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??
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.
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?
What’s better than gifting someone? Answer: gifting everyone! I searched high and low for do-good gifts that benefit people, animals, and the planet. Each of these companies offers gifts for both men and women. One stop shopping, that’s what I’m talking about!
For Your Earth Loving Friend
LumberUnion is a newly-launched Made in America clothing brand with an environmental initiative that hits close to home. They’ve partnered with American Forest, a global nonprofit organization committed to reforestation for over 140 years. Together they are working to reforest the millions of devastated acres in the USA created by this past season’s fires.
For each hat or tee you purchase, four trees are saved! It truly is the gift that keeps on giving to us all, for generations to come.
I have not and will never turn down the opportunity to play and experiment with beauty products. To slather and compare lotions, spray, spike and scrunch my hair every which way, and paint each of my nails in various hues is time well spent if you ask me.
For this reason, I love what Birchbox offers to their subscribers. To receive deluxe samples of the latest in beauty and other products every month saves time and money by allowing us to try before we buy. Birchbox invited me to select nine beauty products to be placed in my very own wish list! Included is the eco-friendly bkr Glass Water Bottle, a company who donates part of their proceeds to deliver clean water to those in need. Being hydrated, environmentally friendly and charitable? It doesn’t get more beautiful than that! For a limited time you are able to get your lucky hands on these favorite finds of mine.
All you have to do is visit Birchbox to get started!
As you guys know, I’m all about celebrating people who pay it forward. This week’s inspiring post is dedicated to Akola Project, a jewelry brand as well as a non-profit and social business that is empowering Ugandan women.
There are many rural villages in our vast world that are very far removed from the global economy. As a result, the people in those villages suffer greatly from lack of resources and support. Akola took it upon themselves to bridge the gap for several villages in Uganda; it was their mission to empower these people by connecting them to the global economy. They accomplished this by creating a jewelry business powered by Ugandan women who receive fair wages for their craftsmanship. In the Ugandan language, the word Akola translates to the verb: to work. By giving these women jobs, they’re gaining hope, skills and resources.
Today’s post is dedicated to three incredibly inspiring women, twin sisters Radha and Miki Agrawal and friend Antonia Dunbar. These ladies saw a void in our marketplace and a desperate situation internationally which inspired their company, THINX.
It all started when they were traveling in Africa. They met a young girl named Amale. It was mid-day during the week, so they asked Amale why she wasn’t in school. The girl replied that it was her “week of shame.” It turns out over 67 million girls and women in Africa don’t have access to feminine products like tampons or pads. Their options are limited to sticks, leaves, mud or dirty rags — none of which are great options. What ends up happening is over 100 million girls(!!) in developing countries miss that entire week of school or work. Sadly, most of them fall behind and eventually drop out or lose their job.
The founders of THINX discovered a company in Uganda called AFRIpads, a business that manufactures affordable pads, which allow women to go to work and girls to stay in school during their period. Upon returning home, the ladies set off to create a U.S.-based business that would support AFRIpads and do their part to offer women in developing countries a brighter future.
A few months ago, my stylist Anita Patrickson showed up to set carrying the most beautiful bag. I had to get my hands on it… Literally — I took hers! (But don’t worry, I eventually gave hers back and got my own.) When I went online to purchase the tote, I learned the Mamuye was unlike any other bag I’d bought before. After learning about its origin and the mission behind it, I love it even more.
FashionABLE is working to create sustainable opportunities for women in Africa so they aren’t dependent upon charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job. Every purchase made on their site directly supports the vulnerable women in Africa to help them break the cycle of poverty. Through fashionABLE, these women are offered the opportunity to receive training, jobs and the chance for a hopeful future for them and their families.
The site offers gorgeous leather goods, scarves and jewelry. Each FashionABLE item is named after one of the heroic women who crafts and creates each of their products.
Read about Mamuye and more heroic women here.
Don’t just be fashion forward, #livefashionABLE!
My wonderful friends over at Kind Campaign have issued a challenge to their followers, and I think we should join in, don’t you? There’s no better thing to do this weekend than to show someone you cross paths with a little kindness.
They’ve made this great “Kindness collage” with some ideas on how you can pay it forward. As Lauren and Molly say, even a small act of kindness can make a big impact on someone’s day!