TEAM BLOG

8/2/2017

So, this is my first attempt at blogging.  I am not quite sure what the tone should be and not quite sure what I want to say.  I also do not know if we will continue having a blog as we move forward or if we will simply communicate in other ways, such as through a quarterly newsletter.  But, since there is a space here for a blog, I though I had better get started. Feel free to email me at lori@inclusivi-tee.com with any feedback.

So far, this has been a pretty crazy experience for me.  Having never planned to start a business, I am amazed at how much I have accomplished and learned in the past eight months.  And, every bit of it has been an endeavor of passion.  Inclusivi-tee was born out of a need to do something to make a difference.  I understood that I could no longer stand on the sidelines and wait for someone else to protect the world.  It is amazing how fast the idea for Inclusivi-tee formed once I sort of stepped back and allowed it to happen, like it was there in the wings, waiting to unfold.  It has been overwhelming and scary.  I have sometimes felt like I was extremely alone, although I have incredible friends and family supporting me.  I guess feeling alone is normal for anyone starting a business.  And, it seems like each time I feel overwhelmed or alone, someone steps up and offers support, sometimes someone I know and sometimes a completely new face.

Inclusivi-tee has evolved over time.  We have honed our message and begun to really understand who we are supposed to be.  And I am very committed to our vision of diversity and inclusivity.  Sometimes, I have had to make compromises—I wanted to use earth-friendly inks in our printing from the beginning but cannot afford to do so right now.  (That is phase two.)  But, I have not compromised on the things that are at the core of the business—-highlighting social and earth justice in our shirt designs; paying our artists; using earth-friendly shirts; donating 100% of our profits; partnering with other companies that are trying to make a difference (Freeset, Clothes Made From Scrap; Sunrise Bank).  And, I do not plan to compromise on these ideals as I move forward.

Starting Inclusivi-tee has been an amazing, inspiring, exhausting, exhilarating experience.  I have never felt as challenged or as alive.  I have met the most wonderful, compassionate people and have felt my life expand as a result of this work.  When I see negative things happen around me, when I hear about people’s rights being taken away or the earth suffering hardship, I am bolstered by the support we have received, by the caring people I have met.  I cannot possibly express my gratitude for all I have been given during this process.

I have so many goals for Inclusivi-tee—spreading words of hope; sharing beautiful art with millions; donating ever-increasing money to the non-profits; growing so that we can hire employees at a livable wage; encouraging other companies to care more about social and earth justice than the bottom line; and demonstrating through every decision I make that we will walk the walk of progress.  These goals change and expand every day.  And, as I think about reaching them, I feel lifted up and I understand I am on the right path.  Thank you for reading this and thank you for being on our site. You are very welcome.  I hope you will join us as we try to make the world safer for everyone.

Lori