Meet our Stylists – Issue 8

  1. Where are you from?

Originally Sioux Falls SD – moving to Marion IA in near future 

  1. Why did you sign up for JE?

To make extra income to be able to go out on the road with my husband truck driving

Are you in a relationship?

Married for a little over a year!

Do you have any children?

2 bonus sons

Do you have any pets?

2 cats

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Road trip throughout the lower 48

What takes up too much of your time?

stress

What makes your day better?

Being with my crew and holding my fur babies 

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished?

Alyssa 

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Being full time SAHM

How was your life different one year ago?

Less confident and more reserved 

What are you most likely to become famous for?

Never giving up 

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Retire from corporate America 

Who or what inspires you?

Rachel Hollis

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

Not overthinking every little thing 

What risks are worth taking?

Ones that will better your life in the long run, and ones that help others too

What makes life good?

Family

What do you want to be remembered for?

My determination 

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

Making my own schedule

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

Truck driver hauled my heart away, I don’t spew profanities I enunciate them like a f***ing lady, friends don’t let friends do stupid things (alone)

Mission: Choose Kindness

Imagine you are walking down the street; you’re stressed out about work, you’re fighting with your best friend or you’re simply just having a bad day.  At that moment, someone approaches you and smiles.  That’s it.  A simple smile.  Somehow, in that brief second, you forget about your worries, and smile back.

The bullying epidemic is being felt by schools nationwide.  Currently, 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally or physically, while cyber bullying numbers are rapidly approaching similar statistics. When polled, 60% of middle school students said they had been bullied, while only 16% of staff believe that students were being bullied.  The lack of knowledge, understanding and awareness is only aiding in the growth of bullying and hindering the resolution. Darlayna Campbell saw that something needed to be done, and the topic needed to be exposed.  The phrase “Choose Kindness” resonated with her, and she made it her life’s mission.  She and her growing team are committed to bringing kindness, love, and happiness to schools and people everywhere.

Read the interview with Darlayna below:

 

What is Mission: Choose Kindness?

Mission: Choose Kindness was established in 2019 in Vero Beach, FL when I decided to use one of my t-shirts from my boutique as a tool to enhance our world by visually reminding everyone to choose kindness in their everyday lives. My good friend Randee, and JE Stylist, has been extremely instrumental in helping me launch this campaign to a new level and has contributed many creative ideas. Having the desire to grow this mission, jointly we came up with thinking of this mission as a “relay race” for kindness. Our race is to support my charity of choice, Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center and to simply spread kindness! Basically, a T-shirt fundraiser relay but with a powerful message! We now have over 15 passionate JE Stylist’s that represent their city/state to lend a kind hand in their communities. We are a group of individuals that are on the same mission to “Spread Kindness One Shirt At A Time!” We believe that just a few simple words on a T-Shirt will make an immense impact on our kids and our communities! Metaphorically speaking, I have passed the “baton” to Randee up in Haverhill, MA so she can duplicate what I am doing in my area and she has passed the “baton” to Kelley in Bradford, MA! Colleen in Boynton jumped in the race and then Valaire in Kansas took off running, and so on… Keeping the momentum going, slow and steady will WIN this one friends!

What does the foundation mean to you?

MCK was just a thought that I had after I became a JE Stylist in August 2018. As soon as I saw the shirt that said Choose Kindness I knew immediately I wanted to do something bigger than just sell a t-shirt. It began with the thought of how amazing it would be to get this shirt in front of as many kids as possible. I created a go fund me page and asked for donations so that I could purchase the shirts and hand out to teachers. I raised over $700 and then distributed the shirts at my son’s school. What a joy to see the staff excited to wear them. With those donations I was able to support Pacer’s with a portion of the proceeds and this led to a huge fundraiser for that school to help their own cause. I was able to distribute 125 Choose Kindness and Kind is Cool shirts that the kids and staff bought to wear on a special themed Friday dress down day. The kindness meter was off the charts and what an impact we made on the future of our children.

What was your WHY for starting this mission?

Mission: Choose Kindness was started because I was a victim to bullying in my middle school days. I wanted to turn my negative experiences into a positive mission. If I could change someone’s mind to be kind by seeing a positive message on a t-shirt then I know I’m doing my part to help to make this world a better place. This is more than just changing lives, it’s changing a “life” by leading someone down the right path by making a better choice. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

How do you promote your cause?

I have a private Facebook group specifically for everyone that wants to join me on this mission. It’s a page for us to share our creative designs, information and stories. I created a banner, logo and a t-shirt (thank you Jacquie) that is specific to this cause. We basically duplicate each other by hanging the banner at our events and wear the same shirt so that we will begin to be recognized worldwide! Each of us created our own MCK Facebook page as well.

I recently created a website that showcases what we do and lists all our representatives. I have added an events page and photo gallery page, so you can keep up with us. My most current addition is a DONATE button that can be used for anyone who would like to contribute toward our general fund which helps with operating expenses, advertising, shirts, community service work and I would like to in the future be able to send each one of the MCK representatives free kindness t-shirts as a ‘thank you’ to use however they would like to spread this mission. Anytime we get donations or sell kindness shirts we all have committed to giving back monetarily to Pacer’s. (To date we have raised approx. $450 for them. www.pacer.org/bullying

To learn more about our mission, donate or to jump in the race, go to www.missionchoosekindness.org

Contact: Darlaynadc@yahoo.com for inquiries.

Life can bring people down at times.  Rather it is situational or rooted deeper.  One thing that remains true regardless of the scenario, when those surrounding you are kind, everything else seems slightly better. We thank you Darlayna and every Mission: Choose Kindness representative; for your mission, kindness, and compassion.

Meet Our Stylists – Issue 7

Where are you from?

Fargo, ND

Why did you sign up for JE?

I originally signed up because I saw my friend and current upline, McKenzie, doing it. I thought it would be fun to make a little side cash, but what I got was A LOT more.  Friends, great support system

What rank are you at with JE?

Sapphire Soul- under $1,000 away from Black Diamond!! 😁

Are you in a relationship?

Engaged as of February 2nd, 2019 😍❤️

Do you have any children?

Not yet

Do you have any pets?

One Morkie dog. Her name is Daisy, she is the face behind my boutique name “Daisys Dresser”! 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

There are so many adventures I’d like to go on, however, Greece is on my bucket list! 

What takes up too much of your time?

Looking at my phone 🤦🏻‍♀️ and watching Netflix

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished? 

My parents- they’re my rock and without their success, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? 

Getting married, starting a family and getting settled. 

How was your life different one year ago?

I was not as motivated to be successful as I am today. I started working harder and not caring what others think. 

What are you absolutely determined to do? 

Live a happy, healthy, successful life.

What makes life good? 

Family. Friends. Dogs. Coffee. Faith. Body Pump 😉 

What do you want to be remembered for? 

Being caring and dependable 

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique? 

Setting my own hours, the convenience and all the people I have connected with- stylists and customers.

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

ONLY 3?! There are so many to choose from.

Meet Our Stylists – Issue 6

Where are you from?

Harding MN

Why did you sign up for JE?

I was looking for something to add to my families income. Something that could help me reach some dreams for my family. I had been in networking for some years and knew that’s what I wanted, but I wanted it to be something different. Something new! Something that would bring joy to my life as well! JE looked like it may be what I needed! Then a heard about the foundation and as a mom of two miracle babies after 6 plus years of infertility I knew this finding was meant to be! So here I am and loving it! 

Are you in a relationship?

I’m married to my husband of 11 years (12 in August)

Do you have any children?

We are so thankful to have two beautiful blessings after years of trying! Our son Kiptin who’s 4 (5 in July) and daughter Madalyn age 3 who goes by Nin since that’s how her brother said her name as a baby and it stuck!

Do you have any pets?

We live out in the country and currently 2 fish, 3 dogs, a cat with kittens on the way and several chickens. 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Every day is an amazing adventure! Anything to do with my kids to me is the most amazing adventure! Next I’d love to take my babies to the ocean! 

What takes up too much of your time?

I’m not sure how to answer this one. Currently my full time job takes up so much time. I love how this job I can schedule it around my families needs! Not scheduling my families needs around it! 

What makes your day better?

The embracing arms of my littles! Those sweet little eyes and smile with the words of mommy I love you with an embarrassing hug! That makes anything and everything better! 

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished?

So many I can’t list just one. 

How was your life different one year ago?

A year ago I was feeling really down and just blah. Thankfully now I’m loving what I do, surrounded by ladies who bring me up and loving happiness! 

What are you most likely to become famous for? 

For being myself if that’s an answer haha! Not sure I’ll be famous haha but people love my real true self and how I share it all! No sugar coating! 

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Raise children who know they can do anything they set their mind to! Spread kindness and be joyful! 

Who or what inspires you?

All the amazing ladies out there who are not just being ladies but being legends!

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

Not over loading haha.

What risks are worth taking?

Anything that you feel will bring your soul happiness and make your dreams become goals and your goals to become those dreams come true! 

What makes life good?

The kind people in it that lift us up and bring happiness to us! 

What do you want to be remembered for?

For being myself! Always be you!  

What advice would you give to others to motivate them?

If you want it bad enough you can make anything possible! It won’t be easy but it will be worth it!

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

Flexibility! The ability to schedule my work around my family and not my family around my work! The ability to know that there is no end to my accomplishments… There is no cap on as high as I can push my goals! 

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

“Whatever makes your soul happy do that” is my top one! ….only three? That’s hard! I think I’d have to say then “We rise by lifting others” and “mom wife boss”

Meet Our Stylists – Issue 5

Do you have any nicknames?

Usually people just call me Cameo, but sometimes I get  Cam or Cammy

Why did you sign up for JE?

My good friend had started her boutique, and it looked like she was having fun! 

Are you in a relationship?

Yes, I have a wonderful boyfriend.

Do you have any children?

No

Do you have any pets?

I have 2 pets, one is a Siamese mix cat named Coco (boy), the other is a German Shepherd, Husky Lab named Stella (girl)

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Hiking and relaxing in an exotic area 🙂 that is one adventure I haven’t been on travel wise!

What takes up too much of your time?

Doing projects around my house! 

What makes your day better?

Being with friends, or finishing a new DIY project.

What has impressed you the most with what you have accomplished?

I am a nurse in my dream location on my dream floor- Pediatrics 

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Hopefully getting my house to where I want it, sell it, and hopefully start my family within the next 10 years. 

How was your life different one year ago?

I was not a part of J. Elizabeth at this time last year, and I was in a different area in my full time job. 

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Remodel my house and sell it.

Who or what inspires you?

Rachel Hollis

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

Doing “head math”. I’ve always been really good at doing math but head math is my weakness. 

What risks are worth taking?

Adventurous travels

What makes life good?

Being happy with yourself and being able to help enrich others lives

What do you want to be remembered for?

Being nice and helpful to others and making people happy

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

I love that I can work it on my own time, and I love the shirts and other accessories!!

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

Happy Go Lucky Ray of Sunshine, Dogs Cause People Suck, Being a Nurse is Heart Work

Operation Connor Share

It is amazing what can happen when a mother has a dream for not only her son, but the world.  Operation Connor Share began almost 10 years ago when Colleen Brennan decided to teach her son firsthand what it means to treat others with kindness, and pay it forward.  She and her son Connor set out to make Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people and hand deliver them to locals who had nowhere to go for the Holiday.   The joy Colleen and Connor felt that day launched their lifelong mission to “Pay it Forward” and Operation Connor Share was born.
By the third Thanksgiving the duo set out to deliver meals to those in need, their operation increased by 900%!  Operation Connor share has since blossomed, bringing relief to anyone in need, and touching the lives of all who are involved in their mission.
Read the interview with Colleen on Operation Connor Share and learn more about their mission:
What does the foundation mean to you?   Operation Connor share started as a way to teach my son the meaning of giving back to those less fortunate. It started out very small when he was three years old feeding just 10 people we had seen in our city regularly who we knew were in need of food and shelter. Something moved me so deeply when I saw my little 3 year old bring a grown man to tears by sharing a plate of food with him that he helped make that I knew we had to continue on.
What is your focus? Our focus has grown exponentially over the years. We are coming up on our 10 year anniversary and we have learned to tune into things that move our heart. Much like J. Elizabeth wants {their} customers to feed their soul and do whatever makes your soul happy!!! We have learned to allow God to point us in each direction. I think when you let compassion for others take over you see the world a little differently. A long time ago I realized that in order to be philanthropic, you don’t need a lot of money, you need compassion. There are so many ways to help others. It starts with a smile. It grows from there.
How do you promote Operation Connor Share? We have always used Facebook as our primary way to promote our cause and that has led to new channels covering a couple of things we have done.
We are so grateful to J. Elizabeth for giving us a new way to reach out to help those in need. I never dreamed that we would have this channel of love and happiness to spread to others. Connor is busy preparing his packages of color your hospital T’s to deliver to children who are sick in the hospitals! We are super excited to have been asked to have a booth at VIDCON in Anaheim CA July 9-14 for Operation Connor Share! We can’t wait to share the amazing J. Elizabeth brand and our message of paying it forward to over 80,000 people!!
Where do you see the Future of Operation Connor Share? It is my hope that Connor will continue to give back to those in need and that Operation Connor Share is recognized globally. I hope that he passes this down to his children and that the generations that follow will keep it going. We definitely want to expand the James Brennan Jr. Scholarship Fund to be able to help high school students in many states obtain a scholarship to go on to college. This will be our 4th year Connor will hand out scholarships in his grandfather’s memory.
What can others do to join you in your mission?  I think the biggest thing that people can do is to recognize that there is a greater need out there. To help us personally would be to spread the word that Operation Connor Share is available to help others in several capacities.  Our hope is that we can find people in other states who will proudly wear our Operation Connor Share Pay it Forward shirt and give back to those in need. My hope would to see families post on our Facebook page photos of them in their Operation Connor Share Pay it forward shirts going to visit the elderly in nursing homes, visiting sick children in hospitals taking Connors “gifts of happy,” making peanut butter sandwiches together and handing them out to those in need who have no food, holding a door for someone with disabilities, doing a 5k walk or run for a good cause! It would warm our hearts to just know that people are thinking outside of their own circles to give to someone else. You don’t need to have money to be philanthropic, you just need compassion for others.
Visit OperationConnorShare.com for more information, or visit their page on Facebook to keep up with their work! https://www.facebook.com/operationconnorshare1

Meet Our Stylists – Issue 4

Where are you from?

I grew up in Tiskilwa Illinois and currently live in Sterling Illinois.

Do you have any nicknames?

Tatertot has been my nickname since I was a little kid. I also was called Tash.2 in school.

Why did you sign up for JE?

I signed up because I loved the shirts. I also knew I could sell them because they are amazing and super soft!

Are you in a relationship?

Yes, I am engaged and getting married May 23, 2019! 

Do you have any children?

No, but I have two amazing godsons and one niece and one nephew.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, we have Diesel who is a pitbull, and Ellis our cat. Diesel my fiancé found in a box on the side of the road when he was a puppy, and Ellis I saved from the horrible window box in Petsmart.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

I would love to visit France some day. 

What takes up too much of your time?

I spend way to much time cleaning the house. Haha. Cleaning never ends! 

What makes your day better?

When I get home from work and Diesel just wants to cuddle together. Mind you he lays half way on me and is 60lbs. He always thinks he is a lap dog. Haha.

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished?

My friend Ashley, she’s more like a sister now and she is rocking at being a single mom to her two little boys. She works full-time and raises them amazingly. I hope to be just as amazing when I have kids!

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

In the next 10 years, raising a family of my own, getting a remodel done to the house, and continuing my job by getting a promotion.

What movie title best describes your life?

I am not sure. Ive been through a lot in my life, more than a lot of people have been.

What are you most likely to become famous for?

My clothing addiction. Haha. Probably for my woodworking skills. I love to build and create new things.

What are you absolutely determined to do?

I am determined to keep moving forward with my job and J. Elizabeth. Also to help my godsons to grow up and be the gentlemen I know they can be.

Who or what inspires you?

Who inspires me most is definitely my godsons, I love to do my best at everything because I know they are watching me. They are only 3 and 4 but I know they watch what I do. My fiancé Matt also inspires me to do my best that I can.  No matter what he always is behind me on things I do.

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

Not over thinking everything. Also budget tracking. I am so bad at that! 

What risks are worth taking?

Every risk. I love taking risks!

What makes life good?

To have friends and family around you and support you.

What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered for my hard work, for how I am always trying to help others out with whatever they need. No matter what I will always be remembered for how long my hair is. Haha

What advice would you give to others to motivate them?

I would tell them to just be themselves and set goals whether they are a monthly goal or a daily goal. They make you work harder for them and when you work hard and hit that goal you will always have a smile from ear to ear. 

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

I absolutely love the new designs that are released. Also I love working at my own pace, my life can get super busy at times and I always know I can pause the boutique and get right back in it. 

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

Oh man, that is hard to pick just 3. Haha. Well i love the adult humor shirts because that is more my style. But if I had to choose 3 other shirts they would be: Country Love (was the first shirt I bought too), Don’t be a lady be a legend, and My reasons why (customizable one)

Meet Our Stylists! – Issue 3

Why did you sign up for JE?

To bring in extra money for my family.

Are you in a relationship?

Yes, I am married.

Do you have any children?

Yes, I have 3 boys.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have 4 dogs.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?

Go to Italy and Greece 

What takes up too much of your time?

Nursing School

What makes your day better?

Seeing my kids happy smiling faces.

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished?

My grandma, she was a lieutenant navy nurse, she raised 5 kids, she always had a smile on her face. She helped raise my sister and I.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Getting my dream job as a nurse. 

How was your life different one year ago?

I was working at a job that wasn’t fulfilling and doing the daily grind. Now I am in school for my dream job as a nurse

What are you most likely to become famous for?

That’s a good question, lol no idea

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Be able to support myself and get through school to become a nurse. 

Who or what inspires you?

My grandma, my mom, (and) my kids inspire me. When I look at my kids I want to give them the world.  I want them to be happy and have a great life. 

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

Remembering things! 

What risks are worth taking?

Not working full time right now to go to school to do what i have always wanted to do. 

What makes life good?

Seeing my kids laugh and smile. 

What do you want to be remembered for?

My kindness. 

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

I get to do it on my own terms. I get to make it what I want. I get to share fun shirts with people. 

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

The first shirt i purchased was the pot head shirt.  My second favorite shirt is just because I am awake doesn’t mean I am ready to do things,  and my 3rd favorite is but first gangster rap. 

Meet Our Stylists! -Issue 2-

Why did you sign up for JE?

Honestly, I signed up because I was recovering from a hysterectomy and needed something to occupy my time 🙂

Are you in a relationship?

I will be celebrating 14 years of marriage in May! 

Do you have any children?

Yes. I have 1 son, who is 17, and 2 daughters 12 & 4.

What takes up too much of your time?

My phone. I have to make sure I stay up to date with JE!! 

What makes your day better?

Hugs from my children. 

Who has impressed you the most with what they have accomplished? 

My son. He has always been a straight “A” student, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, he will graduate high school next year with a high school diploma and an International Baccalaureate Diploma, and scored a 34 on his ACT. He is so determined to succeed in everything that he does. 

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Moving to the beach and helping save sea turtles. 

How was your life different one year ago?

I wasn’t on my phone as much 🙂 I’m thankful for the opportunity that I was given. 

What movie title best describes your life?

Just Go With It

What are you most likely to become famous for?

My son. He will be on Broadway one day 🙂 

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Raise my children to be successful adults, generate more sales this year with my boutique and take more risks! 

What do you wish your brain was better at doing? 

Everything. Mom brain is real! 

What risks are worth taking?

Anything that will change your life! You must be willing to take a chance or your life will never change. 

What makes life good?

Knowing that I am forgiven, that I have a roof over my head, food on the table and I am surrounded by the ones I love. Life isn’t about the material things, it’s so much more…

What do you want to be remembered for?

My unique sense of humor, and compassion for others.

What advice would you give to others to motivate them?

You will never know if you don’t try. It takes time and definitely doesn’t happen over night or even in a month. It takes dedication and motivation to succeed with anything in life. You receive what you put in. 

What is your favorite part of running your own boutique?

The friendships that I have made, being able to make some side money to pay off bills and of course, wearing T-shirts all the time!

What are you favorite 3 shirts on the site?

Just 3? I love so many but if I had to pick only 3…

  1. They whine I Wine 

  2. Life is better in flip flops 

  3. I run on wine, chaos and sarcasm