Thursday, July 21, 2016

Vacation, all we ever wanted!

We've got half the summer left, and hopefully you haven't used up all your vacation days yet! Everyone needs a break...whether it be a tropical getaway, an escape to a colder climate, or a staycation!

I've compiled a list of what I think are the best vacation spots this summer! Let me know where you wanna go (or where you've already been) in the comments.

Overseas Adventure
Find a great hostel or rent a room, and post up in a small town in a new country! You can eat some killer food and experience a new culture!

Kat's Example: Flying off to France and eating crepes!

Hometown Tourism
Do all of the cheesy things that you never think to do in the city you live in! Go to the highest rated yelp restaurants, walk through a museum and the best part is that you can sleep in your own bed at the end of the day.

Kat's Example: Visiting the Texas Capitol and standing in line for killer barbecue. Then making a dentist appointment...errands are okay too!

Road Trip
Get in a car with some friends and blast the summer jams! The destination doesn't matter...but you can go see a cool anomaly in your state or make your way to a show out of town. As long as you are with friends!

Kat's Example: Driving to Marfa, TX. The local culture is great and there is always something interesting to do or see, like fireworks!

Theme Park
I know it's hot. I know there will be crowds. But isn't it all worth it when you are the top of that rollercoaster??? I get it. Thrill rides aren't for everyone. But you can also look up local Renaissance Festivals or Street Markets!

Kat's Example: We have two different Six Flags' in Texas, and I frequent both. 

Weekend on the Lake
Maybe it's a family reunion. Maybe it's a vacation full of meditating and nature. But in my opinion, a lake trip is always a good idea! Try to sustain 24 hours without your cellphone and go catch some fish!

Kat's Example: There is a pool in my apartment complex, does that count? I promise to only post one instagram!

And remember to share photos of your Bravelets on vacation with you on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Be brave,


Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's July!

July isn't as popular of month for spreading awareness, but Bravelets is highlighting one cause this month: Juvenile Arthritis.

I have gathered some information about the cause below from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. We also have Brave Page fundraisers benefitting Arthritis that you can check out.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Your Summer Reading List

Everyone loves a good summer read! Summer is the perfect season to take some "me time" and let yourself get lost in a book. Personally, my favorite type of book is fiction, but any genre is good! You could catch up on your celeb memoirs, or learn a new skill! It's up to you...but here are some suggestions!

  1. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
  2. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
  3. The Last Boy and Girl In The World by Siobhan Vivian
  4. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
  5. The Girls by Emma Cline
  6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  7. Go Set a Watchmen by Harper Lee
  8. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  9. My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
  10. Real Artists Have Day Jobs by Sara Benincasa
  11. The First Collection of Criticism By a Living Female Rock Critic by Jessica Hopper

There are links to all of the books synopses so that you can learn more about them! I know I am going to try to get through a few of these this summer! Let me know what you end of reading in the coming months in the comments below. 

Be brave,

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Future of Bravelets: Important Donation Update

Bravelets has been in business for a little over 4 years now, and since then we have made changes to products, internal structure, and so much more. We make these changes to grow and evolve. Most, if not all, of these changes were implemented to further benefit our customers and fundraisers. Today, we are announcing a bigger change. But I assure you, this change is for the good of the company, to better the Bravelets community.

A heartfelt note to you from Bravelets Founder and CEO, Stephanie Hansen–

"Bravelets™ was built on honesty and transparency. To me, there is nothing more important than those two values. As such, I am going to be honest and transparent with you today. Bravelets was launched in January 2012 and has since seen huge successes – over $2.4 million raised for organizations and personal fundraisers across the US, and hundreds of thousands of lives touched. However, we have also had our share of struggles.

In 2012, we had 1 employee, 1 product, and donated to 10 nonprofits. Our strategy was simple. Today, we have 10 employees, hundreds of unique products, work with thousands nonprofits and personal fundraisers, as well as over 100 Independent Fundraising Consultants who sell Bravelets jewelry across the country. Our vision for the company has grown dramatically, and we have been able to touch so many more lives than in the beginning of this journey. However, with this growth comes new expenses that we simply cannot afford with our current business model.

Some statistics show that 96% of new businesses fail within the first 10 years. Bravelets will not be one of those companies. We are committed to creating inspirational jewelry and products, and to help people be brave through hard times. We are also committed to donating a clear, consistent amount with every product sold. However, we are making a change. We’re lucky that we have not had to make any changes to our donations until this point, but the time has come. Effective August 1, 2016 we are changing our donation amount from $10 to 10% of each item sold. This will impact all items sold through your Brave Page(s) after August 1st, 2016.

This was an extremely difficult decision, but I believe it’s the right one. As CEO of Bravelets, I need to be brave and make the difficult decisions to ensure the long term success and sustainability of our brand and vision. When someone is going through a difficult time, it is most important to me that they can turn to Bravelets for support and encouragement. To continue helping people be brave for the decades to come, we must make this change to our donation amount.

When I launched Bravelets, I was in a very dark place in my life. My mom had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and I wanted to create something that my family could wear to support her, and to help her be brave during this difficult time. I also thought it would be great if the bracelet donated a clear and transparent amount back to a respected breast cancer organization. None of this has changed. The Bravelets mission is alive and well. We are here for the long haul, and we are committed to creating a community to help as many people be brave through difficult times as we possibly can.

Yours,Stephanie Hansen"

We are truly thankful for everyone who is a part of the Bravelets community; whether you fundraise with us, have donated to your cause with a bracelet, or are one of our amazing Fundraising Consultants, you are appreciated. This change is not to set you back or pull the wool over your eyes. Changing our donation amount is necessary to keep Bravelets operating and spreading bravery around the country!

This change will also ensure our future. We have made it this far, and we have no intention of stopping. We are aiming to give back as much as we possibly can to you and YOUR cause. We value every single one of you and what you have added to our mission. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at [email protected]

We will be right here if you need us. As always, remember to be brave.

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