It's been 3 years since I said yes to the amazing journey that is being a Noonday Collection ambassador! 3 years ago, my heart and eyes were opened up to the injustices in the fashion industry and I knew that now that I knew about it, I couldn't just ignore in. During a time in my life when I was looking for work that had meaning, I came across Noonday's website in a way that can only be described as a "God thing". I was immediately drawn to the beautiful jewelry and the mission to provide living wages for artisans around the world. Fashion and helping people, it was a perfect match for me.
Little did I know how much I'd witness the company grow over the past 3 years. I could see that Noonday was going somewhere, but there's no way that I could have predicted it'd be where it is today. I joined the Noonday team on August 28th, 2012, a few weeks before my 23rd birthday. A few short months after I joined, Noonday reached a milestone of having 100 ambassadors across the country (I was number 80 something, and the very first ambassador for Pennsylvania & New Jersey). Now, there are over 1,000 ambassadors across the country!
We've seen thousands of artisans lives impacted and changed. Dignified jobs have been provided in 12 countries through 30 different artisan businesses. Over a thousand adoptive families have been supported through adoption fundraisers. The impact that your purchases have made, is tangible and visible. Noonday wouldn't exist the way that it does today without each of your purchases. And for that I'm extremely grateful.
Noonday has not only made an impact in the lives of artisans around the world, but it's also made a huge impact on my life. 3 years ago, I thought I was a decently confident person, but I knew that I still had so much fear to tackle. Believe it or not, I used to have a panic attack before a majority of my trunk shows and secretly wished to just cancel the show. But I never did because I believed in the work of the artisans and knew that I had to share their stories and sell their art. Even if I messed up bits of the stories or forgot to tell an important piece of information, the heart behind Noonday Collection was always communicated, and you are evidence of that. Turns out, fear is conquered when you push through it even when you feel completely unprepared.
Now I'm nearing my 26th birthday, a much more confident woman, and Noonday is partly to thank for that. Showing up to trunk shows no longer scares me. I could talk to you about the artisans all day. I've made friends with people I never would have met. And my style has evolved in a way that's more true to who I am on the inside. But there are still some things that scare me. Like asking you to host a trunk show. I'll be really honest with you for a minute, it is not easy being 1 of 2 ambassadors in the area (for almost a 2hr radius). To most of the Northeast, Noonday is relatively unknown. A simple way to change that is through hosting a show and by sharing your excitement about your Noonday purchase with your friends. Little by little our individual efforts create a ripple effect that can spread through all social circles in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. My goal is to one day host a trunk show where the majority of the women have already heard about Noonday and they're buzzing with excitement to see the pieces the artisans have created. And from there to coach more women into taking on the ambassador roll with me to create a platform for the artisans' stories.
I have two fear conquering steps that I want to share with you.
1. I have a great dislike for the phone, but I love the artisans and want to support their businesses, so I'm making it a goal to call some of you and ask you to host a trunk show. If you want to beat me to calling you, email me at email@example.com (I'm not putting my phone number on my public site) to book your show. I'm looking to fill at least 2 spots in September and 4 in October.
2. Creating and sharing goals isn't something that comes naturally to me. What if I put this goal out there and I don't come anywhere close to reaching it? The fear eats at me and I make my goal smaller and share it with no one, so then I don't have to feel anything when I don't reach it. But I've decided to create a goal that I want to reach in September. For my 26th birthday (on September 12), I'd love nothing more than to have 26 orders placed through my website. Each order, big or small, shows that you want to use your purchasing power to create a flourishing world. And everyone who purchases will be entered to win the hostess rewards. You can purchase through this link: bitly.com/LaurasBirthdayND and you have from now until September 26th to make your purchase. Will you help me in reaching my goal?
And just for fun, I thought I'd share a look back at my style evolution with Noonday since 2012. You can tell that in 2012 (at 23) I was still really figuring out who I was and wasn't always the most confident. I've gone through 3 different pairs of glasses, learned how to do my makeup better, and found a style that's more true to who I am and how I feel. One thing hasn't changed though, I love color and having a slightly quirky style.
The year that I was just figuring out my style. Accessories were always "my thing", but now I had a pile of new jewelry that I had to figure out how to style because it was different than my go-to vintage costume jewelry.
The year where I finally figured out how to take a decent self-timer photo. Also the year that I started to really understand how to dress with confidence. And the year that I could not get enough of wearing Annie's Feathered Earrings.
The year that the confidence and happiness really began to show on my face and in my body language. Also the year where I learned how to really dress in ways that not only made me feel good, but complimented my body shape. And the year that my hair grew the longest it's ever been.
The year when I finally met my Noonday sisters in person, along with Jessica Honegger & my style icons Hilary and Jessie. Also the year where I started photographing my outfits in horizontal photos only. And the year that being in loved showed on my face constantly.