Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday // Jewelry that Gives Back

Today I'm sharing a combination that I love: jewelry and giving back. In honor of Giving Tuesday, I'm sharing 15 companies that do more than just sell fashionable jewelry - they help the world. Below are places that you can purchase beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and more, as well as leave an impact on those in need.


The Giving Keys was created to help combat homelessness in Los Angeles. Through their company, jobs are provided to those transitioning out of homelessness. Not only do they offer jobs, but a community through volunteering, mentorship, and friendship.

Instagram: @thegivingkeys

With Alex and Ani's ever growing popularity, they've found a way to give back to different charities around the world. With limited edition charity bracelets, you can choose the cause you'd like to support. When you purchase your bracelet, Alex and Ani will give a percentage of profit to that charity. It's as simple as that!

Instagram: @alexandani

828 Movement is a non-profit organization that supports education in underfunded schools. Each bracelet tells a story of equality, honoring the Past, Present, and Future. With each sale, 100% of the proceeds go to schools across the United States. 

Instagram: @828movement

Satya Jewelry created their own charity, the Satya Foundation, to help children in need. Through their foundation, they donate proceeds of their sales to the Manjushree Orphanage, Ramana's Garden, Bent on Learning, and Ashrams for Autism.

Instagram: @satyajewelry

Nintaanzi sells traditional Mala necklaces to support indigenous Ashaninka artisan women. They also donate 20% of their annual sales to causes related to the environment, sanitation, education, children, and women in Peru.

Instagram: @nintaanzi

Each product purchased through MudLOVE provides 1 week of safe, clean water to someone in need. MudLOVE partnered with Water for Good to help transform the Central African Republic. Water for Good is the only well-drilling operation in the entire country of CAR, allowing in-need villages the opportunity to maintain a clean water source.

Instagram: @mudlove

Anna Beck's Circle of Life collection is helping provide emergency care for expectant mothers. In partnership with the Bumi Sehat Foundation, 30% of all proceeds help support safe and healthy births in Bali. The Bumi Sehat Foundation operates clinics in Indonesia that offer free prenatal care, birthing services, and medical aid.

Instagram: @annabeckdesigns

The Caliber Collection was built to help fund gun buyback and amnesty programs. Their jewelry is created using serial numbers from illegal guns and metal from shell casings recovered from these programs. The Caliber Foundation helps citizens in Newark, Detroit, Miami, Hartford, and the San Francisco Bay Area to create safer communities.

Instagram: @calibercollection

Article22 is really unique. The jewelry sold is made from Peacebombs from contaminated land in Laos. They've partnered with Mines Advisory Group and Legacies of War to clear UXO to repurpose into charitable jewelry, as well as donate 10% to the village development fund.

Instagram: @article_22

Soko utilizes its supply chain to increase the income of marginalized artisans in the developing world. Utilizing an online app, the company connects talented artists to global economies, who otherwise would be limited to local sales. With each purchase, you're helping artisans in the developing world retain 25-35% revenue, as opposed to the industry standard of 2-3%.

Instagram: @shopsoko

Bird + Stone is unique in the way that it gives back. Currently, the company supports organizations in 6 areas: 1) Women in Politics; 2) Stop Sexual Violence; 3) Poverty; 4) Climate; 5) Girls' Education; and 6) Women's Health. Each cause has different items you can purchase to donate to each partnered charity.

Instagram: @birdandstone

Half United's mission is to combat hunger. With every purchase, 7 meals are donated to Haitians and Americas. At the end of every month, Half United also donates to their giving partners, including The Food Bank, Mother Hubbards Cupboard, Haiti Made, and Elevating Ministries.

Instagram: @halfunited

There are 10 charities that Chavez for Charity supports. Each collection, denoted by a different color, gives to different causes. With every sale, the company donates 25% of the profits to the corresponding charity. These include: Blue - Safe Water; Black - Hunger; Brown - Animals; Green - Environment; Gold - Veterans; Pink - Breast Cancer; Purple - Women; Multi - Equal Rights; Red - HIV/AIDS; and Yellow - Children.

Instagram: @chavezforcharity

Noonday Collection is all about helping children and families. Their main objective is to help keep families together in developing areas, as well as help fund adoption, as they believe all children belong in families.

Instagram: @noondaycollection

One Happy Leaf partnered with Trees for the Future to plant trees in poverty-stricken areas. Each purchase you make from their site plants a tree, providing crops to impoverished communities. To-date, they've planted over 11,000 trees, with the goal of 1 million trees by 2023.

Instagram: @onehappyleaf

Enjoy shopping while having an impact this Giving Tuesday!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

My Thankful List + Bible Verses

Happy Thanksgiving, all! I hope you're able to spend the day surrounded by those you love. Just as I did last year, I wanted to make sure I set time aside to share what I'm thankful for. 

I'm thankful for my faith. While it can be challenging at times to connect with God in a real and authentic way, I'm continuing to develop my relationship with Him. Knowing that I have the unconditional and overwhelming love of my Savior is something I can never be thankful enough for.

I'm thankful for my family. I am so blessed to have the relationship I have with them. I love spending time with family, whether it's meals, playing games, or just relaxing together. I can tell them anything and I know they'll listen and love me.

I'm thankful for my roommates. Moving to the city was a whole new experience for me, but it was made that much easier thanks to my two roomies. We've been exploring our new city, watching Netflix series, and decorating our new place. I couldn't ask for better ladies to live with.

I'm thankful for my job. I've been in my new role for eight months now and I'm still loving it. I love finding new talent and giving people the chance to join our company. Plus, I have great coworkers and have had so many different opportunities given to me over the past few months. I'm constantly growing and learning, and I couldn't ask for more.

I'm thankful for the little things in my life, too. Puppy snuggles; tv shows; hot tea; soft blankets; trips to new places; nail polish; a good night's sleep; and so much more!

I'm reminded this year that giving thanks should be a year round occurrence. I used to spend time each night talking to God, sharing at least three things I was thankful for that day. Today, I'm sharing 12 Bible verses to remind us to always give thanks to God.

1 Chronicles 29:12-13 "Riches and honor come from you, and you are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name."

Psalm 9:1 "I will thank the Lord with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous works."

Psalm 69:30 "I will praise God's name with song and exalt with thanksgiving."

Psalm 95:2-3 "Let us enter his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout triumphantly to him in song. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods."

Psalm 100:4 "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name."

Daniel 2:23 "I offer thanks and praise to you, God of my fathers, because you have given me wisdom and power."

2 Corinthians 4:15 "Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God."

Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Timothy 4:4-5 "For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer."

Hebrews 12:28-29 "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."

Revelation 11:17 "We give you thanks, Lord God, the Almighty, who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign."

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Trip Recap // Weekend in Montreal

The past two weeks I've been traveling for work for recruitment events. Because of this, I had to opportunity to spend the weekend in Montreal in between meetings. I hadn't explored the city before, so it was really exciting to venture through the different areas. I don't typically travel by myself, so this was a new adventure for me. Everything I did over the weekend is below!


When I initially bought my ticket to the botanical gardens, I didn't really think it through. It was below freezing and snowed most of the day, so everything was pretty much dead when I was there (and it was super cold). I was able to explore the tropical greenhouses, which was interesting. I walked around the outdoor gardens for a little bit, where I found the most adorable blue barn! Otherwise, though, the garden was kind of a bust.

I had read about a great lookout spot up in Mount Royal Park, so decided to head over there to end my day. Turns out, the lookout is deep within the park and I would have had to go on a little hike to get there. It was also starting to get dark and I didn't have the right shoes, so decided I shouldn't do that. I, instead, went to a different lookout spot that I'd seen driving. Sadly, it wasn't a very clear night, so the view was only okay.

Since I had been working so much the past couple weeks, I decided to take a night to myself and stay in. Room service, Tim Hortons, and a movie were just what I needed.


I woke up early to go to yoga! The Observatoire offers tickets to yoga and brunch where you get to go up to the 46th floor and do an hour's yoga class, then head to Les Enfants Terribles for brunch. The yoga class ended up being in French, but thankfully some of my high school vocab came back to me. It was a great start to my day, with the perfect view of the city and a tasty brunch.

I had heard about Old Montreal and knew that I had to go see it. It was truly like stepping back in time. There were cobblestone streets, European architecture, and a beautiful view of the water. I spent a couple of hours just walking around and exploring the town. It was my favorite thing I did while in Montreal.

It also happened to be Remembrance Day, which meant that I was in my home country for the first time, able to honor those that fought for my freedom. In Canada, we wear poppies to symbolize the sacrifice the soldiers made for us. It was really special to be able to wear my poppy this year.

Overall, I had a weekend that was both relaxing, as well as full of exploration. Having a weekend away in the middle of a work trip was perfect.

Where should I go to next?