What I Love About The Brave Collection

The Brave Collection.

What I Love About The Brave Collection

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend or relative this holiday season, while also filling the need to help those who are less fortunate, look no further than The Brave Collection.

An avid follower of New York Times columnist and Half the Sky author, Nicholas Kristof, I first heard of The Brave Collection through Facebook. There was an opportunity to buy the bracelet with an additional amount given to another charity. As much as I wanted to purchase the bracelet, it was the end of summer and I was running low on money.

I waited it out, did a bit more research, and decided to make my purchase. If Nicholas Kristof was a supporter, I had no reason to doubt the good behind the simple piece of jewelry. All too often, pieces that donate to charity just don’t suit my personality. But, the bracelets sold through The Brave Collection are almost too pretty to choose just one. Finally, after much thought, I decided on the coral.

The Brave Collection.

Each bracelet says “Klahan” (Klaa-han) meaning “Brave” in Khmer, Cambodia’s language, and I don’t know a woman who couldn’t use a reminder on their wrist telling them to be brave. But, the meaning behind these bracelets runs so much deeper than that alone.

This line of jewelry is handmade in Cambodia, a country who has seen its share of hardship. Not only is the collection a way to celebrate and preserve the culture of the country, but also to employ talented, yet underprivileged artists. Each bracelet is woven by hand and symbolizes universal bravery. As if that wasn’t enough to make you want to purchase a bracelet, each purchase is also a donation to fight human trafficking and support for fair trade.

Additionally, this month, The Brave Collection is collaborating with World Food Program USA. If you purchase a Deep Blue bracelet, a donation will be made to support newborns in their first one thousand days of life. Just enter “WorldFood” at check out, and a donation will be made in your honor.

I wear my bracelet everyday as a reminder of those I am helping, and how I can help myself. Being a woman, no matter where in the world you may be, isn’t always an easy role to fill, and I don’t think it hurts for us to wear a bracelet that reminds us to be brave. To stick up for ourselves and our beliefs, to remind us what we are worth, and to knock down any and all stereotypes. A reminder on our wrists of who we are and what we are capable of is important; we all could use a little reminder now and then to be brave.

For more information on the product and founder Jessica Hendricks, check out their website, and while you’re there, purchase a bracelet for you or someone you love, to help make life a little better for someone less fortunate.

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Comments (12)

  1. Pola (@jettingaround)

    I like products that support a good cause. Thank you for introducing me to the Brave Collection, Erin! Lovely bracelet! I’ll take a look at the website. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Of course! I love products like this too. So glad I can help spread the word. 🙂

  2. Francesca

    Lovely piece of jewelry that supports a worthwhile cause – how can we go wrong?? I need to look into this some more; my holiday gift shopping dilemma may have just been solved!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Hope I helped you solve a shopping problem. 🙂 Agreed, I love when good causes come together with stylish accessories.

  3. Sky

    I love brands/companies that give back. I hadn’t heard about this one before but I am so checking it out. I’m trying to make all of my gifts either homemade/bought from local artisans or from companies like this.

    1. The World Wanderer

      That’s such a great idea, Sky! I think I’ll try to do the same. 🙂

  4. Ashley

    This is an absolutely wonderful gift and I couldn’t think of more deserving people. I just got back from Cambodia and they were the nicest people I met in Southeast Asia.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I am really hoping to get there soon. So sad I missed out on the country.

  5. the lazy travelers

    love this! thanks for introducing us to the bracelet, had never heard of them before 🙂

  6. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Lovely product and a worthwhile cause too! I’m just about to check out their website!

  7. Bishnu

    Dear Brave Girl,Being wealthy and poerprsous is a choice. Hard to believe because who would chose to be poor? But like so many of our destinations in life, we didn’t get there overnight. We got there by making all sorts of little choices and some were unconscious. So how do I get out of there and where I want to be? We recognize our choices then we change them. Sometimes we change them then we recognize them and you’ll understand that better in a moment. So brave heart, where do we begin? Well we have to stop worrying about money. Hard to do when you are in the middle of lack, believe me I know I wasn’t always wealthy but I am now. I struggled for years. You have to stop worrying and if this is your focus for a while it will be the biggest step in the direction you want to go. Well it was for me and it was so transforming that I know it made the difference. So how did I stop worrying? I had to tune my attention to the good things in my life. They could be small or few but I promise as you start looking for them you will find more and more. I started every evening when I went to bed, I thought about all the good things in my life, really mulled over them. Okay so a few of those lack thoughts would slip in like I really appreciate my car and the freedom it affords me from riding the bus. (bicycle/subway whatever fits) Then I’d think, Well if I don’t get the money for the car payment I won’t have that either. Oops, step backwards. That’s okay, I told myself, because its okay to be nice to myself after all I’m doing the best I can. So I tell myself, Erase that last thought and substitute this one; God/Budda/The Universe (insert your belief system as to who makes the world go around) will take care of me! Then I thought about something else good. And if a negative thought slipped in, I’d do my best to catch it, tell myself to erase it (I’d actually visualize myself erasing that thought in my brain) then I’d replace it with a positive one assure myself everything was going to be okay. Well now sometimes I didn’t quite believe it but I kept it up and you need to do that too. One minute at a time, one day at a time, one small step at a time and you’ll get there. How long before I started to see results you ask? The more I did it the better things got. Some special thoughts others shared with me helped. One was, when the beautiful bird I see wakes each morning they are not worried about where their food/water/shelter will come from I don’t need to worry either because the universe will provide for me as long as I beleive. And of course I love Niki’s Just do it. But wait there’s more. When I woke as I was milling around the house getting ready, I started being grateful for the good things I found in my life, and I said to myself that its going to be a good day. I also started doing it throughout the day got a great front row parking spot at the grocery store (lucky me, thank you God/Budda/Universe) I made it right on time to an important meeting (good job girl). But I still found I was hearing negative thoughts during the day. Gosh we think so many thoughts, how do I change that tape recording in my head? Dang, some of them sounded like my mother scolding me ( Good girls don’t get angry. or Nice girls only say nice things, shame on you for saying that. ) Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mom and we are the dearest of friends. Plus it was ME with the tape stuck in my head. Someone wise said, When we are at peace with ourselves nothing anyone else says to us can steal it. But that’s another lesson. Keep going.Well again I knew I had to take action replace that tape but how? I made my own tape. A list really. I found some positive thoughts or affirmations I wanted to believe about me and my world. You can find these on the internet, in many books, movies etc. If it rings true for you then claim it. Richard Bach (author of Jonathan Livingston Seagul) said in his awesome book Illusions; The truth is where you find it. So true! Anyway some of my favorites are Every day in every way I’m getting better and better. and I am a beautiful, loving child of God and I express my divine self perfectly. It was fun to find about a dozen favorites. The number doesn’t matter, however many you find, whatever you want to see in your life. Oh yes, don’t forget to add something about prosperity like one of my original ones was Divine love through me blesses and multiplies all that I am, all that I have, all that I give and all that I receive. My affirmations change over the years as I grow you’ll see what I mean as you grow too. Okay I’ve got this great list, how do I replace the tape? First thing in the morning I write them out or type them out each one three times in a row. Really, is that necessary? Yep! I’m saying them in my head as I write/type them out every day and they start to sink in. Remember we didn’t get here overnight we need to do a little work to get back on course. Because whether or not you believe it right now you are in the right place at the right time doing the right thing you are where you need to be for your soul to learn its life lesson. You deserve all that you desire and you can have it but you need to let yourself have it. We’ve been brought up to believe so many things that don’t serve us. Let’s let them go and lets claim the good for ourselves. Its yours if you really want it but it really is your choice. And remember Winston Churchill’s words as you go along; Never, never, never, never give up! Every failure, error, misstep is an opportunity to start again.So one last direction the list isn’t just for first thing in the morning. As you start writing/typing them out each day they will stick in your head. So when I was walking home from work I’d hear some old tape start in my head Your feet are homely. or You are in this mess because you deserve it. or whatever. When I’d hear it I’d remind myself that is the wrong tape playing and I’d think about my positive thoughts and I’d say everyone I could remember, over and over. Then suddenly I was noticing pretty flowers along the way (Boy Mother Nature, you are awesome, thank you for showing me that.). It didn’t happen overnight but I saw progress the more I focused weekly, sometimes daily, things started to change. And I forgave myself every time I forgot and started my own little pity party. I’d finally remind myself that this isn’t where I want to be and what I’m doing is keeping me here and I’d start again. Hang in there. You’ll start to see results, enjoy those small victories and they will come more and more often. Feel the love when you think about good things. Hold a loved one (child/pet/sister/girlfiriend) and feel the love. And think this is good. Praise yourself when you remember, start again when you forget. And one day, honestly since I was determined and worked at it, it took me just a few months. Some changes started soon but a bit down the road and suddenly things started going really well I didn’t have to think about how it was going to happen, just kept reminding myself that I will get there as long as I keep walking in that direction. Isn’t that how we get anywhere? And keep doing the work even as good things start happening. You’ll see, soon it becomes a habit and you don’t even realize you are doing it. The good tape plays and the bad one is gone. And I have all the money I could possibly need seriously!! But I’m even more wealthy than that. I have a job where people are wonderful and fun and they really care about me. I have many dear friends and some truly awesome soul sisters. I have loved ones around me. I love my world. (Which reminds me Louise Hay has some great tapes/CDs of affirmations, which you can borrow from the library. It was good sometimes to listen to someone else tell me You deserve praise. and all her other fabulous thoughts. She’s also on FB.)And believe it or not I love you. You are me, just where I was just a few years ago. My heart aches for you to have your dreams too. You deserve it. Go for it Brave Girl. You will succeed.

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