Last week, I introduced an amazing brand that gives back to the community of Austin, Texas. Mitscoots outfitters gives the transitioning homeless an opportunity to earn an income by giving them employment. They do this in a unique way, all while providing high quality outdoor apparel to consumers.

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What they do:

Mitscoots currently employs a team of about eight people, which consists of about 3-6 contract individuals. Products of the company are manufactured all over the country, then sent to their production space in Austin, Texas. Items are then packaged in Austin & shipped out to consumers. The workers are paid by the hour, can work at their own pace and can come in anywhere from two to three days a week. These teams of individuals that work with them are not only hardworking, but also very driven-  on any given day, the team can pack up to 200 units per hour. This process of packing items from their production space allows Mitscoots to partner with organizations that assist those transitioning out of homelessness by providing employment.

Products are then distributed to consumers from all over. Mitscoots recently just opened their first retail location in Austin, and have 60-70 different retail partners located amongst the country. Goods from Mitscoots can also be bought online at their website, http://www.mitscoots.com.

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How you can contribute:

When I asked this company how others could contribute, their answer displayed not only the company’s morale, but their eagerness to help also. They simply said-

“Typically, we don’t ask anyone to give us anything. We want to make quality outdoor apparel and earn the ability to help those in need. If we make great things and people like them then we can go do great things with it!”

Overall, Mitscoots is a great company and one to definitely check out when shopping for outdoor apparel. Not only are the products super cozy, each purchase goes toward giving someone a chance at changing their life.

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday comes from Deuteronomy 28:1-

“If you fully obey the Lord God and carefully allow for all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.”

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Sometimes, we are challenged to do things we do not want to do. The bible speaks of doing often hard things such as praying for those who hurt us and listening to what God asks us to do, even when we might not want to. Being obedient to God is hard at times, for everyone, but it is also the key to living the amazing lives God wants us to live. Being obedient allows God to have complete control over situations that can help impact our futures in a positive way. Being obedient allows for our blessings to come.

This week, my challenge for you is to be obedient in situations where you normally would not. Pray that God will give you the right directions and wisdom & listen to what you are told. You never know what blessings you are keeping from yourself because you simply won’t do what needs to be done in order for them to happen. Do good and good shall happen to you.

Until next time!

-B

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As mentioned in a previous post, I am all about the new sportswear trend! I love being comfy & like mixing things up, so what better way than by incorporating some sporty piece into your wardrobe! Athletic items, like a graphic t-shirt, can be added with heels and accessories to make them more “feminine”, or can be worn with sneakers to keep them more simple. Some of my favorite sporty pieces are below & you can read more about the “athleisure” trend here.

Tops & Bottoms:

Sneakers:

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One story in the bible that always reminds me to smile through hard times is the story of Paul in Acts 16:16-40. Long story short (read entire store here):

Paul was sentenced to jail for casting a spirit out of a woman (for doing something he felt he was told to do). Instead of being disheartened in jail, trying to figure out what he had done wrong and how he could change his situation, he began to pray with Silas, who was also thrown in jail with him. At midnight, when they were signing and praying to God, their chains became loose & all the prisoners doors became open. The jailguard, frightened, immediately tried to harm himself, scared for what might happen to him. Paul immediately said to him “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer then fell to his knees, asking what he needed to do in order to be saved. Paul & Silas replied to him & said “Believe in Lord Jesus, and you will be saved- you and your household”. The jailer then brought the two to his house, washed their wounds, fed them a meal, and him and his whole household came to know God.

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Lesson to be learned:

If Paul hadn’t of gone to jail, the jailer & his household would of not become saved. If Paul had gone to jail with a frown, sitting in a corner, moping about his situation instead of thanking God for his future outcome, the jailer & his household would of not been saved. Smiling through hardships is something that I’ve learned over time to do. During hard times, I always try to figure out not why, but how. How is this lesson I am learning going to help me, or someone else in the future? What is God trying to teach me? What is there for me to learn? Seeing tough situations as not bad, but necessary happenings, can change how we view things.

“..call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” -Psalms 50:15

Moral of the story:

Paul was in a scary situation, and prayed his way through it. He went to jail for something that seemed good, and due to him being in that jail, he was able to save another life. Instead of complaining, Paul decided to have a party! A prayer party- at midnight with Silas.Sometimes,most times, when Go puts us through something it is for a greater cause. Maybe you losing that job you loved is to make yourself accessible for a better one, or those friends you’re no longer closer to were holding you back.  What would happen in your life if instead of crying through tough situations, you prayed through them instead? Hard times always mean one thing- there’s a blessing on the other side. There can’t be sunshine without rain, and there can’t be night without day- tough times are times for growth. They are needed in order for you to become who you are meant to be, and are necessary in order to do all the great things God has called you to do. Don’t doubt in the dark what God told you in the light .

Until next time!

-B

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So exited to share that this month’s featured “Brand to Love” is from right here in Texas! Mitscoots Outfitters is an amazing brand located in Austin, Texas that gives back to the homeless is such  great way! Over the next few weeks, I will be going into detail and sharing the information I’ve learned about this brand & how you can contribute to their overall cause.

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Mitscoots: Who they are and why they started

Mitscoots was founded in 2012 by Tim & Agata Scott. Their main mission is centered around giving to those in need and providing employment to those who are transitioning out of homelessness. The idea of their business was not only unique, but occurred through their own personal volunteer experiences. While Tim & Agata were students in Austin, they realized that during outreach events, after they distributed food and clean water to the needy, a clean pair of socks was often requested.

Starting this brand was a way to not only help break the cycle of homelessness, but to  also provide a sustainable solution. Mitscoots partners with several organizations that specialize in taking individuals off the streets and giving them a way to earn a honest living. By doing this, Mitscoots gives back to the community in such a large way.

You can learn more about this brand & check out some of their items here.

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