Thursday, December 31, 2015

A 2015 Digest with Bravelets

Hello all!

Well, well, well...looks like we are about to enter the New Year, whether we are ready or not! I always like to take this week to reflect on what has happened in the past year and really cherish all that I've accomplished. It makes for a much smoother transition this way, and in this you can find new motivations for all those resolutions that are so hard to keep!

Let's start out with a bang: Bravelets has raised over $1,978,260 in donations to date and is on track to $1 million in donations in this calendar year alone. Our growth this year has been astronomical (or more like exponential) and it is all thanks to our wonderful supporters and affiliates. Thank you for making Brave Pages and promoting your causes. Thank you for buying Bravelets for your friends and family. And most importantly, thank you for helping to spread our message of bravery.

Our growth all started with moving to our new office space. We took most of 2015 to fully settle into the house (yes, it's in a cute little house!). Having this new office meant the company could expand in every way possible! We had 6 new hires this year, rounding out our team to 10 employees at Bravelets HQ, and you have already gotten to meet a few of them. One of them was me!



In 2015, we also had some exciting product launches! We released the charm necklaces and our "be brave" earrings. These additions to the Bravelets collection have proved to be awesome (I just HAD to get my hands on the earrings when they came out!). We have also been developing our Independent Fundraising Consultant Program with a pilot that started a couple of months back. The official "launch" of that program will happen in January 2016, and we hope the best for all our current Consultants!

The most exciting news that we have been non-stop talking about for the last month is that we managed to raise $76,080 on Double Donation Day of 2015. All that money for charity in one day is crazy! And we just can't wait to see what will surprise us in 2016...



Be brave and Happy New Year,
Kat

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Holidays with Bravelets

I just wanted to catch you all up on what is happening with Bravelets over this holiday week!

FIRST:

Our silver "Be Brave" earrings are back in stock!! We missed them while they were gone!


And they make great stocking stuffers...which brings me to my next point.

NEXT:

If you have an order over $100 for the next 24 hours, you are eligible for FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING!!! How cool is that? If, this holiday season, you forgot to buy something for your Mother-In-Law or want to get your best friend that extra gift, keep Bravelets in mind. No coupon code needed. Ends 12/23 at 3 PM CST.



AND:

Bravelets HQ will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so we can have some much needed down time and spend the holidays with our loved ones! I hope you all will also be spending time with your family and friends this weekend, and eating lots of yummy food and enjoying some really great presents...*hint hint*

LASTLY:

I hope you have had a stress free holiday season and checked all your presents off the Bravelets Gift Planner list! I am sure that all your loved ones receiving Bravelets will love them! And who knows, maybe you will receive a few yourself. There is totally enough bravery to go around!
Have a very Happy Holidays from Bravelets!

Be brave,
Kat

Monday, December 21, 2015

Bravery of the Day Shoutout + a cute, informational video!

Time for another Bravery of the Day! This #BOTD goes out to someone who reached to us to spread awareness for her cause...

Lucy Laube is a college student, majoring in Graphic Design. She has always been an artist, a trait she traces back to her father teaching her drawing techniques at a young age. She got involved in an art program at her high school and began to take graphics and animation classes at the age of 15. Her passion for art and design only grew from there.

When Lucy was 15, she was also diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis. She got a Bravelet in September to remember to be brave through tough times, and she has even gone a step further...

As a talented designer and animator she made a video to educate people about Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, and to bring awareness to her cause.




It all started with a video she was asked to make about Mitochondrial Disease Awareness her senior year of high school. Being able to add her two passions, animating and raising awareness for great causes, together made so much sense! The Mito Disease video got about 600 views on her Youtube channel in a few months.

After that, things took a turn and Lucy ended up being hospitalized for her condition...

"Over summer of 2015 I became severely ill with my Crohn’s/Colitis and was hospitalized for most of August.  After four years of fighting IBD, my condition is not improving and I am running out of treatment options.  I knew that I needed to raise awareness for this disease that doesn’t have a cure and the treatment options are dangerous or ineffective.  While I was recovering from my hospital stay and still on bedrest I began writing a script and soon after began creating the IBD film. 
 
Not a lot of people fully know or understand Crohn’s and Colitis and how devastating it can be.  I want to spread education and awareness of the diseases in hopes that new treatments can be developed or improved, or a cure can be found." 

Lucy is very active in the journey to raise awareness and find a cure for Crohn's/Colitis. She even designed and crafted magnets that she sells to friends and family to raise funds for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.



In the month of December, CCFA is matching every donation made up to $100k. Visit their website or Brave Page to learn more about them.


Be brave,
Kat

P.S. Post about your cause or a #BOTD on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and tag @Bravelets so we can see it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

We are in 5 Days of Gifts!

Blogger affiliate and friend to Bravelets, Bree from The Urban Umbrella (@urbanumbrella29), is hosting a really fun and amazing holiday giveaway week! Bravelets will be gifting a pair of 'be brave' Earrings OR a Signature Bar Bracelet.

Bravelets is being featured today along with some other really cool brands and you should go check it out. All the rules and information are on her blog The Urban Umbrella.

Be brave,
Kat

Saturday, December 12, 2015

We made a gingerbread house!



Happy holidays and Happy Gingerbread House Day! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and eating lots of holiday sweets!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

WORK WITH US + 2016 Opportunity!

At the start of 2016, we will be officially launching our Independent Fundraising Consultant program, which has been in a pilot launch for the past few months. We currently have 29 wonderful Fundraising Consultants working with Bravelets across the U.S. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor of this cool program.



 As an Independent Fundraising Consultant, you have the power to raise hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for charity; inspire hope, courage and bravery as well as create your own brave, new venture with Bravelets. As a consultant, you will attend local events; share your story, earn commission and help others raise funds for worthy causes.

For more information, email [email protected]
To join, click here.

It's a pretty neat way to raise money, support your cause, and get other people involved! Not to mention, you'll be spreading the Bravelets' mission of bravery!

Be brave,
Kat

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bravelets Holiday Gift Planning Guide + Gift Ideas!

Hello all, and happy gift buying season! This is a busy time of year and it is easy to lose your organization skills to the hectic holidays. That's where we come in...

We have created a Holiday Gift Planner Download to track all the gifts you want to buy for your loved ones! Personally, I am OBSESSED with this planner and I have already filled three pages!! 

This planner is the perfect addition to every make-shift Santa's workshop you have in your home...



When you have a big family and lots of friends to shop for this season, it can get overwhelming. I got Bravelets™ for almost everyone I know this year, and it's easy to mix up all the cute blue bags. I want to make sure that all of them made it to me and that I am gifting them to the correct person. My little niece doesn't want "be brave" earrings...her ears aren't even pierced!

So brainstorm your gifts ideas, buy some Bravelets for your cause and download this printable to make the holiday magic happen!

TO DOWNLOAD:

Follow this link and click to arrow at the top of the page to download this PDF. From there, just print it out and enjoy your now organized, stress-free holidays!

Be brave,
Kat

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

That's a wrap // Double Donation Day 2015

The Bravelets Team post-DDDay
It's safe to say that this year's Double Donation Day was a HUGE SUCCESS. I just want to give an individual, 5-minute hug to each person and organization that participated yesterday. Our mission is to help people be brave through hard times, and part of that is donating to personal fundraisers and charities so that their futures can be even a little bit brighter. Love and prosperity to all the Brave Pages out there who are fundraising. All of our affiliates and Brave Page owners worked so hard to promote DDDay (what we've been calling it around Bravelets HQ) and it paid off...

Here are some quick numbers for you:

Donations raised on DDDay 2014 – $43,400
Donations raised on DDDay 2015 – $76,080 

...if I could capitalize numbers, I would! That is almost double what we managed to raise last year.
The past weekend has been a whirlwind of donations, we topped off at over $100,000 raised from Thanksgiving until now. We have now reached $1.9k in funds raised to date.

This growth, this celebration of giving, really means a lot to our company and to us as individuals. It is simply amazing that people would hold out on our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales in order to give double back to the cause of their choice. That is truly the holiday spirit that Bravelets wishes to nourish.

So, we don't want to stop there! We've got all of December to keep up this trend of giving back, so let's get to it!

Be brave,
Kat

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

IT'S HERE // Double Donation Day

It's finally here, what we have all been waiting for!! I hope y'all are as excited as we are. Bravelets HQ is abuzz with donations talk. We got up early this morning to watch all the good work get done. To everyone who participates in Double Donation Day, thank you so much! Giving back is our mission, and today we get to express that fully.


For more info on Double Donation Day, click here.
Keep up to date with us on all Bravelets social media, and check back on this blog for a wrap up post tomorrow!

Be brave,
Kat
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