New Year's Non-Negotiables

January 31, 2017

New Year's Non-Negotiables

The very definition of a “non-negotiable” is “something that’s not open to discussion or modification. Non-negotiables tend to reflect our personal values and priorities, and often guide our decision making. The following are a few of my personal “non-negotiables"...

3 Non-Negotiables for the New Year

“Non-Negotiable” #1: Voting with My Wallet

I feel so deeply passionate about this subject because we live in a country where our purchases seem to have more influence than our political vote. If the majority of us buy conventional apples at the grocery store, that purchase tells the agriculture industry that consumers are fine with conventional apples. That may be a silly example, but the reality is that companies will produce anything that sells, even if it is sprayed with harmful chemicals. One of the most powerful ways that we can create positive, meaningful societal change is by choosing how and where we spend our money. I realize that not everyone has the luxury of making buying decisions that are based on our values, but I’d like to think that many of us try to do so whenever possible.

Making an informed purchasing decision is easier now than ever before. In fact, a simple Google search will yield various resources that can point you in the right direction:

BuzzFeed’s 36 Charitable Companies that Actually Give Back will direct you to a list of fellow do-gooders.

BuyPartisan is an app that gives you an overview of a company’s political spending simply by scanning the barcode on a product. While social media movements like #grabyourwallet, have compiled a list of companies that support a particular political party.

Not overly concerned with a brand’s political affiliation and simply looking to give to those in need when you can? You can make a difference today by shopping our collection, here. 10% of every HopeRocks’ purchase goes to Generation Hope, a local non-profit supporting teen mothers who are trying to rise out of poverty by getting a college degree.

Non-Negotiable #2: Shaping the Hearts and Minds of Our Children

Our children are like little sponges -- they soak up all that we say and do. I believe that creating meaningful societal change starts at home. I do my best to teach my daughters to be strong, loving, and open-minded. I believe that mothers (and other female role models) play a very significant role in creating the foundation for how children see the world and their place in it. The examples we set and the values we instill in our children will shape the future of society, and I can’t think of anything more important than that.

Non-Negotiable #3: Embracing Community

Last month I spoke about how there is strength in numbers – and how I believe there is literally nothing we can’t accomplish if we unite for the common good. I found it incredibly moving to witness the millions of women (and people from every walk of life) that came together to march and speak out for civil rights and core human values.

I hope this passionate outpouring of humanity and political activism continues over the next four years, but it’s not every day that millions of people are able to march in solidarity. What we do have complete control over every single day are the messages we send to our children and where we choose to spend our money.

What are your non-negotiables?

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