Where Pride on Your Sleeve… Or Lapel

Pride Month is upon us! Though it’s been around for for very nearly 50 years, Pride Month has really come into its own in the last decade or so. With increasing acceptance and understanding of the LGBT community, the ability to celebrate during June has increased in the 21st century. From massive parades in cities like Chicago, Sao Paulo, San Francisco and Toronto, to increased community outreach, Pride Month has become one of summer’s most celebrated holidays. Continue reading

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Get Pinned for Flag Day

This Wednesday, we celebrate Flag Day! And while many young people look at Old Glory and see a timeless icon of Americana, the current incarnation is only 57 years old! And prior to adding the 50th star (Hawaii held out as a state until 1960) we actually had 27 other variations throughout our country’s 241 year history. So timeless? Maybe not. But iconic? Absolutely!

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Why is it harder to talk about mental illness than it is about say, breast cancer or heart disease? There’s a lot of stigma surrounding the issue of mental illness, shame, embarrassment and even fear experienced by people dealing with mental illness when it comes to discussing it with others, regardless of why. And, pun intended, I think part of the problem is that many sufferers feel that it’s “all in their head”. Which it is, to an extent. But that doesn’t make it any less of a disease, nor is it in any way a person’s fault or shortcoming. And making this case, amongst other things, is the purpose of Mental Health Awareness Month, which occurs in May of every year. Continue reading

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Have you Thanked A Teacher Today?

It’s one of the most common security questions when you’ve forgotten your password and need to prove you’re you. Right up there with “Who was your first pet?” is “Name your favorite teacher”. This is chosen because all of us have at least one educator in our lives who’s presence has changed us for the better in some way, and their influence has stuck with us, no matter how many years have passed since we were students. Mine was Mr. Krueger, my 10th grade English teacher. He was the first to take a second look at me and my writing and make me think my thoughts were worth putting onto paper. His beliefs clearly had an impact on me. Continue reading

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In Memoriam with Memorial Pins

I had a really bittersweet but genuinely wonderful opportunity recently. I was contacted by someone who helped put together the public memorial for actors Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. He wanted to create a limited run of memorial pins to sell at the public memorial to honor these two amazing women, and also raise funds for a a charity close to both: The Thalians. I was conversely  thrilled to get to be a part of something like this, and also sobered by the loss of these two incredible performers, activists and philanthropists. Continue reading

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Pin Sets Are the Jewelry Equivalent to Squad Goals

Most of us-even me, a self-professed crazy cat lady-has a squad, crew, gang, or posse. And we all fit together despite our differences. Someone can always be counted on to instigate the shenanigans, and inversely, someone else will bail everyone out when things go south. There’s the creative one, the handy one, the one you can call at 2am with love troubles. Every individual is unique, but together you’re an unstoppable force. And when you’re together, even if you don’t realize it, you’re celebrating the combination of your differences and similarities. And we here at PinMart get that. So to celebrate the power of the group, we’ve released a bunch of amazing pin sets this week. Continue reading

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A Match Made in Marketing

I’m sure I’m not the first one to ponder this, but it’s awfully uncanny that Valentine’s Day falls in the same month as American Heart Month. Well played, people who determine our American holiday schedule, well played. Because remembering to shower our loved ones with hearts and flowers should also remind us to take care of them and ensure many Valentine’s Days to come. And while a visit to the doctor isn’t perhaps the most romantic way to spend your morning or afternoon, making sure you’re in good shape so that you’re around for your loved ones is in a way a VERY romantic gesture.

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What are your core values?

I wanted to share a really cool recognition program that PinMart initiated recently. It’s called the Core Values Program and it centers around our company’s code of ethics. Our mission statement, broken down into categories that help us work with each other, with our customers, and take pride in ourselves. And to help promote these values, as well as reward those who demonstrate them, we’ve set up our Core Values Program. Once a quarter the whole company shows up bright and early, enjoys a catered breakfast, and then dives into the highlights of the last quarter, and the goals for the next. It’s a good way to see where we’ve gone and where we’re going.

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The Rule to Wearing Lapel Pins? There Aren’t Any.

As the year ends and everyone gears up for their New Year’s Eve parties, I keep seeing these articles online with “expert” opinions on how to dress up the right way if you’re going to a fancy NYE party. Some of them make sense (don’t wear a dress longer than you are in your heels) and some of them seem completely arbitrary (lapel pins should be worn parallel to the edge of the lapel… ??) but one thing all of these different guides seem to have in common is their assurance that they have the definitive answers.

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One less thing on my bucket list

Everything from my waist down was in agony. And for the past three hours the sun had been shining down on me unforgivingly. So much for the rain that was forecast. As I reached the finish line I could see hundreds of recent finishers swarmed on either side, medalstheir medals winking in the sunshine. And, disregarding the pain in my feet as much as I could, I pushed myself into a sprint to cross the last marker measuring my first marathon. Because I really wanted to get one of those medals. And when I bowed down to let the race official place the medal around my neck I beamed, admiring the weight and the shine of the piece. “Wow, I wonder if PinMart could make something like this,” was almost my first thought. Go figure.

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