It never fails to amaze me how awesome it is to connect to customers that come in to shop where I work. I come in to contact with amazing people every day hearing stories, passing on advice, or just connecting on a personal level with women shopping in our store. Today, I saw the coolest clutch ever. Little did I know, the coolest clutch ever had an even cooler back story.
Enter Greenheart. Greenheart is a Fair Trade organization based out of Chicago and is a nonprofit, eco friendly store. For those who are not familiar with the definition of Fair Trade, it is a way to promote stability and support producers and artisans in developing countries. While, there is no exact definition, this is the main idea.
Moving on… Greenheart carries products that are made by artisans from all over the world, sells them to you, and sends 15 – 30% back to the producers. Learn more about one of their 52 Artisans here. With products for your home and kitchen, as well as jewelry, journals, purses, wallets and more, there is something for everyone. They have some great gift ideas for that special person or special event you have coming up.
Music plays such a large role in my life and I often connect memories to certain songs. “Don’t Stop Believin'” to my college years, “Ignition (Remix)” by R-Kelly to some of my favorite times with my best friends from high school, and most recently, “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson. Not only is MJ one of my favorite artists, but there are some awesome messages in many of his songs.
Yesterday I was shuffling through my the music on my iPhone and came across this song. The lyrics hit me like never before. Don’t get me wrong, this has been one of my favorite songs since I can remember, but this time was different. It had so much more to do with the chapter of my life I am in right now. I want to make a change and a difference in our world.
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
take a look at yourself and then make a change.
At that point, I realized what I had done by creating CharitableConnections. I took a good hard look at myself, and decided that I wanted to make a change. I wanted to connect young professionals to the causes they believe in. I wanted to challenge other young men and women, just like me, to take a look in the mirror, and change. There is so much we can do to make the world a better place, but we have to start with ourselves. We have to make the conscious effort to buy local, to be green, to exercise our right to vote, to support local, national, and international causes, that make the world a better place for others.
This is just an example of how music inspires me everyday. What inspires you to change? What causes do you want to fight for? And, how do you want to fight for them?
My co-founder and I are always looking for suggestions to support our next cause. What charity or foundation do you want to support? How do you want to support them? Do you want to establish a walk/run? Do you want to throw a concert or party for the cause? Will you buy an awesome t-shirt where all proceeds go to your cause of choice?
Let us know how you will be willing to support these (and other) causes and we will do our best to get you connected!