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Here's Why We Admire Amy Brand

Here's Why We Admire Amy Brand

Each member of our Indie Sales Team is diverse and inspiring with a unique and insightful way of looking at their world. Amy Brand, a Canadian that has replanted in Switzerland, is our newest team member...

Hello! I am a Canadian living in Switzerland with my Swiss husband and our two kids.
I run my own small beauty studio with a view of the Alps from home called Sugar Beauty Therapy. Mostly I do makeup, nails, and other cosmetic treatments, but I also enjoy painting and creating anything nice.
For me, it all falls under the category of “beauty therapy” :)
I have known Christal (our co-founder) for a long time, and have always admired the ways she has taken action to make a positive impact on people’s lives. I immediately loved the easy-going designs of the Brave Soles products and felt drawn to the idea of using fashion to do something good for the world.
 

My own path has taken many unexpected turns. One of the biggest turns was being diagnosed with Breast Cancer two years ago. 

I went through a fast and furious treatment of 8 rounds of chemotherapy in 8 weeks. This was followed by a 9-hour surgery to remove my ovaries and remove and reconstruct my breasts.
However, I am incredibly proud and grateful to say that I’m fine and back to normal life!
The BRCA1 gene mutation runs in my family. That's why I am proud of our many survivors and previvors kicking cancer’s butt... and then calmly picking themselves up and going on with living their lives.

I am inspired by people who take responsibility for their own happiness. People who take their focus off the negatives in life (we all have them) and choose to be joyful and thankful are the kind of people I like to be around and work with.

If we fill our own lives with happiness, it’s bound to spill over and have a positive effect on others too.
Like many of the people reading this, I have a dream for the next generation. That they will use their strengths and passions to work hard at something that makes them feel fulfilled. I think if people can feel good about their own lives, they are less likely to find fault in other people’s lives and are more likely to live in harmony.
I truly feel that there is something for everyone with the variety that Brave Soles provides. Everyone who enjoys looking stylish, while feeling comfortable will love Brave Soles!
I really am passionate about Brave Soles. The shoes and accessories are beautiful. I also really feel that making a positive impact on the environment is a powerful part of our story. However, the way Brave Soles enables ordinary people to help change the lives of more vulnerable people is the most beautiful thing to me.

Amy's favorite items? 

"I absolutely love the Jasmines! They’re as smooth as butter and so comfy I can wear them all day. I also love the Kristina clutch, it has such an effortless chicness about it."
Interested in learning more about joining our Indie Sales Team? Click here and get your questions answered!

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Catherine Levasseur: Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor and Brave Soles Indie Team Member

Each member of our Indie Sales Team has a story of bravery. However, we wanted Cate to tell you hers, in her own words.


I’m Cate, a lifestyle blogger, a foodie, a yogi and a traveler.

I am celebrating life one day at a time since I received my bone marrow transplant 18 months ago after 10 years fighting with a rare blood disease.

Now I have no plan for the future but one thing is for sure, I know that nothing is impossible.

I am currently living in Montreal but near an ocean is where I feel most alive.

1.What made you interested in becoming a part of Brave Soles?

Mostly because my sister (Florence Levasseur) is one of the owners, but also because I trust that she will always stay authentic.
I know that she chose this company because of its value and its desire of helping the planet.

2.What is something fun about you that people might like to know?

I might be a little too enthusiast with smoothies:)
I use food not only to nourish myself, but also to express my moods. I have naturally combined my love of arts and foods and I am trying to cook like I would paint. This is a sort of therapy for me.

(You should go check out our instagram, those smoothie bols are magnificent)

 

3.What kind of people do you think will fall in love with Brave Soles?

Anyone who has a heart for the planet and who cares about the future we can build for the generations that will come behind us. 
 

4.What is your favorite Brave Soles product?

These days, I would say The Florence :)
 

5.What inspires you?

I am inspired by everything that makes me feel like I am the most important person in my life. I am constantly finding ways to love myself. 
 

6.What is your dream for the next generation?

I really hope that people can realize how important they need each other. No one should feel like they don't deserve love. Human contact should not be lost to technology. 
 

7.What makes you passionate about Brave Soles?

The fact that their products are so beautiful and that everything is made with love and respect.
Everyone has been so nice to me since the beginning and it makes me feel like I am truly part of it.

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How Do You Measure Sustainable Change?

How Do You Measure Sustainable Change?

Have you ever wondered how to measure sustainable change? We are embarking on an exciting next step in Brave Soles. Well, truthfully, at this point, every next step is exciting, but this one is especially so :)

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The Truth Behind Our Name - a note from our Founder

The Truth Behind Our Name - a note from our Founder

Choosing a name for a company or idea is sometimes a difficult challenge.

How do you find a name that encapsulates your vision and helps people understand why you are here?

Truthfully, it wasn't that difficult with Brave Soles.

In fact, the name came to me long before the first pair of shoes ever rolled out the door.

In early 2017, I was returning from hosting a group of volunteers at a local garbage dump in Dominican Republic. I was thinking about the people back in that garbage dump that were still working as I drove away.

I wanted to do the best I could with what I had in my hands. I have been a social entrepreneur for nearly 20 years, but I felt a pull to tune in to what was next.

Do you ever feel like you are fumbling forward in life? On the outside, everyone else thinks that you totally have it all figured out.

Much of my path forward has felt less like confident steps in the right direction and more like fumbling in the dark for the light switch.

The world around us is seeing the edited version of our lives. We get to choose what they know and what is perceived. We often get to choose the pictures they like and comment on, the moments they interact with and the carefully curated versions of our world that we want them to see.

In the end, this is our basic human right. We should all be able to choose what is said and done on our behalf.

But, sadly, this is often not the case. Millions of people around the world don't possess the luxury of choice in many areas of life.

They are often left dealing with the choices of those in the world who hold the balance of power. From environmental degradation to human exploitation, they pay the price for the rest of the world's addiction to convenience.

From garbage dumps to polluted rivers and seas, our world is hurting our most vulnerable, over and over again. We are at odds with who we are meant to be.


 

 

So the question I was asking myself as I was driving home that day wasn't about how to make others feel remorse for what we all are responsible for.

That's not a fair question and it certainly won't inspire change.

Instead, the question I asked myself was, "What could I do to inspire people to see the power of their choices?"

We often overlook the immense potential of simple choices. 

We can forget that big change happens, little by little.

It happens in the corners of our minds and begins to flow out to our actions and beliefs about what's possible.

I'm a single Mom, a social entrepreneur, and a life that seems to be one big experiment of doing whatever you can with whatever is within your reach. I completely appreciate the lure of seeking the easy way around difficult choices. 

After all, we do enough, don't you think? Shouldn't there be some kind of appreciation for how far we have come rather than how far we have left to go?

Yes, I agree. However, the deeper part of me keeps on wanting my life to stand for something bigger than my own footprints.

And what I realized as I drove in my car that day was that the little changes and decisions we all make every single day require bravery and courage. 

Whether we fly to meetings in private planes or dig through other people's trash to survive, we all have the power to make brave choices.

  • It takes bravery to stay true to your convictions when the path of least resistance is flirting for your attention.
  • It takes bravery to live with the next generation in mind. 
  • It takes bravery to pour your life into something that you believe in.
  • And it definitely takes bravery to ask different questions about what's possible.

And that day, the one question I knew I needed to ask was, "I wonder what would happen if..."

A few short days later I had an idea. Handmade shoes with recycled tire soles became the embodiment of that idea. 

Simple, actionable and worthy of other people's attention. 

Already we are growing to include so much more.

Our intention in Brave Soles is to continually push ourselves to inspire and create the kind of change that everyone can own. We are not perfect, but we are growing with the people that become part of our story every day. 

When you purchase something from Brave Soles, you become part of that story, too.

Whatever you choose in life, remember that it's your choice to make.

Make it a brave one.

~ Christal Earle, Founder of Brave Soles

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