Happy New Year! Sharing a few fav sayings….

Well I had been thinking I would do this profound end of year post about what a year 2012 has been but…. did not happen.  For the first time in a very long while I took time off to be with family, friends and more.  I have to say… WOW. Is that what it feels like? Awesome.  I did sit this morning staring at all the plaques of sayings I have on the wall in my family room and as a quick end of year post I thought I would share them.

BE NICE OR LEAVE. FAITH IS NOT KNOWING WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS BUT KNOWING WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE. PEACE LOVE HAPPINESS. WHEREVER YOU GO, NO MATTER THE WEATHER, ALWAYS BRING YOUR OWN SUNSHINE. HOME IS WHERE YOUR STORY BEGINS. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY. I FEEL SUPPORTED. YOU NEVER KNOW HOW STRONG YOU ARE UNTIL BEING STRONG IS THE ONLY CHOICE YOU HAVE. WORK WITH ME PEOPLE. IT’S NEVER TO LATE TO START THE DAY OVER. ENJOY YOUR LIFE – MOST FOLKS ARE ABOUT AS HAPPY AS THEY MAKE UP THEIR MINDS TO BE. NO GOD – NO PEACE – KNOW GOD – KNOW PEACE.

AND MY NEW FAV – YOU MEAN BUYING USELESS CRAP IS NOT THE MEANING OF LIFE?

Wishing everyone who visits my blog a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for making my words a part of your day and know I am so honored that it is so.

 

Jacki

Adding a GENDER LENS to Your Holiday Shopping!

If you have not yet seen my recent TED Talk on gender equality you can view it by clicking here. I am in TED recovery mode… I have to write that blog!

More importantly  – Happy Holidays! It is that time of year where we pause to buy special gifts for those important people in our lives.  It has become a tradition for me to give you  ideas for great gifts that also make a difference for women and girls around the world.

With women controlling an estimated $20 trillion globally in annual consumer spending we have a lot of  power in our pocket books. Now let’s use it!  Imagine the possibilities if we used our holiday purchase power to support women owned businesses and to align our purchases to support our values. Below please find my ‘best of’ list to do good while buying great gifts!

 

Same Sky a trade-not aid- jewelry initiative that employs and empowers HIV positive women in Africa as artisans. Trained as artisans, SAME SKY women earn 15 to 20 times the average Sub Saharan wage to hand crochet beautiful glass bead jewelry. Sold online and in stores like Bergdorf Goodman’s and Neiman Marcus these beautiful pieces are stylish and support a fantastic cause! I just hosted an event for Same Sky here in Park City and it was awesome.  Warning some of these are high-end items but well worth the money.  I just bought a pair of these silver cuff links for my hubby, but sshhhhhh don’t tell.

Plum Alley is a site where you can buy products from female founded companies that represent substance and discipline in creation and beauty. Products for sale on PlumAlley.co include housewares, jewelry, art and more. Each product they feature is chosen to honor the values Plum Alley believes in, supporting female founded companies. I love this wrap bracelet  in gold for $145. Present for Jacki? Anyone? Anyone?

Rising International promotes ownership of craft-based business for women in impoverished areas. Some of the items Rising promotes are traditional crafts that are passed down through generations, like the baskets made by Ugandan women who have lost their children to AIDS. Others are new craft lines created for the Western market; among them are silk purses woven by widows in Cambodia. Visit their online store to shop by country or items such as housewares, gifts, accessories and apparel. Again a personal favorite is this FREEDOM necklace for $55.  A few lucky friends are getting this from me this year!

Shoptimize.org  is a shopping website exclusively featuring products from women-led companies  and has lots of options for everyone on your holiday list. Shoptimize not only advances women-led businesses but they also give at least 1% of their after-tax profits each year to nonprofit organizations that advance and empower women and girls.

Prosperity Candles empowers women in places of conflict to create independent candle enterprises that enable them to move beyond survival and to thrive. Very affordable gifts for everyone and could make a GREAT corporate gift!

Nomi Network is an organization creating economic opportunities for women at risk and survivors of human trafficking by equipping them with skills to produce goods for the global market place. They sell a variety of products but my fav is a tote bag that says “Buy her bag and not her body.”

Shopping For Change was developed to empower talented artisans, predominantly women living in impoverished communities, with the means to transform their standards of living in economically sustainable ways.  In addition to paying the artisans up front for their creations, shopping for change splits the net proceeds from your purchases in two ways: they fund Community Improvement Projects abroad with a focus on clean water, health care, and education; and afford you, the consumer the ability to direct net proceeds to the nonprofit organization of your choice at checkout.

Vida Dulce   features fairly traded handmade items by the Mayan living in the Guatemalan Highlands. A portion of proceeds benefits Pueblo A Pueblo, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to better and empower the lives of Mayans living in the Guatemalan Highlands.

Gifts That Give is a shopping site where you can choose from over 100 upscale brands with $1 of every $5 dollars going to any cause of your choice. This is a for-profit company that works with the non-profit community to help drive revenue on behalf of customer causes.

 

If the above is not enough…..

This holiday catalog put together by 85Broads and Plum Alley is a shopping resource guide of all women owned businesses.

Check out this article in Forbes “Bill and Melinda Gates Propose the Five Most Impactful Charities for Holiday Giving” for their list of charities.

Visit feminist.com and see their market place for a huge list of women owned businesses.

You can also visit my Pinterest page for more women owned businesses, and books written by women.

TEDxWomen – Heading Home

For those that get my blog entries mailed to them so sorry about having the wrong link for my session in the previous email.  Here it is!   Thank you for even considering taking the time to watch. Hope you like it.

Most importantly here is the LINK to all the talks from TedxWomen 2012. Consider watching while checking out the twitter feeds which really gives you a sense of the energy in the room.( look up  #Tedxwomen)  I simply must call your attention to the section THE RISING which was the last. Oh my gosh… truly, I don’t know where to begin.  Eve Ensler you were incredible.  I hung on ever single word and the whole session was brilliantly curated. Brilliantly.

If I did not have to sit on this plane after literally no sleep in days to prepare for a board meeting tomorrow I would give you all the complete rundown but just give yourself a gift and watch some or all of these sessions. Knowing HOW MUCH WORK every single presenter put in to their talks, and how amazing these men and women ALL ALL ALL are,  just do it!  There are talks in this bunch that will get MILLIONS of view. Millions.  If I had to pick one, just one, that truly blew my mind in how provocative it was I would pick this one by IO Tillet Wright.

Thank you Pat Mitchell! Thank you TED team. Thank you to ALL THE AMAZING SPEAKERS. Thank you to my friends who came to support me and those who sent emails, or posted on Facebook, or called. Thank you to my new friends and dance partners. This weekend was TRULY one of the most spectacular, memorable ones ever. Ever.