How many Slaves are Working for You?

How many Slaves are Working for You?

Many of us often think of Human Trafficking as sex trafficking but there are an overwhelming number of people trafficked for labor as well. This past weekend I attended our annual Human Trafficking Awareness Conference at church and we were asked “What does a trafficker look like?” The facilitator then asked us to take a selfie and see that we are all traffickers.

WOW!! I was appalled as I volunteer to help women being trafficked so how could I possibly be guilty of trafficking another person?

We were all directed to take a quiz on www.slaveryfootprint.org where we were asked questions about what you eat, clothes you wear, cell phone usage, etc. and at the conclusion you are given a score which tells you how many slaves are working for you. I’m ashamed to say that it said I have 35 slaves working for me. So taking sex trafficking out of the equation now and looking deeper into the way we live and shop, I now see where this is possible. I love my coffee and must have at least one to two per day. Well if I am not drinking “Fair Trade” coffee, I am likely drinking coffee that came from labor trafficking. I can push this further with my smart phone, laptop, and eReaders which many are made by those exploited or labor trafficked. The nail salons and African braiding salons I patronize which are also notorious for labor trafficking as well. Several discount stores we all shop also are able to keep the prices low by using child and/or slave labor as well.

Are you depressed yet? I know I am. So I asked myself, what can be done when the problem is so HUGE and I’m only a small fish in the pond. Like most things in this world, supply and demand are the drivers of this industry. If we decrease the demand by changing some of our shopping habits, the need to supply these industries would decrease and ultimately go away.

I know you are all saying “this will never change because quite frankly if we look at history, slavery is what helped build this country today.”

I challenge myself and all of you to make one small change for the greater good and help decrease the demand for human trafficking.

Peace and blessings to you all.

About Rochelle

Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.

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Set Yourself Apart by Establishing Your Brand

Black woman smiling in a fieldI’ve seen a lot of business cards, brochures, and presentations in my day. Unfortunately, I’ve also seen a lot of people using the same logos, stock photos, color schemes, tag lines, etc. as their colleagues…so after a while it all just blends together! Branding is what distinguishes you from everyone else. Colors, design, and presentation, are like magnets. They have the power to attract, or detract, your ideal customer or employer. There’s a lot that goes into having a well thought out, cohesive presence that helps differentiate you from competitors. Luckily, the internet is full of quality, affordable resources to help with your branding. Here are a few of my favorite sites:

  1. Colors: Colour Lovers is a website where you can create custom colors, palettes, and patterns. There’s a huge community of users on the site, so you can share ideas and get inspiration. Colour Lovers also has basic and advanced tools that even allow you to make photo inspired color palettes. For example, you can create a color palette based on a picture of your tropical fish simply by uploading it to the website! Did I mention this is completely free?
  2. Photos: Pixabay contains over 560,000 free stock photos, graphics, and videos. There are plenty of images on this site that are great for use in marketing materials. Most importantly, all of the content is copyright free and available for commercial use.
  3. Photo Editing: Now that you have your photos, it’s time to do some editing. Pic Monkey is a photo editing website that allows you to freshen up your photos. You can do all the standard editing, like retouching, cropping and resizing, with the free plan.

With these resources, your possibilities are endless! Here’s a tip to save you some time. Before using these tools, reflect on your vision and purpose for your career. What is it that you want to project out into the world? Jot down some words and phrases that speak to the heart of your work. Then, schedule some time for yourself to explore the tools on these websites and create the visual manifestation of the words you chose. This will help with the cohesiveness of your brand. Remember, perception is a huge part of branding. The words, colors and images you use tell a story that speaks for you when you aren’t around. Make sure it is saying the right thing.

About Rochelle

Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.

Read My Book

Finding Power and Purpose takes the reader on a dynamic journey from darkness, depression, and life-threatening health, to one of healing, self-love and alignment with God’s will.

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