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The Fashion Revolution

16th May 2019

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people.

The Fashion Revolution is comprised of people around the globe who are committed to changing the fashion industry’s values and the environment. They’re the designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers and fashion lovers. They’re the industry and the public. The world’s citizens. Me and you.

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I’M GRADUATING TODAY

7th May 2019

HELLO, friends! Just hopping on here real quick to let y’all know a big personal update: I GRADUATED. AGAIN. This time with my Master’s in Mass Communication! I feel like it was forever and a day ago that I left home at 17 and was dropped off, ALONE, in Phoenix, Arizona all the way from lil’ old Suwanee, Georgia. I can’t believe my time here is almost up!

During these five years, I have LOVED living here in Phoenix. It’s so different than where I grew up, but it was a fantastic change. I truly felt like I was raised in Georgia but grew up in Arizona! At 17, graduating at 22 seemed so far away. Even when I declared my 4+1 degree, I thought the day would NEVER come. And now, here I am; I walk across the stage tonight with that degree, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

6th May 2019

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month! For college students, April is usually filled with final exams, projects and papers. It’s only when May finally rolls around that it seems like all of that is finally over! I want to talk about mental health in the context of college. Also, I want to talk about the national Mental Health America campaign happening this month!

I’ve lost a friend to mental health problems. This month is an opportunity to educate people how to be kinder to yourself and to others in regard to mental health. I’ll admit, I haven’t always been the best friend when it comes to supporting others that are having a rough time. I’ve been quick to disappear once things get stressful in a sense. As a result, I didn’t stick it out with them like I should have because I just didn’t know how. It was selfish; when things became stressful, I deemed their behavior as “toxic” because it was affecting me negatively.

At the time, it was hard for me to understand because I didn’t experience feelings the same way they did. And, I’m sure, it’s just as hard for others to understand how and why I experience things the way I do, of course. I think it’s incredibly important to just recognize that simple fact as a friend or a partner. Have empathy for the way in which we experience our feelings and understand that not everyone deals or overcomes their feelings in the same way.

Stress in College

When I was an undergraduate student, I was constantly stressed. It was part of my #brand, if you will. I was consistently on the go, running behind, running ahead and trying to stay afloat. I was committed to maintaining a high GPA since I knew I wanted to go to apply to law school afterwards. Looking for other ways to beef up my resume, I took on a million different internships, extra-curricular activities and attended as many workshops and events as I could. I worked part-time, sometimes coming home from the restaurant at 2 or 3 in the morning after having been in class and working events all day. I was tired.

And being tired isn’t a badge of honor, like I thought it was.

At the time, I was proud of myself because I worked so hard all the time. I consistently gave 150% of my time and energy to bettering my resume, but it was recognizably unhealthy. My mental and physical health was left on the back-burner. I existed in a mindset that was strictly minute-by-minute and lacked self-care and honestly, self-love. It wasn’t until I was a graduate student that I recognized the importance of making time for me and my mental health. 

Find Your Work-Life Balance

As a graduate student, I saw the importance of finding the sweet spot between work and life. Even though I took on this blog, I do see it as a form of creative expression and truly something I enjoy. However, I do still need to recognize this is still “work.” I need to take time to watch an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race every Thursday, go for a run and sit in the sun (all things I never did as an undergrad). Plan out your schedule and make time for you! Your life shouldn’t be entirely consumed by your job, so make an effort to ensure there are small moments that are built in just for you throughout your day. I really recommend reading Rachel Hollis’ book, Girl, Stop Apologizing. She talks all about work and life and the myth that is “balance.”

The 2019 Theme: 4Mind4Body

Mental Health America has been raising awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone for over 70 years. This years theme is called “4Mind4Body,” and it’s all about taking our mental health to the next level. They’re focusing and exploring topics like animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.

Healthy Lifestyle for Mental Health

A healthy lifestyle can contribute to the prevention of mental health conditions, like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. For people who have these chronic diseases, focusing on a healthy lifestyle can be effective in helping treatment. “There are things you can do that may help. Finding a reason to laugh, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, playing with a pet, or working from home once a week can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy,” Mental Health America says in their 4Mind4Body campaign.

Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but making small changes can benefit in the long-run. Finding the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical and mental health can greatly contribute towards focusing both on your mind and your body.

Some Reading for You

Lastly, I am going to leave a plethora of links below for this #MentalHealthMonth. Reading is one of the best things you can do for your own personal awareness and to spread it effectively among your circle!

Animal Companionship

Habri.org – Information and research on the connection between people and animals.

PetPartners.org – Organization promoting the health and wellness benefits of animal-assisted therapy, activities, and education, and providing education and credentials for therapy animal teams. Visit petpartners.org to learn more about therapy animals and inquire about setting up therapy animal visiting programs.

PetPeaceOfMind.org – Organization that helps people receiving hospice or palliative care to care for their pets.

TherapyDogs.com – Provides training and certification for dogs to become registered therapy dogs and has teams that make visits in the community.

Work-Life Balance

AskJAN.org – Job Accomodation Network’s official website with resources for individuals, employers, and others surrounding workplace accomodations and disability employment issues. Also in Spanish.

MentalHealthAmerica.net/Workplace-Mental-Health – Data from MHA’s Workplace Health Survey on work environments, workplace stress, employee engagement, and employee benefits.

WorkFlexibility.org – National initiative in support of workplace flexibility.

Social Connection & Recreation

Clubhouse-Intl.org – A website for individuals living with mental illnesses to find Clubhouses—safe environments with opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in a single setting.

ColorTherapy.app – Color Therapy is an app for every day people, from all walks of life, to de-stress and unwind through a social coloring experience. The in-app community benefits from friendly, unconditional support while sharing their art. 

Inspire.com – A social network for patients and caregivers to connect, share, and learn from each other about medical conditions, treatment, and support.

LoveKnitting.com – LoveKnitting is a global community for makers. 

TheMighty.com – A safe, supportive online community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them.

Chronic Health Conditions & Caring

CaregiverAction.org – Education, peer support, and resources for family caregivers.

ChoicesInRecovery.com – Support and information for people with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, and Bipolar Disorder and their caregivers, including resources for having conversations with treatment professionals.

HeadsUpGuys.org – Information and resources for men dealing with depression.

Lung.org – The American Lung Association provides information and resources around lung diseases, air quality, and tobacco cessation.

MoreThanMyDiagnosis.com – Stories and advice from people who either live with mental health issues or care for someone who does.

WomenHeart.org – Information and support about heart disease designed especially for women.

 

 

Let me know what you’re doing for Mental Health Awareness Month! I’d love to know.

Using Tailwind to Drive Traffic to your Blog

Hello, hello! Let’s talk about Tailwind App, an app specifically made to increase your activity on Pinterest and help you grow. Pinterest is SUCH a great tool for bloggers! Nearly every single Pinterest pin is connected to a blog post, meaning that when people share the image, they’re also simultaneously sharing your content. Make sure […]

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The Fashion Revolution

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people. The Fashion Revolution […]

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How to Build an Engaged Instagram Following

Hello, friends! Let’s talk about building an Instagram following in 2019! I started blogging in February and had around 1200 followers, but didn’t really start seeing growth until April. It is now May and I’m right at 3000 as of right this minute! So that’s about 1700 followers within the last month. Crazy! I more […]

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XO,

Jade Nicole

Eco / Lifestyle

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019

1st May 2019

Hello, hello, friends! I can’t believe it’s already May, can you? Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I’ve put together the CUTEST gift guide for you to give to your mama this May. Plus, everything listed in here is sustainably sourced, eco-friendly and Fair Trade. Win, win, win, right? I know. Beyond giving Mom the gift of a great, trendy, cute gift, why don’t we also give a gift that benefits other mamas out there, too? 

Redemption Market in Phoenix has a great sale goin’ on, with 25% off your purchase using the code “LOVEYOUMOM.” Even their sale items count! And they’ve got the absolute cutest mama’s day gifts for all kinds of super-moms! Perfect. All of the products from today’s post are from Redemption Market. I was gifted some items in full disclosure, but that doesn’t change or alter my opinion that this brand is awesome. 

Desert Cedar Natural Gift Set ($34) 

Don’t ya just love when brands put the gift sets together for you?  This lil’ set is great for the mama who loves the outdoors. Or just… loves to be clean. Or both? Yes, both. This gift set includes a body wash, essential oil (so #trendy), and incense that captures the incense of the West. I could totally see myself gifting this to my mom, who lives on the East Coast!

“As the sun crests the horizon and falls on the red bark and small, deep green leaves of the surrounding Junipers and Cedars, the air is perfumed with a sharp and sweet scent. Redolent of warm leather and desert varnish – sun baked mixture of resin, minerals and clay – this fragrance is at the heart of our love song to this arid landscape: Desert Cedar.” I MEAN, what a DESCRIPTION.

Plus, the best part about this lil’ set? Juniper Ridge uses sustainably harvested plants and steam distillation techniques in their creation of their products. They actually use plants native to the West Coast in order to bring it into your home or onto your person (they’re based out of Oakland, California). “All of our plants are wildharvested with the utmost sensitivity and respect for the existing landscape,” their description reads. “We revel in the intact forest habitats of the West, and tirelessly work to promote education as to how best to protect them.”

I absolutely love, love, love this, and I hope you do, too. Tell Mom about the meaning and thought behind this product and she’s sure to love it, too.

Eco-Leather Phone Wallet ($48)

Next up, a perfect gift for the mom on the go! For the practical gift, I love this lil’ phone wallet made by Elevate People. It’s got an easy access slot for your phone, along with inserts for your cards and cash. It’s made of gorgeous, full-grain eco-leather, and “empowers the lives of those who made it.” It’s a gift you can feel good about purchasing and a gift you can feel extra good about gifting.

I particularly can see this as a great gift for my aunt, who prefers not to carry around a big purse and instead opts for smaller, wallet-sized purses. Just the essentials, basically.

This wallet is made by Elevate People, which is a non profit that believes in creating sustainable jobs globally that improve lives and transform communities by eliminating poverty. “Through vocational training, strategic mentoring, and small business loans, they help provide national people the resources they need to succeed. For the first time, parents can provide for their families, send their kids to school, and serve their neighbors in an even bigger way. Their partners feel a greater sense of self-worth and confidence since owning their own business,” their platform says.

Soooo, while you can feel great about giving Mom a gorgeous gift, you can also feel good about giving moms around the world the opportunity for better lives for their own children.  Perfect for Mother’s Day, right? Embroidered Journal

Embroidered Layflat Lined Journal ($11)

For the mama who’s a constant list-maker, here’s a beautiful embroidered journal you can gift to her this Mother’s Day. This lil’ notebook is made by Denik, an organization that works to support artists and contributes to building schools in Mali, Laos, Guatemala and Ghana. The sale of each and every notebook funds education projects worldwide.

This artwork is by Samantha Nickerson, and I absolutely love that they credit their artists. Not enough brands do this nowadays, so I can definitely appreciate that. Plus, can we please talk about how on trend this orange-rust is, and how cute those flowers are? This would be a great gift for my mom, who’s a teacher that I think would especially appreciate the cause.

 

 

Florence – Tobacco + Leather Soy Candle ($24)

Next up, this may be one I might just have to snag for myself in addition to the moms in my life. I love, love, love any scent that has a tobacco/leather smell! It’s more of a masculine, heavy scent with just a hint of sweetness, and I love how earthy it is. I’m definitely not a floral fragrance gal, and I always opt for more of these “deeper” scents.

These candles are hand-poured by women in Dallas, Texas who are refugees. Not only do they represent both an economic empowerment initiative, but also peacemaking between women of different faiths. They are made from all-natural soy wax, and all of the scents are created through essential oils.

The organization behind it is called Seek the Peace, and they focus in on thematic areas of Conflict Transformation, Capacity Building, and Advocacy. “These guiding themes directed our programmatic focus in the areas of girls and women’s empowerment, education for children and youth, trauma healing, and developing leaders for peace,” their platform says.

 

 

Malina Atta Rattan Crossbody ($88)

Lastly, can we talk about how gorgeous this bag is? It’s so beautiful and versatile for spring and summer! I love the straw detailing lately! It looks so organic and transforms an outfit to reflect a more earthy, natural vibe. Why not gift this beautiful, artisan-made baby to mom this Mother’s Day?

These bags are made in Lambok Island, Indonesia, from a type of straw that is harvested there. The artisans there have perfected a weaving technique to make beautiful home-ware and bags. The company, Brunna Co, has a collection of products that are made by these artisans in the comfort of their own homes.

In fact, they work directly to support them and support their family’s economy. Brunna Co commits to using locally-sourced elements from Indonesia, and they work to preserve Indonesian culture and protect artisans so that they can continue making authentic crafts.

“We hope that you can feel all the warmth of Bali, the exotic vibes of Borneo, and the happiness spirit of Java through our collections,” Brunna Co says.

 

Let me know what you’ll be gifting mom this mother’s day! I’d love to know. While the product is a great gift to Mom, it’s a gift to our world, too.

Using Tailwind to Drive Traffic to your Blog

Hello, hello! Let’s talk about Tailwind App, an app specifically made to increase your activity on Pinterest and help you grow. Pinterest is SUCH a great tool for bloggers! Nearly every single Pinterest pin is connected to a blog post, meaning that when people share the image, they’re also simultaneously sharing your content. Make sure […]

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The Fashion Revolution

The time has come for the long-awaited Fashion Revolution! Not only does this revolution ensure a more ethically-sourced, kinder world, but it also encourages the slow fashion movement to abolish wasteful mass production. It is a movement rooted in love for the environment and (most importantly to me), love for other people. The Fashion Revolution […]

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How to Build an Engaged Instagram Following

Hello, friends! Let’s talk about building an Instagram following in 2019! I started blogging in February and had around 1200 followers, but didn’t really start seeing growth until April. It is now May and I’m right at 3000 as of right this minute! So that’s about 1700 followers within the last month. Crazy! I more […]

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XO,

Jade Nicole

Eco / Lifestyle

Happy Earth Day!

22nd April 2019

Happy Earth Day, my friends! Today at work, our students and I are running an “Earth Day Market.” ASU let us borrow some big, tall recycling bins and we ordered a few dozen reusable straws, water bottles, canvas totes and even these lil’ lollipops that, when you finish eating the candy portion, you can plant into the ground and a type of herb will grow. How COOL is that?! We’re allowing students to trade 1 recyclable item for 1 sustainable item in hopes to educate students on sustainability and small, easy ways each of us can make changes to have a more sustainable lifestyle.

I love this because, often times, with sustainability or veganism, many people have an “all or nothing” attitude. Instead, I think it’s so important for us to have a “small steps make big changes” attitude. Just moving my parents away from using plastic plates and cups was a feat, and imagine if everyone made that small change. It would make a BIG difference, right? That’s my attitude towards all of this.

I actually tried out veganism on and off for a few years now. Last year, I was able to go the entire school year practicing vegetarianism, which was such an accomplishment for me. However, I fell off the wagon once I moved home for the summer, and I really beat myself up over it. Particularly, I felt the pressure to be all or nothing; if I wasn’t committing to be a full-fledged vegetarian, then dang, why try to be more meatless anyway? That’s the mindset I have, and it’s actually so counterproductive when you think about it.

This year, I’ve consciously made an effort to have a completely meatless breakfast routine; snacks throughout the day are vegan and usually, meat comes in at night for meals. And instead of shaming that, I feel that we as a community should celebrate it; if everyone did that, if everyone committed to having a Meatless Monday or 1 meatless meal a day, think of how much of an impact that could make.

Ten Sustainable Swaps You Can Make TODAY

Anyways, I just wanted to give you all some ideas for small changes you can make in your daily routine to carry out a more sustainable lifestyle. Don’t at all feel like you have to incorporate every single one of these into your life; in fact, I haven’t even done so yet, but everything is a work in progress. Be patient with yourself and invest in the environment in small steps, one piece at a time. Most of these, I think, are more of a social change than anything; we’re so used to the convenience that is our plastic world. Capitalism thrives on disposability, and relies heavily on the expectation that disposable goods will always be a part of our economy.

Here are some great options if you haven’t already implemented them into your life:

  1. Buy a reusable mug for your coffee runs (some places even offer you a discount for bringing a sustainable option!)
  2. Invest in some wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets
  3. Use essential oils and a diffuser instead of candles
  4. Buy a reusable water bottle; places increasingly have water bottle refilling stations with filtered water, and the water is cold
  5. Buy from ecologically conscious, fair trade fashion brands. Don’t know who abides by this? Don’t worry, I wrote a whole post about them.
  6. Say NO to plastic bags, bring your own canvas tote instead
  7. Buy biodegradable trash bags
  8. Purchase a silicon mat for baking instead of using parchment paper / aluminum foil
  9. Buy food in bulk
  10. Buy some reusable lunch containers / lunch bags

Hopefully those gave you some good ideas on sustainable swaps you can make today! Happy Earth Day, friends, and let me know which swaps you’ve chosen to make today.

XO,
Jade Nicole