Ethical Fashion We Can Actually Afford! (Spotlight on February Sponsor, Love Justly)
Hey guys, Shannon here! If you follow my personal blog at all you already know how strongly I feel about ethical companies and using my purchasing power to support businesses who are keeping human dignity in the forefront of their work. One thing (of many) that I love about my four co-hosts is that they share the same passion for justice and are every bit as eager as I to hear about new companies who are doing this well. So when I got to introduce them to Love Justly a few months ago it felt like giving them a big, sparkly Christmas present- and now I feel the same about telling you!
What's so exciting about another social mission company? Glad you asked.
Love Justly doesn't just offer ethically-sourced clothing and accessories, they do it at discounted prices. You know that gorgeous handmade linen dress that fits your personality perfectly but you'd never be able to afford? Now you can. Those amazing bangles you see on fair trade websites that you've always wished you could buy for your bestie? Now you can. And so, most likely, can your neighbor.
Love Justly takes the privilege and elitism right out of the fair trade equation, and levels the playing field for people from all walks of life to be able to invest in the livelihood of (predominately female) artisans all over the world. And if that's not the Upside Down kingdom, I just don't know what is!
Love Justly's inventory is collected from companies who are doing powerful things in the world, from helping rehabilitate women out of sex trafficking to providing safe, dignified work in at-risk communities. As if that wasn't enough, they donate 5% of each sale to Legacy Collective, an organization that works towards long-term, sustainable solutions to economic challenges.
I personally own (and adore) a tunic and a dress from Love Justly, Kristi owns some of their jewelry, and we are all five planning to be customers for life. (I had to link to the stuff we own, because it's always fun to see what other people love! Or is it just me?) We hope you'll join us in supporting the important work of making ethical shopping accessible to more than just the wealthy!
Lots of love from Iowa,
My oldest son ever so compliantly posing with me in my Love Justly dress after church last week. ;)
Episode 13-Education: Public School, Private School, or Homeschool? Unscripted Conversations on Life & Faith
Hey friends, Lori here!
I was not originally scheduled to write the blog post for today's episode, but here I sit, feeling utterly naked and super vulnerable and trying to find the words to share here while simultaneously wishing I had zipped my lips during this episode.
We went into this episode planning to sorta skim the surface of homeschooling, private schooling, and public schooling. But in the weeks prior to recording, public school was granted a huge spotlight in the media by the impending confirmation of Betsy DeVos and by the time the tape started rolling, I think the main thing on our hearts was how her appointment was going to change the way the Church would need to respond to those on the margins in our public schools.
As you guys know, I'm crazy passionate about public schools. And if I'm honest with you, I think I railroaded the conversation in this episode. Actually, I know I did. I couldn't stop my big mouth from saying everything my big, public school loving head was thinking. I sorely regret some of the strong statements I committed to saying on air, no matter how much I sincerely believe them to be true.
My biggest regret was that there was so much public school talk that my co-hosts weren't given ample time to voice their thoughts and opinions about anything other than public school.
I feel terrible about that and yet, we all agree that in light of our nation's current events, our conversation about public school is needed because our public schools educate our nation's 16 million children living in poverty. And friends, wherever the poor are, Jesus is standing there with them.
Our hope is that no matter how you school your children, you will take a listen and join the conversation over onFacebook and Instagram.
And be looking for Part 2 of this conversation in the near future. We'll be having the other side of this conversation, which is as equally important as this one.
Episode 12 - Shannon's Journey to an Upside Down Life: Unscripted Conversations on Life & Faith
We're wrapping up our co-host interviews this week with Shannon Evans and I have to confess that I freaking love Shannon.
She's the best kind of person because she understands what's it's like to be wholly human and wholly loved by Jesus. She reminds me to be kind to myself and to be compassionate with my neighbors. She speaks truth with boldness of tongue and meekness of spirit and I feel so grateful to be running alongside her in this pursuit of Jesus.
In this episode, you'll hear more about how she and Eric met, how they arrived at three kiddos in a few short years, and what drew them to Catholicism. You'll also hear her heart for humanity and how she walks with Jesus in the lowly places. Her pursuit of loving her neighbors as herself is a beautiful thing to behold.
So take a listen and then join Shannon over on herblog, Facebook, or Instagram.
You'll thank me later.
Episode 11 - Lori's Journey to an Upside Down Life: Unscripted Conversations on Life and Faith
Continuing our "get to know your hosts" series this week, we have Lori Harris in the spotlight. (A position that is decidedly NOT her favorite to be in.) Lori is a study in contrasts: feisty yet introverted, incredibly brave yet a self-proclaimed scaredy cat, a prophetic challenger yet girl next door.
In this episode Lori shares about the hardest season of her life, how she said "yes" to the thing she swore to never do, what it's like to be a church planting family, and how no one is more surprised than she about the fact that she has 6 kids.
Lori has a deep conviction of obedience that colors everything she does, from big life changes to mundane daily life, and you'll hear that crystal clear in this episode. Lori is a public school advocate and all-around servant of the marginalized in her community of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Buckle up your seatbelt for this sweet and sour Southern thang, and be ready to embrace the highs and lows of your own life just a little bit more.
You can follow Lori at her blog, on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. And you should ;)
Check out links & details to what we've talked about in every episode!