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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The Zero Waste Bag: Mother Erth

Mother Erth creates durable, zero waste bags made from recycled materials. Along with making a positive impact on the planet, these innovative bags also provide employment for low income mothers in the Philippines. 

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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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Wear Clothes for Better: FBNW Apparel

For Better Not Worse (FBNW) creates fun, casual apparel that is designed & printed in Los Angeles. With each clothing item purchased, a bag of groceries is given to a child in need through FBNW's partnership with the Boys & Girls Club in Southern California. 

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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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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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Purpose Jewelry Premier Line

My go-to earrings this fall are the Gold Vista Earrings from Purpose Jewelry's new Premier Collection. These beauties take on a unique shape and reflect the light just right in order to compliment any fall colors you are wearing. I love the light weight of these earrings and the sleek design.

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Bold Prints for Exploring: Matter Prints

Matter Prints gives new meaning to traditional patterns by creating bold, modern statement pieces. Founded with inspiration and compassion, Matter Prints demonstrates the importance of slow fashion by working directly with eight artisan communities, positively impacting around 1,287 individual artisans. 

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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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GlobeIn Tea Time Artisan Box Unboxing

So excited to be partnering with GlobeIn over the next month! Discover the goodies inside their Tea Time Artisan Box by watching my live unboxing video. Be sure to use HONEST to receive 50% off of your 1st Artisan Box Premium subscription. 

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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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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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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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3 Ways to Empower Haiti

Haiti will break you in the most beautiful way. The Haitian people are welcoming, kind, and have an amazing culture. Despite what the American media might tell you the Haitians are some of the most hardworking, resourceful individuals I have ever met.

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