The idea of setting resolutions can be overwhelming. There’s the thought, pressure and of course, the commitment of making big changes in one year. One year! That’s giving yourself a very little time frame for such big changes. We grow every day as humans and when raising little humans aka being mothers, we are even more at risk to get off track of our personal goals, resulting in feelings of failure. So rather than set ourselves up for failure, I like to think of New Years as a time to reflect on the past year. What went well, when did we lose site of our goals and what can we do to prevent that. What relationships could use mending, what new relationships could use movement? How can we move forward in our personal goals, our thinking, and our acts of service? One person who leads their life with intention and positive thinking is Amy Richardson-Golia, founder of June and January. Always one to say yes to new experiences and support small businesses, June and January is the epitome of women supporting women who are always learning and growing. This includes the women behind the brand like Amy, but also Lindsey Watts and their team of incredibly creative staff, who all lead by this example. It’s a company made for families by families and we love them!
Amy was also one of our speakers at the 2019 Current Conference and June & January sponsored the panel discussing “Thoughtful strategies from brands, experts, influencers & media for forging the path of inclusion and representation.” Her panel featured Nicole McCrimmon, Katie Driscoll, Grace Bastidas and was moderated by Heather Gallagher. After the panel, we asked Amy if she could share with us a few of her favorite tidbits from the panel and how her family is starting a tradition of setting meaningful intentions instead of resolutions. We’ll also find out what we can expect from June and January in 2020…including a few exciting announcements she might be dropping at the end of her interview…we can’t wait!
June & January was one of the first brands that came on board to support our one day conference for mothers and entrepreneurs, Current Conference. What drew you to the conference as both a sponsor and speaker?
We were really excited about the idea of a conference for female business owners, who happen to also be mothers! Not only was it a great opportunity for me to speak on those topics, but was a great chance for us to showcase J&J as a brand.
The panel you sponsored at the conference, Building an Inclusive Brand, was eye-opening for so many reasons. Can you share a few of your greatest takeaways?
I was so nervous to speak on the topic — I hated the idea of looking self-congratulatory about something that ALL brands should be participating in, but it was a really powerful panel and an honor to share a stage with the women I spoke alongside. From a personal perspective, it came up that if you don’t speak to your children about race and racism, that someone else will – and that was really memorable for me. A lot of families believe that it shouldn’t be discussed because that just “makes it a thing” — but it IS a thing and to be an ally to underserved and underrepresented communities you really need to have real, uncomfortable conversations with your kids before someone else sets the framework for these thoughts and ideas.
Tell us about setting intentions for 2020 – is this similar to setting resolutions?
Resolutions feel like a short-term, meet-the-goal mentality — where intentions feel more like an on-going, ever-evolving action items that can form some life long changes.
Are setting family intentions for the New Year something you’ve done with your family before or will this be a new tradition? How will you be incorporating your children in the mix?
It’s new for us! Our kids are at the age now where I think we can really start having some meaningful intentions. In the past I’ve always just set one “resolution” that I gave up on within a few weeks, but I know my kids will hold us accountable!
What are a few of your intentions and what was your inspiration for them?
Our kids have lived a pretty privileged life and really want to expose and teach them about how the world works. Think soup kitchen volunteering, donating shoes at the border, reading more books and have more conversations about racism and discrimination, etc. Last year some of our team attended a diversity training workshop and one of the conversations was the “truth” of some historical inaccuracies including Rosa Parks. It just so happened that my son was learning about Rosa Parks at school that week and I was outraged knowing he was learning a modified version — so took it upon myself to share some info I had learned with him and him and he was genuinely shocked. The school system tries to be considerate of what some families feel is “age appropriate” but for my family we are really trying to make our kids aware of the atrocities and inequalities that still exist, and that the version of history that they will learn about is a very softened up version of reality.