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Fair Trade New Year Resolutions

8th January, 2014 - Posted by Kara Roguly - 3 Comments

2013 Global Exchange's San Francisco Fair Trade store holiday tree in all its glory

2013 Global Exchange’s San Francisco Fair Trade store holiday tree in all its glory

When I left the Global Exchange San Francisco shop on Christmas Eve (to drive to my parent’s house in Laguna Beach) it was filled with people and energy, a mixture of Christmas anticipation and December exhaustion.

Our store Christmas tree, holding (8 hours installation time of) little white lights, had been standing strong since Thanksgiving. Filled with ornaments, the promise of a good season and hope for the New Year, this massive, handmade, metal tree was a beacon of 24th street.

December seemed to move fast. Three weeks of intensely paced work quickly transitioned into a week saturated with family. I have a holiday hangover.

One week later, it’s a new year and I am back in the bay. The noel air has calmed and I am adjusting to the slower pace on 24th street. Unlocking the San Francisco shop since what seems like a long time ago, I see our tree has no more hanging ornaments and is ready to come down.

This time last month people were eagerly waiting for the shop to open. Today there is notable time in between people casually walking in. The brisk pace of last week has turned to a relaxed stroll and that frantic holiday look has softened into a seasonal afterglow.

Global Exchange San Francisco Fair Trade Store front window display--winter 2013

Global Exchange San Francisco Fair Trade Store front window display–winter 2013

Transitioning back into work mode, while envisioning our new window displays, I thought about my new year resolutions past and present because I welcome any opportunity to set intentions, believing there is a special power in creating resolutions alongside the abundance of people who are doing the same.

Fair Trade has been and remains a key part of my new year resolutions. I’ve been learning a lot about Fair Trade since I started working at Global Exchange’s Fair Trade stores two years ago, from co-workers, vendors and producers, and from the products themselves. So my 2013 resolution was to purchase only Fair Trade or domestically produced items. I remember looking at my then co-worker and asking “What if I need something that is not Fair Trade?”and she replied, ” then you don’t really need it”. I found this to be true.

In 2014  my resolution is to bring in daily prosperity by:

  • Finding creative ways to inspire prosperity
  • Practicing gratefulness
  • Writing
  • Allowing time for my goals to manifest and enjoying the process through daily meditation
  • Shopping for Fair Trade, local, organic and non-gmo products.

Here are a few of my favorite Fair Trade finds that are available in our stores:

Prosperity Hens handmade in India intended to bring prosperity are available in our shops.

Prosperity Hens handmade in India intended to bring prosperity available in our shops.

Journals Handmade in India great for writing intentions available in our shops

Journals handmade in India great for writing intentions available in our shops

Singing bowl for Meditation Handmade in Tibet and available in Sf

Singing bowl for Meditation handmade in Tibet and available in Sf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would love to hear what your resolutions are. Stop by our Fair Trade shops, check out what’s new and drink some tea with us.

Here is to a prosperous year for all!

xo Kara

Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
― Nelson Mandela

3 Responses to “Fair Trade New Year Resolutions”

  • drea

    Cheers to intentions, positivity and a prosperous 2014 for our GX Fair Trade stores!

  • DR. PETER G. ARNOVICK

    Hi, and thanks for the most interesting and inspirational blog. I will be sending you an e-mail note. Love.

  • Adrienne Fodor

    Great post! I appreciate the idea of going all
    fair-trade, organic and/or local. What a cool intention
    to hold! I look forward to shopping in 2014 with those goggles on.
    First stop – Global Exchange.

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