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  • Design*Sponge turned 13 this month, so I took a moment to sit down, look back and think about all of the things I wish I'd known before I started. I've made so many mistakes along the way (and still do), but it was helpful to look back and remember the moments when I learned a valuable lesson. Most of those have to do with me taking up less space and working harder to better serve everyone in our creative community and I hope some of these might be helpful for anyone looking to stick with their business for the long run. I may have no idea what's coming next, but I have learned that there is ALWAYS room to do more good, to work harder and to connect with and better support the people around us. You can read the full essay in the link above πŸ‘†πŸ½ or swipe up in my stories. Thanks for listening and for your support (and patience) over the past 13 years. ❀️
  • I've been finding brief moments of comfort in reading and listening and learning over the past few days. And then I saw this beautiful photo on @jetsetterproblems 's feed. It made me happy and reminded me of what @glutenfreegirl said yesterday: that rather than statues we need better books. Books that teach honest and full histories- not just the history that's comfortable and easy to hear for those in power. πŸ“š
  • The πŸ‘‘ overseeing her bounty of chicken meals. Today we got to drive Georgine to Angel Food East and she told us she was widowed at 45 and had to raise two teenagers, two horses, a dog and a cat on her own. Did she ever want to remarry? "NO! Been there done that." She worked until she was 65. "I retired; everything went computer except me." Time with her is golden. πŸ’› #georginesays
  • Last night's episode of Seth Meyers included a segment with @amberruffin that was so many layers of important (click the link above for the full video). In the segment she took Seth into her Safe Space room which was a place where she could feel safe and secure to not hear or experience anything that made her feel unsafe. Seth couldn't say the word "Nazi" or try to touch her hair. The walls were filled with beautiful portraits of black women in government, film, TV, music and more. I'm sure it will seem like just a funny moment to some, but that clip cut straight to the core of why these issues (racism, inclusivity, representation and safe spaces) are so important for the home and lifestyle community. The homes and lives we talk about mean different things to different people and what we see in those homes and who lives in them sends a message. We've been spending most of our time for the past few years (and we should have been from the very beginning) examining these issues in relation to home and that will continue to deepen and become more specific as we post this year. We don't live in a world where we can afford to discuss style and home and art and design without considering and examining the way in which all people would feel in those spaces or what their access to them (and representation in them) would be. If you have any topics or issues related to home youd like to see discussed on DS, please feel free to leave those requests below. I'm going to be reaching out to people to contribute their personal stories as well as pieces from our team.