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Beautiful Girl of the Week: Alli of 31 Bits
Beautiful Girl of the Week is a series of Beautiful Girls who are stand outs for what they contribute to the world through their beautiful actions! We feature the Beautiful Girl of the Week on the Rewrite Beautiful blog as an attempt to inspire other girls and women to use their own gifts and talents to impact their communities. Our hope is that bringing positive attention to women’s actions will inspire them to embrace their own creative calling!
Alli is best known as a local socialite here in the OC. The first time I spotted her she was in a business meeting at Kean Coffee, but abruptly interrupted it to avalanche a friend she spotted with a hug. This friendly gal is the PR and Marketing Manager of 31 Bits a jewelry business designed to give internally displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty. 31Bits kindly donated jewelry to the Rewrite Beautiful TELEIOS Art Show raffle last summer. I’m stoked to be putting my journalism degree to use by giving you an insider look at Alli’s life and her projects with this interview below. Enjoy!
Irvina: Hey! So what is a project you’re currently working on?
Alli: A couple of my closest girl friends and I started a business called 31Bits, in which we work with women in Uganda that design beautiful jewelry out of recycled paper. We started a couple years ago with 6 ladies, and now we employ over 110! It's only by God's grace that we've gotten this far, and we feel so privileged and honored to play a small part!
Irvina: That’s so rad! How fun to work with your friends AND help women on the other side of the world! I've been hugely inspired by the BITS story myself! So what are you passionate about?
Alli: I'm passionate about people. If I could get paid to go on coffee dates and have long, deep conversations all day long I would! I love hearing about the ways that God is moving and stirring our community. I love hearing how our ladies in Uganda are joining together to dream and plan for their future. I love observing the girls I work with; how they love and care for each other. There is nothing cooler, or more exciting, than to see God at work in the people around me.
Irvina: Awesome another deep convo girl! Yes! Welcome to the club! So what do you do for fun?
Alli: I am addicted to baking. I'm constantly searching Foodgawker.com for the next killer cookie recipe. I also love to go to Disneyland and people watch (not creepy, I promise). And I love to shop. What girl doesn't?!
Irvina: Yes! I’m right there with you with the baking! What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Alli: I white water rafted the Nile! Pretty stoked that I survived that one.
Irvina: No way! White Water rafting is on my Bucket List! I can’t wait to do that! So, what do you contribute to the world that you’re most proud of?
Alli: 31 Bits! This organization is my heart! Check out the "Designers" page and read up on some of the women we get to work with. I am SO blessed by these ladies!
Irvina: Oh girl, I've already checked it out! I love it! I also love that you’re job allows you to empower other women to find their own gifts and talents. I hope other companies follow in your lead! Kind of like me! Ha! So which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?
Alli: CREATIVITY. I'm convinced I work with the most talented and creative people on this planet! Our photographer, our graphic designer, our jewelry designer, our stylist. I could go on and on. These people are so visionary and passionate about what they do. Every new look we come out with, whether it's a special edition Wedding Collection, or our Summer line, keeps getting better.
Irvina: I think it’s so crazy how when we work to help others we are helped 10 fold over! That’s been my experience with Rewrite Beautiful and it sounds the same with 31 Bits. So who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?
Alli: I’m going to be so cliché and say my mom. Her strong faith and service for the people around her constantly challenges and inspires me. She's the most selfless person I know. She's also gorgeous. And she makes some bomb Greek food!
Irvina: Haha! I don’t think that’s cliché at all! So if you could sum it up, what do you think makes a woman beautiful?
Alli: I think that there is nothing more attractive than someone that is following their dreams, loving others and enjoying the life God gave them.