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Haven Birth Story, Part 2

Haven Birth Story, Part 2

I’ve thought about opening a co-working space like this… is one of the most frequent comments I’ve heard throughout the last year. If so many other women have thought about it, what kept them from being able to do it? As many of you know, being an entrepreneur is hard, and there are countless obstacles to overcome along the journey. I didn’t grow up in a family of entrepreneurs, so the sheer number of obstacles has been somewhat surprising to me, and I simply wouldn’t have continued without the strong support of my husband. If you haven’t had a close-up view of entrepreneurship and you run into a challenge or two, you might think it’s a sign that you should quit. To the contrary, I’ve learned that obstacles require me to dig more deeply, to recommit to my why, and to help refine my mission and business plan for the better. So, in an effort to be more transparent about the realities of entrepreneurship, I wanted to share some of the obstacles we’ve faced trying to open The Haven. This is not a request for sympathy! This is a request for all of us to more authentically and honestly talk about the realities of work and life so that we can better support each other through the good and bad times.

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Haven Birth Story, Part 1

Haven Birth Story, Part 1

As with all entrepreneurial ventures, The Haven was born out of a unique set of experiences over the past 20 years that led me to this moment. In particular, four experiences and beliefs were the primary drivers behind The Haven: my experience as a remote worker, my belief in community, my lifelong fight for justice and equity, and becoming an elected official. I’ll dig into each of these in later blogs, but here’s the short version.

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The problem with "GRIT"

Our newsletter name uses a term - grit - that has become problematic in some of the ways it is used. My day job is in urban education, where I am focused on supporting elected leaders of color and white leaders who are trying to dismantle the institutionalized racism and oppression inherent in our nation's public schools. Over the past few years, educators working in schools with high numbers of students of color or students who come from low-income neighborhoods have begun to misuse a concept made popular by Dr. Angela Duckworth in her work on growth mindset. 

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Haven Blog Rules

Welcome to The Haven Blog. Thank you for giving us a few minutes of your precious time. As there are plenty of blogs out there about women and mothers and entrepreneurs and leadership and equity and other great stuff, why do we need another? We have founded the Haven as a local resource, and fostering community is at the center of our mission, so this blog is going to be by and for us. We are opening amidst a wave of women-focused, co-working spaces across the country, but they are all located in large cities. Places where you are anonymous among millions. We all know that Bend is different; it’s why we live here. I believe we are quite literally one degree of separation from each other.

Some of the blogs will be written by me, but many will be written by you - our Haven members.

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