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The Lovelution Begins

A Love Note from Me to You!

Hopefully, we can each point to someone in our life who has had an impact by their presence, love, or a combination of the two.  Luckily for me, I can point to numerous individuals that this applies, yet it’s my wife’s presence and love that has been life changing. It’s from such love along with the love and respect I have for myself and my fellow citizens of the world that I desire to commence a lovelution.

The Jillybeads 4 Justice Revolution is a Lovelution

What is a lovelution you ask?

Simply put, it’s my take on a revolution minus a forcible overthrow. Instead, I define it as follows:

 a generously radical, inclusive, and pervasive change using LOVE

to transform our heart, soul, and mind in our life,

 family (blood + self-defined), community and network,

society, and social structures.

Across my various roles—daughter, sister, wife, friend, employee, part-time graduate student, justicepreneur, and soon-to-be mom—I’ve been thinking a lot about impact.  So much so that I’ve been inspired while sometimes paralyzed by endless, sometimes competing and conflicting thoughts: What’s my desired impact? What changes do I want to see in the world? How does my work make a positive impact?

While beads guided my leap of faith to manifest the launching of my business and website two years ago today, this is just one part of the whole. It’s time to expand and put into action the “Advocate & Educate” component of the Jillybeads for Justice mission of “Advocate & Educate, all while Accessorizing.” Moving forward, Jillybeads for Justice will be Advocating Authenticity & Educating Social Justice, all while Accessorizing our Soulful Identity with Handmade Beauty.

You might be thinking, “Sounds awesome!” So, what does that look like in practice?

Jillybeads for Justice intends to provide services (a boutique coaching & consulting practice), as well as products (jewelry shop) that includes a $10 donation with the price of each jewelry product to continue to support social ventures and 501c(3) organizations that are moving the cause of social justice forward. To learn more about the Featured Organizations we currently support, click here.

What’s new is my desire to guide individuals and organizations on a journey of discovery through exploring their identity. It is my belief that Authenticity + Love + Freedom = Being Courageously Bold, which aids in knowing your heart’s desire while understanding and finding your authentic voice. This path of self-advocacy continues with education and the guiding principal that Identity + Intersectionality + Unlearning Privilege = Social Justice. This will happen through self-guided workbooks and eCourses, as well as in-person workshops.

Jillybeads 4 Justice's Praxis + Intersectionality Framework

 Praxis + Intersectionality Framework

The ultimate vision is a community where a cyclical process of learning, dialogue, reflection, and action—praxis—occurs alongside creativity. The framework for this vision focuses on the intersectionality* of identity—the place of authenticity—and how to use such an exploration to help 21st century leaders, practitioners, and social justice educators within business, education, and sport, especially women of color, find their authentic voice, as well as assisting companies and organizations in using the framework to build a community and culture of respect, safety, and authenticity in which dialogue, collaboration, and understanding occurs. Although there are still numerous details to determine and products to development, one thing is for sure: giving back will always be foundational to any product or service that Jillybeads 4 Justice offers.

All this is to say, I welcome you to the new Jillybeads 4 Justice home and stay tuned for future developments!!

In solidarity,

Jillian Sig with Heart

 

 

 

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Advocate & Educate, all while Accessorizing!

Advocating Authenticity & Educating Social Justice,

all while Accessorizing our Soulful Identity with Handmade Beauty.


[1]  Intersectionality describes the perspective that our experiences depend on all aspects of a person’s identity rather than just one.

 

Tis the Season | #GivingTuesday Momentum

Continuing Momentum from #GivingTuesday!

  1. Donate. This is what comes to mind for most when the topic of giving arises. So, give what you can. For more information about the Featured Organizations we support, click here.
  2. Time. This seems near to impossible right now. However, this resource is another form of money, so again, give what you can. For perspective, I recommend the NY Times Op Ed, The ‘Busy’ Trap.
  3. Presents that Give Back. Jillybeads 4 Justice supports social ventures & 501c(3) organizations moving the cause of social justice forward. For each piece of jewelry purchased, you will be able to select an organization from our current list of Featured Organizations and a $10 donation will be made to further their mission. Give the gift of Jewelry 4 Justice!
  4. Warmth. With temperatures dropping as we get closer to the official start of winter, remember that warmth is a luxury, so consider donating a coats, hats, gloves, and blankets. Check out: One Warm CoatOperation Warm,and Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive.
  5. A Resolution to Do Good in 2014. The possibilities are endless on this one, so think of fun ways to support friends, family, and your community. In fact, make this commitment publicly by posting an #unselfie.

  FUN FACT: The word “selfie” is the 2013 International Word of the Year!

More Ways 2 Show Support…

Searching Online. It’s easy. Visitwww.goodsearch.com and pick a cause you care about, ranging from national to local ones. Then, as you go about your daily activities, you’ll be raising money for that cause — at no cost to you! You can watch the dollars add up, and, as you share  your actions with your friends, you can inspire them to also make a difference every single day. Sounds like a win-win!

Moving Your Body. Charity Miles is a free app that allows you to earn money and raise awareness for charities by walking, running or biking – all courtesy of corporate partners.

Joining Our Kiva Team: Team Justice. For every friend that joins Kiva using this linkJillybeads 4 Justice‘s Team Justice can earn a $25 bonus! It’s THAT simple, so what are you waiting for?! Join here.

The Case Foundation is adding a twist to #GivingTuesday with what they are calling the “5 Giving Tuesdays” from now through January 6th, t Each week they will feature stories and resources showcasing the different ways you can give back to make a greater impact in your community. To sweeten the deal, they have $100,000 in grants and prizes up for grabs. All you have to do is click here and tell them how you’re giving back this season. It’s quick and easy!

Coming January 2014…A New Look on Our Website!!!

Food 4 Thought | During This “Busy” Season…

It’s hard to find anything to say about life without immersing yourself in the world, but it’s also just about impossible to figure out what it might be, or how best to say it, wthout getting the hell out of it again. ~ Tim Kreider, The ‘Busy’ Trap

Join the #BerkeleyOakland #DesireMap #BookClub!!

Join the #BerkeleyOakland #DesireMap #BookClub!!

Wanna have goals with soul? Do you want to kick off your New Year feeling good?

I’ll be hosting a book club starting on January 7, 2014 as part of Danielle LaPorte’s World’s Biggest Book Club. We’ll be focusing on Danielle’s book, The Desire Map, and discussing core desired feelings, goal setting and gratitude as a practice. It’s going to be juicy. Contact me for more info!

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