How to Be More Confident

Starting a company and public speaking at 15 years-old really teaches you a thing or two about confidence. You know when swim instructors throw a small child in a pool to show them that they can swim? Yeah, it’s kind of like that. Terrifying at first, but then you realize you had it in you […]

August 31, 2020

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career, Empowerment, Lifestyle

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Can Manifesting Help You Reach Your Dreams?

The word “manifesting” has been rising in popularity on social media again. Is it real? Spiritual hoopla or a success strategy? Most importantly: Can “manifesting” really help you reach your dreams? Manifestation can be a turbulent word for some, depending on their belief system or lack of belief system. So, let’s neutralize it, take the […]

August 29, 2020

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career, Empowerment, Lifestyle

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Who Do I Want to Be During a Pandemic?

These are the days we thought only happened in history books. We never thought they would happen to us, in our lifetime. But it has. And for the first time I’m fully understanding that those “stories” in the history books we had to read in school —  those history stories had characters, real living characters. […]

March 19, 2020

Empowerment, Lifestyle

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Dressember: Fight Slavery with My Dress Design

What is Dressember Last year, I participated in Dressember — a global challenge wherein one wears a dress every day in December to raise money to fight human trafficking. Wearing a dress in the dead of winter is a bit odd. Therefore, it’s a brilliant opportunity to remind others that slavery is the highest it’s every been […]

November 26, 2019

Dressember 2019 Dress Designer Elisabeth Huijskens The Elisabeth Trades of Hope

Empowerment, Justice, Style

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Time Management Tips to Do it All

I get the question a lot: “How do you do everything you’re doing now?” For those who don’t know: I’m working on my Master’s degree in Social Change + Advocacy, helping lead the ethical fashion brand I started, trying to get an internship in a D.C. office this summer, and growing an online platform. All […]

March 15, 2019

Empowerment, Lifestyle

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Free Monthly Wallpapers: March | Women’s History Month

Every month, I create and give you free wallpapers to slip on your phones. When I’ve got a cute wallpaper on, my life feels that much more put together. Because it’s Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day, you’ll notice a feminist theme! My strongest belief is that, though men and women are […]

March 8, 2019

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Empowerment, Free Stuff

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12 Movies of Strong Women to Watch for Women’s History Month

It’s time, ladies! Women’s History Month is all of March! To celebrate, I created a list of 12 Movies of Strong Women to Watch for Women’s History Month. And while I believe it’s important to remember that we always stand on the shoulders and sacrifices of the women before us, these movies are bold ways […]

March 3, 2019

Empowerment, Justice

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What I Love About Being Single

I NEVER talk about being single on the internet. Honestly, I find it a person’s relationship status dreadfully boring. Someone’s relationship status tells you NOTHING definitive about them. There are so many far more interesting things to talk about! But on this Valentine’s Day week, I want to change the way we think about being […]

February 12, 2019

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Empowerment, Photos + Vlogs

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3 Ways to Conquer Change

The earth is filled with reminders and comforts that whisper, “Whatever you’re going through, it’s okay. It’s a part of life. Trust that where you are right now is a beautiful part of the process.” I used to dread change. (No exaggeration, I went away to college kicking and crying because I hated transition so […]

February 10, 2019

Empowerment, Life in DC, Photos + Vlogs

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What I Do: My Job Empowering Women

Q: What do you do? A: I founded an ethical fashion brand, Trades of Hope. Trades of Hope sells fair trade fashion + home accessories made by women who are facing poverty. However, the women we partner with don’t want charity but an opportunity. They have faced oppression, hunger, and desperation; but with a dignified […]

January 11, 2019

Empowerment, Trades of Hope

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