Dressember Weekend Update_Dressed in Holiday Style

Lyric of the day: Dressed in Holiday Style

Silver Bells by Jay Livingston& Ray Evans

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Let the Christmas parties commence! I’m blessed to have a job that doesn’t always feel like one. Getting to know people and build relationships for a living and then celebrating my favorite season with them at fun winter galas ain’t so bad! even though I “worked” at these events most of the weekend, it didn’t feel like work and this month in honor of Dressember, it was even more fun to think of outfits to put together and as the song goes, “dress in holiday style” 🙂 One of the things I love the most about the organization that Dressember supports, the International Justice Mission, is the fact that their multifaceted model to fighting slavery includes rehabilitating previous victims and strengthen with hands-on mentoring, helping them restore their lives and teaching them skills and careers in order for them to get their lives back. Everyone deserves the right to do something meaningful in this world that they enjoy.

I felt very blessed this weekend getting to celebrate the season in so many ways!

Friday was about Celebrating Love. After helping to sort food at the Foodshare for International Volunteer Day, I got to celebrate with the engagement of my dear & funny friend, Gabi & her fiancee Armel. This is truly the season of Giving and the season of loving each other!

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Dressember Day 5

Dress: Painted Threads

Jacket: Muse

Necklace: Kate Spade

Boots: Michael Kors

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Dressember Day 6:

Dress: Forever 21

Booties: Mossimo for Target

Earrings: Nordstrom

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Forever 21 outfit through and through 🙂

Saturday was about celebrating Community: both my church family and my professional community. Gathering around the truth that “God is With Us’ no matter what we go through and gathering around the work that we do in helping to treat eating disorders and give people hope.

Sunday was about celebrating laughter. I laughed with my students in Sunday School, in Fellowship with my church family (and sister in Christ who is joining me in the Dressember challenge!– pictured below) and with friends from my professional community at another winter gala– Bingo Night! Laughter is really the best medicine.

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I can’t help but pray and hope the same celebrations for victims of slavery in our world. They deserve the freedom and abundant life that we’ve all been blessed with and we can all do something to effect change in their world and ours.

Some of my favorite words ever written are by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. And as we comity to change the current state of our world, let’s not forget to celebrate all the good things on behalf of those who can’t. Because love, community & laughter are in style for the holidays and they are in style forever.

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