The Green is Good Jar

Here’s a fun, family-friendly activity emphasizing random acts of environmental kindness aimed to encourage new eco-happy habits!

1. Label a large reused jar with a ‘Green is Good’ sign. Add your own flair with drawings or a motivational collage of pictures and inspiring phrases.

2. Cut leaf shapes out of scrap paper in different colors and textures– Assign each member of the group their own type of leaf (or just write the name on one side).

3. Each time a person does something kind for the Earth or for the community, write it on a leaf and insert it in the jar. Watch the colorful pile grow and challenge each other to a bit of (eco)friendly competition! *Use the Honor System; the goal is to celebrate the positive things, both big and small, in order to create new habits🙂

4. At the end of the term (maybe a week? a month?), dump out the jar and look through all of the wonderfully kind things you have done as a group. High five the person with the most leaves! Each pick your favorite leaf that someone else did and make them into magnets! Then pin the rest of the leaves to a bulletin board. Celebrate all the great things your family did in just a short amount of time.

5. Inspire other families and groups to fill up their own awesome jars by posting your progress (with photos!) to the Ana Apple Facebook page! I’ll be keeping an eye out for those jars overflowing with gorgeous leaves and happily awarding random goodies to those of you who are really rocking this challenge!

Thank you for doing your small part to make a difference. Remember, Green is Good!

Thanks to you, we made it!!

 

You (yes you) ROCK! Thank you all for supporting my vision to create eco-friendly apparel that celebrates living green with fun and personality. Truly couldn’t have done it without you! xo.

San Diego, Enter to Win!

Head over to the Ana Apple booth, one of over 70 awesome vendors on display at the super-cool Pangaea Outpost! You have until the end of the year to enter. Good luck, hope you score some sweet Pangaea goods or that awesome cruise!!🙂

Put Me In, Coach

Braeburn and I with the lovely and authentic Fabienne Frederickson in April.

What’s that saying? “No man is an island,” right? When it comes to being an entrepreneur, I couldn’t agree more. But here’s the thing: About eight months ago, I was feeling pretty isolated and discouraged. Every new creative inspiration and positive level of growth in my business brought on an increased sense of overwhelm. I’ve always been somewhat of a black sheep among my family + friends– I moved from Hawaii to Washington, DC to attend art school, chopped all my hair off (twice), became vegan-ish, and, of course, started a business. I sure felt like I was a dang island; totally stranded and misunderstood! I even started to doubt if this was the right path I should take.

Then I started reaching out. I made conversation with fellow artists at shows, began following blogs by kick-butt creative women, and actually networked at networking events. Don’t get me wrong; my family and friends have given me unmatched, priceless support that has taken me incredibly far, for which I will be forever grateful! The thing is, there’s something about connecting with fellow entrepreneurs who have experienced your same milestones and roadblocks, your ups and downs. They genuinely celebrate your victories, happily share resources, and pick you up, dust you off when something didn’t go so great (and offer constructive criticism on what can be improved for next time).

So when I found Fabienne Frederickson and the Client Attraction system last Fall, the timing could not have been more perfect. Through her Gold program and especially with the priceless help of other members, I have re-focused my energy on what the Ana Apple brand is truly all about, who I am here to serve, and how to get out of my own dang way and really play bigger! After a wonderful three-day seminar in April, I gave Fabienne a big squeeze and very (very) tearfully thanked her for encouraging me to have clarity, commitment and consistency in my business. I’m ‘in it’ now more than ever.

A big hug, genuine thanks and endless amount of love to my Goldies; I’ve found my tribe of black sheep daring enough to blaze our own paths. You continue to inspire me to jump higher and work smarter!

I’ll be in Stamford, CT, just outside New York City, early next week to reconnect with Fabienne and my Gold group. Absolutely cannot wait to share the a-ha moments with you on how Ana Apple is growing beyond being just a cute clothing company. It’s evolving into a brand that is here to do its small part to contribute to the community by celebrating environmental awareness in a fun, family-friendly way. Glad you’re joining me on the journey🙂

If you are an entrepreneur and would like to know more about Fabienne and the Client Attraction program, please visit www.clientattraction.com and sign up for your free CD offering heaps of valuable content!

Happy Birthday, Etsy!

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Break out the cake and ice cream– it’s time to par-tay! In celebration of Etsy‘s birthday coming up on June 18, Ana Apple is having a store-wide sale!

We believe in celebrating for more than just one day: Enter the code ETSYBDAY12 between June 14-19 for your special discount and party favors with every order😉

Big Summer Plans!

Humbled, inspired and oh so grateful for a wonderful weekend.
Here’s to a kick-butt summer spreading the good word of eco-handmade!

http://www.missionsmallbusiness.com (Search for ‘Ana Apple Designs’)
http://www.urbancraftuprising.com (Seattle, July 7-8)
http://www.stateofunique.com/unique-sf (San Francisco, June 30-July 1)

Show Ana Apple some love!

Holy camoly: Ana Apple is in the running for one of twelve Mission: Small Business grants worth $250,000!

I’ve been working diligently on providing thoughtful answers for my application essays that best articulate what Ana Apple represents, who I am here to serve, and how a grant would help elevate my company to the next level. I can’t wait to share my vision and ideas with more people!

Here’s the catch: My application won’t be considered for the next round until I have 250 votes. The judges want to see that I have people behind me. This is where I need you, my oh-so-amazing support team!

Please help me receive 250 votes on the Mission: Small Business page to get closer to qualifying for a grant. After clicking “Support” on the home page, look for Ana Apple and vote for us!

Thank you, from the bottom of my artsy-fartsy heart, for all of your support. Just shy of the 20% mark with 30 days to go!

Oh, and one more thing: Share your vote on our Facebook page so everyone can see just how cool you are😉

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