Hey there babes! I wanted to take a second to write about a little something close to my heart today. As the holiday’s grow closer I have found myself fighting the same old everyday, materialistic gift urge. My birthday is also growing closer and my husband keeps asking me what I want and I’ve found it very hard to find an answer for him. We have been through many different ups and downs this past year as I’m sure many of you have too. With the year coming to an end I keep thinking more and more about what Christmas and the holidays are all about. Yes, I could easily send my husband a list of materialistic items for him to go out and buy, but honestly that could not be further from what I want or need in my life right now. Granted, when children come into the picture, I’m sure that list will be full of toys for them! And no… I’m not pregnant… calm down Mother!
With that being said, I’m going to be real with everyone and say that what I feel like I need, along with most of society right now, is a breath of fresh air, an eye opener and most of all, to be humbled. I will be the first to admit that it is so hard not to get wrapped up in the materialistic wants and needs of everyday life. However, when it comes down to it – money can’t buy happiness and my happiness is out in nature exploring the world with this hunk of a hubby by my side! I mean just look at at those arms (insert heart eye emoji).
I spoke with one of my best friends today about all of my trials, more like vented to, but hey what are best friends for and she reminded me of the real meaning of Christmas. She just got back from a week in Ecuador where they have no electricity, clean water or even shoes. She said to me “What if you guys did a service instead of material items, for instance serve at a soup kitchen or sponsor a families Christmas dinner or get presents for a child off of a wish tree.” As soon as I heard that I had the biggest smile come across my face, I could not have heard a better response from her. I am so beyond blessed with God, family, friends, a house to live in and shoes on my feet! Okay fine… lot’s of shoes! But sometimes we forget how good we really have it and that there are many people out there who have it worse off than we do.
That’s why I’ve partnered with Matchback.org, a giving brand working to promote the self confidence of teens-in-need. With their “Buy One, We Give One” model – for every apparel bundle sold, they donate an apparel bundle to an underprivileged teen. Each month they collaborate with a new organization to design a new shirt + hat bundle but their signature collection is “Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good!” To be completely honest with you when this company reached out to me about a month ago, I thought oh well they have pretty cool apparel and it’s for a good cause so yeah why not! But after the past few weeks I have a new found appreciation for organizations, big and small, who commit all of their time and raise funds for anyone in need all year long, not just during the holiday season! That is what we, as a society, should be doing is helping each other and building each other up. Not constantly trying to compare and compete with one another with who can have the best of the best. Because let’s be honest, no matter what we perceive on the outside, everyone has their own internal struggles and tribulations.
With all of that being said I hope you all can go out this holiday season and spread a little bit of joy to one another whether it be a gift, a meal or even just a smile. It’s the little things in life that really matter and can create change in the world as we know it. I hope this touched your heart even just a little as much as it has been weighing on mine. I am so thankful for all of your constant love and support!