Even through small actions such as self reflection and conversation, we can create ripples that go on to effect change no matter how small they may be.
Question why things are the way that they are and to look deeper in those uncomfortable places. Look after your mental health while you're doing it.
Inclusion and compassion don't belong to any one culture, philosophy, or religion. The universal: when we can see ourselves in other people and other people in ourselves, we recognize our shared humanity and can have greater understanding.
We all have the same universal desire which is freedom from suffering and pain. Our wellbeing depends on rising together and looking after each other.
We have a material dependence on one another.
We need one another to survive, to grow, to learn, to live, to live, and to better ourselves. We can't do this alone.
Institutional discrimination needs to be acknowledged before real inclusive change can happen.
As a wider society, we have a massive blindspot to the beliefs that undermine socially marginalized people and to the privilege that many of us have that continues the lack of understanding of equity.
[Intersectionality] is so important and useful in highlighting where privilege and injustice meet.
Intersectionality has been such a light bulb moment for me.
[Intersectionality] explains the interconnected and compounding effect that belonging to each one of these groups can have to create a unique experience or challenge.
One of the ways in which we can support our community is by sharing our bread with them.
I wanted the principle of 'ubuntu' to be at the core of my business, the way that we treated and looked after each other, our customers, and the way we worked together.
As archbishop Desmond Tutu explains, 'A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole and are diminished when others are humiliated, tortured or oppressed.'
Ubuntu fundamentally means: I am because we are.
A few years ago, a friend told me about the concept of Ubuntu which is a Nguni Bantu term from southern Africa.
I wanted to make a place where everyone felt really safe, heard, seen, and respected.
I wanted to create the kind of work environment that I would want to work in.
I wanted delicious inclusion.
Starting The Midnight Baker was the opportunity for me to create something from scratch. I could fold my core values of compassion and responsibility into the fabric of its make up.