Dressember Day 9: Unchanging

Dressember Day 9
Thy leaves are so unchanging

The seasons changing reminds us that the only certain thing in this life is change. Sometimes that scares us, but sometimes that motivates us. That we, like the leaves, can be part of changing a season. A season of drought, of desert,of famine, can be changed into rain, into spring and blooming. And we can be part of that change. You can be part of that change by supporting the dignity of all women through the @dressember campaign. Please visit my fundraising page: https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/fundraise?fcid=576149=14490398318267.jpg

Dressember Day 8: Without a Smile

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#Dressember Day 8
You’re never fully dressed without a smile

We focus so much on what we wear. I realized with this challenge that now more than ever, I have become aware of how much material things consume my time and energy. Gadgets, Accessories, Handbags, Clothes. I really enjoy fashion, putting outfits together, doing this Dressember challenge and using my wardrobe for good but how often am I concerned about what I am communicating to those around me? I have always believed that how you dress says something about who you are. What about how I address my attitude? My emotions? I saw a homeless person yesterday that had a sign that said “Even a smile helps.” Initially I felt like it was a bit of a guilt trip like, but the truth of the matter is, after I smiled at the lady I realized that I could do more. Whenever I make eye contact with strangers, I try to smile at them. Maybe they are having a bad day and just need someone to show them they are recognized, they are loved. Maybe they need to be reminded of the goodness of people. But after I smiled, I realized what else I can do to show love. After I wear these dresses and do something to stand up for girls yoked by slavery around our world; I can do something for girls in my own backyard. I can smile, show them grace and love, tell them they are beautiful and stand up for them when their dignity is taken away through bullying about their looks, or weight. It may start with a smile, it may start with a dress but it could turn into so much more. It can turn into the world being changed.

Give Him your heart

Dressember Day 7
“What can you give Him
What can you bring?
What can you offer
Thats fit for a King
Bow before Jesus
Thats where you can start
What can you give Him
Just Give Him your heart”- Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

We give presents to remind us of Presence. Remind us of the presence of the Lord, our loved ones, our families, our friends. The presence of love, joy, peace, friendship, compassion.
It’s hard buying gifts for certain people isn’t it? We stand in line for hours for that one special toy for our kid. We spend our life savings on that one piece of jewelry for that someone special. We go through extreme measures because we desire to communicate something through the gifts we give. We want them to say: you are loved, you are cherished, you have value, who you are means something to me. The best gift we can give is our Heart. Give it to those you love, and those you don’t know. To the homeless man on the side of the freeway, to the colleague who is in constant competition with you, to the people who are difficult to love, to the projects and work that feels too overwhelming to bear. When we give our heart, we give ourselves. You are exactly the gift the world needs. It’s all baby Jesus asked for, and it doesn’t cost a thing. 14490398318267-4.jpg

Dressember Day 6: The Prince of Peace

#‎Dressember‬ Day 6
“And His Name, Shall be called.. The Prince of Peace”- Handel’s Messiah
Christmas is the time to wish for peace on earth. It feels like if the world could ask Santa Claus one thing, this should be our heart’s cry. With terrorism hitting too close to home, family’s being torn apart, blood being shed: we need a little Christmas. We need a little peace. What we must realize is the very thing we long for, is the very thing we can give to someone else. Look for ways to give peace to someone this week. It may be someone you love, it may be someone you can’t get along with, it may be to the women who suffer as modern-day slaves through the Dressember campaign. But the truth that God came down in the form of a baby in order to gift us with this indescribable peace in any circumstance, brings us to a place where we have no choice BUT to spread peace on this earth. 14490398318267-3.jpg
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Dressember Day 3: The Spirit of the Season

#Dressember Day 3
The spirit of the season, is made for the dreams come true

Experiencing the magic of Christmastime today at Disneyland, I was reminded of the spirit of this season: that dreams come true. Disney princesses dream of balls and gowns and prince charmings; while the real-life princesses being mistreated and sold into slavey around the world dream of freedom. The spirit of Dressember is to redefine fashion and creativity for a cause. As I wore my dress today and prepared for this magic, I prayed and thought of the woman I am dressing for. I am dressing for their dignity. I am dressing for their dreams to come true #disneyland @Dressember 14490398318267-2.jpg

happy Christmas to all and to all a good night

#Dressember Day 2

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”- The Night Before Christmas
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Lessons from Santa:
Sometimes you have to squeeze through tight places to geto to where you need to go.
Making others happy can often be an inconvenience to yourself.
Spread happiness on your way, as you go!

The Christmas Spirit is all about inconveniencing yourself with the aim to make another happy. We think of and get excited about buying gifts  and doing things for those we love that we know they would appreciate. Why do we do these kind things? Because we know that ultimately, this is what brings us joy. Loving others is a desire inherent to who we are as humans and the character of Santa Claus reminds us that despite the inconveniences, the narrow chimneys, the stale cookies and the others trials he went through: he still spread the Christmas cheer everywhere he went. May we all prioritize the desire to help others, and in turn, help ourselves so a wreath like a halo follows us wherever we go.

my grown-up Christmas List

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#lyricoftheday 🎶no more lives torn apart…this is my Grown-Up Christmas List🎶
Dressember Day #1: My Grown Up Christmas List– No More LIves Torn Apart by modern day slavery.
Whatever you hope for this Christmas, I hope it’s not just about you. It’s easy to get caught up in this season and think you need to buy just one more thing to make yourself happy when the true source of satisfaction is when you do something for someone else. Join me in helping fight for the inherent dignity of all women. That they will be “clothed with strength and dignity” and restored to their proper place, replacing their role in a statistic, their false identities as a “sex slave” and trading that in for daughter, princess, woman, beautiful. I know my voice matters, and that I can help change the world that millions of abused women and girls wake up to every morning. Your voice matters, too, and our voices are louder together. Let’s sing, let’s run, let’s dress for the restoration of dignity for all women.
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Whatever you hope for this season, some girl is hoping for freedom. Stand with her to make her Christmas list yours. 🙌🏼👯💃🏻14490398318267