Lucy is one of the sweetest ladies we know. She always has a cheerful attitude at work, and never complains, even when she has to make corrections on her beads. We are so blessed by her kind heart and determined spirit! Lucy has been hard at work on the Timber necklace- one of our top sellers this season!
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Akello Stella is such a fun lady to be around. She is so witty and always brightens even the dullest of moods. This designer always dresses to match her personality–bright and spunky! Right now, she’s working on a piece for the Spring Collection called Bubbles!
The roaring laughter, the unmistakable skill, and the sense of community at the 31 Bits Uganda Headquarters has reminded us of the underlying rhythm that makes us who we are. Every beat you hear at 31 Bits is propelled by a thoughtful action, and every thoughtful action leads to another. We designed holistic development programs enabling women to rise above poverty, but little did we know they would do much more than that. The women of 31 Bits have been compelled to take “thoughtful action in their community.” They began moving in together, sharing meals, and caring for each other’s children. They began volunteering at the hospital and counseling women in the local prison. Their mindsets about their capabilities and their futures have shifted. They have confidence in their skills, a fresh outlook on their lives, and goals for themselves and their children.
We are surrounded by people in our community that have made giving their rhythm as well. This is Kristen’s story…
Meet Kristen, a blogger, Marriage and Family Therapist, freelance writer, and a busy mother of four. She and her husband adopted Jafta, their foster child of three years, and later adopted Kembe from a Haitian orphanage. Kristen and Karis, their youngest daughter, were visiting Kembe in Haiti when the earthquake hit. To learn more about their story, watch this video:
Kristen now has a platform to share her story of adoption on her highly popular and highly entertaining blog, Rage Against The Minivan. We asked Kristen some questions about family, community, blogging, and pet peeves:
How have you seen “thoughtful action” in motion with the blogger community?
The biggest example of thoughtful action was in the days after the earthquake in Haiti, when I was stuck there with my son and infant daughter. Even though internet was spotty, I could click on my blog comments and then read them after we lost connection- a way of feeling support in the glow of my laptop after our contact was cut off. I sat reading my blog comments long into the night – bawling and yet feeling bolstered by the prayers and support of friends and strangers. Those days after the earthquake were some of the lowest points in my life – but I also felt some of the most intense love from others.
What have you learned through blogging, and the relationships you’ve formed?
It has certainly expanded my worldview and made me feel a part of a broader community of moms. I have never had that sense of isolation as a mom that I heard my mother’s generation talk about. Despite the fact that some days I don’t ever make it out of my pj’s, I still feel like I get to do a little connecting with others each day. I can blog about my struggles with choosing preschool, or dealing with the school bully, or my inability to remember my assigned snack day in the classroom, and the comments often feel like my very own community of women, propping me up and guiding me along the journey. It’s also provided me with an amazing community of adoptive moms, with families that look like mine. I may not see them every day, but I know they are out there, and just an email away.
How do you instill the “rhythm of giving back” within your family?
For us, having each of our children sponsor a child is a tangible and easy way for them to experience giving. I know my kids feel a sense of purpose in this small act, and I hope that this experience of the joy of giving is something that will shape them as people. Child sponsorship helps my children understand the place of privilege they hold in the world. It gives them perspective, and it opens their eyes to the true issues of poverty.
Your blogger pet peeve:
When blogs make me type in a hard-to-read code before I comment. Enough with the Captcha, people!!
Favorite 31 Bits jewelry:
We’re big fans of Crystal Lewis… so we were pretty stoked when we found out she’s a fan of 31 Bits! Crystal recently had a photo shoot with Trever Hoehne, in which she sported the Midnight Scoop necklace from our House of Rhythm collection! Lookin’ good, Crystal!!!
We’re loving the Swift necklace- this statement piece is guaranteed to spark conversation!
The boho-chic leather straps are adjustable, which makes it the perfect addition to your Holiday wardrobe. Available in fuchsia and blue, both color options make a fun pop!
Ida gives back to the community around her by giving what she can to those who are badly off and are in need of support. She supports her church through prayer and is intentional about praying for fellow church members frequently. Ida shares with her community and gives back because she says, “It’s good to help each other. It’s good to have a community and a mutual understanding. You can’t stay with a person and not help them. When you also have a problem they will help you.”
The 31 Bits Launch Party last week was a success!!! A special thank you to Equals D Photography, KIK Entertainment, SOHO Taco’s, Nika Water, Pretzel Crisps, Vitamin Water, and our AMAZING community that packed the warehouse out! Photos are on the way… so stay tuned!
It’s no coincidence that the new Taylor Swift CD came out today, and our look of the week is the Swift necklace! This design features dangling beads using an ombre pattern, attached to strands of brown leather. The length is adjustable, depending on how you tie it! It’s available Fuchsia and Blue.