I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my personal goal with fashion, I AM Kindness, I AM MPLS! and other side projects. I keep coming back to the idea that I want to create an environment in which everybody wins. And I think it can happen. I saw this quote go through “the feed” the other day and it really aligned with where my head has been as of late.
“I’m not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it.”
Working in the ad industry the word “authenticity” is thrown around so often that if I hear it one more time, I’ll punch myself in the face. You can’t fake sincerity or empathy and now more than EVER before we want to feel valuable and connected.
One thing I’ve learned from a few of our little I AM Kindness outings is that we all want someone to listen to our story. We want to be heard and feel like we matter. You matter if you are driving a bus, sitting in the corner of a senior home in St. Louis Park, working in marketing at Pixel Farm, or working the sales register at the Holiday gas station. I love how I AM Kindness is really making an effort to make people of all walks of life feel special. In a real way. That’s why when people ask if I want to grow I AM Kindness and I AM MPLS! into national organizations my usual response is, “Yes. But it has to be done carefully. I can’t lose the authenticity.”
What am I really excited about? We can choose moments EVERY DAY to make people know they matter. It’s pretty cool. I’ve been trying to be more conscious and aware of people around me and really listen for opportunities that might brighten their day. My ultimate goal with I AM Kindness is to inspire and remind us all that kindness is free. And it feels SO DAMN GOOD!
At this point, if I hadn’t made you throw up in your mouth….I’d like to simply ask you to go out of your way for someone today.
Now you’re probably wondering, what sparked this rant?! And you’re probably thinking, “Sarah, you’re not a writer”. You’re right, I’m not a writer, but I’m a dreamer and a maker and sometimes when I don’t have time to express my thoughts through an experience or an event I need another way to share.
What really inspired this post was learning that local fashion designer, Lisa Hackwith is partnering with Minneapolis-based international humanitarian organization American Refugee Committee to create a special, limited design garment available in honor of World Refugee Day on June 20.
Named to encourage the idea that beauty and respect for individuality are central to restoring hope and creating a haven when all else is lost, the “Haven Top” celebrates the work happening around the world to help displaced persons take back control of their lives.
A perfect pairing, the clean, organic spirit of Lisa Hackwith’s design aesthetic thoughtfully aligns with the human-centered mission of ARC to capture one-of-a-kind release. All proceeds of the purchase of this piece contribute to ARC’s community programs, which help refugees worldwide. A numbered sequence of only 15 garments will be made.
The design has just been released online and will be available for purchase at 9am on Friday, June 20. I’m sure they will sell out quickly and there are only 15 available. If you’re interested in purchasing the Haven Top, I recommend getting the Hackwith Design House site early!