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Ok, I know the internet is overflowing with lists like “50 Places to Visit Before You Die.” With the increasing accessibility of global destinations, many of us are able to check off more places on popular lists. However, I find making my own lists more motivating and inspiring. It helps me focus on forming plans to make these personal goals happen. This short list might change over time and is not in order of priority. Rwanda: Frankly, there are more than a few places in Africa I’d like to visit. Rwanda jumps out because I’ve been sponsoring a girl in...

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Summer is almost in full force and it’s one of the best times to travel. Do you have any destinations in mind this year? Wherever you go, don’t forget to take care of yourself in order to enjoy your trips. Whether it’s hot and humid tropical areas, cold and dry high altitude mountain ranges, or long transits by plane, boat or bus, I’ve found these few things essential. They help me stay healthy and safe during my adventures. Stay hydrated: In my experience, water is one of the things that can improve my well being instantly. It’s sometimes hard to...

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While working with a no-sweatshop sewing center to empower women, TJULA Design also intends for the products we put in the world to last for several years, if not longer. This not only applies to how the products were designed and sewn together, but also how they are cared for once worn. Here are four simple tips I follow to increase the lifespan of the clothes we make: Air them out after wear: I grew up in a humid and hot climate in which one could feel like taking five showers a day. So I totally understand the urge of...

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One of the women who is instrumental in TJULA Design’s product development is Alex, who turns design sketches into patterns and then into actual products. She trains the young women at the sewing center advanced sewing skills as they produce a variety of products. Some women have also learned pattern drafting and grading skills beyond sewing and hand finishing. Alex is not only a technical designer, but also someone who guides the younger generation through their work every day. She has been working with the sewing training program for over a decade, changing the lives of young women by teaching...

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Empower Women, Ethical Fashion, Social Impact Business -

April is an exciting month for many, including the fashion industry. It’s the month we celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) and Fashion Revolution Week (April 24 - 30). Earth Day is now recognized in 192 countries around the globe. It’s a reminder to appreciate our planet and to minimize our footprint as though everyday were Earth Day. Fashion Revolution, on the other hand, is a newer initiative which focuses on addressing the impact of the fashion industry. It’s an empowering movement that invites everyone to join the conversation and be an influencer. Ask for more transparency and accountability from brands...

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