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

Didn’t You Know? The Teen Choice Awards Also Love J. Elizabeth!

J. Elizabeth starred in the backstage production of the Teen Choice awards this year and wowed the award-winning celebrities with some of their top selling styles! Storm Reid and Sky Katz were among the many who took their favorite t-shirts home with them.  Many of them were taken with J. Elizabeth’s foundation, causing them to take a closer look at our mission to help couples suffering from infertility start a family.

Want to know more about the J. Elizabeth foundation? Click the foundation link at the top of our site!

The Anti-Costume Costume

Simplicity.  Something we certainly don’t have enough of in this crazy thing we call life.  That is why we have created a line of Halloween shirts that will make your costume a breeze!  You can throw your costume together with your favorite jeans (or make it even easier with your favorite sweatpants); or add accessories to spruce it up!  Regardless of your efforts, we are sure your t-shirt will be a hit!