If there’s one thing I plan on living in this Spring..it’s shift dresses (including this one..wrinkles & all!). A shift dress can easily be dressed down or up…depending on what kind of shoes you wear, so they’re definitely a versatile piece to have in your closet. For this look, I chose to wear a pair of my super comfortable wedges & some simple jewelry. Over the years, I’ve become somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to jewelry and like to only wear a few statement pieces at a time. Keeping this shift dress the focus of my outfit, I paired it with a few of my simple favs.
I typically wear neutrals all year long, with small pops of color (I love bright colors, but never wear them!). I’ve learned that mixing different shades of the same tone allows for an all neutral outfit to look balanced and well put together. Although this dress is no longer available in this burnt orange color, it is still available in green, for only $25.00! All details on this outfit can be found below:
So excited to bring to you segment #2 about the Women of Hope Ministry located in Guatemala! If you didn’t get a chance to read the first post about who this amazing group is, you can read all about it here. In the meantime, you can continue reading to learn about what it is exactly that the Women of Hope does. Just as a recap, Women of Hope is an organization that helps women in Guatemala earn a living by providing wholesome employment through the creation of hand beaded jewelry. The organization was founded in 2011 by Tina and her husband Giovanni.
WOMEN OF HOPE: WHAT THEY DO
Tina, the leader of Women of Hope, leads a team Monday through Thursday each week of 8 artisans that craft and design products that are sold in the US. About 2-5 pieces are handmade daily, each piece unique to the artisan working on it. Pieces can take anywhere from one to several hours to make and many of the pieces are unique to the Women of Hope artisans/designers. The workers are paid fair wages for their work and are then able to afford food, medicine, housing and educations for their families. The jewelry sold enables Women of Hope to purchase more materials, cover office expenses, pay the artisans and continue to add more artisans as sales increase.
Women of Hope gives local women in Guatemala a way to make a permanent living in a safe environment, allowing them to become more independent. For example, Blanca (pictured above), an artisan, is working at WOH so her and her husband can one day in the near future afford to build a home of their own. Blanca had previously worked for other beading groups, but her wages were never consistent and she was often left covering the costs of products that did not sell- lowering her weekly wages even more. Working with Women of Hope ministries has not only given Blanca a consistent income, but has also given her a loving work environment as well where she can be among other amazing women.
This necklace above is the perfect length to wear with anything! You can purchase this necklace by visiting https://wohgt.org/.
Women of Hope has also been able to help other artisans that they work with- this year alone they will be able to send one artisan’s daughter to middle school, one artisan to attend high school, and another artisan to start her university studies from ministry donations. Last year, in 2015, WoH was able to build efficient wood burning stoves for 3 of the artisan families, add a privacy wall for one artisan who lives alone and install a water-filtration system for another.
Happy Wednesday! This week’s wardrobe Wednesday comes from Mark 16:6-
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here”
Easter has always been my favorite holiday. The story of Jesus’ resurrection is one of love, grace, & compassion for every human being. I love everything about Easter, from the time of the year Easter is, to the Easter colors that always make their way into the holiday (yellow, baby blue, etc.)- I am simply an Easter fanatic! During this week, I am always reminded how Jesus died not only for our sins, but to ensure he would always be with us as well. Through trials, through good times, through bad times- he is risen! This holiday is so much more than going on egg hunts, going to see annual Easter plays, and gathering with family. Easter is the day where Jesus rose to give us life again.
This week, my challenge for you is to rise above negativity and remember the good! Jesus did not die for us to live in sadness, fear, or discomfort. Jesus died so that we could all live- to the fullest! Over the week, be sure to celebrate God for simply being God & always being there. Thank him for the ultimate sacrifice that allows us to live our lives knowing that we have a God that loves us unconditionally!
With yesterday being the International day of Happiness..I figured it would be a great time to discuss 5 simple things to be happy about! Many people that know me know I always try to have a smile on my face..not because everything is always going right in my life, but because I choose to always smile. I choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice and below are 5 great reasons to always be filled with joy!
1. You woke up this morning. If you are reading this right now..this alone is a reason to be happy. You woke up! Today is a new day. Starting your morning off right is the key to a successful day..you should wake up each morning thanking God that you’re alive & doing well.
“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalms 30:5
2. Frowns give you wrinkles! Save some money on anti-wrinkle cream in the future and smile more often. Beauty products can add up..imagine how many amazing pair of shoes you could be buying when you’re older instead!
3. A smile could make someone else’s day. There are so many people walking around in this generation with so much hurt and sadness in their life. You never know how your happiness could radiate into someone else’s life & make their day a little better!
4. Jesus promises to always be there! Most times, feeling sad comes from feeling alone and like you have no to lean on, talk to, etc. The good news is..Jesus is always there for you! The even better news is..he’s never leaving! You’ll always have someone to talk to, complain to, and anything else. God told us a long time ago he was’t going anywhere.. & he promised he would never leave us behind.
“…for the Lord God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
5. Happiness is a choice. Truly being happy and content can not come from material things. It cannot come from someone else giving you a compliment, or a promotion at your job. Although all of these things certainly can enhance your happiness..they simply cannot be the source. Happiness comes from within. Being happy is more than just a noun..it is an adjevtive. It is an action that can be performed every single day. Choose to be happy not only for those around you, but for yourself as well.