Helping is Expensive

I learned about a sock company called Bombas today. This sock company donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter for every pair of socks bought. I watch their video explaining their journey, from idea to successful business. It’s a good video and a good reason to buy Bombas socks. Their mantra is “Bee Better” and their mascot is a bee. They even managed to appeal to the part of me that loves puns.

So, I am immediately enthralled with the idea of eventually getting Bombas socks. I’m pretty broke right now, as a college student with a part time job. But I would eventually like to help this company and the homeless community out. I decide to check out their website and I already know that it is going to be expensive. I squeeze my eyes tightly as I make the fatal click on “Women’s Socks”.

It’s $12 a pair. Meaning a pack of four is $48. Meaning, an eight pack is $96.

I knew that the socks were going to be expensive. I tried to prep myself for the damage. But I was not prepared for a $96 option for eight pairs of socks. I know that they worked on the engineering of these socks for two years in order to make them last. I know that helping is expensive. Being a good person, is expensive.

Obviously, there are a lot of ways to give back and be a good person. Volunteering is a really good way to give back. It benefits others and it benefits you. Donating directly to homeless shelters and food cabinets is another easy way to give back.

However, everyone knows that the idea of supporting a brand that supports others is lucrative. I would argue that the enticement increases when the buyer knows that they will be receiving quality items while helping others. That’s why brands like TOMS and Ivory Ella have been so successful. TOMS is a well known brand that follows through on its promises. Ivory Ella started out very small but quickly grew and I do wonder if their goals have become more profit-based since becoming a larger brand.

But Harper, you might say, all companies are profit based!

Yes, I know. Even Bombas and TOMS have to make a profit. They have to make enough money in order to have supplies, to donate socks, to pay their workers, rent office and factory space, and the list goes on. This is why being a good person is expensive. People need to have money in order to help other people. $12 for socks is expensive. But Nike charges around $16 for a single pair of womens’ socks. I’m not talking about the $22 running socks, either.

Personally, I would rather pay $12 for a pair of socks that benefit someone else as well, than pay $16 for a swoosh on the side of my calf that does not benefit anyone outside of their company.

Being a good person should not be expensive, but it’s the world we live in. I’m glad that there are enough good people in the world willing to step up and support companies like Bombas. Soon, I will be one of those people too.

Bombas’ Amazing Video

Bombas’ Women’s Calf Socks  VS Nike’s Women’s Calf Socks

Ten Years From Now

Preface:

I had to write about where I wanted to be ten years from now for one of my finals. This prompt was for my “Learning Frameworks” class. Most colleges have a class like this that freshman take as a part of their curriculum. The classes are usually focused around study skills, leadership, etc. My class was no different. It focused on Covey’s Seven Habits. As a result of writing about Covey’s Habits for SIXTEEN WEEKS, I now know them backwards and forwards. Will they stick? Hopefully, but I definitely did not mention them in my “Ten Years From Now” essay so who knows if they’ll even last that long.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Kidding. My humor is really weird but I’m not trying to explain that today. On top of the 7 Habits, we also were required to several small reflective writing assignments throughout the semester. I thought that was cool because I didn’t really expect that from college. Then for our midterm and our final, we had at least one topic that was in the same introspective genre. For our final, the topic was the aforementioned “Ten Years From Now” short essay. This essay required us to speak of ourselves in present tense, ten years from now. “I am” tense, none of that “I will be” nonsense. You get what I’m saying. So I really enjoyed writing mine because I kind of talked about the most realistic I could make my dream life. I created reachable goals that still seem kind of impossible right now. I loved every second I spent writing it and earned a 98.6% on the final so I wanted to post it here.

P.S. here’s a gif in honor of my survival of my first college finals.

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Without further ado,

In Ten Years

            The television clicks on at 10:00 sharp every night and every night, there I am. I am watching the news reporter from behind the camera as she delivers the opening I wrote for her with ease. I smile as I imagine the viewers at home gasping at the latest news on a juicy story that my news team has been following for weeks. I suddenly realize that it has been ten years since I attended college at Texarkana College and began my journey to the person I am today.

            A lot has changed in ten years. I am the executive producer of a successful nightly news show in Austin, Texas. In my spare time, I work on passion projects of my own. I have won awards at small film festivals across America for my short films and I will be producing my first major motion picture, soon. Short film awards, however, do not often pay the bills. I was hired on as an assistant producer while still in college and quickly worked my way up in the television news world. During the week, I research the most intriguing stories, write and edit scripts, direct the nightly news, and edit the footage taken out in the field. As executive producer, I do several things but the aforementioned are the most important to me. I make approximately $80,000 a year. As a college student, I knew I wanted to be in an industry that paid well both emotionally and physically. The paycheck helps to keep both my bank account and my emotions out of the negative. I am proud of the work I do and I could not picture myself doing anything else. I love being able to work with my team to create the most informative news show in Texas.

            After I graduated from Texarkana College, I transferred to Louisiana State University at Shreveport where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. I worked as a part-time assistant producer at KTAL Channel 6 while studying. Then, I decided to accept a production position at KTAL while I pursued a Master of Arts degree in Communications at Texas A&M at Texarkana (TAMUT). Once I earned my bachelor’s degree, my boyfriend and I decided to get married. We both finally finished our degrees and found stable jobs. We could financially support one another. We were set to stay in Bossier City, Louisiana, because both of our families lived relatively close by. A few months after I graduated from TAMUT, a job opened up in Austin, Texas, and my executive producer wanted to recommend me for it. My husband knew that I always wanted to live in Austin and was always supportive of my dreams. He was able to find a job as a nurse easily in Austin. Soon, we were ready to sell our house and move.

            We have been living in Austin for about five and half years. Part of me was not sure if I would ever get to live here. I am extremely grateful for the experiences and friendships I made at KTAL and in college that prepared me for the responsibilities I have now. I have responsibilities as an executive producer, as a wife, and as a mother of one. My husband and I had our first child about a year ago. We plan to have more children in the future, but not anytime soon. Before even thinking of a child, I applied the money saving skills I learned back at Texarkana College in order to plan adequately. The time I spent in each educational institution I attended has impacted my life greatly. Some of the most valuable lessons I learned were taught in my classes. However, every morning, I still hit the snooze a few times before getting up. My life has changed a lot in ten years, but some things are destined to be the same forever.

It’s kind of a dorky life story, but I dig it.

Until next time,

hrm

Why Incandescent Belief?

Why did I choose the name “Incandescent Belief” for my blog?

The word “incandescent” has been one of my favorite words for a while now. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, incandescent has four meanings. The meanings are as follows:

  • white, glowing, or luminous with intense heat
  • strikingly bright, radiant, or clear
  • marked by brilliance, especially of expression
  • characterized by glowing zeal

I think each of these meanings speak to me in a different way. In one way or another, I strive to achieve incandescence. I want to be marked by brilliant expression, be strikingly bright, to bring luminance to a better path, and to always bring glowing zeal to everything I pursue. I consider myself an extreme optimist. I choose to think above and beyond the possibilities shown to me. Everything has its limits, but I do my best to eliminate any boundary that can be avoided. I like to think of my optimism as a light bulb. It may last a long time, but it will eventually lose its power. When that happens, I take my day off to be pessimistic and then I replace my light bulb. You might spend one day in the dark every now and then, but that’s okay.

To get to the point, incandescent is a word that means many things to me and has inspired me in my every day life. I chose the word “belief” to accompany it because it’s a strong word in its own right. A belief is:

  • an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists
  • trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something

I find that incredible. Humanity’s beliefs in different things has dictated the motivations behind wars, creation of governments, rebellion, new inventions, and practically anything one could think of. Nothing happens without a reason. To have a reason, someone must believe in an idea first.

The words “incandescent” and “belief” are powerful words. Together, I think of them as a “bright belief”. This is belief in the world, in education, in yourself, in anything. It is positive and it is confident. It gives the owner the ability to move mountains and create seas. I want this blog to do that for me. I don’t necessarily mean in the public eye. I have felt a void since I stopped writing. I want to fill that void and I want to build cities in my own mind and heart. I want to move mountains and create seas.

I know I can because of my Incandescent Belief.