Removing the Salary Stigma

Removing the Salary Stigma
Do you know your best friend’s salary? What about your sister’s, or even your co-worker’s? I’d venture to guess you don’t. If you do, you’re definitely in the minority. Even in our modern age, when we can talk about issues as personal as PMS woes and Tinder fails without so much as a blink, it’s still somehow considered taboo to talk about how much money we make. Sure, we might talk about other finance-related topics, like how much we spend on rent each month (a fave topic of conversation here in LA) or what our hairdresser charges, but most of us have been brought up to believe that it’s inappropriate to reveal the actual figures we earn.

Why is discussing salary still such a taboo? Read more on The Fullest to find out how we can start de-stigmatizing the topic and use it to our advantage. 

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Celebrate Your Beauty

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There’s something about wearing a swimsuit in public that brings out insecurities we didn’t even realize we had – a phenomenon I witnessed firsthand on vacation in the Caribbean a few weeks ago.

I overheard countless women’s murmurs of negative self-talk all over the beach: “Wait, we can’t take group pics because I’ll look fat next to her.” Or, “Ugh, I have no butt whatsoever. I should’ve done more squats before this trip.”

In this digital age, we’ve all seen countless images of what our culture considers “perfect” bodies. Whether we’re flipping through a magazine, watching a movie, or just scrolling through Instagram, it can feel impossible to escape the stream of filtered, posed images around us – and the pressure to measure up to them.

Our bodies could be in perfect health, but still would never be good enough if looked at through our culture’s lens. We’ll either be too thin, too fat, have too much cellulite, or too little muscle… the list goes on. Continue reading

Present Over Perfect: An Interview With Shauna Niequist

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After finding herself exhausted, isolated, and sick, author Shauna Niequist came to a point where she knew her life had to change. She was tired, burnt out, and felt unconnected to the people she loved.

Her new book, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living, chronicles her transition from a life of striving for perfection to rediscovering her created purpose and living from a place of meaning and connection. With her warm, vulnerable voice, she tells of how she underwent the most important transformation of her life, while also inviting us to do the same.

She writes, “This book is an account of my winding, messy journey from exhaustion to peace, from isolation to connection, from hustling and multitasking to sacred presence.”

I recently chatted with Shauna about the impact Present Over Perfect has had on her life, where she finds rest, and how we can learn to live more simple, soulful lives, too.

Inspire-Aspire: Join The Female-Led Career Revolution

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When I first met Sarah Comer at an event in Los Angeles last summer, she made an instant impression on me. She is warm, poised, well-spoken, and passionate in her convictions — in a word, inspirational. It should come as no surprise to learn, then, that she is the woman behind the website Inspire-Aspire: Be the Career Change, a source of informative career inspiration for women looking to combine their passions with a purpose.

Much like Sarah herself, Inspire-Aspire is reflective, uplifting, and brimming with insights. It features in-depth interviews with women such as Seane Corn and Ruchira Gupta, who are creating positive change through their work. Sarah hopes that the stories of such women will inspire and empower other women to “Be the change you wish to see in the world” through their careers as well — hence Inspire-Aspire’s tagline, “Be the career change.” Continue reading

Does Your Life Need a Reset?

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Two weeks ago, M+H’s own Paige and I attended the Together 2016 event in Washington, D.C. Along with hundreds of thousands of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we met on the National Mall and took a stand for the hope we have in Jesus. The event had an incredible lineup of speakers, singers, authors and church leaders — including Nick Hall, Tim Tebow, Lecrae, Louie Giglio, and Hillsong UNITED.

It was amazing to hear from such talented and spirit-filled leaders, but it was even more powerful to see such a large crowd united on their knees, lifting their hands and voices for an end to division and for a renewal of faith in our generation. 

It was a visible reminder of how big and how real God is. Continue reading

The Art of Unlearning: How Do We Know What’s False?

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In his book Walden, Henry David Thoreau writes, “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” Considering that I love this season’s off-the-shoulder tops and chokers as much as I now cringe to think of the overalls and bucket hats I embraced in the ‘90s, I’d consider this statement true.

Fashion aside, however, I also believe Thoreau’s words are applicable to culture at large. How simple it is, for example, to laugh at the old, outdated thinking of our parents while being swept up in our own generation’s new, “enlightened” ideas. In light of the never-ending stream of persuasive PSAs and subtle advertisements we see in the media, it’s not hard to imagine our culture is more progressive and forward-thinking than ever.

Yet, as the old adage goes, “there is nothing new under the sun.” Continue reading

Becoming Brazen: An Interview With Leeana Tankersley

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The word brazen means “without shame,” and it describes how author Leeana Tankersley wants us to live. In her newest book, Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding, she invites readers to rediscover their true selves through a series of personal stories and observations. Her words encourage women to honor their intuition, to find their voice, and to be reminded of their God-given worth — even in the midst of a world bent on molding us into its own image.

She writes, “It is time. Time to reach down into the annals of your being and explore all the dimensions of who and what God knit there. It is time to come out of hiding. Let’s go after what’s been silenced, hidden, lost, bruised, abused, abandoned, bullied.”

Inspiring, right? To learn more, Milk & Honey Magazine interviewed Leeana about what it means to live a brazen life and how we, too, can do so. Continue reading

How Imperfect People Can Do Great Things

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Whether we wish we could serve the poor and alleviate suffering like Mother Teresa or pioneer critical scientific research like Marie Curie, we all dream of doing beautiful, world-changing things with our lives. Yet, no matter how much we might long to follow in the footsteps of such women, who in fact believes themselves capable of that kind of greatness?

Perhaps we can imagine ourselves doing so in the future — when we are “older and wiser” — but in our present, imperfect condition? Hardly. Continue reading

Why Does Fashion Matter?

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It’s what’s on the inside that counts, right ladies? I would imagine we all heard this message growing up, and who would argue with it? After all, it seems obvious that our inner character and heart are of more worth than our external appearance.

But is what’s on the inside all that counts? What about the clothing we wear? Is it just superficial and consumeristic? Continue reading

What “Aesthetic Activism” Is And Why Bib & Sola Is Leading It

Bib & Sola - White SetA glassware company that produces striking hand blown carafes and glasses, Bib & Sola offers a stylish and conscious alternative to plastic bottles. The brand’s founder, Kira Heuer, is adamant about reducing plastic waste and providing clean water solutions. Through Bib & Sola’s colorful pieces, she aims to do both, believing that their beauty has more power to inspire education and change than anything else — a concept she calls, “Aesthetic Activism.”

I recently had the chance to connect with Kira and learn more about Bib & Sola’s story, its Aesthetic Activism campaign, and the difference that using glass instead of plastic can make. Continue reading