It wasn’t very long ago that women were fighting for the right to vote, and even though we’ve made great strides, there’s still work to do. In 2015, Caucasian women working a full-time, year-round job made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man, and the disparity was even greater for women of color.
As women, one simple thing we can do to move closer to equality is to lift each other up, both in our professional and personal lives. We have to encourage each other, and be bold enough to step up and challenge any injustices we encounter. Just the small act of letting a friend or coworker know they can count on us in situations where they need a teammate can make a huge difference. Don’t you feel more confident to dream big when you have a support system you know will help make those dreams come true?! Let’s all pledge to be that person for someone else!
Small choices can lead to big changes. In the spirit of International Women’s Day, I’ve come up with a list of action items we can each do to make the world a better — and safer — place for women. Continue Reading
This great Love Your Melon challenge was sent to me from Sam on behalf of the Liberty University Campus Crew. Sam and her L.U. friends are participating in the Love Your Melon challenge, which raises awareness for children with cancer. The crews are competing against each other by seeing who can raise the most awareness. I’m honored Sam reached out to me and happy to use my platform to bring attention to pediatric cancer. Sam, challenge accepted!
Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a sweet and cozy hat to every child battling cancer. Through these adorable caps they’ve been able to donate over 2.5 million dollars and give hats to over 91,000 kids! Continue Reading
Being charitable is one of the highest priorities in my life. For many, the word “charity” might translate to giving money or providing funds for those in needs. Charity can mean many things. It’s donating on a smaller level — for example a few cans of non-perishable foods. It’s volunteering your time. It’s really just helping another out in any way you can. This email from Ky is a great reminder to find ways in which we can all be more charitable.
I would love to do more charity work and donate money to as many places as I can — unfortunately, my friends spread out over different states and are all super busy and unable to do charity work. I would love to do fundraisers earning money for children’s hospitals, animal shelters, protecting endangered species, helping foster homes and even donate money to fund research for illnesses. I’d rather give money than have money — unfortunately I don’t know where to begin with organizing and starting a fundraiser of any kind! Any ideas?
I think it’s awesome you aspire to do more charity work. It’s also honorable and sweet that you would rather give what you have to others than have it yourself. There are so many ways you can raise funds for those who need it despite your busy friends living far away. As far as getting started, I say you focus on one mission at a time — at least for now while you’re just getting started.
If I were in your shoes, I’d search for a local organization that focuses on a cause I feel especially connected to. From there, I’d look into events they’re putting on (marathons, walks, and so on) to see how I could participate, help raise funds or become an event volunteer. In addition, I’d go to the websites of other organizations I’d like to contribute to, click on the “contact” tab, then call or email them to see how how you could be of service.
One of my biggest passions is spreading the joy of being healthy and having a positive attitude, so Derek and I came up with an in-person workout event last year that has become something truly amazing. It’s my way of giving back to something I care about, and hopefully each one of our events has impacted those who attended to go home and continue spreading the positive vibes.
Please keep me posted on your awesome endeavors! I know you’ll impact your community in a big way very soon.
I love it when you guys send me challenges like the one below. Anne’s important message is one we should all keep in mind, at all times. Keep the challenges coming at email@example.com!
I have a challenge for you… If you choose to accept it.
The past few years, I have been trying to pay more attention to the waste/trash I generate. Some people call it “Zero Waste,” but, let’s be serious, you are never going to create zero waste (I’m never giving up toilet paper or tampons, just saying).
Usually when we make a purchase the deal ends at the point of sale. You’ve made your selection, exchanged payment, then, life goes on. Unless of course the item you’ve purchased takes a portion of their proceeds to support a worthy cause. Then, your purchase continues it’s journey toward making a positive impact.
When I’m carrying a bag, wearing a bracelet, or using a product that is intended to make the world a better place in some way, I wear it proudly. It goes beyond having something great, it’s doing something good. In the spirit of brands who give back, I’ve rounded up some products I support especially because they support a worthy cause.
1. Sky and Arrows
These gorgeous blankets are more than an awesome addition to your home. For every blanket they sell they give one to someone in need.
This fashion company has a mission of creating sustainable business opportunities for women. The company works both locally and globally with women coming from many diverse backgrounds. I love this Abera Crossbody Tote which comes in tons of colors — and can even be personalized!
We all know kids can be mean. All of us have experienced bullying on some level, whether we’ve witnessed someone being bullied, been bullied ourselves, or even been the bully. Bullying isn’t only a problem for the one being targeted. It’s a problem for the school, the office, and the entire community.
My friends at Kind Campaign speak out about being the anti bully. An anti bully is someone who stops and prevents this behavior by raising awareness, providing guidance, and being supportive to everyone involved. I want to share with you an inspiring story about an anti bully and a brave boy.
Sixth grader Julian had a pretty big surgery last spring to correct his scoliosis. That fall, Julian started a new school, in a new state, with a fragile back, and two new accessories: a big ol’ brace, and a roller bag. Being the new kid in middle school can be awkward in itself, I can’t imagine having to wear a back brace and haul around a roller bag on top of that. Julian began getting teased almost immediately. A group of older kids were laughing at him, and while an adult might shrug this behavior off and move along, when you’re a kid, being different can be really hard. Suffice to say Julian was not having the greatest school experience. Continue Reading
I’d love for you all to join forces with me and become a source of light and happiness for 750 teens and children in foster care. Together I know we can help make their holidays a little brighter. I can’t imagine what life must be like for them, and we have a chance to do one small thing to make them feel loved this holiday season.
All we have to do is purchase and send a gift card with a minimum of $25 to my friends at The Felix Organization. They will distribute the cards directly to these deserving teens and children.
Being a Secret Santa is super easy — most online stores will even allow you to send a gift card straight from their website!
Here are some of the stores that I think would make great gifts:
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.
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?
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