6 Things I’ve Learned From My First Try At E-Commerce

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been pursuing my latest business venture: a small fundraiser for grad school. I’d never sold anything online before but decided to give it a whirl. Well, folks, it has given me a whirl right back. Here’s some insight I’ve gained from my mini side hustle.

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Call Me Out On My Bias

Like for many people, my emotions have been a roller-coaster over the last few weeks.

I’ve been outraged by the disproportionate number of black Americans dying from covid-19. I’ve been outraged by the murder of George Floyd. I’ve been outraged by people like my own dentist who said, “They shouldn’t go around destroying businesses just because a cop made a mistake.” I’ve been outraged by the callousness and ignorance so deeply embedded in American society.

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I Don’t Want To Go Back To “Normal”

I want to go forward to better. Do you?

Like many of us, I’ve been reflecting more and more on our way of life over the past few months. There’s no two ways about it: we’ve scarred this Earth, time and time again, even at our own expense.

Recently, there’ve been promising signs of change. We’ve been seeing headlines about clearer views of landscapes from lower levels of air pollution and ooh-and-ah-dorable wildlife where it hasn’t been spotted for decades. Sadly, these happenings aren’t due to a shift in society’s values (yet). Rather, they’re the result of undesirable and temporary compromises in our lifestyle. We’ve had a much more passive presence in the natural world but, for real, sustainable change, we need to be active about conservation and preservation.

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