How to change the world when you're tired: 10 tips for social entrepreneurs

How to change the world when you're tired: 10 tips for social entrepreneurs

For years, I’ve struggled with fatigue, anxiety, brain fog, and more. It’s improved but still affects me and made me hesitant to join Noonday. “That’s for people who have something I don’t,” I thought to myself.

I’m so glad I listened to my heart instead. I didn’t let these fears sideline me, but chose instead to believe that there’s more than one way to be a social entrepreneur. So I dove in.

But to make this work, I’ve had to learn to honor my needs and maximize the mental and physical energy I do have. In this post for Noonday’s blog, I share my 10 tips for succeeding as a tired social entrepreneur.

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A Heart for Haiti: 2 ways to help

A Heart for Haiti: 2 ways to help

Haiti is in a state of turmoil, but you can help. I often use the phrase, “Put Your Wallet to Work.” More of our wallet is in play than we may realize. For a long time I focused only on my donation money as my justice money, and believed the myth that non-profits were the only path to creating a better world. I have since learned that this approach is best done in parallel with another approach: engaging the business world too, through how we spend. You can support both social programs and ethical fashion made in Haiti by partners of Noonday Collection. Here’s how.

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How to style big earrings with other jewelry (slide show)

How to style big earrings with other jewelry (slide show)

Even if you’re already sold on wearing big earrings, maybe you’re stumped on how to style them with other pieces. While you can absolutely let your earrings speak for themselves with no necklace, I have a few tips for how to pair them with a necklace or other pieces that will add beauty without making you feel overloaded.

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Noonday Poms: The Need Inspires the Design

Noonday Poms: The Need Inspires the Design

Noonday's fair trade Wildflower Clutch not only provides a pop of color and pattern with embroidery and poms - it also provides employment for women throughout the Ayacucho region of Peru because it is handmade, reducing the need to move to find factory jobs. Click to shop and to see how the design was inspired by the unique needs of women there. There are amazing people working to provide opportunity in vulnerable communities, as well as practical ways that you can support them. That includes supporting businesses such as Hilos y Colores in Peru through Noonday Collection. And my goal is to connect you to them. Read the beautiful story behind the opportunity this piece makes possible through sustainable, fair trade fashion.

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Ethical Aspirations: 3 Ways Small Steps Create Big Change

Ethical Aspirations: 3 Ways Small Steps Create Big Change

When it comes to living a more ethical lifestyle that promotes social and environmental justice, it's small changes that matter. They add up, they last, and they inspire grace and collaboration more than an “all or nothing” approach ever could. Plus, they are doable without breaking our budget. It’s time to embrace the small, and I hope my latest post on Noonday’s Flourish blog will inspire you to do just that. Set a new year's resolution to make small changes that stick.

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Noonday for Kids: 10 Books that Connect

Noonday for Kids: 10 Books that Connect

I rounded up ten of my favorite books for kids that are set in Noonday's partner countries (and many written by authors from those countries). Take a look at this tiny glimpse of the vast world of global literature, and how it can help our kids (and us) see that the beauty, curiosity, sadness and joy all over the world all make up the rich tapestry of being human. Features books set in Uganda, Ecuador, Guatemala, Vietnam, Peru, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, and more.

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Book Review: Imperfect Courage

Book Review: Imperfect Courage

Here's what I need you to know: this book is very Jessica and very Noonday, but it is not about Jessica and Noonday. It is about you. Through her story of adoption, scrappy beginnings of what would become the biggest fair trade jewelry company in the world, body image struggles, and more...as well as stories of Jalia and other world-changers and changed lives she's met along the way... she takes specifics and makes them general and accessible to anyone interested in living a life of impact. 

And that's why I want you to get your hands on this book.

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Fighting Sexual Exploitation: Local Meets Global

In addition to two groups that work directly with exploited women, all of Noonday's partners are in the fight to prevent exploitation simply by ensuring women are empowered and safe, and providing jobs that are helping sustain healthy families where all children are in school and have support for a bright future. So, it was natural for me to collaborate with a local group engaged in the same fight for dignity right here at home in Madison, WI.

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The Power (and Evolution) of Gathering

When we gather, there is power. We gather at trunk shows around purpose and style. We gather around stories and friendship. We see gorgeous handiwork up-close, trying it on, playing with it, laughing, admiring, connecting across the globe and across the living room. We know that when that package arrives in the mail, it will contain something we can cherish, for its aesthetic beauty and the beauty that comes through story and impact. Being right in the thick of this is one of the things I love most about my job.

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Conscious Curation is the New Minimalism

Conscious Curation is the New Minimalism

I get it. Minimalism appeals to you, but you also love a great pair of earrings or a cute picture for the wall, and you wonder if it means you're doing it all wrong. I believe the problem with materialism is deeper than numbers, so the solution should be as well. Enter Conscious Curation: curating, over time, a collection of belongings that I find useful or beautiful; putting thought into each purchase; defining beauty as aesthetic as well as derived from story and appreciation for creators; appreciating the value of having a few meaningful items rather than many meaningless ones, without obsessing over numbers; and doing all this in a way that is conscious of the way my belongings were created or acquired, to avoid exploitation of the planet and its people.

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6 Lessons from Vietnam on Entrepreneurship and Life

6 Lessons from Vietnam on Entrepreneurship and Life

Across an ocean, across the supply chain, we piled into small workshops and lush courtyards to watch some of our favorite pieces come to life. In the Artisans, and on noisy streets and quiet beaches with friends, I encountered wisdom I want to emulate in my own business and life, and share with those I coach. And as our Artisan business partners commit so fiercely to their work, I’m compelled to step up in mine so that together we can grow this movement. I hope these six takeaways will inspire you along your own path too...

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