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Monday Muse

June 9, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Because when you are kind, your heart becomes full. When you come from a place of non-judgment, love, peace, and compassion, your relationship with yourself and others becomes extraordinary! It’s a simple act that can change the world, and takes no extra energy. The kindness you exert comes back around to you. Three simple acts of kindness you can do today include:
1. Smiling at complete strangers and wish them a good morning or ask how they’re doing.
2. Offer to return a shopping cart for someone who is leaving as you are going towards the entrance of a store.
3. Make specific compliments to friends and family (or even a stranger).

Travel

Wanderlust Wednesday: Festivals of the World

June 4, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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A festival is more than just live music and a good time; it’s a celebration of life. Almost every country has their signature celebration and when that time of year comes around, they go big. We were ecstatic to kick off festival season with Coachella but little did we know there’s so many more! Kicking off the new year in China and ending with a Santa Run in Wales. There’s a few that are a bit odd and others that I’m adding to my bucket list right now. Side note: the dates are when the festivals begin in 2015, so start planning now!

January

Harbin Ice & Snow Festival, China (January 5th)

February

Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (February 13th)

March

Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan (March 5th)

April

Songkran Water Festival, Thailand (April 13th)

May

Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling Festival, England (May 26th)

June

White Nights Festival / Scarlet Sales, Russia (June 23rd)

July

San Fermin Festiva, Spain (July 6th)

August

Burning Man, Nevada, USA (August 29th)

September

Oktoberfest, Germany (September 19th)

October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, USA (October 2nd)

November

Dia de los Muertos, Mexico (November 2nd)

December

Santa Run, Wales (December 7th)

Inspiration

Charity Spotlight – March Edition

March 31, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Every month Pura Vida spotlights certain charities and they call it Awareness Month. The bracelet charities featured on the Awareness Month contain causes during their spotlight month, day or week. For March, the featured charities include:

Cerebral Palsy Awareness:


March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness month. For those who don’t know, Cerebral Palsy is a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.

Their Mission: Cerebral Palsy Alliance is an organization that provides family-centered therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people living with cerebral palsy and their families.

Learn More Here: https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au/who-we-are/

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness:


Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.

Their Mission: The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1970 and is dedicated to improving lives today. MSAA provides ongoing support and direct services to individuals with MS, their families, and their care partners.

Learn More Here: http://mymsaa.org/about-msaa/mission/

Endometriosis Awareness:


In women and girls who have endometriosis, during their periods, some of the menstrual fluids are retained in the body and abnormally implant in areas outside of the uterus. These implants, or nodules, eventually accumulate on the bladder, bowel, ovaries, cul de sac, and other nearby organs, leading to the development of adhesions, scarring and invasive nodules.

Their Mission: The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.

Learn more here: http://www.endofound.org/

Kidney Disease Awareness:


The term “chronic kidney disease” (CKD) means lasting damage to the kidneys that can get worse over time. If the damage is very bad, your kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live.

Their Mission: The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts.

Learn more here: http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-health/kidney-basics/#.UzSReq1dXYM

Suicide Prevention Awareness


SAVE’s prevention and education programs are designed to increase knowledge about depression, other brain illnesses and the need for assessment and treatment as suicide prevention, increase knowledge about symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicidal thinking and behavior, increase understanding and the use of intervention skills that can help avoid the tragedy of suicide and increase knowledge about community resources and how to access and use them.

Their Mission: The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.

Learn more here: http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=706750EC-EC81-55E2-12A60E31C0315173

Travel

5 Things About Costa Rica You May Not Know

February 4, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Pura Vida is more than a brand. It inspires change. Just the other day, I was talking to a designer I met in LA, and I told her I was writing for Pura Vida. I asked her if she had heard of the brand and she responded in a very surprising way.

“Yes, of course I have heard of the brand. I love their whole M.O. They have a great presence and I love what they stand for. I just bought two of their bracelets last night actually.”

To be known for your dedication to surrounding communities is a feat within itself. As a growing brand, the fact that so much of what is made is given back to the communities in which the bracelets are crafted, makes wearing each one something special.

Because we are so appreciative of our roots in Costa Rica, we thought we’d give you a brief background on the country. And this isn’t your run-of-the-mill history lesson… it is just a simple list of fun facts regarding the country and the people who live there.

You should always appreciate where you come from. Without firm roots, you cannot grow. This is why, at Pura Vida, we consistently cherish those who have helped us get where we are today.

5 Things About Costa Rica You May or May Not Already Know

  1. “Pura vida” is the national saying, which means “pure life,” a sunny, feel good expression used as a greeting, goodbye or if someone asks how you are doing.
  2. Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos and Ticas. The average Tico makes $6,000 a year and the average wage labor is $10 per day, the highest in Central America.
  3. There are more than 130 species of fish, 220 of reptiles, 1,000 butterflies (10% of the world’s butterflies are in Costa Rica), 9,000 plants, 20,000 species of spiders and 34,000 species of insects! It only takes up .03% of planet’s surface but holds 5% of its biodiversity. 
  4. Costa Rica has no standing army. It was constitutionally abolished in 1949. It is also the longest-standing democracy in Central America.
  5. And in honor of Valentines Day coming up, when someone is your significant other, your other half, they are your “media naranja,” or the other half of your orange.

All facts sourced from Norm Schriever. He is the Amazon.com best-selling author of South of Normal, a book about his time as an expat in Costa Rica. His blog is found here.