One of the ways I keep myself motivated and mentally strong is by collecting moving quotes by people who inspire me. They might be characters from a movie, singer-songwriters, teachers, and so on. I appreciate it when I’m going through something and a friend shares a quote that helped them get through a similar circumstance. I think one of the greatest gifts we can give each other is inspiration, and sometimes that comes in the simple form of a sentence or two.
This week, let’s celebrate women who inspire us! What is your favorite female quote? What does it mean to you?
The winter holidays have a wonderful effect on many of us when it comes to being charitable. More than any other time of year, late November and December encourages communities to come together in support of those less fortunate. As we’re shopping for the perfect Christmas present we’ll see volunteers collecting change for charity. Offices and schools begin requesting donated toys and non-perishables.
Perhaps the abundance of home cooked meals, exciting gifts and family-themed festivities bring out our desire to give to the needy because it reminds us of how fortunate we are. Around Thanksgiving, shelters are usually overwhelmed by the amount of volunteers. While this is a good thing, it also shows the power of the season and the influence it has on our good intentions. I believe many of you will agree that it’s equally as important to be charitable during the months where we aren’t reminded by the season of giving.
This month, let’s be one step ahead of the rest by volunteering at a shelter, donating items to a charitable organization, or delivering food to people in need — before it’s expected.
Will you please join me in this challenge and encourage others to do the same?
I’ll be keeping a watchful eye on all you do-gooders! And because I love to pay it forward to those who pay it forward, one of you will be “one step ahead” in a pair of Dolce Vita over-the-knee boots!
To qualify, post a photo on Instagram of you donating your time or doing something to benefit others in need. Use the hashtag #onestepaheadwithjules and you could win a pair of Dolce Vita boots! The winner will be announced Monday, November 21, 2016.
I meant it when I said I’m all for you guys sending challenges my way. Please do keep them coming because I’m always game (unless it has to do with elephant dung because been there, done that.) I love this email sent-in by Jess. She’s absolutely right — many of us take the time to learn new languages, and learning how to sign is just as important.
I love that you take every challenge into consideration because it shows how strong you are and how willing you are to anything. Anyways, I grew up with deaf parents but I am hearing. I had to learn sign language growing up in order to communicate with my parents. I notice that my parents, including other hearing impaired people have faced discrimination. There are a lot of people in our world who do not take the time to learn sign language. So my challenge for you is to learn sign language to show people that we have to work together and not discriminate people.
We all have something that we say we should do differently. I know I should be avoiding screens 45 minutes before bed. Studies have proven the blue light from televisions and phones suppresses the production of melatonin, keeping us awake longer.
But we both know it’s not that easy! Sometimes it feels nice to fall asleep to a movie. And how hard is it not to check email or reply to texts just before heading to sleepy town? I know from experience that while habits are hard to break, it starts with one small step.
For this challenge, let’s each choose a habit we not only know we should change, but something we could change to better ourselves and do it for 30 days! In the end, we’ll either have adopted a new way of living or we’ll decide it wasn’t for us. Either way, we’ll feel great knowing we made a change with good intentions and that we have control over our vices. It’s a win/win! Continue Reading
My fans bring me serious joy, so when Fanjoy offered me the opportunity to create a custom box for my fans, the obvious answer was yes!
I put a ton of thought into what exactly I want to send your way. And, so you know you’re supporting something wonderful, a portion of the proceeds are going to one of my favorite causes: The Kind Campaign.
All this plus an incredible pair of workout socks and a donation to Kind Campaign!
Each box (worth over $100!) includes:
• “Sorry For Dancing” T-Shirt
• Sport Socks from MPG
• 3-Month Subscription to Headspace (an incredible meditation app)
• 2 GoMacro Protein Bars
• Exclusive Tote Bag
This tote is covered in quotes from my Ask Jules series!
The shirt and tote are limited edition, exclusive items you’ll only be able to get here! So what do you say — want to be t-shirt twins?? Ordering is easy! All you have to do is click here and we’ll having matching shirts in no time.
I recently received a challenge from Jessie at Loyola University Maryland: to inform others about the Global Citizen Organization and Festival. Challenge accepted! I love that this festival unites citizens of the world to promote peace. What a beautiful way to get people on the same page to celebrate and draw attention to the issues at hand. Thank you Jessie for bringing this to our attention! Read her fantastic letter below for more information.
Will you be attending the Global Citizen Festival?
I remember when I learned what incredible work Molly and Lauren were doing through the Kind Campaign, and I knew I had to be a part of it. I’ve teamed up with them for Kind Camp LA and I can’t wait to do more with the program in the future. I truly believe they are making a huge difference. I wish I had the opportunity to be a part of their program when I was in high school!
I wanted each and every one of you to know you can bring this amazing program to your own school — for FREE! If you or someone you know might be interested in Kind Campaign programs, follow the steps below!
If you want to check it out follow these easy steps:
1. Go to www.findingkind.com.
2. Click Assemblies–>Book An Assembly
3. Fill out your info and you will hear from Kind Campaign right away!
You’ll find all the info you need on the Kind Campaign site. Please let me know if you’ve participated or if you think this would be awesome at your school! I seriously think it’s something that would benefit each and every high schooler out there. You CAN sit with us!! 🙂
The winner of my Awesome All Around contest is Lauren Donley! Lauren explained, “As a stay-at- home mom of 3, I sometimes have to breathe the mantra, ‘Grant me patience to deal with my blessings.'” Lauren is juggling the chaos of young children and the stress of making it work on one income (and a student loan at 13.25% interest) and says it can get overwhelming, but at the end of the day the best parts of her life are the loud, messy, lived-in moments, not “keeping up with the Joneses.” Continue Reading
Every day I strive to be the best version of myself I can be. I’ve been wanting to create a morning mantra to remind me of the importance of being well rounded, but this has proven difficult to define!
That means I’m calling on you guys for help — what do you think it takes to be an all around awesome person?
The winning answer will receive a special feature on my Instagram and the winner will receive a gorgeous Roundie from The Beach People. These picture-perfect towels are wonderful for lounging in the sand, picnicking on the grass, or cuddling anywhere.
Here’s how you enter the contest:
1. Send your original “morning mantra” — what inspires you to be a well-rounded person — to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Awesome All Around” in the subject line.
2. Your answer must be 80 words or less to qualify.
All submissions must be received by August 29, 2016, at midnight EST. Only one submission will win.
A big, huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who submitted a story to The Giving Keys BFF Contest Giveaway! You all had me laughing and crying my way through the Ask Jules inbox. Out of the thousands of stories submitted, Isabel’s stood out to me most. The way Isabel describes her friendship with Sanaia is everything I believe true friendship is all about. Congrats, girls! I hope you love your BFF necklaces from The Giving Keys as much as my BFF and I do!
Choosing just one story was nothing short of impossible, so I chose two additional runners up who I will share with you in the upcoming weeks. And because choosing just three stories out of a sea of incredibleness was also a struggle, I’ve decided to feature even more of you on my new Instagram @juliannehough_com. Stay tuned to see if your story was chosen!
I’m sharing Isabel’s letter below for all of you to enjoy. It makes me so happy to know there are wonderful friendships happening every day, and Isabel and Sanaia truly embody what it means to be “best friends.”
I used to live in Utah, and when I was 10 my mom got remarried and we moved to a small town in Kansas. I was so nervous. I’d never been this far away from family and friends. I moved at the end of January, and that following summer was when I first started talking to my best friend, Sanaia. We were at the pool for the 4th of July, and we both had a common friend that we were hanging out with. When the common friend left, it was just me and her. That day we watched fireworks together, and that’s when I realized: this girl is going to be my best friend. Continue Reading
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