Thanks for three years of impact with me!

Thanks for three years of impact with me!

It started with that time I felt inspired to host a Noonday trunk show.

I had a growing interest in ethical fashion, and wanted chances to engage my friends in great conversations around it. I loved the little bit I'd heard about Noonday here and there, so went to the website, typed in my ZIP code, and waited for my screen to show me a list of area ambassadors.

"We can't find this ambassador," it said. Really? Zero ambassadors near Madison, WI?

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3 ways to support friends through hardship: Jess’s story

3 ways to support friends through hardship: Jess’s story

I met my dear, dear friend Jess in September 2017, and I’m honored she’s sharing on the blog about how important community is when you are going through a hard situation, and how her experience as a Noonday Ambassador has brought joy and community beyond what she’d imagined. Read on for a peek into our sisterhood - and 3 practical ways to move beyond “how can I help?” and into action.

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Mother's Day gift guide: meaningful & fair trade from Noonday Collection (VIDEO)

Mother's Day gift guide: meaningful & fair trade from Noonday Collection (VIDEO)

It's that time of year that many of us are thinking of Mother's Day gifts. If you're ready for a change from flowers or just browsing a store for something that catches your eye, take a look at some gift ideas that connect the moms in your life to impact around the globe. Check out ideas for single moms, traveling moms, moms with grabby kids, engravable gifts, and gift cards!

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Fair trade style for summer travel: Noonday's capsule collection [video]

Fair trade style for summer travel: Noonday's capsule collection [video]

I’ve launched my brand-new YouTube channel with a review of Noonday’s summer travel capsule collection! Take a look for an up-close look and some background on Ana, the powerhouse entrepreneur behind the artisan group who created these pieces. The work she’s doing to empower women in Guatemala is truly inspiring - and this video shares how fun it is for you to be a part of that!

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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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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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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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What Hanoi motorbikes taught me about goals

Sometimes we have to “go scared” and stay focused on a path toward our goal, anticipating but not panicking at the noise, dangers, or setbacks that make us think maybe we're doing it all wrong. We have to learn from others. And we have to believe that a well-planned path to a worthy goal is worthwhile even if it's scary. See what I learned, while traveling to Vietnam with Noonday Collection, about boldness and guts in entrepreneurship and life.

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Handmade in Vietnam: Calypso Earrings

Handmade in Vietnam: Calypso Earrings

The making of Noonday’s Calypso Earrings: these airy, lightweight statement earrings are handmade in Vietnam from ethically sourced, recycled water buffalo horn. Shop the style, explore behind the scenes of their creation, and learn how fair trade is helping this 800-year-old crafting tradition continue to provide dignified jobs in Vietnam. Want to support ethical businesses and travel to see artisan work first-hand? Join my team at juliegodshall.com/join-my-team.

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