Dressember 2013

It’s a simple idea – wear a dress every day for one month.  The only catch?  I live in Iowa (think windy and cold; really, really windy and cold).  Seems a little crazy, yes? Maybe.  But I’m not the only one being a little crazy!

Dressember 2013 is underway and I have, true to my commitment, worn a dress for work every single day so far.  Granted, it’s only been 4 days but so far so good!  In the interest of full disclosure, I do throw on sweats when I am crashing for the night.  But thanks to tights, cardigans, and leggings my collection of mostly short-sleeved or sleeveless dresses is working!

I could care less what fashion statement I’m making – or completely failing at!  There is a bigger purpose here.  Dressember 2013 is happening in conjunction with International Justice Mission as an effort to raise funds for their continuing work to rescue those who have been trafficked.  If you’re interested, you can just click here and help me reach my personal goal of $200.

The overall goal for this campaign – which ends January 3rd, 2014 – was $25,000.  I say “was” because as of today – December 4th – they have raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $32,000!!!  Every penny raised will go to continuing the work of IJM as they seek to free those who are enslaved as well as prosecuting the traffickers.

Yes, it’s going to be challenging to make my collection of dresses work for an entire chilly month.  But I’m doing it for the women in my life that I cherish – my friends, my sisters, my daughters, my nieces . . . you get the idea.  There is a woman somewhere in the world who has a loved one trapped in slavery.  Maybe more than one loved one.  If my wearing a dress will help raise awareness and funds, then chilly legs is a miniscule price to pay.

Just a Note

It doesn’t look all that intimidating, does it?  It’s a blank note cared, approximately 3″ x 5″ when closed.  I bought a set of 10 (with envelopes), took the first one out of the package and . . . froze.

It’s just a note card.  How hard could it be to write a quick note?  I mean, I maintain three different blogs!!  It’s not like writing scares me.

But this note had to be written just right.  You see, this note is being sent to the A21 Campaign offices in Greece.  The note will be passed on to a young woman who has been rescued from sexual slavery.  See why it was scary?!

How do I encourage a woman who has been enslaved, degraded, belittled and likely even abused?  What could I POSSIBLY have to say that would build her up and begin to restore her sense of self-worth and personal dignity? I certainly can’t say anything like, “I know what you’re going through” because I don’t have a clue!

Lucky for me the  A21 website has some great tips.  So I jotted a few lines, stuck it in the envelope, and prayed for a woman I will never know who needs to know that she has worth.  I will likely never know who it is that gets the card I’m sending.  And I don’t need to know.  It’s not about my gratification or feeling that I’ve done something good.  It’s about providing one small piece of encouragement to a woman who needs to know that someone cares.