I can't believe that there's only one week left of December. This month as gone by way way too fast. But I guess that means it's just one less month till spring. Oh I can hardly wait. I seriously can't believe that it's less than 5 days till Christmas already. Sometimes I find myself wishing that Christmas came later in the winter season so that there was something else to look forward to in the cold months of January and February. But I'm excited for Christmas. I love how everything is decorated, the night isn't so dark since everyone has covered their houses in lights, and gifts are my love language. It's exciting to search all over for wonderful gifts that come with meaning and thought for the people that I love. My Christmas shopping has been done for quite some time now, and it's been pretty hard not to give everyone their gifts early because I know that they're things that they will love.
Here's my recap of Dressember week 3.
1. There seems to be no such thing as getting dressed quickly anymore. Every outfit requires time. And not just time to plan out, but more time to put on. It's silly I know, but when you're running really late for church and you have to pile on at least 3 layers just to stay warm, instead of just throwing on jeans and sweater, you notice.
3. I received my first donation to my campaign this week. A huge thank you to Sarah for generously donating to International Justice Mission. There's only a week and a half left of December, so only a week and a half left to donate (at least to my campaign. You can donate to IJM at any point you feel led to do so). I set my goal to raise $500 (to match what was raised last year), and so far I'm at $125, which is awesome! I'd love to reach the $500 goal by the end of the month, but if I don't, I know that these $125 have contributed to the whole. As of 2 days ago Dressember as a whole has raised over $270,000 for International Justice Mission. That is a crazy amount, and a crazy amount of good is going to be done with that money. So many girls will be rescued from sex-trafficking, and people all over the world will be given fair and just legal representation. This is real stuff that is making a lasting impact in the world.
4. Like I mentioned last week, it's hard for me to understand the suffering or comprehend the numbers of people living in situations that are not right. But I do understand the stories of women being gutsy and courageous to do the things that need to get done in order to make their life better. This week, I put on a fun outfit that made me feel confident and showcased my quirky but professional characteristics, and head out to my favorite town to ask to photograph some stores and blog about them (which I saw the past two days). This is something that's totally out of my character. I'm not usually one to initiate stuff like this. I'm a pretty shy person. But I knew that this was something that I wanted to do, and something that would be good for furthering my internet presence and hopefully bring about a job or good connections. I believe that this is something that every woman, no matter where she lives, should be able to do. But unfortunately due to corrupt systems, a lot of women don't have the chance to live out their true selves. This is another aspect that IJM works with. They bring hope and restore dignity. And that's something that I can really get behind. Everyone should be able to feel the rush and excitement that comes with becoming the person that God made you to be.
Thank you to everyone who has been following along and cheering me on this month. If you're not able to donate, you can still make a difference by sharing the stories that are posted on IJM's website, learning about how poverty affects those around the world, and finding how you can go about making sure that the purchases you make don't further the injustices around the world. If you are able to donate this month (all donations are tax-deductible), you can do so here.