In August I ran into a good friend of mine - Molly Wengler. Molly is the ivivva Showroom Manager in Minnesota and lives a life "all about joy, connection + love".
When I ran into Molly she was excited to share that she has been working with Imagine 1 Day, and in 2017 she will be going to Ethiopia to help spread the practice of igolu to the world. She is currently raising $10,000 and as part of her Fundraiser she approached me with a collaboration idea. Together we would sell a customized piece of jewelry with 50% of the proceeds going towards her fundraising campaign. Obviously I said yes.
To learn more about Molly and the reasons why she choose what she is doing I sat down to ask her a couple questions, this is what I found out..
Q. Keri - You obviously have a passion for giving back, what made you choose Imagine 1 day?
A. Molly - There are many things about imagine1day that made it an authentic choice for me. I appreciate the model that is used to support education in Ethiopia, there is a commitment from the communities themselves, which creates a beautiful partnership with sustainable changes. I am also a "YES!" for their commitment to supporting leadership programming in their schools, specifically the work of igolu, which is a body of work that has had a huge impact in my life. The combination of leadership, communication, and education is something that lights me up. This work is the perfect way to contribute to something I believe in.
Q. Keri - What impact do you hope to have by going to Ethiopia?
A. Molly - I believe this trip will begin the conversation of a global change in how we educate our children. Bringing leadership and communication into the classroom is what I believe to be the future of education across the globe.
Q. Keri - What made you want to collaborate with coastal chains?
A. Molly - When I spent a year in Vancouver, Keri was one of the first people I connected with. The fact that she creates beautiful things was a bonus addition to knowing her as a person. I love supporting entrepreneurs and totally adore the things she creates!
Q. Keri - What does the possibility necklace mean to you?
A. Molly - There are several igolu principles represented in this necklace. The first is the circle, it represents the power of knowing what you want; living with intention of what you want in your circle. The name “possibility” represents creating a future from above the line; living in choice, creativity, and possibility. These principles, along with the other igolu work, have a strong presence in my life and are what I get to share with the world on this trip.
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