We are excited to finally introduce you to Root Pax! Our mission is to help raise awareness to various issues that plague our society and planet today, as well as inspire you to become a happier and healthier version of yourself. Root Pax represents growth, happiness, and progress and we are excited to have you join our journey to make the world a slightly better place than it was when we got here. Life is hard for all of us. We all experience tragedy, pain, disappointments, and adversity but we truly believe that personal growth and helping others is a remedy for life's hardships. Having something meaningful to strive for, moving towards it (even if slowly), and making a difference in the lives of others is what makes life worthwhile. We've always had a feeling inside that ordinary people were capable of starting something that matters, so after being inspired by brands with similar missions, we finally started working on Root Pax in 2016. With no prior entrepreneurial or fashion industry experience, and very little capital, the learning curve has been steep to say the least. But 3 years later, with help from many great people, Root Pax is finally here. The Root Pax mantra is that you alone can make the world a little better by improving yourself first. If we focus on building our own courage and confidence; if we remember to be grateful for life; if we are patient with ourselves, our loved ones and our goals; if we persevere through the difficult times and help others do the same; if we make compassion and giving back to the less fortunate a priority; if we all practice our leadership skills individually but also realize the importance of teamwork; if we strive to be honest people with integrity who speak the truth (or at least don't lie); if we all try to find our purpose in life and give ourselves to it completely, we can collectively make the planet a better place to live. The purpose of the Root Pax blog is to help raise awareness and inspire. We plan to regularly post about the causes we support, as well as blog the ups and downs of the brand as it grows. Hopefully we can inspire someone to pursue their own dream. If we can do it, so can you.
November is lung cancer awareness month. With over 200,000 cases per year, lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the U.S. amongst both men and women. It’s common knowledge that its most common cause is smoking, causing 80-90% of new cases. However nonsmokers can get it too. A few examples of its other causes are second hand smoke, radon gas, and asbestos. Also, a familial history of lung cancer greatly increases your chances of getting it. The best ways to prevent lung cancer are to not smoke, stop smoking, exercise regularly, and eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. To help raise awareness we can share lung cancer facts on social media all November.
Stepping into the unknown is something we all have to become accustomed to in life if we ever want to grow and become the best versions of ourselves. Escaping your comfort zone can be a difficult thing to do if you’ve never done it before, but once you get used to it, it gets easier and eventually won’t phase you much at all. When we begin to try new things regularly, we train our minds to step forward whether we’re just a little scared or absolutely terrified. In fact, stepping into the unknown just a few times begins to create momentum. We see that trying something we were scared to do wasn’t so bad after all. We also see we’re capable of doing something we were scared to do, and we can use those memories to give us confidence to do it again.
A few other things we can do to help us grow the confidence to act with courage more often are to remember not to derive all of our self-worth from the outcome of trying new things. Most of our self-worth should come from our effort, not just validation from others. Be proud of yourself for showing up. Be proud of yourself for having the courage to work hard at something over a long period of time, knowing it’s possible your sacrifices could go unnoticed. Also, don’t let well-meaning friends or family convince you not to step into the unknown if you know deep down inside that it's the right thing for you to do. They may try to talk you out of it because they don’t want you to face disappointment if you fall short. In these situations the best thing you can do is be brave for them, and walk the difficult walk of stepping into the unknown any way.