& stay not a grown up
Like giving Kieran treats for potty training (which I never wanted to do or did before & which now I’m trying to wean out because they didn’t help & were a mistake). Like pressing the issue when it came to getting Kieran out of my bed because I felt embarrassed about it. Like getting a crib for the new baby and thinking about not cosleeping at all. Like feeling a ton of pressure to wean Kieran from nursing even though I feel like it’s what is best for him. I don’t know man, I just think about the parent I was 7 months ago before I came to Oklahoma & feel like I’ve caved a lot to mommy peer pressure :( 

Don’t get me wrong! There are a lot of amazing things, things I’ve learned, things I’ve been helped with, etc. I don’t feel like it’s anyone else’s fault but mine that I’ve compromised my ideals. I need to have more confidence in myself and what I believe is right for my family.

Like giving Kieran treats for potty training (which I never wanted to do or did before & which now I’m trying to wean out because they didn’t help & were a mistake). Like pressing the issue when it came to getting Kieran out of my bed because I felt embarrassed about it. Like getting a crib for the new baby and thinking about not cosleeping at all. Like feeling a ton of pressure to wean Kieran from nursing even though I feel like it’s what is best for him. I don’t know man, I just think about the parent I was 7 months ago before I came to Oklahoma & feel like I’ve caved a lot to mommy peer pressure :(

Don’t get me wrong! There are a lot of amazing things, things I’ve learned, things I’ve been helped with, etc. I don’t feel like it’s anyone else’s fault but mine that I’ve compromised my ideals. I need to have more confidence in myself and what I believe is right for my family.

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I love having rl mom friends, but I also hate it. I’ve compromised on so many of my parenting ideals because I’ve felt judged for them, or because I was talked into the more convenient method. I know this isn’t my rl friend’s fault, it’s my own for being weak willed or insecure… I’m really struggling with this right now.

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds"

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Not only TOMS, but also Starbucks and even Lockheed Martin and Wal-Mart have learned that linking their products to charitable causes makes for good business. We no longer buy only what we need, or even what broadcasts our identity. We buy what makes us feel like good people, and what makes us feel like members of a good, global community. The easy way to look at TOMS is to praise their charitable work. The harder, more troubling way to look at TOMS is to acknowledge it as an example of how corporations have assumed work most often associated with self-identified religious organizations: building community, engaging in charity, and cultivating morals.

TOMS is not alone in its willingness to link progressive social action with consumer spending. In fact, it exemplifies a broader corporate embrace of “conscious capitalism.” Coined by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, this business model assumes that “the best way to maximize profits over the long-term” is to orient business toward a “higher purpose.” So Starbucks sells coffee to “Put America Back to Work,” the (RED) campaign raises money to fight AIDS, and—in the best example yet—Sir Richard’s Condom Company sends a condom to Haiti for each one it sells (“doing good never felt better”). Meanwhile, Bank of America logos decorate PRIDE banners and Lockheed Martin brags that it is a “champion of diversity.”

The globalization of neoliberal capitalism, and particularly the popularity of “conscious capitalism” as a practice and a discourse, signals a change in the landscape of U.S. religion and politics. “Neoliberalism” most often refers to a loosely cohering set of economic, social, and political policies that (1) seek to secure human flourishing through the imposition of free markets and (2) locate “freedom” in individual autonomy, expressed through consumer choice. But it is also a mode of belonging, where ritual acts of consumption initiate individuals into a global community of consumer agents. Within neoliberal logics of religious and political action, consumer transactions and corporate expansion are recast as forms of spiritual purification and missionary practice. And within conscious capitalism, the “higher purpose” is a world in which all people have a chance (or obligation) to participate in free markets—understood as a multicultural community of consumers.

For Mycoskie—whose title is “Chief Shoe Giver”—building this multicultural community is a theological mandate. He frames his Christian faith as a component of his personal relationship to the company. At the evangelical Global Leadership Conference, keynote speaker Mycoskie answered a question about whether TOMS represents any “biblical principles”: “TOMS represents a lot of different biblical principles. But the one I go back to again and again is the one in Proverbs. Give your first fruits and your vats will be full. … Because we did that and stayed true to our one-to-one model [even amidst financial strain], we’ve been incredibly blessed. We really did give our first fruits.”

In non-confessional settings, TOMS proffers a humanistic version of this prosperity gospel, recast for a neoliberal age. Losing the Bible quotes, the company emphasizes that the “fruits of faith”—in this case, economic success—abound for those who embody the ideals of authenticity, good intentions, and service. Or, “higher purpose” is profitable. TOMS is successful because it creates opportunities for people to live into their own “purpose” through a simple transaction: buying a pair of shoes.

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I always put less water into the slow cooker than the recipe in using suggested and yet my finished slow cooker meals inevitably come out with a ton of excess fluid.

Kieran insisted on wearing his rain boots today #seattleinhisblood

Kieran insisted on wearing his rain boots today #seattleinhisblood

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