Monday, August 13, 2012

Cleveland Airport Take One

Alright is our first attempt at a video update for you...please do your best to refrain from judging this clip, it can only get better! Meghan, Joe, and Christina left Canada yesterday around 9:00 am and arrived at my house in Hudson, OH at 4:00 p.m. Unfortunately for them, we spent the next 6 hours packing 8 suitcases each with 50 pounds of pens, pencils, scissors, glue, paper, and notebooks. It was really amazing to see all of your donations packed up and ready to go. I mean we got over 400 pounds of supplies...not too shabby! Anyway, we just arrived at the airport after hardly sleeping and last minute packing. We are all kind of shy when it comes to being filmed, but we will do our best over the next week to keep in touch. So excited!
-Meghan, Sara, Christina and Joe

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Vermont Reggae Festival Coming up

While packing my suitcases and getting ready to head over to Kenya I have also been working on preparing for the Fountain of Stars Reggae Festival on August 17th and 18th. I will be in Kenya however representatives, Dana, Nicolette, and Michaela will be manning the booth on both days selling t-shirts and bracelets and enjoying the atmosphere. The real challenge has been figuring out how to get a giant box of t-shirts, supplies, gift basket, and beads to New Hampshire  without spending a small fortune! Luckily I have enlisted the help of a good family friend who is going to drive my supplies to NYC where Dana will pick them up. I am SO lucky to have such nice people who are willing to help me. I can't thank them enough and can only tell you that I would not be able to accomplish all of this without them. Anyway, keep an eye out for more information about the festival. It is our first music festival and I'm really excited to see what happens!

CEO's don't take vacations...

...They just temporarily get much better offices!
Attending a phone seminar entitled "Library Development and Book Distribution in West Africa"
One Bead at the Beach! I'm in the pink with 2 of my sisters, Margot and Paige pictured to my right
This past week I went on vacation with my family to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Aside from eating some delicious seafood and enjoying the beach, I attended two phone seminars sponsored by CGIU. 
A few days before vacation, my mom and I realized that we can't just "go on vacation" on our One Bead website. In other words, we needed to pack all of the supplies required to ship orders of beads from the beach. and it's a good thing we did. One Bead had over 10 orders of bracelets! So during our lunch and dinner breaks from the sand and sea we would take a peek at pay pal and if an order appeared started packing. The next challenges were my phone conferences. The sand ended up making a GREAT chalkboard. I had signed up for phone seminars a while back that were put on by CGIU, which I attended last spring in Washington, DC.  The first one was "Designing and Managing Socially and Economically Sustainable Projects" and the second was "Library Development and Book Distribution in West Africa". The second was particularly interesting to me as my next goal involves building some sort of library at the Oloosirkon Government Primary School. One thing that was emphasized multiple times in each session was the importance of including the community in the process of building. Sustainable projects only work if they are backed by the community in which they evolve. The members of the community surrounding the school can best assess what they need and don't need.
Overall it was a great trip. Now that it is over it's time to focus on the next big thing...Africa!



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

One Bead Karma Yoga Class

Group picture before the class
 This was SO much fun! At 7:15 p.m. I packed up my car and went with my mom the Yoga Lounge in Hudson, OH ( When we arrived people were already showing up! The class was donation based, so instead of paying the regular fee for a class people could donate any amount to One Bead. Donations above $12 received a One Bead bracelet and donations above $20 could choose between a bracelet and T-shirt. What was amazing to me is that everyone who participated was so interested in learning about the cause. They were excited and wanted to be there! You could actually feel the energy in the studio of people dedicating 90 minutes of their day to others. It was very inspiring. We raised over $300! But more importantly we got a lot of people excited about what One Bead is doing. Kevin O'Brien did an amazing job leading the class and giving us a balance of laughter with focus and dedicated poses. I must admit I am a bit sore today!

The summer is coming to an end and I have learned so much from the different One Bead events that have taken place. It is important to have realistic expectations about what kinds of things you hope to achieve in any event. For me, I go into everything hoping to just get people excited and inspired to share my dream with others. If I can get even one person excited to the point where I am confident they are going to go home and tell someone else...then for me this is a win. The donations are a wonderful add-on!

Anyway, thank you as always for reading! Below is a playlist that Kevin shared with me for anyone interested in our Power Jam playlist Monday Night. It is a funny variety of songs :-) Thanks again to all those who showed up and practiced with us!


Karma Class may have to zoom in to read!

Sunday, July 15, 2012


The Musselman Triathlon was this weekend in Geneva, NY. First of all, I'd like to thank Jeff Henderson and his team for giving us the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible event! I'd also like to thank those who did come out and help us fill water less person and this would not have been possible at ALL. We filled approx 2,000 water bottles over the weekend which were then handed out to finishers of the events. In exchange, One Bead was able to have a booth at the expo Friday night and Saturday. We raised a grand total of $232!!!  On Friday we filled water bottles from 3-5 and then I worked the expo from 5-7:30. Then, Saturday we worked the booth from 10-2 and then filled water bottles from 2-4...because there were only 2 of us, we weren't able to be present for the entire expo, but still managed to receive an enormous amount of feedback. It was so inspiring to meet so many impressive athletes. Anyone who can swim 1.2 miles, bike 56, and run 13.1 miles is a champion in my books!
Those bins full of water bottles were quite heavy!

Anna (pictured right on the far right) helped us fill water both days AND helped out with other components on the race. What a champ!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Recommendation

What's on my coffee table right now! My friend Chris let me borrow this book about the realities of starting a business and taking the risk of pursuing the "American Dream". It has some really useful information. What is most appealing to me is that there are insights from the author's own experience of ending one career and deciding to invest in his idea now known as the Painter's Pyramid. Check it out!

One Bead for the Vegan!

Hemp, Hemp and more Hemp! The other day my friend Sarah e-mailed to tell me she wanted to order some bracelets but was wondering if there was an option for those not wanting to wear leather. So this is what we came up with! Enjoy x

Running a Duathlon on July my shirt?

Sunday, July 8, 2012


It's here! I am sure many of you have already discovered this on your own. But I would like to take this time (post) to OFFICIALLY announce our new site:

I had a lot of trouble deciding when to do this. I have learned from my CTO, Mark Benya, that building a website is anything but easy. Although we finished the basic format weeks ago, I have spent the past few months nit-picking, changing, and adding all sorts of details. I'm learning that a good website never really is "completed". Additionally, I wanted to organize our new line of apparel before officially reveling to the world.

So here it is!!! Please take some time to click the link above and admire the hard work of the following people:

Special Thanks (yes, you must read this section!)

Mark Benya- I don't think I could really ever fit in a single post how much he has done for this site. So Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!

Charlotte Lysohir- For being the first to tell me a couple of months ago that we had a lot of work to do before we showed this site to anyone! (still have work to do) But it has definitely paid off!

Matthew Mead- For taking charge of the whole production and design of our t-shirts this summer. You know you have found the best of the best when your graphic designer is calling you from a different country to make sure all of the apparel came in and everything is running smoothly.

Salli Swindell- For the lovely font and inspiration as always x

Couldn't be more thrilled!! More pictures of shirts and beads to be posted soon....



Friday, July 6, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sailing Conductors

Captain and Crew

Meet the Sailing Conductors!

As you already know, One Bead has long term goals to implement the arts, music, and athletics into primary schools worldwide.  We believe that these elements play an essential role in motivating and inspiring students to learn and grow. So, how will we achieve this you might ask?

This is our first project:

Meet Ben Bart and Hannes Hafenklang.  As you are reading this they are sailing from Sydney to Berlin, stopping many times along the way, and recording as much music as possible.

Taken from their website:
Their beads made it safe and sound all the way to India!
"During our 2-year journey from Australia to Germany, we will record musicians from approximately 40 different countries and on all 5 continents. Over the course of time we will be able to put together a number of songs played by artists that never physically played together – since the recordings are temporally and spatially separated."

So how did One Bead get involved??
In 2010, my cousin Max spent a year in Australia where he met the Sailing Conductors. Max came home and told us all about their mission and our whole family was hooked! As I started working on One Bead I kept thinking about how cool it would be to somehow involve these guys and their amazing project. On a whim I decided to e-mail Benni about One Bead and see if there was anything we could do. His response was as follows: "... From there the plan is to sail to Madagascar and then further south to Cape Town. But this doesn't mean we couldn't catch a bus, buy a motorcycle or hitchhike to come to Kenya. That's a place I've wanted to see my whole life. So, yeah! We'll be there!" I got that e-mail in March and ever since the excitement has been building as we develop plans for the Sailing Conductors to visit Kenya. If everything goes according to plan, they will arrive sometime in November and spend a few days rehearsing at the Oloosirkon school with any students and members of the community that play an instrument. They will then have a concert featuring everything that has been rehearsed.

This will be an amazing opportunity for the students and an equally entertaining experience for everyone to watch via the video. It is crazy to think about all of the connections occurring WORLDWIDE that are going to make this possible. From Australia to the US to Germany and then's a small world.

So a special thank you to Benni and Hannes for being a part of our first of many projects involving the arts. Without them this would not at all be possible!

Bon Voyage


I am sure you are anxiously wondering where you can find more information on the Sailing Conductors and the answer is right here! :

Saturday, June 23, 2012

South Africa

Can't help but post this Beauty! Taken by one of my best friends, Whitney Frary, while abroad in South Africa. Can't get much cooler...

Monday, June 18, 2012

1 year later...


Almost exactly one year ago, June 3rd-20th 2011, I had the most incredible opportunity to go to Africa with my friend Becca. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget...who would have thought that one year later I would be going back after raising $6,000 to start making a difference in young student's lives.  On August 13th I will travel to Kenya with Meghan Gerrie. We will spend five days building a fence and organizing different activities with the students at the Oloosirkon Government Primary School. We will also sit down with members of the school board and community to discuss plans for a library and permanent water supply. A Special Thank you to the Young Memorial Fund at HWS for the plane ticket!



Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Office

Wireless in the Shack
First double bag loop!
Hi Everyone,

I wanted to take a post and share with you a little bit of what my summer has been like/will be like. Since I got back from school (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) I have been devoting my time pretty evenly to working on One Bead and my summer job as a caddy (YES, I'm a caddy! ). On weekdays I wake up around 9:00/9:30 am. I take my computer with me to the Caddy Shack and send e-mails/do research until I get a loop (this doesn't always happen, luckily the shack has wireless.) When I get home, time permitting, I try to mail out bracelet orders and catch up on additional tasks that need to be done. These include making bracelets, working on the new site (Soon to be announced!), and making tags/other packaging materials. Our bracelet packaging is made using recycled paper grocery bags. We cut a template out of the paper bag and then put it together using rubber cement. Order one to see for yourself!

               I am finding that keeping up with blog posts is the most difficult part of everything. I met with one of my mentors yesterday, Salli Swindell, and we talked about how important it is to get on a regular blogging/facebook updating schedule. We also talked about the difference between a facebook and blog post and the types of things that are most important to mention. 

              Although I'm sure many of you have already seen our new site, I am waiting to announce it officially until all of our t-shirt ordering is straightened out. It was really exciting about a week ago when all of the new shirts came in. I am going to be posting pictures of all of the different styles very soon.

  I also wanted to let everyone know that a little over two weeks ago, my cousin Quinn and I submitted all of the paperwork required for achieving official non-profit status. Quinn is majoring in nonprofit economics at the Wake Forest University Business school and I could not have figured out that form without her help. We divided up the work and tackled it the best we could. They do NOT call that form "The Beast" for nothing!

           I will be blogging more about this soon, but looking ahead towards my trip to Kenya, I want to collect as many used pens, pencils, and notebooks as possible! Let me know if you are interested. My mom and I went to the bank the other day and told them about the idea of collecting pens and pencils, and a few days later the bank had given us a whole box of old pens and pencils that they had tested out and did not need anymore. I couldn't believe it!

          Coming up in July we have the Musselman Triathlon in Geneva NY. July 13th-15th One Bead will be filling up water bottles for the finish line in exchange for our very own booth at the race! This will be great exposure. Additionally, I am figuring out the logistics behind a yoga donation class at my local yoga studio. Hopefully we will be able to work something out. Finally, I am planning to donate a portion of my tips from caddying for a whole week to One Bead. There are so many ways to spread awareness...I only wish I had more time to do more! If you are interested in setting up a fundraising event, or have your own ideas...let me know!

         Alright, that's all for now. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of two of my best friends who are flying over from England. They will be here for two weeks and I am planning on showing them the best parts of Ohio (with a road trip to Toronto thrown in there). Thanks for taking the time to read this.

I couldn't be more excited about everything,


Sara Starr


Friday, June 8, 2012

One Bead Across the Country

Thank you to everyone who has been sending in pictures of their Bead! These are all so great. We love getting updates about where One Bead is in the world.

Santa Barbara, CA
Jersey Shore

Sarasota, Florida




Monday, May 28, 2012


Huge effort by the talented Sarah Beth Hulver! Please take a minute or two and check it out and then share with a friend!

With love from...