throughout and the entire house has been freshly painted. The lower level family room features a theater area and wet bar. The children’s wing of the home has 3 ensuites. 

    This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

     

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    Between COVID and low interest rates, more unwed couples are buying houses than ever. Our mortgage expert shares a few tips to keep in mind if buying before nuptials.

    In previous generations, buying a home was a life milestone that often came after a couple married and combined households. But with interest rates at near-record lows, and COVID precautions delaying weddings, more couples are buying homes before marriage than ever. So, we tapped the expertise of Cincinnati-based Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate for some advice when saying “I do” to a home first.

    Erdmann says calling a mortgage professional is often the first step, but he suggests contacting a financial planner and real estate attorney too. “It just helps to take a look at your whole financial picture to plan things out,” he says, “and an attorney will help define all the details that are sometimes more inherent for married couples.”

    Erdmann says these are the three main questions unmarried couples should consider when buying a house.

    1. Who’s Applying for the Mortgage?

    Buying a house together is a big commitment. So, even before searching for a home, Erdmann says you should contact an experienced mortgage professional to compare options and get pre-approved. “I always encourage both to apply together so we can determine if it’s best to buy in both of their names or just one of their names,” he says. “The more I know, the more I understand how to best set up the purchase.” 

    2. What Type of Ownership is Best?

    When you buy a house with your partner, you must decide how you will own the property, or “take title.” Erdmann says you should consult with an experienced real estate attorney to decide what’s best for you, but generally speaking, there are three basic choices:

    • one person holds title as sole owner

    • both of you hold title as “joint tenants,” or

    • both of you hold title as “tenants in common.”

    “The partner with the stronger financials and credit score may want to purchase the home to get better mortgage terms and interest rates,” Erdmann says. “But both names can be on the deed even if one didn’t sign the mortgage, provided the lender agrees. What’s on the deed doesn’t have to match what’s on the mortgage.”

    3. Get a Cohabitation Property Agreement?

    When couples live together, married or not, they will most likely accumulate equity. Unlike married couples, though, unmarried couples may not have the same property protections. So, they can create a cohabitation property agreement to outline who owns what, and what will happen in the event the couple chooses to separate or if a partner passes away. “It’s completely optional and not at all common,” Erdmann says, “but an attorney can look at your unique situation and tell you if they’d recommend it to be safe.”

    While it’s far from romantic, Erdmann says, talking through these basics of home buying and gathering the appropriate paperwork for a mortgage application is a good starting point for examining whether or not a home purchase is right for your relationship, married or not.

    To learn more about Ron Erdmann, NMLS 728342, Branch Manager and SVP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate, visit https://www.rate.com/loan-expert/ronerdmann. You can also contact him via email at ron.erdmann@rate.com or call (513) 609-4484

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    Read about a local wine importer and distributor that brings exclusive wines from Spain straight to the Queen City.

    Key Wines brings imported wines from Spain to Cincinnati.

    Key Wines, a local wine importer and distributor, is built on the idea that everyone deserves great wine. 

    “Our name Key Wines comes from a passion to unlock this undiscovered world of wine and give people access to it,” says Key Wines Co-Founder Robin Hunsucker. “We also believe that wine is ‘key’ and has been culturally important throughout history and is something that brings people together still today.” 

    Robin Hunsucker, a Cincinnati native and wine lover, and Gil Nuñez, a wine maker and Sommelier from Barcelona, are Co-founders of Key Wines and met on a trip to Spain. They fell in love and the rest is history. 

    The couple’s main goal for the company was to give people in Cincinnati the same access to the same great wine from small producers that they typically drank in Spain. 

    Key wines works directly with small, family-run wineries in Spain to bring exclusive, affordable and high quality wines to the Cincinnati area.

    We cut out all of the middle men and import/distribute ourselves in order for the wine to reach the end consumer without as many of the normal mark-ups, says Hunsucker.

    As if Key Wines wasn’t unique enough, some of their wines can only be found in Cincinnati and no other place in the U.S. 

    All of our wines are farmed organically or almost organically and they don’t use chemical products, additives, stabilizers or the other crap that many wines have,” Hunsucker says 

    Key Wines warehouse is located in Evendale. You can find their wines all over Cincinnati in many local bars, restaurants and stores. 

    “You can find our wines at any of the following bars/restaurants/stores around the city: Alfio’s Buon Cibo, Anjou (opening soon), Dear Restaurant & Butchery, E+O, Higher Gravity, Hoppin’ Vines, Mash Roots, Mita’s, LouVino, North High Brewing, Rebel Mettle Brewery, The Fix, The Hub, The Spicy Olive, Wildflower Café and World Glass Bar,” she adds. 

    Cava, a sparkling wine, “is definitely a crowd favorite,” Hunsucker says. “Some other popular wines are our Albariño (a classic white wine from the Atlantic coast in Spain), Las Garnachas (a juicy Grenache from Rioja), Merian (a line of organic wines made of Grenache that comes in red, white and rosé) and MIN (a red blend from Priorat).”

    Key Wines is looking to get into more bars and restaurants around the city and continue their mission of giving people access to high-quality wine that is affordable for everyone. 

    We also do private tastings at people’s homes, so our hope is that once things go back to normal we can expand that side of our business,” she says. 

    To follow along you can find them on Instagram or on Facebook.

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    A store for tots (and grownups!) just expanded to Cincinnati. Click here to read more.

    Gumdrop Tots is a children’s store that recently opened a new location in Cincinnati.
    Cincy Chic: What is Gumdrop Tots?
    Suzy Hinnefeld & Brittney Braemer, Owners of Gumdrop Tots: 
    Gumdrop is a shop for tots and their grownups! We bring energy, affection and a sense of discovery through our curated collection of beautiful and thoughtful products. We carry unique baby/kid clothing (0–24M, 2–5T), books, toys & games, gifts and accessories all in the heart of both downtown Covington and the Historic West Fourth District in downtown Cincinnati (right next door to our sister shop, Handzy Shop + Studio).

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: When we started Handzy in 2015 we always dreamt of opening a kids store. We referred to the idea as “Handzy Jr.” and when we moved our Covington Handzy location one storefront over we realized the empty space we left would be a perfect spot to pursue this dream. Handzy has always had a fun, youthful and colorful energy which translates perfectly when curating products for little ones!

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: We are! We’re best friends who met in design school at UC’s DAAP are the women behind Gumdrop!
     
    Cincy Chic: Why did you decide to open a new Cincinnati location?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: We love our Covington location but realized that crossing the river was a barrier for our Cincinnati customer base. When we thought about the growth of our store and businesses it only made sense to expand across the river!  
     
    Cincy Chic: What makes Gumdrop unique?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: In the baby/toddler space there is a trend towards neutral minimalism and Gumdrop is the opposite of that. Our shop is filled with color and fun which makes us unique. 
     
    Cincy Chic: Where are your storefronts located?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: Our storefronts are located in Covington (15 W. Pike St. Covington, KY 41011) and Cincinnati (326 W. 4th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202).
     
    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: In 2021 we’re working towards growing our customer base so we can continue to offer new and unique products! 
     
    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Hinnefeld & Braemer: You can follow us on Instagram or visit our website at gumdroptots.com 

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    Click here to understand how the words we use are a sign of the internal work that needs our attention.

    I met with a spiritual teacher last week. It was powerful. There were a handful of times that I used the word “hate,” and when I did, it was fueled with emotion. She would pause me after I would say the statement, “I hate it when that happens.” Or “I hate malice,” in the context of when I suspect people of have ill intentions toward me (a discussion for another day). I consider myself to have some strong tools, so you can imagine the shame and sadness that hit me when I realized this truth about myself. Darn it – there it is again: that ever-present and gently uncomfortable reminder – I am still work in progress.

    We talked about the word “hate”. About how we can choose freedom from that word and the burden it presents. Hate does not serve us. I reflected on this. I believe and teach that forgiveness is the ultimate freedom: for and from ourselves. It unshackles us from the thing that happened to us. It is an action not meant to unshackle the other person- they were never shackled by our pain to begin with – only by their own. The effect of the pain we harbor, caused (accidentally, subconsciously, or intentionally) by another only holds us hostage – and if we do not reckon with it, it comes back and comes back and comes back. Even when we try to block it and control it with words like “hate”.

    Hating something or someone makes us feel small and is the opposite of freedom. It returns us to the wounded child who desperately needs our love and affirmation of worthiness. It cycles until we reckon with it – by identifying the source or the roots – and extracting them. Words like hate are simply flags that there is internal work to be done.

    I have found work to do.  And thank God, I suppose. Because the day I stop finding more spiritual work to do might be the day I depart from this Earthly plane, and I am not particularly interested in leaving too soon. 

    What I learned from this conversation is that there are places, things and people that have triggered a pain so deep, I have only been able to label my response and beliefs grown from that pain as hate or other low vibrational emotions. This allows a continued assault on myself. Allowing hate in – even if just in semantics – really means I have allowed the pain to settle and fester. If I want to continue to lead and help others rise, I must also continue to help myself rise by unloading the weight that holds me back.

    Hate begets hate. Love begets love. I choose love. It was love that brought me to this conversation, love that helped me see I have work to do, love that will support the processing and love that will allow me to forgive – both myself and others. It is love that makes way for freedom.

    That is my truth. What is yours?

    Whitney Ellison is a thought leader and coach of the Enneagram and Quantum Energy. Learn more about her by visiting her website, wellisonenterprises.com and following her @wellisonenterprises on Instagram.

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    Being an entrepreneur is not always easy. In fact, it can be hard! And yet you still decided to become one. Our business and life coach identifies one key way on how to grow successfully.

    Too many women business owners lack the clarity and support they need to grow successfully. Doing it all on your own can be like running in quicksand. I’ve run and scaled several companies and know all too well how paralyzing it can feel. 

    You are full of great ideas but often have no clear strategy to implement them.

    Shooting from the hip while watching others succeed is frustrating. It makes you wonder how they have it, and you don’t? 

    The reality is, running a business is hard no matter who you are.

    Unfortunately, there is no magic wand to win in the marketplace. However, with effort, the right strategy, and the guidance of someone who’s been there, your business can thrive too. 

    Time and time again, I’ve seen once struggling entrepreneurs pull in six figures.

    There are plenty of tools available to teach you how to successfully grow your business, but it’s the execution of the knowledge and information learned that ignites the magic. The challenge is you’re trying to overcome the overwhelm of growing your business and simply don’t have (or make) time to implement the tools. 

    What are other successful entrepreneurs doing to reach their entrepreneur goals? 

    Successful entrepreneurs are identifying the obstacles, getting the support of a mentor/coach, and creating a plan on how to overcome them.

    The result? An empowered woman entrepreneur equipped with the clarity she needs to be a confident and profitable business owner while being held accountability and supported through each challenge of scaling her business successfully.

    If you doubt whether you’ve got what it takes, I totally get it. Imposter syndrome is real. Let me reassure you. With the right guidance, you, too, can build the business of your dreams.

    To learn more grab a copy of “The Number One Secrete to Small Business Success” at melissakirkpatrickbusinesscoach.com.

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      Read about the Ohio-based platform that's sharing only the good and shining a bright light in a sometimes dark world.

      Sometimes it feels like the world has no good left in it. From the never-ending bad news cycle to the obstacles that throw themselves in the way of our daily lives, good news feels like a thing of the past. 

      But Jamie Foltz is aiming to change our focus from the bad to the good with Do Gooder, a media and special event company focused entirely on the good happening in the world.

      “We believe that there is still good in the world and it’s our mission to share it with anyone who will listen,” says Foltz. “We print a quarterly magazine that showcases positive stories of people, companies, and causes that are making our world better.”

      More than just sharing stories, however, Do Gooder also positions itself online as a resource for anyone who is looking to find more good in the world. Additionally, Do Gooder hosts events that give people and companies and opportunity to get out and do good, too.

      “From Kind Kamp™, a day camp for kids and teens to learn about being a good human, to Joy Ride, a nationwide tour to give companies that chance to help us spread joy through 50,000+ acts of kindness, we’re focused on good vibes only,” adds Foltz.

      The inspiration for Do Gooder comes from Foltz’s own personal experiences in the real world. She worked as the manager of the development team for 12 years at the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House.

      “Through volunteers, donors, and families that cared for each other, I got to see so much good,” she says. “But at the same time, I saw the world was getting more and more negative with each passing day. I knew that something needed to be done about it. And I knew that I could give people a place to stay connected to only the positive, only the good.”

      Foltz is the one-woman show behind Do Gooder and says she’s self-declared positivity and adaptability as her superpowers. 

      “I firmly believe that one small, kind act will change the world,” she says. “That’s why I want to help anyone and everyone get out there to do good when they can. It doesn’t take a big check or a lengthy volunteer commitment to make change. It takes one person showing kindness to another. It takes people skipping the comments section when scrolling through social media. It takes understanding of each other’s unique experiences. It takes each person holding themself accountable for their mistakes, because we all make them, and not passing the blame to anyone within reach. And it takes us all recognizing that we’re far more alike than we are different.”

      Do Gooder officially launched on February 1, 2019. The online platform went live in April 2019 when they shared their first story about a second-grader who was frustrated with his school’s playground so he created a cleanup club to make sure the space was usable for all students. 

      Other topics in the Do Gooder Digest are stories of good humans, good businesses, and good causes. 

      “In each issue, you’ll find Tear-and-Share Compliment Cards, a three-month Kindness Planner filled with ideas to go out and do good, The GOOD List, stories of those doing kind acts – big and small -, and images of all things good in our No Caption Needed section. And because we also believe that no one is perfect, our opinions section is titled (Pretty) GOOD Thoughts.”

      Foltz says that she hopes people who read Do Gooder will find a bright spot in a seemingly dark world. 

      The topics covered in the Do Gooder Digest are unique in themselves.

      “While there are many wonderful outlets for news and information, the only thing you’ll find in Do Gooder Digest is content to make you feel good about the world,” she says. “You’ll never read a story about tragedy or politics in our magazine. You won’t find instructions on how to lose weight or apply makeup. You’ll only find resources to inspire you to action, even if that action is simply to speak more kindly to yourself.”

      Foltz also prides herself on the digital platform and audience Do Gooder has established. Since they aren’t focused on traffic or page activity, there isn’t an option to comment or like stories. They also do not use advertising plug-ins or affiliate marketers. 

      “If you read a story about a good company or a good product, it’s there because we believe in it, not because a company paid us to write about it,” adds Foltz. “We simply want to share the good and give everyone ideas and inspiration to do good too. Plain and simple.”

      Foltz is looking forward to the future, especially after plans were postponed in 2020. She says they’re going to take their fresh start as host their inaugural Kind Kamp™, a day camp for kids and teens to learn about the Five Fundamentals to “Being a Giraffe” (Stand Tall, Wear Your Spots, Have A Big Heart, Treat Everyone Equally, Stick Your Neck Out For Others).

      “We hope to give the younger generation a leadership opportunity that inspires them to do good too,” she says. “While we’re currently only scheduled for in-person Kamp in Columbus, we’re working on adding additional locations and even a less-costly virtual program. To learn more visit kindkamp.com.”

      Additionally, Foltz and Do Gooder are launching their Kind Kulture™ program that gives organizations the opportunity to build a kinder culture in the workplace.

      “It’s about making kindness a strength that everyone finds value in,” she says. “Because when we create kinder cultures, we create happier humans who just care more about their co-workers, their customers, their teams, and in turn their world.”

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