30% chance you're a minority

If you live in the US, there’s a one in three chance you are a minority. And the odds are getting better all the time.

Nation’s population 1/3 minority
— reported by HispanicAd.com

About 1-in-every-3 U.S. residents was part of a group other than single-race non-Hispanic white — according to national estimates by race, Hispanic origin and age released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2005, the nation’s minority population totaled 98 million, or 33 percent, of the country’s total of 296.4 million.


Hispanics continue to be the largest minority group at 42.7 million. With a 3.3 percent increase in population from July 1, 2004, to July 1, 2005, they are the fastest-growing group.

Unless otherwise specified, the data refer to the population who reported a race alone or in combination with one or more other races. The tables show data for both this group and those who reported a single race only.

The second largest minority group was blacks (39.7 million), followed by Asians (14.4 million), American Indians and Alaska natives (4.5 million) and native Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders (990,000). The population of non-Hispanic whites who indicated no other race totaled 198.4 million in 2005. (See Table 1 )


tips and things to consider when setting up your workspace

Radical Mutual-Improvement posted an exercise designed to help you set up your workspace. What I took away:

A few factors to consider might include:

  1. Time. Spend two whole days setting this space up. By giving it a good chunk of time you will give it the energy it deserves, while also not letting the task of it burden you too much.
  2. Space. Make sure that this space is entirely your own, not shared.
  3. An inbox… something that can hold items that need to be processed.
  4. A trash can.
  5. A calendar for time-centric tasks.
  6. An open space, paper, pens, a whiteboard maybe, for note-taking.
  7. A filing system and label maker.

But what does that mean? What does your workspace say about you?

You can tell two things from a person’s environment:

  1. How a person wants to be
  2. How a person actually is

Isn’t that weird? Actually, it’s not that weird if you think about it. We are a constantly shifting picture between who we want to be and who we are… and because of the two-way nature of our physical working environments, a close eye can catch pieces of both of our selves as they battle, compromise, convince, and betray each other over time. An environment that is deliberately and wisely set up will be a greatly helpful to the half of you that is the vision of your best self.

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day from hell

Today I had the kind of day that haunts you. If I went into details, I’d run the risk of revealing things that I really shouldn’t. Don’t expect details.

It was the day that I literally cried from anger and frustration. It was the day when I thought that if I opened my mouth I would scream and curse and, possibly, say something damaging. It was the day when I literally could not breathe, could not think of a way to cope, could not imagine one more minute of existing within that situation. It was the day when I seriously thought that…

And there I go, nearly writing too much.

I need a place to go and vent. Somewhere where what I say won’t follow me. Someone who will listen and not repeat what I say. Someone who will let me cry and just be there.

Where do I find what I need?

award for "Real Beauty"


Dove’s ‘Campaign for Real Beauty’ wins at PRSA awards

For their bold campaign that challenged today’s stereotypical view of beauty, and celebrated diversity and real women, Unilever’s global beauty brand Dove was honored with the 2006 Best of Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The announcement was made during PRSA’s annual Silver Anvil Awards Evening, held at the Equitable Tower in New York City.