The Yays & Nays of Social Entrepreneurship

Being a social entrepreneur (or an entrepreneur in general) can be terrifying. People don't realize just how much courage and patiences it takes. Sometimes it seems like we're constantly putting ourselves out there...

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The Freelance Life: Challenges to Be Prepared For

Since graduating in December, I’ve been doing odd jobs including web design, content management, and copywriting, all while running The Honest Consumer. My collection of odd jobs helps me makeup the difference in bills and continue running The Honest Consumer.

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Owning It.

Sometimes I feel as though I'm a Sim and the big man in the sky is looking down laughing at me. In my first week of "real" adulting (my post graduation life back in Nashville after the holidays) I was bombarded with chaos. My dear friend Malayna and I had a terrifying experience driving from Texas back to Nashville. We were caught in snow, ice, and witnessed an 80 car pileup....needless to say we had a guardian angel. 

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New Year, Better You: Embracing Personal Growth

2017 was a year of a lot of laughs, a lot of cries, and a lot of learning to embrace it all. I learned so much about myself and experienced personal growth in ways I couldn't imagine a year ago. I wanted to share a few of my key experiences from 2017 in hopes that it may inspire you to embrace personal growth in 2018.

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Rakonto: Storytelling in Underserved Communities

Rakonto is encouraging children from underserved communities to share their experiences through storytelling workshops. These innovative workshops encourage young creatives to find their voice, bridge the gap between cultures, and shed light on the challenges these children are facing. 

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Style from Around the World: Genesis Fair Trade Story

Genesis Fair Trade is a unique online marketplace featuring fair trade goods crafted by artisan partners dating back to 100 years. By purchasing from Genesis Fair Trade consumers are able to help support fair, sustainable employment while empowering artisans in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

This holiday season give a gift that shares a story and empowers others. This year I've curated a selection of goods from The Honest Consumer community based on characteristics & personality type in order to make your holiday shopping more fun and interactive.

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For Women, By Women: Fair Anita

Fair Anita invests in the future of women around the world through artisan empowerment. Fair Anita currently works with 8,000 artisans in 16 different countries creating fair trade goods and paying artisans three times the minimum wage.

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Honestly Struggling

I think as an entrepreneur it can be a challenge to try and figure out where to focus your energy: so many things that need to be done, bills that need to be paid, and not enough hours in the day. Recently, I've been stuck in this anxious mindset holding myself back, the fear of failure. I think a lot of entrepreneurs experience this and it can be incredibly crippling.

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Arizona's Ethical One Stop Shop: Redemption Market

Redemption Market is a woman-owned, ethical boutique which carries a variety of giveback goods. Redemption Market started as a simple concept with a few pieces of jewelry. Founder, Rhonda didn't intend to build a business, but felt called to do so when the opportunity presented itself.

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Ethic Goods: Jewelry That Empowers Survivors in South East Asia

Ethic Goods empowers survivors of human trafficking through their partnerships with holistic care non-profits in South East Asia. Ethic Goods provides employment for the survivors through the creation of meaningful jewelry, connecting consumers with their stories. 

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HandUp Global Goods-Ethical Accessories from Haiti

HandUp Global Goods works with teen orphans in Haiti by providing them with sustainable employment, opportunities to learn about financial literacy, and finding guidance through spiritual development. 

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A Little Stressed, But Still Ethically Dressed

This morning I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails...I didn't know where to start. Todays schedule...Three meetings, two calls, and an abundance of homework due for class tomorrow.

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Leather Goods Providing Opportunity in Haiti: Haiti Made

Haiti Made is empowering Haitians through sustainable employment, fair wages, and community. Their beautiful leather products are handmade by dedicated employees and crafted using locally sourced leather. Haiti Made founder, Will met his colleagues in college by playing in a Christian band, Audio Adrenaline. The successful music group felt that God was encouraging them to use their stardom to make a difference and help those in need.

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Landmine Design: Jewelry That Provides a Safe Haven for Women

Landmine Design is empowering women in The Minefield Village situated between Cambodia and Thailand by providing training and employment. While sex-trafficking is prevalent in this area, Landmine Design is a safe haven for women to gain a sense of community while receiving a fair salary through jewelry creation.

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The Struggle of Back to School

It's that time of year again. Back to school. Tired eyes, chapped lips, and picked nails. I know I'm not the only one dreading it. I'm sitting here drowning myself in design work for clients, writing, and procrastinating even LOOKING at my homework. Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly grateful for my education because I recognize what a privilege it truly is.

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Stay Stylish: Mountain Kingdom Bowties

Going to a snazzy event this week? Look dapper for a cause with Mountain Kingdom Bowties. Mountain Kingdom Bowties provide employment to impoverished communities in South Africa, allowing community members the opportunity to learn a new trade and support themselves. Use the code HONEST15 to receive 15% off your order from Mountain Kingdom Bowties!

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Fake It Till You Make It: Lessons from a Social Entrepreneur

From not being taken seriously as a blogger to being told people don't care about conscious consumerism, I've just about heard it all. But guess what? The Honest Consumer is still here. Like a lot of entrepreneurs, I jumped in head on following a passion. The idea of "Fake it Till You Make It" can bring on a confidence to keep you going on the rough days.

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Mentors: Women Empowering Women

Sometimes, especially in today's media, the focus can be drawn to women putting each other down. However, there are SO many women lifting each other up and it is extremely important to recognize women who empower other women.

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Style That Empowers: Haiti Design Co.

During my study abroad adventure to Haiti, we visited Haiti Design Co. Haiti Design Co. is a social enterprise bridging the gap between American consumers and artisan goods, creating steady employment and opportunity for Haitians. Haiti Design Co. is an incredible community with co-founders Chandler and Josh going above and beyond by focusing on the well-being and advancement of the whole person. Through multiple initiatives they train, house, and employ Haitian artisans.

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