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?
This weekend, I’m challenging you (and me!) to perform at least five random acts of niceness. These small acts won’t cost you a thing but the pay-off on the receiving end will be priceless. Remembering to smile at a stranger might not sound like a true task, but sometimes we get so caught up in our to-do lists we forget to take a beat to be nice, just because.
Below are some of the acts of niceness I will make an extra effort to act on this weekend:
• Smile or say “Hello!” when making eye contact with a stranger.
• Hand out high fives.
• Compliment someone on their style.
• Open doors for others.
• When leaving a tip for a waitress, also leave a note of praise.
What other nice ideas do you guys have? Who else is with me on this challenge?? Continue Reading
One of the greatest feelings in the world is receiving a message that makes you feel wonderful when you least expect it. Sure, we can send a spontaneous text but, really — a handwritten note is less expected and so much more meaningful.
A sweet note isn’t only for sweethearts. They can be for roommates, kids, grandparents, friends, and co-workers. Slide a little piece of paper into their lunchbox, book, or suitcase. Continue Reading
By now we all know about TOMS, the great company who is all about giving back. They’ve come a long way from the shoes that put them on the map of must haves; their products now also include eyewear, bags, apparel and home goods.
Today, TOMS is releasing a limited edition collaboration scarf with the Malala Fund. Malala’s international efforts fund education for young girls, enabling them to achieve their potential. Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS, met Malala last year and was so inspired and moved by her that he wanted to create something special to support her efforts.
100% of the proceeds from the scarf go to this charity. 100%! Every single cent goes straight from you to this beautiful fund.
Will you join TOMS and myself in supporting Malala?
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