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The Gifts of Gratitude

The Gifts of Gratitude

The premise of this time of Thanksgiving is about celebrating the bounty in one’s life and giving gratitude for the things we have been blessed with. While the origins of the holiday itself and some of the ways it continues to be celebrated are fraught, there are also new traditions being imagined and other emphases for our gratitude. Seth Godin’s Thanksgiving Reader is one example and Oprah has compiled this list of 30 traditions to try with your family, while this article from Cultural Survival highlights strategies for decolonizing and honoring native peoples on Thanksgiving and throughout indigenous peoples’ month.

Change of Season

Change of Season

As I write this today, the leaves are beautiful shades of red, gold, yellow, and green outside of my window and the sky has the crisp blue of a clear, fall day. I like to pause at this time of year to reflect on all the change the year has held and begin intention setting for the year ahead.

Tending The Relationship

Tending The Relationship

There is something that always catches me a little off guard about this time of year. The chill that creeps into the air, the shorter days, the changing leaves that remind us that there is a season for all things.

2021 Integrated Work Retreat

2021 Integrated Work Retreat

In 2020, Integrated Work began to explore what it would mean to move into a self-management structure. We evolved from using Holacracy to a human-first model we call KOAN: a kind, open, adaptive network. At our September 2021 staff retreat, our first in-person time together since the adoption of KOAN, (don’t worry, we were all vaccinated and masked), we lived into our KOAN principles in how we behaved together and in the way we designed the time we shared.

Building The Thing We DO Want

Building The Thing We DO Want

Tomorrow is Women’s Equality Day in remembrance of the passage of the 19th amendment 101 years ago. In a year that has both underscored the tremendous progress we have made on so many fronts and the very real and enduring challenges that remain on the road to liberty and justice for all, I’ve been reflecting on what one does upon “arrival” at that destination.

Justice & Independence

Justice & Independence

In July, we celebrate both Independence Day and National Friendship Month. As we know, achieving independence from British rule did not translate to equal justice and freedoms for all people, however.

Indigenous peoples, women and people of color, GLBTQ-identified individuals and many other populations have continued the long struggle to live into the promise of “liberty and justice for all.”

Equity & Re-Emergence

Equity & Re-Emergence

June is a time of celebration for many—school’s out, summer is here, Dads get their “day in the sun” and we look forward (perhaps even more this year than in some) to a little bit more free time for fun.

Living Life With A Heart Of Service

Living Life With A Heart Of Service

At Integrated Work, we believe in living and working with a heart of service—this means doing good work in the world in ways that support our clients and our team. This month, as we celebrate those who serve everyday—from mothers to service members—we also want to appreciate the people who have gone above and beyond over the last year to help us all navigate the turbulence of the pandemic: the first responders and front-line workers, doctors and nurses, educators both at home and at school, grocery store clerks, and mask-makers.

Growing Together: A Time of Renewal

Growing Together: A Time of Renewal

In April we celebrate Earth Day. April 22 is also my Dad’s birthday, so the birthday-earth day conjunction has always been a strong one for me. As spring begins to make itself felt, it becomes a potent moment to both reflect on and celebrate renewal in many forms. April is also Integrated Work’s birthday—we turn 23 this year and are grateful to still be building on the strong foundation our Founder, Jessica Hartung, established for us by believing it was possible to create a human-first organization dedicated to doing good work in more conscious and humane ways.

Reckoning with Herstory

Reckoning with Herstory

Last month we celebrated all manner of Black Excellence in honor of Black History Month and reminded ourselves of the power of representation, remembering, recognition, and research. Those same things matter as we celebrate and reflect on Women’s History this month. You can find plenty of things to learn about, uplift, and celebrate in this month’s issue, but the last week served up another reminder that recalling the past also gives us an opportunity for reckoning with the realities of lived experience that get kept behind a veil when “history is written by the conquerors.”

Growing Together:  Recovering Stories of Excellence

Growing Together: Recovering Stories of Excellence

As we celebrate Black History Month this February, I want to share why this time is so important to me, as a human who lives in a cis-gender, white-skinned body, and as a leader, daughter, sister, and mother…

2021: A Year of Gratitude and Hope

2021: A Year of Gratitude and Hope

Welcome, 2021! What a year we have just weathered together.  As we turn the page on the calendar, and begin to look ahead, we can take comfort in the growing hope that before this year is done, we will have come out the other side of the pandemic and will have begun to find our way to a different normal…

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