February 2023 Brain Food

Happy February to all of you beautiful, love-deserving TARRA Humans. 

Starting Feb 1, we celebrate Black History Month by featuring a few of our exceptional community members, as well as the events, content and ideas shaping the unique, multi-faceted world we live in.

This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Resistance”. This theme can take a variety of forms–learning about pre- and post-slavery America, soaking in arts and culture from Black African American artists, driving political action, supporting Black entrepreneurs, and making space for rest. 

We have some serious Soul Brain Food for you this month with a lineup of a few black-owned businesses on our radar, a new Denver community for entrepreneurs, and the latest study about happiness from Harvard researchers that we think everyone needs to know about.

Head Gear: Glazed Studio

Playing homage to Black heritage, Glazed Studio is an exploration of identity and cultural preservation. Their hats are what head dreams are made of with lush textures and distinctive shapes. 

Buy It 

Funding BIPOC Business: New Community Transformation Fund

The New Community Transformation Fund believes in more diverse econ­o­my, dri­ven by eco­nom­ic pros­per­i­ty in Den­ver and Colorado’s com­mu­ni­ties of col­or. With greater access to cap­i­tal and essen­tial sup­port ser­vices, they are cre­at­ing upward mobil­i­ty for entre­pre­neurs who haven’t been giv­en this oppor­tu­ni­ty his­tor­i­cal­ly. NCTF Den­ver is active­ly part­ner­ing with investors who share this vision and are ready to lead. 

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Resistance is Rest: Eternal Balance Candles

The greatest form of resistance is often rest. Denver-based Eternal Balance Candles was founded by Kimberlee Ward to provide a conduit for rest and relaxation. With 50+ hours of burn time and beautiful scents, treat yourself to this form of resistance. 

Buy One (or Three) 

An Inclusive Community for Women: Meet Ärdər 

TARRA member, Alexandria Reed, is on a mission to connect a diverse group of women to find the support and guidance to make progress and find success. Through her Atelier program members will learn a variety of skills to enhance their unique strengths and activate their goals. 

Discover ärdər 

Find Your True Happy: 80 Years of Happiness Research

After tracking the health of 268 Harvard sophomores (plus their offspring) for 80 years—starting in 1938 during the Great Depression—researchers revealed how the depth, breadth and happiness of our relationships has a powerful influence on our health. Close relationships keep people happy throughout their lives. ‘Nuff said.

Read the Study 

Podcast: How Women Can Form Deeper Bonds to Fight Bias at Work

The number of women—especially women of color—in leadership remains desperately small. Tina Opie, associate professor of management at Babson College, offers a new practice for women to lift each other up and fight systemic bias in the workplace, something she calls “shared sisterhood.” 

Listen to It